Head-To-Head Comparison of Online Health Coaching Certifications

Head-To-Head Comparison of Online Health Coaching Certifications

Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, I will earn a commission. This has not influenced my level of honesty or transparency with you.

This post is still in development so don’t be alarmed by the lack of content.

This post is for you if you have a budget between $400-$3000 and want an easier time making a decision on which is the best health or wellness coaching certification for you.

If you have an interest of integrating Yoga teaching into your Life Coaching practice then you may also want to check out the Yoga2Life Certification

With many people coming to this post with different intentions, I have provided some quick links below to take you where you want to go. If you’re not one of these people then I recommend starting from the beginning of the post.

Head-To-Head Comparison (most popular)

Natural Wellness Academy Review (IMO…No brainer #1 choice)

Primal Health Coach Institute Review

CHEK Institute Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 1 Review

Spencer Institute Wellness Coach Review

Spencer Institute Master Health and Wellness Coach Review 

I’ve Done The Homework So You Don’t Have To 

I have done plenty of homework on each of the programs. I have made contact with some of the providers as well in order to give you as much information as possible to help you make an informed decision. And while some look shiny on the surface, I have my doubts on whether there’s substance beneath that shine. 

A Transparent and Objective Review 

This review will be entirely objective as I have not participated in any of the programs myself. Now, you may be wondering why you should keep reading if I’m not giving you a subjective option? Because what I bring to the table are transparency and experience. 

I have been in the health industry for nearly 12 years and have worn many hats in my time; personal trainer, consultant, nutritionist, manager etc. Now, I see myself as a coach, and I coach on more than just health because I love seeing people’s lives change before my eyes, from the inside-out. 

My Honest Opinion 

Using my personal experience to comprise a basis of what I think it takes to transform the health and life of another, I will give my no bullshit, honest opinion on each of the programs.

 Let’s get to it, shall we. 

Oh…and if you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact me. I WILL answer your email.

Head-To-Head Comparison of Online Health Coach Certifications

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Visit WebsiteVISITVISITVISITVISIT
Guaranteed To Achieve Paying ClientsYesNoNoNo
AADP AccreditedYesYesYesNo
ICF CCE Hours6060120
CertificationsHolistic Health and Wellness CoachPrimal Health CoachWellness CoachMaster Health and Wellness Coach
Program Length9-12 monthsNo Limit, unlimited access to materials1-2 months typically1-2 months typically
Totals Program Hours150 hrs5 hrs20 hrs20 hrs
1 on 1 mentoringYesNoNoNo
Virtual ClassesYesNoNoNo
Live Coaching PracticeYesNoNoNo
Coursework FeedbackYesYesNoNo
Informational Live and Recorded WebinarsYesNoNoNo
Digital Downloads For ModulesYesYesYesYes
Video Content For ModulesYesYesYesYes
Lifetime Access To ResourcesYesYesYesYes
Learn How To Start Your Own Coaching BusinessNoNoNoNo
Learn How To Market YourselfNoNoNoNo
Learn How to Build Your Own WebsiteNoNoNoNo
Investment (if paid in full)$2795$2995$377$379
Payment Plan$500 down then $175 x 10$295 down then $465 x 6 or
$295 down then $240 x 12
$101 x 4$102 x 4
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#1 Online Health Coaching Certification

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 Provider: Natural Wellness Academy

Certification: Holistic Health and Life Coaching

Full Price: $2795

Payment Plan: $500 down then $175 x 10

  • 70% of graduates take a 2nd certification program with NWA
  • 150 hour program
  • 1-on-1 mentoring and coaching
  • Business development skills
  • FrEE access to the Webinars Library, Alkalinity Challenge, and S-Tox
  • Body, Mind, and Spirit integration
  • Hands on workshops (in-person or virtual)
  • Hybrid certifications available
  • Affordable, interest free payment plans
  • Accredited
  • Not enough people know about this program

Watch this video on the topic of the mind to get more insight on the approach taken at Natural Wellness Academy.

Presented by Dr. LJ, Owner of Natural Welness Academy

In my opinion, from the research I’ve done, this is far and away the best Health Coach Certification available online.

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Provider: Primal Health Coach Institute

Certification: Primal Health Coach

Full Price: $2995

Payment Plan: $295 down then $465 x 6 or $295 down then $240 x 12

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Watch these 3 videos of founder Mark Sisson for a little more info on the Primal Health Coach Certification program.

  • American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP) Certification & Accreditation Board. Accreditation gives public recognition to educational institutions that meet standards of quality, and promises prospective students that the institution they are considering studying with is a reputable one.

