Most emerging occupations develop from more than one occupation, so health coaches may come from a variety of education and training backgrounds. Prior to enrolling in an education program, prospective students should contact associations and employers in this field to investigate education options and employment possibilities.
Health coaches usually have a background in more than one field (for example, nursing, nutrition, physical training, coaching). They need to be knowledgeable about:
- goal setting
- mental health care, including stress reduction
- motivational techniques
- physical fitness.
Educational requirements for health coaches vary based on the employer. Some employers may also prefer to hire individuals with work experience related to health coaching.
Individuals serious about setting up and maintaining a coaching business may pursue an International Coach Federation (ICF) credentialing by obtaining one of the following:
- the Associate Certified Coach (ACC)
- the Professional Certified Coach (PCC)
- the Master Certified Coach (MCC).
For current information on the credentialing programs and application process, visit the ICF website.
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