Become a Certified Health Coach (CHC)

The NSHC is Advancing Evidence-based Health Coaching & Patient Engagement in Clinical Practice Around the Globe

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We’re Shaping the Future of Health Coaching!

National & International Recognition

How NSHC’s Program Differs

The National Society of Health Coaches introduced the first Clinical Model of Evidence-based Health Coaching (EBHC)® with Motivational Interviewing in the nation.  NSHC is the only certifying body designed specifically for licensed health practitioners credentialed to coach those with moderate to high health risks, chronic conditions, and disease.  5 Reasons to Choose NSHC

Affordable, self-paced study

Our program is 100% at your own pace and on your time. 42 CECs upon passing the exam.  Affordably priced with the option to pay now online or pay later via PayPal Credit.

Developed by clinicians for you

NSHC's program and Health Coach Certification has been developed specifically for clinicians by clinicians in contrast to programs developed for the masses.

Transitioning mindsets & behaviors

From the first patient engagement, recognize behavior change readiness cues and use new skills of motivational interviewing to tap into the patient's own motivation to change health behaviors.

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How to Get Certified

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How to Get Started

1. Purchase NSHC Program Materials
2. Receive a Registration ID from the NSHC via Email
3. Use ID to Complete Registration Online

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Complete self-paced, indendent study

On average, a minimum of 85 hours of focused self-study commensurates with passing the exam. The program is a blended one that includes a study manual and additional online study aids. 

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Pass the exam and get your certification

One complimentary test session is provided when testing is completed within 12 months from the date of purchase. The NSHC's health coach certification is valid for 5 years from the date the exam is passed.

Eligibility & Testing

Skills You’ll Learn

We provide the "nuts and bolts" of Evidence-based Health Coaching (EBHC)® with Motivational Interviewing (MI) appropriate to healthcare and wellness settings through clinical case studies and practical application.

Decrease patient/client resistance to their own treatment plan
Integrate EBHC with MI into chronic condition management, wellness, and prevention
Employ MI in brief clinical encounters
Use new conversational skills of motivational interviewing that tap into the patient's own motivation to change
Recognize cues that reveal one’s behavior change readiness
Use avenues that enhance likelihood of goal achievement
Select and tabulate health coaching outcomes with easy to use tools
Self-assess your communication style and be alert to pitfalls
Self-assess your active listening skills
Integrate easy-to-use EBHC patient/client tools into your practice


  • "I serve on a Scholars Committee at Duke whose purpose is to identify, recommend, plan and implement professional development programs. Definitely recommend this program! The Live Practice Webinars are outstanding!"

    Mary Vinson, DNP, RN-BC, CHC

    Durham, NC

  • I did extensive research regarding making a career move to health coaching. NSHC's program consistently ranks high or highest on every single resource. I've been a nurse since 1981 and NP since 2011, and have reached the point in my career where I want to impact my patients

    Linda Farmer, NP

    Meridian, MS

  • MI is exactly what I need to do in my profession. This course was excellent. I have been exposed to other MI education/videos and the people leading the videos were perfect - a real role model for me. The course text got right to the point. Every word was meaningful! I highly

    Laurie Terwilliger, RD

    Laconia, NH

  • Excellent material, presentation, and format! I highly recommend this program and would not change anything.

    Carla Fridman, MD

    Sunny Isles, FL

  • The information provided was immediately applicable to a broad range of health & wellness settings and situations. Extremely relevant to my practice.

    Joshua Ellis, Associate Professor, Chadron State College, BOC Certified Athletic Trainer

    Rapid City, SD

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Get Continuing Education Credits

42 CECs are provided complimentary upon passing the exam. 

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Host an onsite or virtual CoachClinic®

Our highly popular, interactive day-long event is hosted by your organization onsite or virtually via Zoom and facilitated by an NSHC Lead Coach.

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Certifying Health Coaches Worldwide

Contact us today and take the first step towards health coach certification! 

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