Health and Wellness


Become a Board Certified Health
and Wellness Coach


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About The Health and Wellness Coaching Academy: HWCA

9-week accelerated health coaching course.

  PLUS – free access to a Nutrition Factors portal, website, calendar, coaching forms, and a NBHWC exam prep course.

Our program offers value and tools to help you with your coaching career.

We had a 93% pass rate on the NBHWC March 2024 national exam. Well done, students and instructors!

The Health and Wellness Coaching Academy is an approved course by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaches (NBHWC)

PROGRAM COST $1999.99 if paid in full at the time of registration with a discount code.

Your pathway to becoming a Nationally Certified Health Coach with the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) begins here. Upon completing our approved (9) nine-week, comprehensive health coach training course, you will receive an HWCA health coach certificate and qualifying documents to take the national exam to earn your NBC-HWC credentials.  In addition, our extensive NBHWC exam prep course is included free with paid tuition to help you study for the national exam.

Achieving the prestigious NBC-HWC credentials showcases your mastery of health coaching fundamentals and places you among industry leaders. This recognition establishes your authority in health coaching and sets you apart from non-certified peers.

Our course focuses on the core competencies of health coaching established by NBHWC. You will learn the necessary coaching skills to help others through the coaching process effectively.


Live-Interactive Synchronous Classes (9 weeks): 

  • Synchronous hours are live sessions that you are required to attend over a period of nine weeks to meet NBHWC requirements.
  • You’ll participate in real-time discussions, lectures, or activities led by the instructor.

Asynchronous-Prerecorded (Health and Wellness Modules):

  • These modules are prerecorded and can be accessed at your convenience.
  • You can start working on these modules as soon as you register for the course.
  • You do not need to wait until live classes begin. Get Started Today!

Practical Skills Assessments (PSA):

  • There are three live PSA sessions scheduled outside of class.
  • Each PSA session lasts approximately one hour.
  • You’ll be required to participate in these sessions with a classmate and the PSA instructor.
  • These sessions assess your practical skills in a hands-on manner.
  • You will receive one-on-one feedback from the PSA Instructor.

Bonus: Support for 50 coaching sessions

The NBHWC requires graduates from approved courses to complete 50 coaching sessions before applying for the national exam. These coaching sessions only need to be 20 minutes in duration. For example, you could have five clients with ten ongoing sessions or ten with five ongoing sessions.  HWCA doesn’t provide the clients. Beginning with the 7/9/24 cohort, HWCA will provide a website, appointment calendar, and coaching forms (free of charge) to help you complete your coaching sessions. The website integrates with Zoom. SMS texting is available for an extra monthly fee.


The National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC)  NBHWC was formed in 2012, to standardize health and wellness coaching. It is the gold standard for health and wellness coach certification.  NBHWC provides coaches with scope of practice and code of ethics. 

Class Schedule

August 9, 2024

Monday, Wednesday and Friday-$500 discount off of full price at registration if you have a one-on-one-call with one of our staff members, or $300 off the payment plan). Click the link below to schedule your call. 

NBHWC Approved 9 week Health Coaching Training Program




with discount code (reg.$2499.99)

Save $500 on our regular price of $2499.99! Schedule a one-on-one phone call to learn about our program and registration process. You’ll receive an exclusive coupon code for the $500 discount at the end of the call for payments made in full.

Non-refundable $500 deposit.

No refunds after class begins, or access to the student portal has been granted.



Sign up for a 6 month payment plan. Non-refundable $500 deposit.

Save $300 on our regular price of $2599.99 (processing fee included). Schedule a one-on-one phone call to learn about our program and registration process. You’ll receive an exclusive coupon code for the $300 discount at the end of the call.

 No-refunds after the first class begins, or after access to the student portal has been granted.

