With chronic disease on the rise across the globe, the need for health coaches is growing as well. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the health coaching profession is predicted to grow by 16% over the next 10 years. Health coaching is a dynamic partnership that centers on increasing awareness and capacity for change and empowering people to adopt healthier lifestyles. If you are interested in pursuing a career as an ACE Certified Health Coach, follow these steps.Begin
The ACE Health Coach Certification is the only health coach certification accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), considered the gold standard in health and fitness.
Once you've decided the ACE Health Coach Certification is right for you, it's time to choose a study program that best fits your study needs: Basic or Plus. The new ACE Health Coach Study Program includes a combination of digital and print materials that are designed so that you can learn at your own pace. The innovative online learning experience will guide you through the program so you can benefit fully from the comprehensive information and training modules that will prepare you for both the certification exam and a career as a health coach. ACE offers several tools you can use, including ACE Answers, our self-serve resource center, and ACE Answers on Facebook, our social study community.
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The cost of the ACE Health Coach Certification Exam is included in the price of each of the study program options. You are required to register for your exam within six months after purchasing your materials. Prior to registering, make sure you meet all of the exam prerequisite requirements, which include holding a current CPR/AED certification with live skills check. Please note that purchasing ACE study materials is not required in order to register for the exam.Next
Once you pass your exam, you will become an official ACE Certified Health Coach and gain access to exclusive resources aimed at helping you launch your career, including professional discounts on exercise equipment, liability insurance and more. You'll also receive your certificate to display and a wallet ID card to verify your credentials to potential clients and employers.
Once you're ready to start helping clients get healthy, you'll first need to determine the right environment for your career. Consider the setting you'd like to work in—a health and fitness club, specialty studio, benefits association, wellness facility, medical fitness facility or your own private practice—and the type of population with whom you prefer to work. Choosing a path that suits your desires and personal and professional needs will ensure your career starts off on the right foot. Whichever career path you pursue, ACE has a variety of tools to help you get started. For more information, see our Programs & Benefits or log in to your My ACE Account once you earn your certification.Next
No matter how great you are at your craft, you can't be everything to everyone. Focusing on a specialty within your health coaching practice will make it easier for you to connect with clients who will be a good fit for your services. ACE has created a series of Specialist Programs to help you focus your expertise in specific areas, including behavior change, fitness nutrition and weight management. Although anyone can pursue the education in a specialist program, only those who hold NCCA-accredited certifications will be recognized as ACE Specialists. To find out which area you should pursue, consider the needs in your community and what fuels your passion.Next
In order to ensure your ongoing professional development and maintain high standards, ACE Certified Professionals (and others in the industry) are required to earn 20 hours of continuing education credits (2.0 CECs) every two years. Establishing and enforcing this standard helps us validate that professionals continue to enhance their competence to safely and effectively help empower people to change. To fulfill those renewal requirements, ACE offers a number of diverse opportunities to help you build your expertise.Next