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Become a Certified Wellness Coach

Teach and motivate others to develop new skills across many areas of life, including their health, fitness, and emotional or mental well-being.

We believe in the
positive impact you
bring to the world.

For over 35 years, the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) has earned its reputation as the gold standard in fitness and health education with best-in-class programs in personal training, wellness, nutrition coaching, sports performance and more.

With the new NASM Certified Wellness Coach (NASM-CWC), we continue our commitment to provide you with the knowledge and world-class tools to achieve success.

Start your career teaching the path to health and wellness with NASM.

Transform your life,
and help others reach
their full potential.

The NASM Wellness Certification course is a state-of-the art immersive experience that empowers you to apply a holistic approach to wellness in a variety of real-world scenarios.

Learn how to motivate clients and help them make powerful life changes and behavioral shifts. As an NASM-CWC, you'll learn a unique understanding of the relationship between movement and mind, and how to support your future clients in building sustainable, positive change.

NASM Personal Trainer Wellness Education

Learn how to unlock what's possible with evidence-based knowledge across five major areas:

Nutrition

Learn about meal planning and dietary guidelines for optimal health as well as the science behind plant-based eating.

Movement

Add the physical element to wellness by crafting effective exercise plans meant to complement their diet and emotional training.

Mental and Emotional Well-Being

Uncover how to successfully evaluate, improve critical thinking, and determine behavior change abilities to enable personal consciousness and well-being.

Recovery

Learn how to lean on recovery in times of stress or even after a workout. Recovery and regeneration are important elements to any training structure, allowing the mind, body, and heart to feel restored.

Coaching

Dive into evidence-based coaching and methodical processes to guide, assist, and encourage clients to accomplish inspired behavior change practices.

Designed by the brightest
minds in the wellness field.

NASM-CWC is a revolutionary program based on evidence-based principles and practices. It's designed by some of the best and brightest minds in the fields of neuroscience, exercise physiology, strength and conditioning, and other wellness domains. They're leading experts with years of experience in everything from military and athletic training, to academic and personal coaching, and much more.

It's been an absolute pleasure arming the next generation of personal trainers and coaches with the best of the best through the wellness curriculum. From the evidence-based principles and practices rooted in emerging discoveries of biology and physiology to pairing these lessons with real-world examples from elite athletes, and world-class personal trainers and coaches, students of the course are truly in for a full body-brain-mind workout of knowledge that will separate them from the rest.

Dr. Allison Brager
Neuroscientist and Author

Open the door to more opportunities, clients, and earnings.

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Testimonials

I've spent a decade in the fitness industry first as a personal trainer. The role of the personal trainer has changed a lot. What clients expect is far beyond the education that a personal trainer receives. Personal trainers are asked to create change, lasting wellness change in someone's life that isn't necessarily just about movement. This is the course that I wanted five years ago and is a gift in my mind to an industry that is thirsty for more.

Darlene M.
NASM-CPT & NASM-CWC

I loved every second of this course. It made me feel excited, well-educated, and equipped as a coach to help my clients change their lives in a realistic and meaningful way.

Erin Lotta
NASM-CPT & NASM-CWC

What I love about being a wellness coach is that every day is different. Every day I go into one hour sessions thinking that I have this rubric and this idea planned out, and essentially it always surprises me because there's always something deeper that we need to get to, a bigger idea or a bigger concept that someone is working through and they need to discover for themselves, which often is so magical and so powerful to witness.

Jordan Tisdale
NASM-CPT

"It just really gives me that boost to know that I can walk in with my head held high. That I've conquered one of the most prestigious certifications in the world."

Michelle Antoinette Nelson
NASM-CPT

"NASM has provided me with the knowledge that I need to be a confident trainer and I think that shines through when you meet new people and new clients, that you're confident in your craft."

Cornelia Hanes
NASM-CPT

"Why NASM? Because I believe it is the easiest, most effective, most robust way of learning the material you're going to need to again better another individual's life."

