There is a clear demand by the healthcare industry for Evidence-based Health Coach Certification based on an individual's clinical expertise, knowledge, and licensure/credentials to practice. The National Society of Health Coaches works closely with its Professional Advisory Board, professional practice associations, MINT Trainers, and others in professional and private practice to establish its standards for core competencies, training, and testing. NSHC's Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice are based on those of the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

NSHC's self-study program, Evidence-based Health Coaching (EBHC)® for Healthcare Providers, 4th Edition, is uniquely designed for the busy healthcare professional and allied healthcare provider. On average, 100 hours of focused self-study and practice are generally commensurate with testing success. However, differences in individual study habits, reading speed & comprehension should be taken into account.

While NSHC's health coaching program is developed for all members of a healthcare team, Health Coach Certification is extended only to clinicians and practitioners, while the Certificate of Completion is granted to all other providers.

The Certificate of Completion, while not certification, demonstrates that one has successfully completed the NSHC evidence-based health coaching education program and testing.  Employers may then determine how one's health coaching knowledge and skill will be used within their own organization.

NSHC's Certified Health Coach may integrate health coaching into one's clinical work and/or may independently practice as a health coach.  Check with your state board for guidance on independent business practice.  Clinicians having received certification can provide health coaching in areas covered by their license, as well as general guidance for wellness, healthy eating, exercise, tobacco cessation, weight loss, and stress management.

NSHC's Self-Study Program is available in either a Hardcopy or an Interactive Electronic version and includes additional online study aids, resources, and online testing.  The Interactive E-manual is designed for those who prefer to study online; a current NSHC membership is required to access the e-materials and testing.

**University/college Faculty, contact us for information related to incorporating Evidence-based Health Coaching into your curriculum.

 How to Get Started

1. Purchase NSHC Program Materials here:

2. Receive your confidential Purchase ID from the NSHC via email (Be sure to check your spam!)

3. THEN, use your Purchase ID to register your program online here:

4.  Once your registration is complete, you will receive your login username and password via email. 

5.  Purchasers of the Interactive E-manual have immediate access to the materials and testing after registration and login.

Included with each Registration 

  • Hard copy Manual OR Interactive E-Manual 
  • Additional online study materials & practice
  • 42 CE Contact Hours upon passing 
  • First-year NSHC Membership free (Membership begins on the date of purchase)
  • NSHC Certification Registry (Conditions apply)
  • One Free Test attempt when the test is completed within 12 months of purchase.  Additional test attempts (if needed) may be purchased in the Member's Store.
  • E-Quick Reference Guide for field use
  • Online Skills Practice
  • Numerous case examples, concept applications, and quick quizzes
  • Plus! Wellness & Prevention (Smoking cessation, weight loss & maintenance, stress management, healthy eating & exercise)
  • Self-assessments of your coaching style
  • Best practice clinical interventions for CHF, HTN, CAD, COPD, Diabetes, Depression, Pain, and Pressure Ulcer (via online access)

NSHC Membership 

  • 1st year complimentary 
  • Membership begins on the date of purchase and expires on the 365th day at 12:00 Midnight EST.   
  • Membership is renewed for one year ($50) or two years ($90). Purchase online in the "Member Store" or via check. If by check, Contact Us
  • Current membership is required to log in to the NSHC member's areas of the website 

Active Member Benefits      

  • Personal support via phone & email during NSHC business hours
  • Attend LIVE PRACTICE WEBINARS to hone your MI and health coaching skills! (each a $125 value!)
  • Access to articles, updates to health coaching forms, and tools
  • Convenient online testing 24/7
  • Access to NSHC exclusive Member Email Listserv for professional networking with NSHC health coaches across the U.S. and abroad (No profiles to complete!)
  • Inclusion in NSHC's CHC Member Registry used by employers to validate one's Health Coach Certification status.  (A current NSHC membership, NSHC Health Coach Certification, and an active, unencumbered professional license/credential are required to be listed as "Active" in the Registry). 

View NSHC's Program Content


  • Per Manual Registration: $875
  • Group orders - see volume pricing tier below

 Volume Discount Pricing Tier

Discount pricing begins with a program order for five (5) people  
Number of people Cost   each
( 5 - 14) $865.00
(15 - 24) $855.00
(25 - 34) $845.00
(35 - 44) $835.00
(45 - 54) $825.00
55+ contact us for pricing  

The NSHC offers program discounts to Professional Associations, Seniors (55+), and Active Duty Military and Veterans.  Email Us for details.

Order/Payment Options

1. Single Program: Order online and pay with a credit card Order Here

2. Pay by Check: Request an Invoice to mail along with your check

3. Pay Electronically?
a. Request an E-Invoice, payable online through PayPal (our credit card processing company).  A PayPal account is not required w/E-Invoicing.        
Email Us the following: company name, contact person name, email, number of programs desired (Include the number of hard copy manuals and/or electronic e-manuals), the "Ship To" address   (Street/city/state/postal code), and the name and email of the person receiving the shipment.  
b.  Pay using Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)- Email Us for EFT information. Include your company name, the contact person's name and email, the number of programs ordered, the "Ship To" address for your order (Street/city/state/zip), and the name and email of the person receiving the shipment.

Expedited and International Shipping

  • 1-2 Day Expedited Delivery (Domestic) $70 per manual  (available for orders placed M-F ONLY during regular business hours - No holiday orders)
  • International Orders:  Email Us for rates - including the destination address, phone #, and zip code in your email.  
    (NOTE: Purchaser is responsible for all Import tax or tariffs assessed by the destination country customs office) 

Specific questions?  Email Us or call 888-838-1260. Calls are returned during regular business hours. Thank you

Return Policy:  Hard copy health coach program manuals are Non-Returnable, Non-Refundable once the shrink wrapping has been damaged or removed. 
NSHC will accept returns of undamaged hard copy manuals within 30 days of purchase when the original shrink wrap is intact.  Email for additional details.

The NSHC may change its standards, policies, practice recommendations, membership requirements, and costs from time to time in accordance with research, clinical best practices, healthcare reform, and market trends. Your periodic and continued use of this site is required to stay abreast of any change(s) that may occur.