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Not only can you obtain an ACE Health Coach Certification, the only NCCA-accredited health coach certification program, you'll also be better prepared to rise in the field with confidence. Through mentorship and live feedback from ACE Master Coaches, this interactive program allows you to put behavior change coaching principles into action in a real-life setting so you can hit the ground running.

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learning environment

Immerse yourself in a modern learning experience with a variety of learning formats that make the material easy to understand, apply and navigate—anytime, anywhere, on any device. Stay on track with your enhanced online dashboard and dedicated support team. Interact with engaging videos and self-study tools. Deepen your skills in expert-led virtual classrooms and one-on-one sessions.

Empower your clients with
the latest in health

The skills, strategies and techniques presented are backed with the most up-to-date, peer-reviewed research and have documented success in real-life scenarios. Coaching behavior change is at the core of everything you will learn and will help you create a truly inclusive environment that inspires lasting change. It is the philosophy that has made 90,000+ ACE Certified Pros successful and sought-after.

Get in-depth experience from the start

Our most robust study program that prepares you for the only health coach certification accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Built on the highest quality, evidence-based fundamentals of behavior change science and lifestyle medicine, this study program will provide you the complete knowledge, training and support you need to become an ACE Certified Health Coach. View prerequisites.

  • Includes Health Coach Live Class—a 16-week, hands-on virtual classroom with interactive peer activities to help you comprehend the material. Completion of Live Class is required in order to receive your program completion certificate.
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Specialize in promoting behavior change and coaching clients toward healthy, productive and sustainable life changes. Gain crucial communication skills to foster effective client-coach relationships, recognize counterproductive behaviors and help clients discover new methods that will help them move more and live better.

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Take the behavior change coaching skills you've learned from the Health Coach Advantage Study Program and Behavior Change Specialist Program, broaden your skillset with new concepts, and put them all into practice in a virtual environment. Practice your skills with peers and benefit from immediate feedback from ACE Master Coaches on a weekly basis.

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Paired with Behavior Change Mentorship: Applied Principles, this interactive course completes your behavior change mastery. Continue to broaden and deepen your skills with instruction, live feedback and guidance from an ACE Master Coach, you'll continue refining your skills through close collaboration and application with your peers. You'll leave with a network of like-minded professionals, deeper insights and effective strategies you've already put into practice.

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Apply your skills in live coaching sessions and receive one-on-one, real-time feedback from an ACE Master Coach. You will seek out clients, record your coaching sessions and your ACE Master Coach will evaluate your technique, help you hone critical areas of improvement and encourage you to develop your unique coaching style.

Fulfills the practical skills assessment (PSA) requirement of the NBHWC Education Pathway.

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CEC Credits

Courseware within the ACE Health Coach Advanced Training Program is approved for continuing education hours by the following organizations:

ACE Health Coach Certified
Behavior Change Specialist
2.5 25.0 25.0

ACSM CEC Approval

The American College of Sports Medicine's Professional Education Committee certifies that "American Council on Exercise" meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from (2021 - December 2023). Providership # 687637

15.0 25.0 1.9 6.0 25.0

NCBDE CEC Approval

The American Council on Exercise is accredited or approved as a provider of continuing education by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). To satisfy the requirement for renewal of certification by continuing education for the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE), continuing education activities must be applicable to diabetes and approved by a provider on the NCBDE List of Recognized Providers. NCBDE does not approve continuing education activities.

7.0 25.0
Behavior Change Mentorship:
Applied Principles
2.0 2.0 20.0

ACSM CEC Approval

The American College of Sports Medicine's Professional Education Committee certifies that "American Council on Exercise" meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from (2021 - December 2023). Providership # 687637

15.0 1.9 7.0 20.0 20.0
Behavior Change Mentorship:
Advanced Applications
1.9 19.0 19.0

ACSM CEC Approval

The American College of Sports Medicine's Professional Education Committee certifies that "American Council on Exercise" meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from (2021 - December 2023). Providership # 687637

15.0 1.9 7.0 19.0
Health Coach Lab:
Live Skills Assessment
0.3 3.0

ACSM CEC Approval

The American College of Sports Medicine's Professional Education Committee certifies that "American Council on Exercise" meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from (2021 - December 2023). Providership # 687637

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Everyone learns differently and the time it takes varies. For ACE Health Coach Advanced Training Program, it is recommended to take up to 1 year to complete the program from start to finish.

While there are no prerequisites to purchase the study program, to sit for the ACE Health Coach certification exam you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Hold a current adult CPR and AED certificate with hands-on (in-person or virtual) skills check.* CPR/AED courses without skills check not accepted. See our approved CPR/AED certification training here.
    • *AED only required in USA and Canada
  • Present a current government-issued photo ID with signature (driver's license, passport, military ID)
  • Submit proof of at least ONE of the following:
    • Current NCCA-accredited certification† in fitness, nutrition, healthcare, wellness, human resources, or a related field
    • An Associate's degree or higher from an accredited college or university in fitness, exercise science, nutrition, healthcare, wellness, or a related field
    • A completed health coach training and education program approved by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaches (NBHWC).
    • A minimum of two years of documented work experience in coaching, leading, designing, implementing, or facilitating one or more of the following: behavior or lifestyle change, exercise, wellness, nutrition, or physical activity

Note: The ACE Health Coach Advanced Training Program is an NBHWC approved training program. Completion of the full ACE Health Coach Advanced Training Program will meet the eligibility requirement to sit for the ACE Health Coach Certification exam. This is the ONLY ACE Health Coach Study Program that meets this prerequisite.

In order to receive a certification of completion at the end of the program, you must complete all of the study materials, attend at minimum 70% of the live facilitated classes and pass your final Live Skills Assessment. If you would like to earn CEC credits to be applied to your certification renewal, you will need to pass the ACE Health Coach Certification exam prior to completing the Behavior Change Specialist, Behavior Change Mentorship (2 courses), and Health Coaching Lab: Live Skills Assessment courses.

CELEBRATE! You've now joined the highly respected ranks of 90,000+ ACE Certified Pros and hold the most recognized certification in the industry. Plus, we'll be providing support and guidance throughout your career, so you'll have access to the exclusive tools and resources you need to thrive as a health and fitness pro. Learn more about why it's great to be ACE Certified here.

No, provided you stay current on your continuing education credits (CECs) and renew on time. That means completing 20 hours of ACE-Approved CECs (2.0 CECs) during your two-year certification renewal cycles, or about 10 hours (1.0 CECs) per year. However, if you don't complete your 2.0 CECs and your certification expires, you will have to retake the exam. To avoid that scenario, check out our continuing education catalog and consider signing up for the CEC Power Pass.

Yes, the Health Coach Advanced Training Program is the best path to complete the education requirement to apply to sit for the NBHWC exam. Please check for all requirements before applying to sit for the NBHWC exam.

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