Health Coach Professional Certificate

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The Health Coach Professional Certificate at York University is the FIRST AND ONLY National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching Approved Training Program in Canada.

Why Does This Matter?

Health Coaching is an emerging  and unregulated field in Canada. Quality assurance is essential to ensure that our program and our trained health coaches meet an industry recognized standard. There are various organizations who offer accreditation but only one organization uses standards rooted in health coaching science and evidence-based practices. The National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) aligns with York University's health coaching principles,  and has accredited programs from Mayo Clinic, Georgetown University, Duke University, and other academic institutions. NBHWC-approved training programs have met the requirements of an extensive application and review process.

Individuals can also become a Board-Certified Coach by writing the NBHWC Health & Wellness Coach Certifying Examination. To qualify for the exam, you must first complete a NBHWC-Approved Training Program such as the program offered at York University.  For more information, visit the NBHWC website.

About the Professional Certificate

The Health Coach Professional Certificate is designed to address specific population needs at various stages of health. The training will equip you with skills to provide health coaching to clients – in one to one practice or as an expansion of your role in team-based care, both within private practice and organizations.

You will earn a Health Coach Professional Certificate digital credential (1) upon successful completion of the programs along the learning pathway, when you (2) earn all skills digital credentials and (3) pass the Evaluative Experiential Learning Module.

Please note there are additional fees attached to the Health Coach Professional Certificate:

  • The Evaluative Experiential Learning module ( ELLM) is an additional $685+13%HST. This is an One-On-One Summative Assessment that includes 2 hours of videotaped individual simulation session and feedback from the simulated patient and the instructor. You will have up to two opportunities to successfully complete the module and there will additional fees to retake the module.

NOTE:  Please note that there are prerequisites for taking the full professional certificate. Bundle discounts are available if you purchase the entire suite of professional certificate programs and the EELM, contact us for further information at hlln@yorku.ca.

FAQs on health coaching and our health coach program

Learning Pathway

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The Lifestyle and Wellness and Chronic Disease Management Health Coach certificates include practical and applied training through interactive case discussions and live practice simulation sessions with professional actors.

Lifestyle and Wellness Health Coach

Goals Audience Format & Price Entry requirements
(1) To promote health lifestyles and support population wellness goals through health coaching.

(2) To train members of your organization or community to provide peer-to-peer general health and wellness support services.

Individuals with a health related education and experience working in various health, wellness or fitness settings, or interested in starting their own practice. Formats: in-person OR online (plus 2 additional webcasts )

Price: $1890 + HST

  • Regulated Health Professional; OR
  • University or college degree in nursing, medicine, psychology, social work, dentistry, health promotion, kinesiology, physiology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and other health-related fields; OR
  • 1-2 years of work experience in the health and/or wellness or related counselling field;
  • OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
    • Programs at the Health Leadership & Learning Network (HLLN) are offered in English. To register in our programs, it is your responsibility to ensure that you meet the language requirements. You may be asked to demonstrate language proficiency. Click on the link to learn more: English Language Requirements

Please note: International students who meet program entry requirements are welcome to take this program. You must submit a copy of your degree certificate or transcript of your academic record (this will need to be in English and translated by a certified lawyer/institution). Please note all programs have been designed according to Canadian standards.

Chronic Disease Management Health Coach

Goal Audience Format & Price Entry requirements
(1) To support the management of chronic diseases and complexity of diseases using health coaching skills.

(2) To train health professionals to prevent or reduce secondary conditions for disease populations or high-risk populations in their clinical practice.

Regulated health professionals working in primary care, community care, specialty clinics, hospitals, pharmacies and other clinical settings or interested in starting their own practice. Formats:  in-person OR online (plus 2 additional webcasts )

 

Price: $1890 + HST

  • Regulated health professionals with an active licence working in primary care, community care, specialty clinics, hospitals, pharmacies, and other clinical settings; OR
  • Regulated Health professionals with an active licence working , who want to start their own health coaching practice;
  • OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

Please note:

  • Registered health professionals may be asked for proof of licencing
  • International students who meet program entry requirements are welcome to take this program. You must submit a copy of their license number from your home country (this will need to be in English and translated by a certified lawyer/institution). Please note all programs have been designed according to Canadian standards.

On a case-by-case basis we may consider the following. You will need to meet a minimum requirement of :

  • Bachelor's degree in a health-related field (i.e. public health, health promotion, psychology (unlicensed), kinesiology (unlicensed), AND
  • Formal education in human anatomy and physiology, and pathophysiology of chronic conditions. You may be asked to provide a transcript. AND

Cultural Safety for Health Coaches and Navigators

Goal Audience Format & Price entry requirements
Learn how to offer health coaching and/or patient navigation services in a culturally safe way. Health coaches and patient navigators

Any professional working in the health or social sector field providing front-line care or services.

 

Format: online

Price: $295 + HST

Recommended: Diploma or Bachelor’s degree in health care and/or social sciences, or equivalent training and professional experience in health care field.

Programs at the Health Leadership & Learning Network (HLLN) are offered in English. To register in our programs, it is your responsibility to ensure that you meet the language requirements. You may be asked to demonstrate language proficiency. Click on the link to learn more: English Language Requirements

Evaluative Experiential Learning Module

Goal Audience Format & Price Price
Summative assessment of health coaching skills and competencies.

A pass grade is required to earn  the Health Coach Professional Certificate.

Contact us at hlln@yorku.ca for more information.

Individuals who are interested in earning the Health Coach Professional Certificate.

 

Format: One-On-One Summative Assessment=2 hours booked on an individual basis.

Includes:

Three 20- minute videotaped session with simulated patient actor with feedback and scoring from  the instructor via webinar.

 

Price: $685 + HST

Price includes the professional certificate credential.

Note: There will be an additional fees to retake the module. You will have two opportunities in total to successfully complete the module.

 

NOTE: For individuals interested in earning both the Patient Navigation and Health Coach Professional Certificates, you do not have to take the Cultural Safety for Health Coaches and Navigators twice - they would be counted towards both professional certificates.

Entry Requirements:

  • Regulated health professionals with an active licence working in primary care, community care, specialty clinics, hospitals, pharmacies, and other clinical settings; OR
  • Regulated Health professionals with an active licence working , who want to start their own health coaching practice;
  • OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
    • Programs at the Health Leadership & Learning Network (HLLN) are offered in English. To register in our programs, it is your responsibility to ensure that you meet the language requirements. You may be asked to demonstrate language proficiency. Click on the link to learn more: English Language Requirements

Please note:

  • Registered health professionals may be asked for proof of licencing
  • International students who meet program entry requirements are welcome to take this program. You must submit a copy of their license number from your home country (this will need to be in English and translated by a certified lawyer/institution). Please note all programs have been designed according to Canadian standards.

On a case-by-case basis we may consider the following. You will need to meet a minimum requirement of :

  • Bachelor's degree in a health-related field (i.e. public health, health promotion, psychology (unlicensed), kinesiology (unlicensed), AND
  • Formal education in human anatomy and physiology, and pathophysiology of chronic conditions. You may be asked to provide a transcript. AND
  • OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
    • Programs at the Health Leadership & Learning Network (HLLN) are offered in English. To register in our programs, it is your responsibility to ensure that you meet the language requirements. You may be asked to demonstrate language proficiency. Click on the link to learn more: English Language Requirements