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Have you ever heard someone say “I want to change, but…”

Change is hard. Year after year, people fail at taking the steps needed to feel better and do better in their lives. The problem is most people who want to change don’t know how.

One of the most common barriers to change is ambivalence. It’s “yes, but” thinking: “I’d like to get exercise, but I get home from work late and then have to take care of my kids.”

But change doesn’t have to be out of reach for anyone.

Gain Skills to Take the Struggle
Out of Change

Get Certified as a Wellness Coach

When you get certified as a wellness coach with IWE, you’ll learn evidence-based approaches proven to help people make change that sticks.

We teach you how to help others change on their own terms and in their own way…

…the only way that is really proven to change behavior.

IWE Wrote the Book

IWE created the national occupational competencies and training curriculum that established wellness coaching as an official occupation recognized by the US Department of Labor (SOC #21-1094.00).

The competencies and curriculum also serve as the basis for the Department of Labor’s Registered Apprenticeship in Wellness Coaching. (Bulletin and Curriculum)

What Does a Wellness Coach Do?

Effective wellness coaches help people move from “yes, but” or “I really want to…” to positive action.


  • Engage people in conversation about their dreams and aspirations for change.
  • Amplify and strengthen discussion about change, ultimately leading to planning for change and taking action.
  • Focus people’s attention on defining specific goals that matter to them and count in their lives.
  • Evoke from people their own thoughts, ideas, and feelings about change that will propel them forward through an effective self-change process.
  • Stimulate people’s imaginations about options and possibilities.
  • Help people create a plan of action that works for them and fits with their needs, interests, values, and preferences so they can achieve goals that are meaningful to them.
  • Give people hope and confidence, and help them celebrate the small changes that can lead to big rewards.

Who Is Wellness Coaching For?

Wellness coaching is for anyone who wants to make a difference by guiding others to positive, lasting change. Wellness coaching is for you, whether you’re a:


  • Person seeking a career change
  • Seasoned professional looking to enhance your skill set
  • Health practitioner wanting to improve outcomes
  • Manager wanting to coach for success and increase productivity
  • Community volunteer who wants to make a difference

Find Out If You Have What It Takes to
Become a Wellness Coach

  • Do people come to you for help because you are a good listener?
  • Will people’s lives be improved if you are able to help them succeed in making changes in their thinking and behavior?
  • Is helping or encouraging people to make changes part of what you do at home, work, school, or in the community?
  • Are you ever concerned about how to maintain good relationships with others so you can help them or retain them as clients or customers?
  • Are the people you want to help reluctant or ambivalent about making changes? Do they struggle to make changes that are important to them?
  • Do you ever struggle to help people who seem “resistant,” “in denial,” “unmotivated,” or “difficult?”

5 Benefits You Get by Becoming a
Certified Wellness Coach with IWE

  • Maximize your capacity to help others
  • Reduce your frustration with trying to “make” people change
  • Decrease conflicts and confrontations with others
  • Gain freedom and flexibility to work for yourself
  • Enjoy greater satisfaction and sense of purpose than you dreamed possible

Dr. David Mee-Lee

Chair, Steering Committee, ASAM Coalition for National Clinical Criteria, Senior Fellow, Justice Programs Office (JPO) of the School of Public Affairs (SPA) at American University, Washington, DC,Senior Vice President, The Change Companies, Carson City, Nevada

Dr. Deborah Teplow

CEO & Founder, Institute for Wellness Education. Seasoned professional in professional training, health communication, continuing medical education (CME), and medical publishing.  Strong track record of success in all areas of curriculum design and delivery, instructional technology, professional training, faculty development, continuing clinical medical education, and education publishing.

Here’s what people say about our courses

“I created a chart from what I learned and refer to it on a frequent basis as I begin to initiate a new change. I would recommend this course to anyone who is sincere about creating long-lasting, meaningful change in his or her life.”

— Carol, USA

“I have told all my friends about this inspiring and easy-to-understand course, and they can see how genuinely happy I am about the future and how enthusiastic I am to learn more on this subject. I can not recommend more highly to get certified as a wellness coach. This short course will change you, and you will enjoy the process as you learn just how awesome you are.”

— Elizabeth, Australia

“I cannot recommend this course more highly! I use the techniques in my daily work with others and it’s made a huge difference in the help I’m able to offer.”

