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Earn the most recognized
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Whether you choose to work in healthcare, fitness, workplace or a community setting, your ACE Health Coach Certification will open countless opportunities to grow your career and influence healthy behavior-change for those in need.

Just some of what you can do:

  • Virtual Wellness Coach
  • Nutrition Coach
  • Corporate Wellness Coordinator
  • Behavioral Health Case Manager
  • Healthcare Professional

Countless places you can work:

  • Gym/Health Club
  • Healthcare/Hospitals
  • Public Health Organizations
  • Major Corporations
  • University/Campus

Get paid to do what you love!

$53,834

average annual income

with a range of $42K - $69K

according to Glassdoor.com

12%

Expected increase in Health Coach Employment between 2021-2031

U.S. Department of Labor

Transform your life, and the lives of others

Start a fulfilling career providing meaningful and lasting lifestyle change for those you are called to serve.

As a health coach you will help people increase their awareness and capacity for change. You will empower those struggling to make their intentions a reality by awakening them to their own unique skills, strengths, abilities and untapped potential through behavior-change techniques. You will coach people to optimize their health and well-being so they can truly thrive in their lives.

Becoming a health coach opens new opportunities for a wide range of health, wellness and exercise professionals. Whether you work within the healthcare field, the fitness industry, the workplace environment or community settings, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to meaningfully impact the health and well-being of a diverse array of individuals.

Rooted in behavior-change science and the principles of lifestyle medicine, the study program addresses the core competencies of health coaching within a single learning experience. You will learn practical and effective strategies such as active listening, motivational interviewing, and client-centered goal-setting as powerful tools that can be implemented to facilitate lifestyle change and positively impact health and well-being.

Your path to a rewarding career

  • 1

    Choose your Study Program

    Select a program that fits your needs and get started right away.

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  • 2

    Start your online learning

    With self-paced learning and on-demand support, you can be coaching clients in as few as 3-6 months.

  • 3

    Pass your Certification Exam

    The multiple choice exam can be conveniently taken online, or at a testing center near you.

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    If you have a background in health and fitness and are prepared to take the exam, you can register here

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  • ACE University
    • Video Lectures
    • ACE in Action: Video Coaching Sessions
    • Quizzes and Knowledge Checks
    • ACE in Action: Audio Coaching Sessions (8 Sessions)
  • ACE Certification Exam
  • ACE Practice Tests (3)
  • ACE Health Coach Textbook
    Digital
    Hard Copy
    Audiobook
  • ACE Health Coach Study Companion
    Digital
    Hard Copy
  • ACE Answers (Advantage)
    Live Q&A Webinars
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    Join a real-time, virtual classroom environment designed to add an extra dimension to your learning experience. Led by an experienced ACE Health Coach, this interactive 16-week program has plenty of opportunities for you to participate in peer learning activities, ask any questions and receive direct feedback.

    Health Coach Live Class is also available as an additional purchase for Basic and Plus Study Programs.

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    Get the highest level of one-on-one, individualized support with direct access to an ACE Advantage Representative. Your dedicated Rep. will be there to help ensure you have the best study experience and guide you to resources, like tailored study plans, personalized tutoring sessions and exclusive discounts (including exam retake vouchers, if needed).

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$1,299 $779

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  • ACE University
    • Video Lectures
    • ACE in Action: Video Coaching Sessions
    • Quizzes and Knowledge Checks
    • ACE in Action: Audio Coaching Sessions (3 Sessions)
  • ACE Certification Exam
  • ACE Practice Test (1)
  • ACE Health Coach Textbook
    Digital
  • ACE Health Coach Study Companion
    Digital
  • ACE Answers (Basic)
    Live Q&A Webinars

*Digital eBooks compatible with desktops (Mac & PC), tablets and smartphones (iOS & Android) only. Cannot be printed.

What you'll learn

The ACE Health Coach training and study program is an entirely new approach to educating and training future health coaches in both the theory and the art of behavior-change coaching. It combines tools to prepare you for the certification exam with real-world training to guide you along an integrated path to a new career as a health coach.

The ACE University (ACE U) Learning Center will help you prepare for your ACE Health Coach Certification Exam with confidence! This guided training experience will lead you seamlessly through the ACE Health Coach Study Program, with study materials carefully divided into convenient, digestible lessons. ACE U includes online videos, simulated coaching sessions, practice tests and an audiobook, all built to enhance comprehension and empower you to move through the study experience as efficiently and effectively as possible.

ACE U includes:

  • Video lectures
  • ACE in Action: video coaching sessions
  • ACE in Action: audio coaching sessions
  • Knowledge checks
  • Quizzes
  • Practice tests
  • Audiobook

Our all-new textbook, The Professional's Guide to Health and Wellness Coaching, serves as a study tool, a comprehensive information resource and a career guide. This textbook thoughtfully blends the art and science of behavior change with an in-depth understanding of the powerful role lifestyle medicine plays in the prevention and management of chronic diseases. By providing a more complete picture of the knowledge, skills and professional responsibilities of health coaches, this textbook functions as a trusted career resource that can be utilized by any current or future professional.

