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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 three items before registering for your exam:
    • Current NCCA-accredited certification or license in fitness, nutrition, health care, wellness, human resources or a related field;OR
    • 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.OR
    • 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 for Fitness Professionals

Ever feel like you’ve tried everything you can to get people invested in their health and fitness goals? Ever feel like you can’t get through? You – and thousands of fitness professionals like you – are why we created the ACE Health Coach Certification. Our team of experts developed it to help you change the behaviors that have held people back from making long-term change, and in turn, increase your value as a professional. Our curriculum offers expanded information about behavior change and coaching psychology, weight management psychology, the physiology of obesity, techniques for lifestyle coaching, and how to apply the relationship among exercise, nutrition and weight control. The certification will help you foster a deeper connection with your clients while opening new doors in fields like workplace wellness and health care.

Why Choose ACE?

The health care crisis in our country has changed the way fitness professionals do business. We’re no longer simply helping the fit get fitter. We’re reaching out to the 80% of people who don’t get the recommended amount of physical activity each week, and the 67% of Americans classified as overweight or obese. To fulfill the demands of this evolving market, 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 athletic trainers, nurse practitioners, occupational therapists, registered dietitians and many other health professionals. Additionally, the ACE Health Coach Certification is approved by the International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching (ICHWC), which is working toward creating a national standard to help further professionalize and advance the field of health and wellness coaching.

Fitness Fact

Fitness Professionals working in Workplace Wellness Income is expected to grow 4.3% every year

Health coaching as a career

Create a versatile career Create a versatile career

Health coaches are trained to help clients address the behavioral factors and habits that affect a wide range of issues, including smoking, inactivity and stress. From the overworked executive to the first-time mother adjusting to life with a newborn, health coaches can offer the guidance and tools people need to overcome challenges and regain a greater level of health and well-being. That versatility, and a need among businesses to decrease health care costs, has led to a demand for health coaching in workplace wellness programs. The Affordable Care Act has also stipulated obesity counseling and nutritional counseling should be reimbursable options for patients, creating a potential opportunity for fitness professionals in health care.


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Fitness Fact

The obesity epidemic has led to a higher demand for fitness professionals and a projected market growth of 24 percent by 2020


ACE Academy Select

ACE Academy select

ACE supports professionals throughout their careers, starting the moment they begin studying for the 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 presentation-led program, also provides an in-depth look at topics covered on the exam and helps streamline the study process. The experience also includes custom progress tracking, our exam review course and two online practice tests.

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.

Fitness Fact

The obesity epidemic has led to a higher demand for fitness professionals and a projected market growth of 24 percent by 2020

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Take the first step in becoming an ACE-certified Health Coach by choosing a program of study materials to help you prepare for the exam. Our two options feature a variety of study aids – from flashcards to ACE Academy Select, our Web-based, presentation-led study experience.
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In addition to Certified™ our online publication committed to providing new training techniques and research-based insight, ACE has a number of professional resources to help you grow. We offer advanced certifications and continuing education to help you learn. We test the effectiveness of products and trends with independent, third-party research. We offer guided, easy-to-follow lifestyle programs and thousands of other tools on designed to help you lead people to long-term, healthy change.
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*Data sourced from "Corporate Wellness Industry: Strong Growth Will Continue as Companies Look to Save on Healthcare Costs" (2013) by IBISWorld; "Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition" by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor; and Journal of the American Medical Association (2005).

†To sit for the ICHWC Certification Examination, candidates will need to have completed the ACE Health Coach Certification, and take a practical training course (available Fall 2016) through Guiding Mindful Change.