Jake Olson
NASM-GFS, MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER

"Being a personal trainer changed my life. I get to do what I love. I get to change people's lives. I get to help create awareness, inspire, motivate and I get to be that person for them."

Annie Malaythong
NASM Master Instructor

 

The NASM Certified Wellness Coach's high-quality content is available wherever you are – on mobile, tablet, or desktop.

Learn at your own pace - on-the-go, or at home!

In just 10-12 weeks, you'll be an NASM-Certified Wellness Coach, able to design and deliver individualized guidance to any level of client.
If you've ever thought about a new opportunity as a Wellness Coach - and making a real difference - now is the time.
No previous experience necessary!

Earning Potential Earning Potential

Earning Potential

Wellness coaching is a flexible career with tremendous earning potential – jobs in the US can range anywhere between $50 to over $200* an hour. From corporate wellness to community centers to fitness studios, there are a variety of settings you can work in, providing you with the opportunity to succeed as you help others in their personal journey.

Impact your Community Impact your Community

Impact your
Community

Answer the call of today's emotional wellness needs by signing up for this truly revolutionary course, and plug into actionable guidance to support those around you. Use your knowledge to motivate others in developing skills in many areas of life, be it health, fitness, professional, emotional or spiritual evolvement.

Empower your Clients Empower your Clients

Empower your Clients

This is the perfect opportunity to expand your services and become a Wellness Coach. You’ll be able to empower, encourage and teach clients effective knowledge and skill development that they are eventually confident enough to reach goals on their own.

 

Open the door to more opportunities, clients, and earnings.

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Certified wellness coach course

NASM Wellness Coach Course Highlights

  • Coaching Simulation – Practice Without Fear of Failure or Judgement
  • High-End, Easy-to-Use Digital Portal
  • Podcast-Style Interviews with Leading Experts
  • 34+ Downloadable Resources; Custom Infographics
  • 100+ High-End Videos
  • 1.9 NASM CEUs
  • 1 Year to Complete the Final Exam
  • Certificate Upon Passing Exam

Take a quick tour of the course to get a firsthand look at the tools and features of this revolutionary platform.

What’s unique about NASM’s Wellness Coach?

There is nothing else like it in the fitness and wellness industries today. You will learn a unique understanding of wellness, well-being, the human body and mind, and how to support your future clients in building sustainable, positive change.

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How do I keep clients inspired through Wellness Coaching?

Keep clients inspired and motivated by continually reminding them what’s important to them for their own reasons. Because ultimately, coaching a wellness process is about your client. So it’s about what motivates them.

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How quickly can I get certified?

Everyone has their own day-to-day schedules to consider. You can study at your own pace and complete it in about 10-12 weeks. However, if you want to complete it sooner and dedicate one hour of your day, 5-6 times a week, it can be done as quickly as 45 days.

Would I be able to earn CEUs?

Earn 1.9 Continuing Education Units and stay current with wellness best-practice guidelines. During your ongoing education, you’ll take advantage of your opportunity to expand your knowledge and skills while preparing a successful business foundation.

Who hires a Wellness Coach?

There are a variety of places that look to hire a Wellness Coach! Fitness and community centers, Universities, Spas, Health and Wellness solution providers, private and corporate practice, and many more.

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How much can I expect to make as a Wellness Coach?

The Global Wellness Institute projects the wellness economy will reach nearly $7.0 trillion in 2025, and Salary.com reports an average salary of $61,000. Now is the perfect time to begin your journey as a Wellness Coach.

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Wellness Coach Course Curriculum

A fitness credential is recommended but is not required for the Wellness Coach Certification.

Chapter 1: Introduction to Wellness
Explore the meaning of wellness and the relationship between its various components, as well as the role of the Wellness Coach and their defined scope of practice.

Chapter 2: Scientific Principles
This section introduces the importance of evidence-based practices, the scientific method and basic scientific principles and methodology. Evaluate sources of information for credibility, reliability and validity and connect these to safe and effective strategies for clients.