— Alejandro, Spain

“I loved the Take Charge of Your Life: Be Well To Do Well certification program! This program is invaluable and truly great. I cannot wait to implement and lead a wellness group here at the Public Health Department.”

— Tina, USA

Course Registration


Pay in full or use our interest-free payment plan that makes it easy to get the training you need right now. New classes start the first and fifteenth of each month, so sign up now to get started!


NOTE: Contact us for bulk discount pricing.


Regular Tuition

S$1,180  (aprox US$895)

Special Price for Government or Non-Profit Sectors

S$1,100  (aprox US$849)

Course Format, Outline, & Objectives

Course Format

Learn when, how, where you want, and at a pace that’s right for you.

  • This is an online, self-paced course, so you need access to the internet and an email address.
  • Course materials include:
    • Online course using Instructure’s Canvas learning management system
    • 81-page hardcopy Interactive Journal® (workbook) that accompanies the online material and that you keep as a private, personal journal
    • Journal Club Facilitator Guide (pdf)
  • The course features a learn-by-doing format, so activities are designed to give you opportunities to learn, reflect, assess, evaluate, report, create and act. There are no vast amounts of material to read, big exams to take, or papers to write.
  • The course format has a rhythm that combines reading a page of text or watching a video, completing a 1–2 question quiz to reinforce learning, doing a hands-on, experiential exercise or survey, and participating in discussions.
  • The material is varied and all assignments are relatively easy to do.
  • We also conduct regular teleconferences to help you practice your coaching skills. Teleconferences are scheduled at different times during the week, so you should be able to find times that work for you. We can accommodate your schedule no matter where you live in the world. Our students have come from the USA, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. You can participate in any calls you want and don’t have to sign up for a particular recurring time. You must participate in at least 5 calls to earn full certification.
  • Expected duration: Students generally spend 36-50 hours completing the course.
Course Outline
  1. Welcome and Orientation
  1. Module 1: All About Wellness
    • Module 1a: Setting the Stage–Why Talk About Wellness?
    • Module 1b: Dive In–What Is Wellness?
    • Module 1c: What Is Wellness Coaching?
  1. Coaching Skills*: Asking Open-Ended Questions
  1. Module 2: How People Change…for Good
    • Module 2a: Stages of Change, Growth Mindset, Six Sources of Influence
    • Module 2b: Strategies for Change: Behavior Design and Tiny Habits
  1. Coaching Skills*: Addressing People Where They’re at in the Change Process
  1. Coaching Skills*: Providing Affirmations
  1. Module 3: Using Data to Support Your Coaching Efforts
  1. Coaching Skills*: Making Reflections
  1. Module 4: All Things Physical
    • Module 4a: Physical Wellness
    • Module 4b: Nutritional Wellness
    • Module 4c: Medical & Dental Wellness
  1. Coaching Skills*: Leading Journal Club–Getting Started
    • Ten Strategies for Change
    • Matching Strategies for Change to Stage of Change
  1. Module 5: Inner and Outer Spaces
    • Module 5a: Social Wellness
    • Module 5b: Environmental Wellness
    • Module 5c: Spiritual Wellness
  1. Module 6: Mind, Mood, Action
    • Module 6a: Behavioral & Intellectual Wellness
    • Module 6b: Psychological & Emotional Wellness
  1. Coaching Skills*: Leading Journal Club–Digging Deeper
    • Group Facilitation, Building Support for Change
    • Scaling: Building on Strengths One Step at a Time
  1. Module 7: Occupation and Finances
    • Module 7a: Occupational Wellness
    • Module 7b: Financial Wellness
  1. Module 8: Bringing It All Home
    • Final Coaching Exercise
    • Coaching Demonstration

*Students learn about and develop coaching skills through the online course, live practice on teleconferences, and through coaching-practice assignments.

Learning Objectives
  1. List factors that enable people to make sustainable change.
  1. Describe the role Wellness Coaches can play at home, at work, and in their communities.
  1. Use tools and strategies that are part of the US National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) to facilitate the self-change process for yourself, individuals, and groups.
  1. Help others set appropriate behavioral goals based on their unique interests, needs, desires, and abilities.
  1. Demonstrate empathy, understanding, and respect for client autonomy and choice.