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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 Workplace Wellness

The rate of preventable disease and obesity has soared in recent years, placing a seemingly insurmountable burden on employers required to pay for increasing health care costs. The result has been a widespread search for solutions. Organizations have begun offering healthier options at on-site cafeterias, smoking cessation programs and physical activity programs for team members who need help achieving healthy change. Nearly half of all employers who’ve instituted workplace wellness programs report a cost savings, and 69% of them cite a marked improvement in employee health. So what’s the secret? How do you facilitate a wellness program that leads to real results? The answer lies in ACE-certified health coaches.

Why Choose ACE?

ACE Certified Health Coaches possess the skills necessary to build employee engagement through wellness programs rooted in behavior change, nutrition and fitness, and they hold a quality certification to prove it. There are numerous health coaching certifications on the market, but only one is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and also 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. More than any other workplace wellness professional, ACE Certified Health Coaches have the expertise to help employees change the behaviors that have held them back from losing weight, eating healthier, incorporating physical activity, and improving their overall health.

Wellness Fact

Inactivity, poor nutrition, tobacco use and frequent alcohol consumption are the primary causes of chronic disease

Health Coaches in Workplace Wellness

Serving as a Driving Force

Trusting an ACE Health Coach to facilitate workplace wellness programs can mean the difference between short-term success and long-term, cost-saving results. The specialized training they receive in behavior change, physical activity and nutrition coaching will help them increase employee engagement by helping team members identify a path to change. As an ACE Health Coach, they’ll hold expertise in motivational interviewing, positive psychology and effective goal-setting that will allow them to accurately address the behaviors that have held team members back from making real change, and as a result, facilitate increased productivity and decreased health care costs.


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Wellness Fact

Inactivity, poor nutrition, tobacco use and frequent alcohol consumption are the primary causes of chronic disease

ACE Academy Select

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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

Working as part of the health care team, an ACE Health Coach can lead the transition from 'sick care' to 'health care,' and ultimately, to 'wellness.'

ACE Health Coach ManualThe curriculum covered in the ACE Health Coach manual includes insight from 19 leading experts in behavioral psychology, fitness, nutrition, health care and education. Skills in behavior change and coaching psychology, weight management psychology, physiology of obesity and techniques for lifestyle coaching provide the expertise necessary for health coaches to help patients take ownership of their goals. And research states their efforts are effective. Numerous studies have shown positive outcomes resulting from diabetes prevention programs, and obesity and weight-loss interventions led by health coaches.

Wellness 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 the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Section 10408 (2012); "A Review of the Workplace Wellness Market" (2012) by Rand Health, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; "More Employers Eye Changes to Health Benefits to Control Costs, Improve Worker Health Behavior" (2010) by the National Business Group on Health/Towers Watson Survey.

†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.