Chapter 3: Foundational Coaching Concepts
Explore the role of coaching, relevant brain science, the various components of self-efficacy and behavior modification strategies as it relates to coaching and wellness.

Chapter 4: Rapport and Communication
Read about specific techniques to put clients at the center of the conversation and how building rapport is the core of a successful coach client relationship.

Infographics

4 Infographics

Videos

10 Videos

Knowledge Checks

4 Knowledge Checks

4 Infographics

10 Videos

4 Knowledge Checks

Chapter 5: Introduction to Movement for Wellness
Explore ways to assess your client’s past, current and ideal future relationship with movement as it relates to wellness.

Chapter 6: Movement for Physical Health
Review the various physical benefits of movement and exercise and discuss how these benefits align and support client’s goals and needs.

Chapter 7: Physical Recovery and Regeneration
This section introduces the concept of physical recovery, what it is, how it’s facilitated, the tools available to facilitate it and the relationship between physical intensity and appropriate recovery time.

Chapter 8: Movement for Mental and Emotional Well-being
Read about the motivations and direct benefits of movement and exercise on mental and emotional well-being.

Chapter 9: Coaching Movement for Wellness
This section looks at client’s obstacles and barriers as it relates to movement and explore the most effective strategies and goals in establishing and maintaining a purposeful movement program.

Infographics

4 Infographics

Videos

20 Videos

Knowledge Checks

5 Knowledge Checks

Handouts

4 Printable Handouts

4 Infographics

20 Videos

5 Knowledge Checks

4 Handouts

Chapter 10: Introduction to Brain Health
This section introduces what brain health and psychological wellness are, the role they play in wellness, individual differences in brain health and psychological wellness and when a coach will need to refer a client out to another professional.

Chapter 11: Emotion Processing
Explore how emotions are processed in the brain, the involved brain anatomy, how body signals influence emotion processing and some of the emotion regulation strategies.

Chapter 12: Stress
This section introduces the different types of stress, how stress is processed in the brain and the different pathways of stress and their products. This section will also look at the relationship between stress and brain processes and different factors that can influence stress response.

Chapter 13: Cognitive Processing and Performance
This section looks at how the brain learns and remembers, how learning and memory are influenced by body states and attentional demand and how pain and stress influence cognitive processes.

Chapter 14: Sleep
This section discusses sleep as basic hygiene, sleeps role in recovery and regeneration, sleep stages and architecture and sleep chronotypes. In addition, this section will look at the importance of the different sleep pillars, the differentiating roles of NREM and REM sleep and factors that either impair or promote sleep.

Chapter 15: Psychological Recovery
This section will introduce the concept of psychological recovery within the scope of a wellness coach, look at the relationship between one’s cognitive state and physical state and discuss appropriate methods for facilitating psychological recovery.

Chapter 16: Social Wellness
This section discusses the relationship between social interaction, the brain and wellness including, loneliness, social evaluation, social buffering and social media. This section will also explore how humans process empathy, prejudice, attachment, and trust.

Chapter 17: Coaching the Brain
Explore the concepts of homeostasis and allostasis as it relates to Wellness Coaching and discuss how concepts such as empathy, trust, effective praise, social buffering, and social evaluation can be applied in coach-client relationships. This section will also discuss stress reduction strategies, methods for improving sleep, the role of exercise in brain health and psychological wellness and coaching techniques for influencing cognition and mindset.

Infographics

10 Infographics

Videos

24 Videos

Knowledge Checks

8 Knowledge Checks

Handouts

4 Printable Handouts

10 Infographics

24 Videos

8 Knowledge Checks

4 Handouts

Chapter 18: Introduction to Nutrition
This section covers the role nutrition plays in wellness, what a healthy dietary pattern is, and the difference between eating for wellness, performance and weight loss all within the scope of practice for Wellness Coaches.

Chapter 19: Nutrition Basics
This section covers the role of hydration, macronutrients and micronutrients in overall health, how energy balance influences body composition and health, the role exercise plays in nutrient needs and how alcohol consumption influences overall health.

