Become a Certified Health Coach, CHC
Through the National Society of Health Coaches!
Advancing Evidence-based Health Coaching & Patient Engagement in Clinical Practice

Health Coach Certification, Certificate of Completion, CEs, Recertification

NSHC Offers:

  • Health Coach Certification (For Clinical Healthcare Practitioners)
  • Certificate of Completion   (For Allied Healthcare Providers)

NSHC's program of study and practice is the same for both types of providers, but testing is different, as liability is different for the clinical practitioner compared to the allied healthcare provider. This allows all of the healthcare team to project the same philosophy and implement the same engagement skills to the level of their credentials and to their employer's expectations.

NSHC Certification Eligibility:

NSHC's certification eligible credentials are listed below.  Please note, there is no petitioning process to add credentials not listed, nor consideration made for past experience or academic coursework.   (If you do not see your credential below, you may take our course for Certificate of Completion - scroll for details.)  
  • AACVRP: CCRP Exercise Physiologist
  • ACSM: Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist 
  • ACSM: Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist
  • ACSM: Certified Exercise Physiologist
  • American Board of Genetic Counseling, Certified Genetic Counselor
  • BCBA: Board Certified Behavioral Analyst
  • BCaBA: Board Certified Assistant Behavioral Analyst
  • BOC Certified Athletic Trainer
  • BCNS Certified Nutrition Specialist
  • Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist 
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Dietetic Technician, Registered
  • Foreign Medical Doctor (ECFMG Certified plus USMLE Step3)
  • Hospital Corpsman (Active Military Duty)
  • International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
  • Licensed Acupuncturist
  • Licensed Audiologist
  • Licensed Chiropractor
  • Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (NC SAPPB)
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Licensed Creative Arts Therapist
  • Licensed Dentist
  • Licensed Dietitian
  • Licensed Doctor of Optometry
  • Licensed Doctor of Osteopathy
  • Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
  • Licensed Medical Doctor
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor
  • Licensed Nutrition & Dietetic Technician
  • Licensed Nutritionist
  • Licensed Occupational Therapist
  • Licensed Pharmacist
  • Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Licensed Physician Assistant
  • Licensed Podiatrist
  • Licensed Practical Nurse / Licensed Vocational Nurse
  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor / Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Licensed Psychological Associate
  • Licensed School Psychologist
  • Licensed or Registered Speech Pathologist
  • Licensed or Registered Speech Pathologist Assistant
  • Naturopathic Doctor (Modern) (NPLEX Licensed/Registered)
  • NBCC National Certified Counselor
  • NBRC Registered Respiratory Therapist
  • NBRC Certified Respiratory Therapist
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Registered Dental Hygienist
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
  • Registered/Licensed Physical Therapist
  • Registered Nurse
  • SAPPB Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist

NSHC Health Coach Certification 

The credential of CHC (Certified Health Coach) is granted upon passing the NSHC timed Certification Exam and Skills Competency and is valid for 5 years from the date the exam is passed as long as one remains in good standing with the Society, one's professional license/credential remains current in our database for the term of the 5 year certification and is unencumbered by the issuing body.  

When a professional license/credential expiration date is not updated the member no longer demonstrates an active/current certification qualifying credential - therefore, the member's CHC credential inactivates until which time the professional license/credential expiration date is current in the NSHC database.  Members are responsible for updating license/credential information throughout the 5 year certification period, which requires a current NSHC membership for login. NSHC's CHC credential is used within the scope of one's professional license/certification/credential that renders one eligible for NSHC Certification.  

One complimentary certification testing session is provided when testing is completed within 12 months from the date of purchase. If the Certification Exam is not passed on the first attempt, there is a one-time 30-day wait period to re-test.  Additional exam attempts ($50) may be purchased in the Member's Store. There is no waiting period to re-test the Skills Competency component of the exam ($25). Testing after the 12-month complimentary period will incur a $50 testing fee and a $50 NSHC membership renewal fee, if applicable.

Clinicians Residing Outside of the U.S. are eligible for NSHC certification.  NOTE: It is the responsibility of the individual to determine if and how the NSHC certification will be recognized and used in his/her specific country.

NSHC's CHC Member Registry:
Employers use NSHC's CHC Member Registry to validate the status (Active or Inactive) of one's Health Coach Certification. A current unencumbered professional license/credential (e.g., MD, RN, RD, COTA, RPT, etc.) in the NSHC database, a current health coach certification, and a current NSHC membership are required to be listed as "Active" in the Member's Registry. Members who do not update the expiration date of their professional license after renewing with their State or Organization credential provider will appear as "Inactive" in the registry. Each member is responsible for maintaining current license and demographic information in NSHC's database for the 5-year term of the CHC certification. 