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Provider: CHEK Institute

Certification: Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 1

Full Price: $347

Payment Plan: N/A

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best health coach certification

Provider: Spencer Institute

Certification: Wellness Coach

Full Price: $377

Payment Plan: $101.74 x 4

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You will learn the following:

  • The definition of effective health and wellness coaching
  • Your scope of practice
  • How to create optimal health and well-being
  • Business fundamentals
  • How to create positive lifestyle changes
  • Working with medical and allied health professionals
  • Essentials of internal dialog and self-talk
  • Working with clients with disease, pathology and illness
  • Positive daily habits and practices

When you successfully complete this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe specifics of health and wellness coaching, and how it has evolved into its current state, and how it helps clients attain desired outcomes
  • Understand the different ways you can apply health and wellness coaching among populations requiring different strategies and techniques
  • Know how people go about the process of changing behaviors and actions
  • Learn both emotional and physical aspects of health and wellness
  • Apply different coaching strategies and models
  • Master the Health and Wellness Coaching Model
  • Start or expand your successful coaching career
  • American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP) Certification & Accreditation Board. Accreditation gives public recognition to educational institutions that meet standards of quality, and promises prospective students that the institution they are considering studying with is a reputable one.

best health coach certification

Provider: Spencer Institute

Certification: Master Health and Wellness Coach

Price: $379

Payment Plan: $102.25 x 4

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You will learn the following:

  • The definition of effective health and wellness coaching
  • Your scope of practice
  • How to create optimal health and well-being
  • Business fundamentals
  • How to create positive lifestyle changes
  • Working with medical and allied health professionals
  • Essentials of internal dialog and self-talk
  • Working with clients with disease, pathology and illness
  • Positive daily habits and practices

When you successfully complete this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe specifics of health and wellness coaching, and how it has evolved into its current state, and how it helps clients attain desired outcomes
  • Understand the different ways you can apply health and wellness coaching among populations requiring different strategies and techniques
  • Know how people go about the process of changing behaviors and actions
  • Learn both emotional and physical aspects of health and wellness
  • Apply different coaching strategies and models
  • Master the Health and Wellness Coaching Model
  • Start or expand your successful coaching career
  • American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP) Certification & Accreditation Board. Accreditation gives public recognition to educational institutions that meet standards of quality, and promises prospective students that the institution they are considering studying with is a reputable one.
8 Lies We’ve All Been Told

8 Lies We’ve All Been Told

Much of what we are taught to believe is influenced by societal conditioning. This can become our downfall when we don’t question our beliefs surrounding what we’ve been told. If you are still a believer of any of these 8 lies, my goal is to influence you enough to at least question their existence.

1. Time is Money

Although time may be required to create money for ourselves, time is not directly proportional to the amount of money we can create. This is a lie we have been led to believe by much of society.

The amount of money we make is directly proportional to something though…perceived value. The source of our income (employer if you work for someone or clients if you own your own business) has made a perceived assessment of our value and pays us accordingly.

Once the value is perceived, a financial number that seems to match that value will be created. People pay for the value we offer, not our time. If time was directly proportional to how much money we make then we would all make the same amount of money, given that we worked for the same amount of hours.

If we want to make more money, we must create more value in the world.

2. Other People Make Us Feel The Way We Do

Most people live by this. Once the truth of what really makes us feel the way we do is explored, many of us still have a hard time understanding how this is not possible.

If someone says something, we then we feel a certain emotion towards what they said and associate their words with our emotions. This is so far from the truth.

The only way we can ever feel an emotion is to have a thought precede that emotion. Without that thought, we feel nothing towards what was said.

We make ourselves feel the way we do via our thoughts. Once we take our thoughts as reality, we take our thoughts personally. We then to proceed to take what the other person says personally.

The truth is, it is our thoughts about they say that we take personally, not them. It always starts with us…always.

3. No Pain, No Gain

Having worked in the health and fitness industry for years, this is probably the most common saying I hear. It doesn’t just apply to the fitness industry though.

I have heard it used in reference to the sacrifice of long work hours, the grind of working one’s way up the executive ladder, the emotional distress of a ridiculous school curriculum, paying our dues, etc..

Pain is absolutely not necessary to achieve any goal, pain is optional, and so is suffering.

4. Certain Emotions Are Bad

This is a topic I talk about a lot because I see so much suffering coming from self-judgment. By self-judgment, I mean telling ourselves that we shouldn’t feel a certain way because we don’t want to feel that way, or we were taught that it’s not right to feel that way.

Most of us have been conditioned from a young age that when someone we love passes, we should feel sad and we shouldn’t feel happy. We internalize that as it’s good to feel sad and bad to feel happy. The judging begins.

This conditions us to believe that during an event that we’ve judged as sad, it’s not good to feel happy. And when life is judged as being good, it’s bad to feel sad, that we should always think positive!

I see this often with guilt, people will do next to anything to avoid feeling guilty, they will sell their souls before feeling guilty by conscious choice. For example, a diabetic man takes his perfectly healthy wife out to dinner, he decides to take her to her favourite local restaurant, which happens to be Chinese food. He then proceeds to join her in indulging on her favourite dish with her, which happens to be pasta based (terrible for diabetics).

