Health coaches come from a variety of backgrounds. Most health coaches hold a degree or certification as an allied health professional. April and Emily are Respiratory Therapists and have almost two decades of combined experience within that field. They have health coach certifications from different entities.
April earned her certification from ACE (American Council on Exercise). She learned about motivation and behavior change, coach and client relationships, motivational interviewing, nutrition, exercise, and more. In order to sit for the ACE Health Coach certification exam, April had to be over the age of 18, hold a current CPR/AED certification, and hold an associate’s degree or from an accredited college or university. The ACE Health Coach certification is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). The NCAA is the same credentialing agency for registered dietitians, athletic trainers, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and many more.
Emily earned her certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She studied food and diet, but also learned why and how other lifestyle factors directly impact everyday life. Factors such as stress, sleep, physical activity, spirituality, relationship, and more. Emily was taught the concept of bio-individuality, which means everyone is unique and that one plan or program will not work the same for each person. It takes a year of training to become credentialed as a health coach from IIN.