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 upon successful completion of the program, for this to happen you will need to (1) complete all programs along the learning pathway, (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:

  • A non-refundable administration fee of $20+HST for each one of the digital credential(s) attached to all programs of the learning pathway (this fee includes up to 2 opportunities to pass a post-program online assessment, required to earn the digital credential). You will receive your digital credential(s) via email upon program completion and after passing a post-program online assessment
  • The Evaluative Experiential Learning module is an additional $685+HST and includes 2 hours of videotaped individual simulation session, and feedback from simulated patient and the instructor. You will have up to three 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 program and skills digital credentials, 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 Pre-requisites
(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. Format: 4 in-person classroom days + 2 webcasts sessions

Price: $1850 + HST

Diploma or Bachelor’s degree in health care, or equivalent training and professional experience in health care field.

Individuals with experience working in health and/or wellness sector such as health and fitness centres, community care, primary care clinics, hospitals, pharmacies OR counselling role in schools, community/faith-based organizations etc.

Chronic Disease Management Health Coach

Goal Audience Format & Price Pre-requisites
(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. Format: 4 in-person classroom days + 2 webcasts sessions

 

Price: $1850 + HST

Regulated health professionals

Non-regulated health professionals may be admitted on a case by case basis. Please closely read program webpage to determine if you are eligible to take this program.

Cultural Safety for Health Coaches and Navigators

Goal Audience Format & Price Pre-requisites
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:1 in-person classroom day

Price: $275 + HST

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

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: 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 fee of $150 + HST to retake the module. You will have three 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.