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Give people happier and healthier lives as an ACE Certified Health Coach
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How to become an ACE Health Coach in 7 steps

As an ACE Certified Health Coach, you will move people to adopt healthy, long-term, sustainable behaviors that can change the course of their lives.

Whether you are a certified health and fitness professional, a nurse, a dietician, a wellness program director or somewhere in between, the ACE Health Coach Certification will provide you with the skills necessary to facilitate healthy lifestyle changes for individuals and groups through physical activity, nutritional coaching and behavioral change. Becoming an ACE Health Coach can boost your career – and allow you to better the lives of those in your community.

7 Steps to Certification

ACE Health Coach Exam Requirements

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 including live skills check*
  • Present a current government-issued photo ID with signature (driver’s license, passport or military ID)

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 degree or higher from an accredited college or university in fitness, exercise science, nutrition, healthcare, wellness or a related field
  3. A completed health coach training and education program approved by the International Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaches (ICHWC)‡
  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 via computer-based testing must obtain a current CPR/AED certificate prior to registration. A list of NCCA-accredited certification programs can be found at: A list of ICHWC-approved training and education programs can be found at: Note: Candidates must submit supporting documentation of current NCCA-accredited certifications, degrees and/or work experience prior to registering for the ACE Health Coach 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.

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Study Programs

Choose your Health Coach study program Updated For 2018

Take the first step in making movement your mission by choosing a study program for your ACE Health Coach exam. Make sure you meet all pre-requisite requirements prior to sitting for your exam.


Delivers a well-rounded approach to the core concepts of health coaching.

Includes everything you need to prepare for the exam, including:

  • ACE Health Coach Manual
  • ACE Academy Select, a guided study companion
  • Two practice tests
  • ACE Exam Voucher

Move your career further and save

Move your career further as an ACE Certified Professional and save 20% on an additional ACE Certification.* This includes our Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Health Coach and Certified Medical Exercise Specialist study programs. As a mission-driven nonprofit, we strongly encourage health and fitness professionals to seek out additional education, because we believe well-qualified professionals are critical to turning the tide on the physical-inactivity epidemic causing so many health-related problems around the world. Plus, holding multiple ACE Certifications will allow you to take your health and fitness career to the next level by allowing you to reach a wider, more diverse set of clients.

*Cannot be combined with other offers. Valid only for currently certified ACE Professionals.

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Why choose ACE?

ACE educates, certifies and supports more than 75,000 health and fitness professionals, health coaches and allied health professionals. Earning the only NCCA-accredited ACE Health Coach Certification means that you’ve met the highest industry standard for health and fitness professionals – and that you’ve made movement your mission. At ACE, we go above and beyond to support our health and fitness professionals throughout their careers, through education, training, partnerships and advocacy.

Health Coach Careers

Get the Career Guide

As an ACE Health Coach, you'll have the opportunity to get people — and your career — moving. Learn about life as a Health Coach in our career guide.

Becoming a Health Coach - A Career Guide for a growing field

Explore your options for starting or furthering your career in the fitness industry as a health coach.

Health Coach Settings

  • Medical offices and hospitals
  • Large corporations and small businesses
  • Health insurance companies
  • Community centers
  • Educational institutions
  • Holistic health facilities
  • Health clubs


Tools and support to help you conquer your exam

ACE Academy Select
ACE Personal Trainer Manual eBook

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