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Organization Name: Health Coach Institute
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Program Name: Become a Health Coach (BHC)
Program Type: Expired
Program Hours: Core: 93.4 Resource Development: 61.3 Total: 154.7
Organization Description:
The Health Coach Institute (HCI) teaches people how to turn their passion for holistic living and personal growth into a career as a Certified Health and Life Coach and mentors Certified Coaches who want to build thriving practices. The founders of HCI, Stacey Morgenstern and Carey Peters, have collectively trained over 20,000 coaches in over 90 countries. In HCI’s flagship program, Become a Health Coach, students earn certificates in Health and Life Coaching after training in nutrition and lifestyle science, transformational coaching skills, the Habit Change Coaching Method, personal growth and life coaching. For Health and Life Coaches who want to build a successful private practice, Become a Health Coach provides training for accomplishing this goal.  Certified coaches continue their learning and advance their careers in HCI’s graduate-level training including the Transformational Coaching Method and Business Accelerator, which provides mentorship and coaching for entrepreneur coaches.
A recent revamp to our program includes:
1) Orientation and Pillar 1 revamp.
2) Pillar 4 Faculty Instructor change and edits to seven lessons (videos).
3) HCI Live coaching instruction/skills lab sequences included.  Remaining schedule for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 is in production.
4) Engagement Questions have been added to each week of Orientation and Pillars 1, 2 and 3. Hours and description for which included in the detailed program schedule.
Program Description:
The Become a Health Coach (BHC) program is an entry-level (mainly distance) course intended for those with little or no training or experience in coaching or healthful lifestyle design. The program seeks to equip its students with the core skills they will need to become an effective, successful health coach.

The BHC curriculum covers a wide variety of the most essential elements of nutrition, health and wellness. It focuses on providing students with the fundamentals of transformational-sustainable habit change and covers the basics of developing a successful health coaching practice and business. The core skills of the program are grouped together to ensure that the student has a clear focus on assimilating the content provided. We refer to each core skill group as a “Pillar.” The BHC program consists of orientation (4 hours) and four main sections or “pillars” as follows:

Component Pillar Title Duration (weeks) Mandatory (Y/N)
Pillar 1 Nutrition, Health & Wellness 6 Y
Pillar 2 Transformational Coaching Skills 14 Y
Pillar 3 Personal Growth 5 Y
Pillar 4 Marketing & Business Systems 6 N
Training for Pillars 1 through 3 (25 weeks) applies to all those who seek to become health coaches regardless of future employment status (self- or other-employed). Once all requirements for these three pillars are completed, the student is eligible to receive their certificate. In addition, Pillar 4 (most students find this an essential part of the program and in many cases the reason why they joined) is provided to all students at no additional cost, especially for those who will choose self-employment and to build their own coaching practice-business.
Organization: Health Coach Institute
800 W Main Street
Suite 1460
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 187.797.83207
Student Contact: Dr. Michael Brandt
Phone: (646) 675-6497
Learning Method: Virtual
Language: English
Coaching Specialties: Business/Organizations, Career/Transition, Coaching Other Coaches, Health & Fitness, Life Vision & Enhancement, Personal/Organizational, Small Business
Approval Start Date: March 1, 2016 Accreditation Renewal Date: April 30, 2019