How To Choose The Health Coaching School That’s Right For You
Olivia had finally decided she wanted to pursue her dream of becoming a health coach.
For too long, she had done everything she thought she was ‘supposed’ to do, but she wasn’t happy or fulfilled. Now, it was time to follow her heart and chase her dreams. She wanted to do something in the world that mattered.
She began her research but didn’t know exactly where to start. There seemed to be a handful of health coach certification options available.
How was she supposed to choose the right one? Did it matter? Were they all the same?
As Olivia continued her research, she quickly realized that each of the programs she was looking at were vastly different from one another, and she needed to choose the one that would help propel her career.
Let’s take a look at how Olivia, and you, can choose the right health coach certification program to meet your needs and set you up for success!
HOW TO CHOOSE THE HEALTH COACHING SCHOOL THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU
Choosing the right certification program can seem tricky. There are a number of programs out there claiming to be the best, but you need to decide what’s best for YOU.
Here are 5 key things to consider when choosing your certification program.
1. DO THEY HAVE ACCREDITATIONS AND ARE THEY ACTUALLY AN APPROVED AND LICENSED SCHOOL?
It’s important to look at a program’s accreditations and credibility since your certification and title are only as good as the reputation of the school you received it from.
If you fail to choose a certification program with a good name and credibility, making your own name for yourself as a health coach will be a much more difficult journey.
What’s more, if a program isn’t actually licensed and approved to operate as a school in their state, they are essentially a diploma mill. You have no protection if the school were to shut down and no recourse for the time you’ve invested or the money you have spent.
There are many health coaching schools that are operating illegally, and if you graduate from these schools and they are shut down, you will have wasted your precious time and money.
Ask the school you are interested in if they are licensed and approved to operate in the state they reside in. You can ask to see their license and even visit the website for the state they are in to verify their license.
Finally, if they have partnerships with other schools, this is a bonus because your education will meet certain standards and guidelines plus you will have an opportunity to further your education with those schools.
ITN is fully licensed and approved as a postsecondary educational institution with the State of Washington. We also have a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University to offer our students complimentary classes in Nutritional Science and Psychology to further deepen their education.
ITN also has a variety of accreditations including being approved by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) so you can sit for the Board Exam in Holistic Nutrition to add another credential to your name.
We are also accredited and approved by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), the Canadian Association of Integrative Nutrition, the American Nutrition Association (ANA), the International Institute for Complementary Therapists in Australia (IICT), the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP), and the Canadian Association of Holistic Nutrition Professionals (CAHN-Pro).
ITN has set out to be internationally recognized, with esteemed accreditations from all over the globe so you can become the credible health coach you want to be.
2. WHAT IS THE CURRICULUM AND HOW IS IT TAUGHT?
The information taught in a health coaching certification program should be your next consideration. Think about what you want to do with your certification.
Do you want to coach clients one-on-one? Do you want to write a book or become an influencer or go-to expert? Do you want to create online programs or group coaching programs? And what kind of education do you need in order to do that work?
You see, gone are the days of blanket meal plan approaches and generic habit changes or coaching people using scripts. Your clients will demand more!
Does the school have a proven process they follow? Do they have a tried and true method that works? Or do they just provide you with blanket coaching advice like meal planning and tips for habit change?
It’s critical that you choose a certification program that teaches you proven systems and methods so there is no guesswork involved. You need a system that works for everyone, everywhere so your clients get results.
Your education should also be complete and comprehensive so you have the expertise you need to coach in addition to hands-on experience.
Look for a program like ITN’s that offers the proven Transformational Nutrition Coaching Method®– a system that helps you create personalized protocols for your clients – no guesswork required! This unique system was created using over 25 years of experience in health coaching and never fails to get results. Plus, it leaves you confident and credible and allows you to coach more clients in less time!
If that weren’t enough, the courses at ITN are presented as video, audio, and full transcripts so you can learn in the way that best suits your needs. All courses are online and accessible 24/7. We also offer hands-on coaching so you feel experienced, confident, and ready to get your clients results!
3. WHO WILL YOU BE LEARNING FROM?
This is an important one. Who created the courses? Who will be teaching you the materials? And what is their background?
It sounds like a no-brainer, but it’s very important to look for a health coaching certification program that is taught by someone who has actually worked in and succeeded in the health coaching industry since they have practical knowledge and experience (not theory) that really works.
Look for a founder or leader, like ITN’s founder, Cynthia Pasquella-Garcia, who is not only an expert educated in nutrition and health, but who is also an expert at building, marketing, and scaling a health coaching business.
Ultimately, you want to learn from the most educated, sought-after faculty that you can so you can become an expert, be confident on the material you need to know to go out and change lives.
4. WHAT IS THEIR MISSION AND WHY WERE THEY STARTED IN THE FIRST PLACE?
This one might sound simple, but discovering the mission of the school you are interested in attending will help give you a clear insight into what they’re trying to accomplish and how they can help you accomplish your dreams as well.
Exploring why the school was started in the first place can tell you how committed they are to their mission.
Look for an institute that has a mission that’s focused on YOU. Their mission should tell you how they are committed to helping you become the successful health coach you want to be.
ITN’s mission is to make it easy for you to become a confident, credible health coach using a proven system so you can discover what’s possible, follow your heart, and live an inspired life of purpose.
ITN was started because our founder had her own health problems that were solved by her enrolling in a certification program. She then made it her mission to educate others, at an affordable tuition, so people no longer had to suffer and struggle like she did.
At ITN, the majority of our students have all overcome health struggles and they want to give back. Their mission fits in with our mission of helping them to just that so together it’s truly a win-win!
5. WHAT WILL THE INVESTMENT BE?
Going back to the institute’s mission, you want to choose a program that has your best interest in mind when it comes to tuition.
Look for a program that has clearly priced their programs on their website and one that has lowered their payments in a way to make becoming a health coach attainable to most people. Also, look for payment plans that demonstrate their willingness to work with you on investing in your dreams.
Make sure you don’t choose an overpriced certification program – ultimately, they don’t have your best interest in mind.
At ITN, we believe you shouldn’t have to be wealthy to be healthy. Therefore, we offer the most comprehensive health coaching certification programs while making our pricing affordable for most every budget.
We would never want something like money to hold you back from doing the work you love and living an on-purpose life.
It’s important to think of your tuition as an investment in your career and your quality of life. Think of your certification program as the first step to achieving happiness in your career and discovering how to live the life of purpose you’ve been longing for.
Then, look at the numbers. The average salary range for a health coach is between $50k-75k with the top Health Coaches earning $100k or more.
With numbers like that, you will quickly gain a return on your investment as you begin your new career as a health coach if you choose a certification program at ITN.
Not all health coaching certification programs are created equal. In fact, they are all very different.
It’s important to do your research and look at the intentions behind the certification programs you’re interested in.
Look for a credible program that is taught by someone who has done it successfully themselves, and make sure you’re learning a proven system that is going to get your clients real results – this will only help you grow your business and client base quickly and easily!
And ultimately, look at your health coaching certification as an incredible investment in yourself and your career. Not only are you investing in your long-term happiness, you’re investing in a career path that will change lives and even the world!
If you’re interested in becoming a Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach (CTNC) at ITN, simply follow this link. We can’t wait to meet you and start working with you to finally turn your passion into your purpose!