Chapter 20: Healthy Dietary Patterns
This section covers general recommendations for macro and micronutrient consumption, the role culture, dietary restrictions and food preferences has on overall dietary choices and what common characteristics make up a healthy dietary pattern.

Chapter 21: Nutrition Myths and Misconceptions
This section covers fad diets and diet myths and how to identify them, why fad diets, supplementation, and products are ineffective and potentially harmful, and how to effectively address client questions and diet misconceptions.

Chapter 22: Influence of Diet on Long-Term Health
Explore the role of diet in chronic disease risk, how diet may influence the microbiome and chronic inflammation and the benefits of diet beyond its nutritive value.

Chapter 23: Acute Effects of Diet
This section covers digestive responses to different nutrients, the influence of nutrients on satiety and satiation and the effects of different exercise on the body during and post exercise.

Chapter 24: Dietary Strategies for Health
Explore habits and behaviors that influence health, the differences between a flexible and rigid dietary pattern, the rationale for weight-neutral interventions and the effects of meal timing in health including different fasting protocols.

Chapter 25: Dietary Strategies for Weight Loss
This section looks at the influence on weight loss to health, the relationship between energy balance and body mass, healthy dietary strategies to facilitate weight loss and factors that may determine the maintenance of weight loss.

Chapter 26: Supplementation
This section looks at the role of supplementation to a healthy diet, when it’s appropriate and how to determine the efficacy and safety of supplements.

Chapter 27: Nutrition Coaching
This section looks at general dietary and supplementation strategies based off efficacy and safety, how to prioritize strategies within the context of client goals and health, how to implement these strategies through inclusive language around nutrition, body composition, awareness of client limitations and opportunities, and how to monitor clients progress and make necessary adjustments.

Infographics

12 Infographics

Videos

18 Videos

Knowledge Checks

10 Knowledge Checks

Handouts

3 Printable Handouts

12 Infographics

18 Videos

10 Knowledge Checks

3 Handouts

Chapter 28: Becoming a Wellness Coach
This section looks at the benefits of Wellness Coaching, key characteristics of effective coaching, the mindset of coaches and personal experiences.

Chapter 29: Wellness Coaching Theory
This section looks at self-efficacy and its factors, self-determination theory and its role in coaching, shame resilience theory and how to address and work with shame, and how these theories intersect.

Chapter 30: Tools in Practice
This section explores motivational interviewing and its role in Wellness Coaching, the anatomy of a goal and how to effectively set goals, and tools for assessment and application for client goals, desired behaviors or needs.

Chapter 31: Self-Awareness as a Coach
This section looks at coach self-awareness by evaluating personal biases, developing a unique coaching philosophy highlighting coach strengths, skills and experience and how to look for mentorship or additional opportunities for support and guidance.

Chapter 32: Session Readiness
This section looks at the structure of a coaching session, the importance of consistency in coaching, how time management builds trust in a coaching session and ethical standards for coach client engagement.

Chapter 33: New Client Intake and Creating a Wellness Plan
This section looks at intake processes for both new and ongoing sessions and tools and approaches to create a wellness plan aligned to goals or desired behaviors.

Chapter 34: Facilitating Ongoing Sessions
This section looks at the importance of monitoring in coaching sessions, tools to support monitoring, considerations for when a wellness plan needs change and approaches to working with challenging clients and addressing shifts in client needs.

Chapter 35: Closing out the Plan
This section discusses when a goal or phase of coaching is complete and how to close out that phase or end the coaching relationship.

Infographics

4 Infographics

Videos

28 Videos

Knowledge Checks

8 Knowledge Checks

Handouts

36 Printable Handouts

4 Infographics

28 Videos

8 Knowledge Checks

36 Handouts

After the completion of the course, you will take an online final exam from the comfort of your own home, or wherever you prefer to take tests. The test consists of 100 multiple-choice questions. The exam is timed and cannot exceed 120 minutes. To pass, you need a score of 70% or higher. You will have 3 attempts to pass, and additional retests can be purchased by calling Member Services.

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