Continuing Education Credits


12 Continuing Ed. Credits


Network with other NBC-HWC coaches and sharpen your coaching skills. Class #1: Taking your Assessment Review to the Next Level with Exploring Life Purpose, Class #2: Creative Visioning, Class #3: Readiness to Change and Working with Ambivalence, Class #4: Increasing Motivational Interviewing Skills: Core Skills, Class #5: Increasing Motivational Interviewing Skills: Processes, Class #6: Action Planning & Case Study. Now that you have earned your NBC-HWC credentials. Take your coaching skills to the next level. This six week live course is approved by the National Board for Continuing Education (C.E.). Earn 12 C.E credits towards renewing your NBC-HWC credentials.

No refunds after class begins, or access to the student portal has been granted.



The Connect-a-Coach Continuing Education Toolkit is vital for health coaches looking to improve their practice while earning 12 coaching credits. This comprehensive guide offers a step-by-step framework to enhance coaching skills, simplify processes, and have a more significant impact on clients. Explore the fundamental principles of health coaching. This toolkit is more than just a manual; it’s a valuable resource that includes ready-to-use templates and worksheets to streamline your coaching process. This course is a do-at-your-own-pace, asynchronous course.

Digital manual sent via email. No refunds given after purchase.

What Students and Coaches Are Saying  About The Health & Wellness Coaching  Academy & Nutrition Factors

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Recognized training program by the National Board for Health  and Wellness Coaches


2 in1 offer includes: HWCA training program, and the Nutrition Factors online software 


Engaging content library with thousands of recipes, custom meal  plans, and fitness app

Course Information

Live instruction with educational modules, videos, power point presentations etc.  


9 week health coach training course, plus free access to our exam prep to help you study for the NBHWC exam, website, scheduling calendar, and coaching forms


3 days per week (2.5 hour sessions per day/30 minute break) 


Synchronous (live) and asynchronous
(pre-recorded) training 


37 Modules: Coaching Structure, Coaching Process, Health and Wellness, Ethics and Law, Practical Skills Assessments

Getting Started is Easy

Step 1. Register by paying for the course.
Step 2. Once payment is received we will contact you to confirm start date
Step 3. Prior to the start date of class, you will receive access to your student portal and link to live classes. 

Live Online Instruction

To earn a certificate of completion, the student must successfully complete a minimum 48 live hours training, plus independent study of asynchronous work including three practice skills assessments, homework, quizzes, exams, and a final evaluation.


What you will Receive

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive:
1. Certificate of Completion from HWCA.
2. Documents to take the National Exam

3. Free access to our extensive National Exam prep course to help you study for the national exam
4. One year free access to

Price for the National Exam is not included in the tuition price.


According to the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaches, “Health and Wellness Coaches partner with clients seeking self-directed, lasting changes, aligned with their values, which promote health and wellness and, thereby, enhance well-being.” The American Medical Association (AMA) defines a coach as a non-physician health care professional certified by NBHWC or NCHEC.

Research studies have clearly shown that having a health coach can be very beneficial in facilitating behavior changes conducive to a healthier lifestyle. Given that the United States is now experiencing an epidemic of obesity, diabetes, and other diseases related to poor nutrition and physical inactivity, health coaches can play a vital role in helping to combat the problem. As a health and wellness coach, the coach is in a great position
to serve as an accountability partner to their clients.

What can a coach do?

A coach may cover any of the following wellness aspects in a coaching session.

– Weight Loss
– Smoking cessation
– Reducing stress
– Improving interpersonal relationships and self-image
– Eating mindfully and healthier
– Achieving better work-life balance
– Increasing life satisfaction
– Setting personal goals and following through
– Stretching the mind to adjust the perception of oneself
– Prioritizing self-care
– Balancing wellness with a busy schedule
– Erasing negative thoughts and substituting a positive mindset

What shouldn’t a health coach attempt to do?

A coach needs to stay withing their scope of practice

– Perform therapy
– Assess nutritional needs
– Plan specific medical nutrition menus
– Assign specific exercises
– Evaluate lab results
– Make any medical or mental health diagnoses or prescribe treatment
– Engage in any other practices or activities in which the health coach lacks the proper training or credentials as stipulated by professional standards or law.

Take control of your career

A coach may cover any of the following wellness aspects in a coaching session.

