How do I train to be a Health Coach?

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Health Coaches advise and support their clients to make healthy dietary and lifestyle choices to improve their overall wellbeing and achieve their health goals. They are able to offer basic nutrition advice and explain how food can be used to increase vitality and tackle health issues. Health Coaches can also assist with meal plans, developing exercise routines, strategies to manage stress and sleep issues, problem solving and goal setting.

If you’ve been wondering “how do I train to be a Health Coach” then keep reading on.

Why become a Health Coach?

The health coaching industry is a flourishing market and in the last five years it has grown exponentially. The industry is set to grow to $28 billion by 2030 which is double what it is worth now. With chronic diseases, obesity and stress-related conditions continuing to rise, the need for Health Coaches has never been greater.

There is an ever-growing demand for Health Coaches in the NHS, especially working in GP surgeries. Doctors don’t have the time, training or resources to help patients deal with the dietary and lifestyle challenges that contribute to their ill-health. Health Coaches are equipped to assist patients and support them on their journey to better heath.

Becoming a Health Coach also gives you the freedom to be your own boss and create a fulfilling career that you enjoy. The career opportunities for Health Coaches are endless, and you can choose a work schedule that suits your lifestyle and family commitments.

How to become a Health Coach

  • Complete your Health Coach Diploma with a reputable training provider that is accredited internationally. Be aware that some health coaching courses only give you basic training with no practical experience. CNM’s Health Coach diploma is accredited by multiple internationally recognised health coaching associations, and it’s a comprehensive course that includes 20 hours of supervised practical training. The diploma is designed to be self-paced and you can complete it in 6 – 12 months. Discover 5 tips for choosing the right Health Coach course.
  • Practice as much as possible. Practical experience helps you gain confidence and the necessary skills to become a proficient Health Coach. Use friends and family as real-life case studies and role play consultations with your classmates.
  • Create a business plan and start marketing yourself. Having a detailed business plan will help you get crystal clear on your business goals: who your target customer is, the services you want to offer, what your brand identity is and your marketing/ communication strategy. On CNM’s Health Coach diploma, there is a whole module dedicated to business, marketing and PR; it provides students with all the tools they need to create a thriving health coaching business upon graduation. Students learn how to create a business plan, set up a website/ blog, use social media and digital strategies to promote themselves, devise packaging and pricing plans, and create multiple revenue streams. Take a look at the course overview for more information.
  • Get started! When you’ve completed your Health Coach diploma, got some practical experience under your belt and a marketing plan in hand, get yourself out there. Be brave and start promoting yourself as a Health Coach. Tell people what you do, especially friends and family as they will be your biggest referrers. Go to networking events, connect with other practitioners and industry professionals, start sharing content online, run wellbeing talks and be a guest on relevant podcasts. There are so many ways to position yourself as an expert and attract a steady stream of clients.

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Start your Health Coaching career today

If you’ve been thinking about training to become a Health Coach for a while then don’t delay, now is the perfect time to get into the industry. Once you’ve completed your Health Coach diploma at CNM, you can get your business off the ground and start seeing clients immediately. CNM provides Health Coach students with practical experience and the necessary tools to kickstart their career, including business-in-a-box which gives you access to templates, recipes cards, client forms, advice sheets and menu plans.