Certificate of Completion

NSHC offers a Certificate of Completion to allied healthcare providers not included in the eligible credential list above. The NSHC Certificate of Completion is granted after passing the online Post-Test and Skills Competency. Study materials are the same for all NSHC members, but testing is different for those with a clinical license/credential due to liability differences.

The Certificate of Completion demonstrates that you have successfully completed NSHC evidence-based health coaching education program and testing. Employers may then determine how ones new health coaching knowledge and skill will be used within the organization, under the direction of a supervisor.  An NSHC Certificate of Completion does not grant one the right or responsibility to independently promote themselves as an NSHC Health Coach, or coach another individual without direct supervision of an employer. Many Allied Healthcare Providers choose NSHC's Certificate of Completion over another organization's Certification due to NSHC's focus on use within healthcare settings.

Certificate of Completion is granted upon passing the timed, online Post Test that includes Skills Competency.  One complimentary testing session is provided when testing is completed within 12 months from the date of purchase.  If you are not successful in the first test attempt, you may re-test at any time.  The re-test fee is $25.  Testing after the 12-month complimentary period requires a $25 testing fee and $50 NSHC Membership renewal fee.   All testing attempts and membership renewals may be purchased in the Member Store.

Testing

All testing is conducted online. A member is expected to use his or her own unique username and password to enter the private member area to access and complete testing independently, without collaboration or assistance from or with others. During the NSHC routine quality reviews, should the Society for any reason believe that user integrity is in question, or that an exam has been breached in any way, including the sharing of test questions or answers between individuals, it reserves the right and authority to revoke individual NSHC membership, Certification or Certificate of Completion, and any CE or CEC credit associated with such testing. Employers, who have their users testing as a group, are strongly advised to proctor their testing.

The NSHC maintains the privacy of member test results, including members who are part of a company or association group.

Continuing Education

Contact hours and credits are provided complimentary by the NSHC.  CE Contact hours for Nursing and Physical Therapy are granted by Scully Health Management, Inc. (954-242-0515), Coral Springs, FL, an Approved Provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP 14223), Florida Board of Nursing (NCE3358) and the Delaware Board of Nursing (DE-010311), and Approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California.  CEs awarded are 28.2 for a 60 minute contact hour or 33.8 for a 50 minute contact hour, depending on the definition of a contact hour by a member's professional board.  The Commission on Dietetic Registration has approved NSHC's program for 28 CPEUs for its Registered Dietitian; Dietetic Technician, Registered; Registered Dietitian, Nutritionist; and Nutrition & Dietetics Technician, Registered. "Learning Needs" Codes for the Commission on Dietetic Registration are 6010, 6020, 6070, and 6080.

All other individuals qualified for NSHC Certification and also Allied Healthcare Providers, upon passing, receive CECs from the American College of Sports Medicine(ACSM). The American College of Sports Medicine's Professional Education Committee certifies that the National Society of Health Coaches meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider Status from 2015 - 2018. Providership # 701294. CEC credits awarded are 28.2 for a 60 minute contact hour. 

NOTE:
 Those granted CEs/CECs are responsible for safely maintaining their respective certificate in their own personal files and for submitting to their own Professional Board for approval. 

Re-certification 

Re-certification is required every 5 years and is achieved through re-examination only. The exam will reflect the content of the most current self-study manual.
Members must register for re-certification and test prior to the expiration of their CHC credential to avoid interruption in their certification status.  An active unencumbered certification eligible professional license or credential is required to re-certify, as well as being in good standing with the NSHC. 

Registration:  
Current NSHC Members: $425 + $20 s/h, register in the Member Store after login, or email: info@nshcoa.com for an invoice that can be mailed along with a check.
Expired NSHC Members: $490 + $20 s/h, email: info@nshcoa.com to receive an E-Invoice 

Included With Registration:  The most current self-study manual (shipped to the address in our database), 365 days added to NSHC Membership/CHC Registry, one testing session, and complimentary CEs upon passing the exam.

NOTE:  The health coach program is a guided self-study with on-line interactive practice resources in combination with hard copy materials that are shipped to you.  The shipped materials include the health coach education manual with curriculum, an audio CD, and a quick reference pocket guide for use in the field.