– Work your own hours or contact with a company
– Set you own coaching fees
– Choose your speciality

Everything You Need to Start a Successful Coaching Career is
Right at Your Fingertips


The HWCA training program includes training on the Nutrition Factors platform. HWCA is part of the Nutrition Factors family of entities. You will receive your own personalized coaching portal during the course (one year of software is included with paid tuition). Your path to success begins with the right training program and tools. Don’t settle for just any training program, choose a training program with ALL the bells and whistles. Jump right into a new coaching career the day you successfully complete the course.  

About Nutrition Factors (NF). NF  is an easy to use coaching platform that connects you, (the coach) with your individual, and business clients. The Nutrition Factors online platform functions as a back-end office support system for one-on-one, or group coaching with the GRID Meal Planner, virtual fitness app, educational libraries, and so much more. In fact, you can transition straight from the training course right into your coaching career with the Nutrition Factors’ system. 




  • 9 week training program
  • Live & recorded Instruction
  • Webinars & videos
  • Platform to complete 50 (20 minute) coaching sessions


  • Recipe database
  • 7 day meal planner
  • Shopping list
  • Weekly meal plans from a Dietitian
  • Meal prep guide


  • Grid Diet meal planner
  • Step by step guide to weight loss
  • Assessments
  • Questionnaires/forms


  • Connect and engage with clients
  • HIPAA compliant telehealth
  • Back-end support system
  • Assessments
  • Questionnaires/forms


  • Virtual personal trainer
  • Activity tracker
  • Connect with clients
  • Motivational challenges
  • Healthy tips


  • Nutrition Factors library
  • Cutting edge content


Dr. Michael Derrick M.D.

Medical Director

Pediatric Hospitalist – Vice Section Chief
Counseled patients and parents regarding lifestyle changes using motivational interviewing on various issues including obesity, dyslipidemia, diabetes, and a variety of psychiatric disorders. Coverage for inpatient pediatrics including newborn nursery. Pediatrician at high-risk deliveries and C-sections as well as ER and community consults. Involved in revising/forming patient care policies. Developed curriculum for NRP quality improvement. 

Janet Jackson MLS, RDN, NBC-HWC

Director and CEO

Janet is a Medical Laboratory Scientist and Registered Dietitian.  She has extensive healthcare experience in hematology, immunology, chemistry, microbiology, nutrition, and teaching that spans over a 30-year period. Passionate about teaching others and developing educational programs to better serve the community and other healthcare providers. 

Cherice Godard MS, NBC-HWC


Cherice Godard is a seasoned health coach and health coach educator.  She holds a Masters of Health Sciences in Integrative Health and Wellness and a BS in Public Health Education.  Since becoming a National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC) in 2017, she has practiced health coaching both independently and within a clinical care team.  As a faculty member of the University of Portland’s School of Nursing and Health Innovations (UPSONI), Cherice developed educational materials were approved by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC), taught health coaching skills to undergraduates, and mentored students who aimed to become professional credentialled health coaches.  She enjoys the process of teaching coaching skills and helping students develop their ability to partner with clients in a way that both inspires and supports their potential. 

Meg Reichert MS,  NBC-HWC

Assistant Director and Lead Instructor

Meg is a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach. She holds additional certifications in Integrative Nutrition, Personal Training, Weight Loss Specialist, Culinary Coaching, and soon to be certified in functional nutrition. Meg holds a Masters Degree in Counseling and has previously worked as a therapist before moving into a wellness coaching role.  Meg currently works as a health and wellness coach for women and individuals with autoimmune disorders. She is a busy mother of two and currently resides in Colorado.

 Jessica Thomas MS, NBC-HWC


Jessica is a National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach. She holds a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science & Wellness Coaching, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics. She has experience coaching across many wellness areas such as nutrition, weight loss, tobacco cessation, pain, stress, and more. She has worked as a coach for Veterans & Active Duty members, along with designing coaching programs for these populations. She stays active in the outdoors in her free time and is located in Pittsburgh, PA.

