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Health Coach Exam Update
The prerequisites for the ACE® Health Coach Exam has changed since originally writing this several years ago. Here are the updated prerequisites and pre-approval process for taking the health coach exam:
Must have/be the following
- CPR certification
- 18 years or older
- Government-issued ID with signature
And must provide proof of least ONE of the following:
- Current NCCA-accredited fitness, nutrition, wellness, etc. certification
- Associate degree or higher
- Already have had a health coach certification accredited by NBHWC
- 2+ years experience in the health, nutrition, or wellness coaching field
Here’s the detailed prerequisite info from the ACE® Health Coach website:
Check out the ACE Fitness website for more information on the pre-requisites for the health coach exam. If you have questions about the prerequisites and preapproval, you can contact ACE® to get your direct questions answered.
This year so far has been really interesting so far: a mix of failed projects and successes – and it’s only June! I have had to cancel several planned events this year due to injuries, schedules, or finances, but on the positive side I have earned my yoga certification, started an outdoor bootcamp, and I’m studying for my health coach certification (I’ll take the exam in September).
Why add another fitness certification to my list, you might ask. Because I believe that life requires growth and continual learning. There is no room for stagnancy in life or business. We are created to be lifelong learners! Your mind needs exercise to stay healthy just like your muscles do, so keep it working through ongoing education.
A few months ago I started studying for my health coach certification through ACE® Fitness, and so far I’m loving it! I’m halfway through my studies and I have learned so much already. There is a lot of great material on nutrition and behavior change that wasn’t included in my personal training program. I love learning!
Reading through the textbook and manual has been awesome. I also have an online study guide that provides section videos and a study schedule to help stay on track. You can check off each chapter and workbook task as you complete it, and you can track your progress and see what’s next.
The ACE® Fitness health coach textbook has 20 chapters covering motivation and behavior change, coach and client relationships, interviewing, nutrition, exercise, legal considerations, and more. There is a lot of great information about basic behavioral psychology and how to use this with clients to help them reach their goals. The he chapters on behavior change have even helped me change my own thought patterns and some of my health habits.
Along with the online study guide, there are short videos for each study section, and online quizzes and a final practice test to prepare you for the certification exam. If you are on the go a lot, you can get the e-version of the study manual to read on your iPad or e-reader. The textbook and workbook are in-depth, well-written, and easy to understand.
For final exam prep, the textbook includes an exam content outline. I like to highlight and underline my study materials as this helps me prepare for final exams. The workbook at the end of each chapter will be an amazing study tool as well.
Once you start your studies, you have about 160 days to redeem your exam voucher and schedule your final exam. This is plenty of time to get through the studies if you spend a little time each day. I have completed about half of the program so far and I scheduled my exam for September 2nd!
It’s easy to schedule your exam. Just type in your location information and find exam location in your area. Once you select a location, you can choose an exam date that works for you.
One thing I really love about the ACE Fitness Health Coach Certification is that ACE offers a ton of great resources for their health coaches and trainers, including health forms, worksheets, behavior contracts, articles, and more. They also offer exam prep tips and health coach career information. Pretty cool!
Once I get my health coach certification, I’ll be adding it to my offerings as a personal trainer at my gym, and I might offer online coaching as well, depending on my schedule. I believe it’s important to continue learning, especially in the health and fitness industry. I really enjoy studying and learning new things (I loved college!), so getting another health and fitness certification has been a great choice for me. I’m excited to see where this journey will lead!
This blog post was originally part of a paid SocialMoms and ACE® Fitness campaign. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.
Sarah Jane Parker is the founder, recipe creator, and photographer behind The Fit Cookie. She’s a food allergy mom and healthy living blogger based in Wyoming. Sarah is also an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Health Coach, Revolution Running certified running coach, and an ACE Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist