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Health Coach Requirements

To sit for the ACE Health Coach Certification Exam, you must:
  • Be at least 18 years old and hold a current CPR/AED certification with a live skills check.
  • SUBMIT PROOF for one of the following before registering for your exam:
    • Current NCCA-accredited certification or license in fitness, nutrition, health care, wellness, human resources or a related field.
    • An associate's degree or higher from an accredited college or university in fitness, exercise science, nutrition, health care, wellness, human resources or a related field.
    • At least two years of comparable work experience in any of the industries specified above.
  • Present a current government-issued photo ID with signature (driver’s license, passport, military ID) on scheduled exam day.

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Health Coach Certification

Only one Health coach certification is accredited by the NCCA. All across the country, people are struggling with their weight. They’re struggling with obstacles that have kept them from eating better, moving more and making their health a priority. They’re struggling to adopt the lifestyles they need to fend off preventable disease, live longer and spend less on health care. They are living in a vicious cycle of temporary change fueled by quick-fix solutions, and as a result, many of their achievements are short lived. The ACE Health Coach Certification was designed to produce professionals who can help people end that vicious cycle. Professionals who have the behavior change, physical activity and nutrition coaching skills they need to empower people to long-term healthy change.

Why Choose ACE?

Individuals, corporations and health care providers are looking for ways to influence real change. To fulfill that growing need, health coaching certifications have been introduced by a variety of organizations. Only one is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the same body that accredits certifications for pharmacists, nurse practitioners, registered dietitians and many other health professions. ACE Health Coach is a quality solution to the health care crisis from a trusted name in the industry. Aside from being part of the largest nonprofit health and fitness organization in the world, becoming an ACE Health Coach will give you the skills you need to truly change the way people live.


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Fitness Fact

Inactivity, poor nutrition, tobacco use and frequent alcohol consumption are the primary causes of chronic disease

ACE Academy Select

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ACE supports you throughout your career, starting the moment you begin studying for your ACE Health Coach Certification exam. As candidates move through the material, experts in our ACE Resource Center are available by phone, email and social media to explain key concepts or offer encouragement when needed. ACE Academy Select, our Web-based program, also provides an in-depth look at topics covered on the exam and helps you streamline the study process. The experience includes custom progress tracking, our exam review course and two online practice tests.

ACE Health Coach Manual eBook
New - ACE Health Coach Manual eBook

ACE Health Coach Manual eBook

Available for purchase at checkout with any study program or manual set, our new ACE Health Coach Manual eBook allows you to access our core study material from virtually any mobile device. Incorporating the most modern technology in digital publications, the eBook allows you to prepare offline, bookmark and highlight key content, take notes, and access hyperlinks embedded in the text when you're connected to the Internet.

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Fitness Fact

over 75% of national health expenditures are attributed to treating chronic disease

Health Coaching as a Career

The solution to a growing need

The Solution to a Growing Need

We created the ACE Health Coach Certification to be a common solution for professionals in a variety of fields. Registered nurses, physicians, registered dietitians and medical assistants can use it to deliver obesity interventions to patients. Corporate wellness program directors can facilitate healthy change among employees, and ultimately, save their companies money. Personal trainers and group fitness instructors can use it to lead people more effectively, and increase their demand in the industry. No matter how ACE Health Coach is applied, it is the vehicle professionals need to facilitate sustainable change that leads to weight loss, healthy eating, regular physical activity and overall well-being.


2015 Health Coach Career Guide

New 2015 Health Coach Career Guide

Learn more about the evolving field of health coaching and emerging career opportunities in healthcare, workplace wellness and fitness.

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ACE Health Coach Manual

ACE Health Coach gives fitness professionals the skills they need to meet a growing need in several industries.

ACE Health Coach ManualThe ACE Health Coach manual brings together expertise from 19 leaders in behavioral psychology, fitness, nutrition, health care and education. In addition to information on coaching psychology, the text includes insight on weight management psychology, the physiology of obesity, techniques for lifestyle coaching, development of exercise programs based on the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® model, and the relationship between exercise and nutrition for weight control.



Professional Resources



In addition to our portfolio of science-based continuing education options and Specialty Certifications created to better serve your target markets, ACE has a number of professional resources dedicated to helping you grow. We offer insight on the latest training techniques, research and industry news through our monthly digital publication, ProSource™. We evaluate the effectiveness of products, programs and trends with independent research we commission from university partners. We’ve secured a number of professional discounts with industry partners. And we offer guided, easy-to-follow lifestyle programs and thousands of other tools your clients can utilize on
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*Data sourced from "The Power of Prevention" (2009) by the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Health Statistics (2009).