Wellness Coaching Program
Wellness Coach Training
The Mayo Clinic Wellness Coach Training is an 11-session course that prepares students to work as Wellness Coaches within diverse settings. It is a combination of online and onsite learning. All sessions are offered online, with the exception of Session 3, which is a 2.5-day workshop at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Wellness Coach Certification
Candidates may apply for, and be granted, a Wellness Coach Certification if they:
Within 2 years of successfully completing the Wellness Coach Training Course offered by Mayo Clinic, participants will submit a Wellness Certification Application along with the nonrefundable Application Fee of $400. You will receive exam information after the application and fees are received. The Comprehensive Coaching Case Form may be completed before or after the Wellness Certification Exam.
Wellness Certification will be submitted for approval when all components are received, including the Signed Statement of Requirements.
Participants who fail the certification exam may retest up to two more times within 2 years of completing the Wellness Coach Training. Once the 2-year period has passed, participants must repeat the Wellness Coach Training to be considered for certification.
Wellness Coach Certification is valid for three years. At that point, and every three years thereafter, renewal of the certificate is required. Please see Certification Renewal Requirements Detail.
Successful completion of the Mayo Clinic Wellness Coach Training offered through Mayo School of Health Sciences is the first step for participants who are interested in becoming a Mayo Clinic Certified Wellness Coach. The following criteria must also be documented:
Client Interaction Guidelines
Example 1: Sally is a Wellness Coach in Private Practice. She spent one hour today on a telephonic coaching call with a client.
Amount of time that Sally can count toward practice hour requirement: One hour
Example 2: Mitch is a nurse working as a Diabetes Educator at a local health clinic. He spent 1.5 hours today with one of his clients, assisting with a treatment plan. Most of the time was spent showing the patient a film and teaching her about diabetes. He spent about 15 minutes assessing her motivation and utilizing skills to enhance her motivation for compliance to the plan that her physician gave her earlier in the day. He spent an additional 15 minutes utilizing coaching skills as they worked together on her goals.
Amount of time that Mitch can count toward practice hour requirement: 30 minutes
Complete coaching interactions with a minimum of four different clients. Coaching skills must be utilized in one-on-one sessions. Utilizing coaching skills in a group setting will not be considered for certification purposes.
A total of four clients must be seen. At least two of your clients must be seen for a total of six sessions (initial consultation plus five follow-up sessions with the same client). Ideally, each of the six sessions will take place weekly, but all six must be completed within a 16-week span. A Comprehensive Coaching Case Form guides you in documenting your sessions. This form must be completed and submitted to the certification committee for one of your clients. Illegible or incomplete forms will not be accepted.
Volunteer clients are acceptable for practice hour submission. However, significant others (e.g., spouse/partner) and first-degree relatives (as clients) will not be considered for practice hours. In addition, all clients considered for practice hours must be 18 years or older.
Certification Requirements Timeline
Certification Time Period
Certification Renewal Requirements
Up to 30 (but at least 15) of these hours must be for actual continuing education that you attended (facilitating a course does not count). The other 15 hours may be practice hour related. In other words, for renewal purposes only, each hour of coaching interaction you have with a client will count as one hour of continuing education. Up to 15 of these hours may be used to fulfill the 30-hour continuing education requirement.
Continuing education hours include completed coursework/workshops relating to counseling, psychology, coaching, or health behavior change. Education that is specific to a “specialty” area, such as sleep, nutrition, weight management, diabetes, etc., is also acceptable.
Participants may also be asked to provide goals, objectives and information about the facilitator/speaker for any educational event that they submit for consideration. Coursework that would not be accepted includes topics unrelated to coaching and/or health, such as animal sciences, engineering, math, statistics, chemistry, etc.
Questions about whether a course will be accepted can be directed to the Nicotine Dependence Center by emailing email@example.com or calling 507-266-1093.
John has certificates of attendance for 30 hours of continuing education. (John does not need to also fulfill a practice hour requirement since he has already met his 30 hours of continuing education.)
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