He opts to join her in the indulgence of food that doesn’t serve his health because he thinks he will feel guilty if he doesn’t (even though she may be OK with it). He fears feeling guilty more than deteriorating his own health.

This is an example of just one of many occasions where he puts his avoidance of guilt before his own health. His health progressively gets worse.

If he were to not judge guilt as a bad emotion, but instead use the feeling of guilt as an indicator that tells him his thinking is off, he could start seeing his emotions as a signal to check in on his thinking instead of judging a perfectly normal, innate human emotion.

At the end of the day, all of our feelings are innate, and neither good nor bad until we judge them as such.

And who are we to judge anyway?

5. Follow The Money

Happiness cannot be bought.

We can create money from your passion but we can’t create passion from our money.

Would you rather…

Make 100k/yr but dread waking up each day knowing you’re about to go do something that brings little to no joy or meaning to your life.

or

Make 50k/yr but wake up each day with an eagerness to start your day because you can’t wait to start doing what you love to do, as it adds joy and meaning to your life.

I completely understand that a handful of people will opt for the 100k/yr job, but most will opt for joy over money. Can we have both? Most definitely! Go for it!

Do what you love, money can be created, love is innate.

6. Studies Say It’s True So It Must Be True

I’m not going to talk about the amount of corruption that I believe exists within governments and leading authorities. That’s a can of worms I don’t feel like opening right now.

Instead, I will cite a leading example of a dietary study that was once projected to be true and has never since proven to be true.

The 7 Countries Study (saturated fat and cholesterol are NOT bad for us)

This is the study that initiated a still hotly debated topic regarding saturated fat and cholesterol causing heart disease. Note, to this day, there is not a single study that proves this.

This epidemiological study began in 1958 by an American scientist named Ancel Keys. The purpose of the study was to investigate the relationship between dietary intake within different countries and heart disease.

The study began with 22 countries but finished with 7. Why? Because 15 of the countries didn’t fit Keys’ hypothesis regarding dietary fat and cholesterol causing heart disease.

To this day, this is the same study that is used to inflict fear upon the public regarding fat being bad for us. Too bad this is built upon a lie.

Extra Reading:

A massive review article published in 2010 looked at 21 prospective epidemiological studies with a total of 347,747 subjects. Their results: absolutely no association between saturated fat and heart disease.

Another good read:  The idea that saturated fat raised the risk of heart disease was an unproven theory that somehow became conventional wisdom.

The message here is that while a study may ring true at the moment, this doesn’t mean it’s a universal truth. There’s a very good chance it’s just a temporary personal truth.

An additional note, many dietary studies are funded by sources that have a vested interest in the outcome of the study going their way. Money talks.

Don’t believe everything you read, watch, or hear. Develop your own truths, and if it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.

7. Retirement

We wouldn’t feel the need to retire if we love how we are spending our time.

I’m only 32 years old and I absolutely love what I do as a coach and writer/blogger. I cannot picture myself doing anything else at the moment. If I were approaching my retirement years, I wouldn’t even consider retirement, that option wouldn’t even be on the table. Why? I love how I’m spending my time. I wouldn’t want to spend it any other way.

The moment I no longer love how I’m spending my time, I’ll move on to my next love, whatever that may be.

If we feel the need to retire (aka quit) something, we can bet that our heart is no longer in it. If we work our entire lives just to retire what does that say about where our heart is? Not in it.

Do we fall head over heels for someone and then look forward to retiring the relationship?

Do we fall head over heels for our favourite athlete and then look forward to them retiring?

Would we fall head over heels with our career and then look forward to ourselves retiring? I think not.

We only look forward to retiring because we aren’t head over heels in love with what we do.

Retirement is societal conditioning functioning at its’ best. A belief that has been ingrained into most of our heads…” pay your dues for 40 years and then begin to live your life for whatever remaining years you have left.”

To me, this is not the best advice to live a joyous and fulfilling life from start to finish.

8. We Need Money To Make Money

If you’re an investor, sure this is an accurate statement. However, investing is just one avenue to make money for ourselves.

If we refer back to the whole “Time is Money” belief, the same appeal applies here.

You don’t need money to make money, having value to offer also makes money.

To emphasize this statement…

Here are a few people who came from nothing to become billionaires:

  • Howard Schultz – Starbucks founder, grew up in a housing complex for the poor.
  • Oprah Winfrey – Was born into a poor family in Mississippi, became the first African American TV correspondent in Nashville at age 19.

  • Do Won Chang – Forever 21 founder, worked as a janitor, gas station attendant, and in a coffee shop when he first moved to America.

  • Ralph Lauren – Was once a clerk at Brooks Brothers dreaming of men’s ties.

It’s hard to argue the perceived value that they brought to their respective markets. When you’re a fan or not, you have to hand it to them.

 

Learn from all of your experiences, opportunities are everywhere.

Take care, 

Rob Kish
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