Gina Gonnella, MEd,  NBC-HWC


Gina is a licensed Behavior Specialist and Health Coach with a master’s degree in education. She is dedicated to empowering individuals to lead healthier lives through movement, lifestyle modifications, and behavior change programming. She uses her educational background to design educational materials that are empowering to others, and brings extensive experience from her experience at Florida Blue and Noom. Gina is a dynamic instructor who interacts with her students to engage them fully in active participation.

Heather Joyner MS, LCSW, MSW, NBC-HWC


Heather Joyner is an experienced health professional with a twenty year history of helping others manage their health and chronic conditions. In 2017, Heather was among the first cohort in the county to obtain the certification of National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC). In addition, she holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has extensive experience working with individuals in the primary care practice setting. Her passion for wellness, both personal and professional, is foundational to her work. Heather holds a special interest in educating others in the fundamentals of health coaching. Outside of work, she enjoys staying active, spending time with her family, and following her favorite sports teams.

Stephannie Friend MS,  NBC-HWC


Stephannie currently works as a Nationally Certified Health and Wellness Coach focusing on Nutrition, Exercise, Mindfulness, and Stress Management. She also works as a Certified Pilates Instructor. She holds a Master of Science in Integrative Health and Nutrition and an NBC-HWC coaching credential. Her passion is helping others realize their personal potential through short and long term goal setting. Stephannie has a diverse professional background, which includes 4 years in the U.S. Air Force.


Do you offer a payment plan?

Yes, we offer 3, and 6 month payment plans. The student pays a $500 dollar (non-refundable) down-payment to hold the spot in class, then the payment plan begins. 

Do I have to pay for the Nutrition Factors platform in addition to the training program?

No, HWCA covers the first year membership for each student. After the first year, if you decide to continue to use the platform, the prices to our students is $79.99/ month for 50 clients. 

How much time do I need to spend on homework?

Each student is different and learns and works at a different pace. Most students spend about 10  hours/week in class and doing modules, and  assignments.

Why should I take the National Exam for Health Coaches?

At this time, health coaching is not a state licensed profession, However, to show your clients or employer that you have meet industry standards, and are not just someone without training or credentials, we highly encourage you to become certified. In fact, the American Medical Association (AMA) defines a coach as a non-physician health care professional certified by NBHWC or NCHEC.  

Can I take the NBHWC exam without finishing a training course?

No, the NBHWC requires all examinees to have met certain requirements before taking the exam, therefore a student must complete training from an approved NBHWC training program, and finish 50 (20-minute coaching sessions). See for more information. 

Do you offer day, night and weekend courses?

We don’t record these demos but if you miss one or want a refresher, you’re welcome to register for another.

What are the NBHWC requirements to take the national exam?

The NBHWC has different requirements than HWCA.

To Qualify for the National Board Certification Exam you must:

  • Complete an NBHWC Approved Training Program
    • Applicants will be required to upload a certificate of completion and/or the NBHWC Exam Eligibility Letter. The following information must be included with proof of eligibility:
      • Program Name
      • Date of Completion
      • Date of Final Practical Skills Assessment
      • NBHWC Seal of Approval
  • Complete 50 health and wellness coaching sessions
  • Document completion of an associate’s degree (or higher) or 4,000 hours of work experience

Application documents can be downloaded below.  Proof of program completion will be provided by the NBHWC Approved Training Program upon completion of the approved program.

Eligibility requirements must be completed prior to the exam application deadline.  

When will I receive my HWCA certificate.

You will receive your HWCA certificate of completion 2-3 weeks after successful completion of the course, and paid tuition.

When will I be able to take the National Exam offered by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaches?

The exam is offered twice per year. Each student must meet the requirements set by NBHWC.

What Credentials will I have after I successfully take the NBHWC exam?

You will be able to add the esteemed NBC-HWC credentials behind your name.

How soon can I start the course?

We strive to get our students started as quickly as possible. Start dates do vary. You can work a counselor to see what starting date is best for you.

What curriculum does HWCA cover?

The HWCA training program covers the basics of health coach structure, processes, ethics, law, and follows the NBWHC guidelines to help you become a certified coach with NBWHC.  We also offer a review session prior to the national exam. 

Don’t miss out on your seat in the class. Class size is limited.

Sign up today to ensure your spot.

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