The Professional's Guide to Health and Wellness Coaching Study Companion complements the online study program and serves as an additional study tool that you can refer to throughout the program. Use it to practice the concepts studied in each chapter, and refer to it to conveniently review the information offered in the program.

Each ACE Health Coach Study Program comes with an exam voucher for you to take your certification exam. Find an exam location.

Have a study question? Check out ACE Answers, our self-serve resource center, which features videos, commonly asked questions, study tips and more from our expert ACE Study Coaches.

Available Learning Materials

Textbook
Textbook
Study Companion
Study Companion
ACE Answers
ACE Answers
Live Q&A Webinar
Live Q&A Webinar
Video Lectures
Video Lectures
Quizzes
Quizzes
Practice Tests
Practice Tests
Live Class
Live Class
ACE in Action: Video Coaching
ACE in Action:
Video Coaching
ACE in Action: Audio Coaching
ACE in Action:
Audio Coaching
Audiobook
Audiobook
Dedicated Advantage Team
Dedicated Advantage Team

Health Coach Live Class

Join a real-time, virtual classroom environment designed to add an extra dimension to your learning experience.

Led by an experienced ACE Health Coach, this interactive 16-week program has plenty of opportunities for you to participate in peer learning activities, ask any questions and receive direct feedback.

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ACE is with you every step of the way

Learn online at your own pace

Gain the knowledge to get certified in as few as 3-6 months with our flexible Study Programs.

Build in-demand skills

Learn the latest exercise science and behavior change methods that people everywhere are seeking.

Put your skills into action

Gain practical experience through interactive learning activities and real-world application.

Get on-demand study support

Succeed with the help of ACE Answers, dedicated advisors, and live Q&A.

Access lifelong career resources

Build the career you want with access to exclusive groups, networks and tools, like the ACE Talks podcast.

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Moving stories from ACE Pros

My ACE Certification provides me serious credibility. There are so many people calling themselves 'coaches' out there but they're lacking the credentials. ACE allows me to put my clients' minds at ease knowing I'm trained, educated and credible. I am so proud to be ACE Certified!

-Niki Campbell,
ACE Certified Health Coach

ACE has an excellent reputation. Knowing that the health coaching certification was NCCA-accredited was very important to me. I am very satisfied with the variety of education offered by ACE, and will continue to complete the bulk of my continuing education through them, while encouraging my colleagues in the field to do the same!

-Marianna Cardoza,
ACE Certified Health Coach

The ACE Health Coach study experience was simple and engaging–I love how all the material is rooted in behavior change. Physiology is interesting but can be presented as a dry subject. I did not feel this way with the ACE Health Coach Study Program and I always looked forward to the curriculum.

-Stephanie H.,
ACE Certified Health Coach

Certified Health Coaches
are in high demand!

2,400,000

Estimated number of client
sessions coached by ACE Certified
Health Coaches in 2021

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Approved by the following organizations for
continuing education hours:

15 CEUs
25 CEUs
General Category
25 Contact Hours
25 CPEUs
1.9 CEUs
7 CEUs
25 CECs
5 CECs

Our commitment to your success extends beyond certification

ACE is with you throughout your career and promises to provide you with ongoing support, guidance, tools and resources to ensure you always have exactly what you need to thrive as a health and fitness pro.

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ACE Health Coach Exam Requirements

The prerequisites to sit for the ACE Health Coach Certification exam are provided below. If you feel you meet one of the prerequisites, you may submit your pre-approval documents for review. Once your pre-approval documents are received, ACE will respond to your request within 5 business days.

To sit for the ACE Health Coach certification you must:

You must also SUBMIT proof of at least ONE of the following:

  1. Current NCCA-accredited certification in fitness, nutrition, healthcare, wellness, human resources, or a related field
  2. An associate's degree or higher from an accredited college or university in fitness, exercise science, nutrition, healthcare, wellness, or a related field
    • Click here to see a list of the most common degrees submitted for review. Note: This list is not all inclusive.
    • You will also have the option to upload a professional license (e.g. RN, LCSW, etc.) if applicable.
  3. A completed health coach training and education program approved by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaches (NBHWC)‡
    • 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.
  4. 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

*CPR and AED certificates are both required in the U.S. and Canada. Candidates outside the U.S. and Canada are only required to hold a current CPR certificate due to differing international laws regarding AED use by non-medical professionals. Candidates taking an ACE exam must complete a CPR/AED course that includes a live skills check prior to registration.

A list of NCCA-accredited certification programs can be found here.

A list of NBHWC-approved training and education programs can be found here.

Not sure if you are eligible to sit for this advanced certification exam? Click here for a decision tree. NOTE: The results of this decision tree DO NOT result in pre-approval. You will still need to upload pre-approval documents for review.

Not sure how to create a resume? Click here for a template.

Note: All candidates must submit appropriate required documentation prior to registering for the ACE Health Coach Certification exam.

Pre-approval Process

Candidates must submit supporting documentation of current NCCA-accredited certifications, degrees and/or work experience prior to registering for the ACE Health Coach exam.

Submit Pre-Approval Documents

If you have any questions, please email us at credentialing@acefitness.org.

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