Coaching clients is a longer-term commitment which increases client retention and generates more revenue for your nutrition, health or wellness business!

In this Coaching Program you will learn:

  • How to build a deeper connection with your clients to help them achieve the long-lasting results that they want and deserve!
  • Practical coaching skills, including motivational interviewing, and how to facilitate successful behaviour change with your clients.
  • How to conduct an effective coaching session from start to finish!

Coaching works!

Our Introduction to Wellness Coaching Program will teach you how to facilitate the behaviour change that will lead to long-term successful outcomes for your clients.
Coaching is a valuable skill that will provide better results for your clients, lead to more referrals and will grow your practice!


Understanding Your Role as a Nutrition Coach


  • Courses Manuals 
  • Course Workbooks 
  • Activities
  • Videos
  • Assignments
  • Coaching Forms 
  • Coaching Exercises to Use with Your Clients 
  • Quizzes
  • Coaching Case Studies
  • Final Exam
  • Course Manuals, Workbooks, Exercises and Forms are all Downloadable.
  • Access to instructors to answer your questions!
  • Coaching Community Chat Page (Health Coach Collaborative)



NNC 2.1 – Understanding Your Role as a Nutrition Coach

Module 1 – 10 hours

This course is an introduction to the world of coaching and a prerequisite for the coaching series. You will gain an understanding of what coaching is, why the coaching approach is so successful, how it differs from consulting, and what the attributes and characteristics of successful Coaches are. You will explore the core competencies that are necessary for effectively coaching clients and learn about the Scope of Practice and Code of Ethics that every Health and Nutrition Coach must adhere to. A workbook of activities that the student must complete is provided with this course.
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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will have demonstrated the ability to:
  • Provide a definition for coaching and the coach approach.
  • Define the attributes of a successful Coach.
  • List some of the clients’ outcomes from the coaching session.
  • List the ways a Coach interacts in a coaching session.
  • Understand the difference between an expert approach and a coaching approach.
  • Identify the four areas which help the Coach to determine the ideal coaching approach for their client.
  • Identify factors that contribute to a client’s aptitude for learning.
  • Define coaching style and know the coaching styles that a Coach can use in a session.
  • Know when to refer clients to other professionals for support.
  • Understand how a Coach can support those living with chronic diseases.
  • Provide a definition for core coaching competencies.
  • Learn the nine core coaching competencies that a Coach is expected to demonstrate.
  • Provide examples for each of the core competencies.
  • Relate how a Coach uses these core competencies in a successful coaching practice.
  • Know and understand the Coach’s Code of Ethics, Scope of Practice, and how it affects their practice.
  • Review and understand how privacy laws affect a Coach’s practice.


NNC 2.2 – Facilitating Behaviour Change

Module 2 – 17 hours

Change can be hard! How your client learns and processes information can determine their mindset, values, and beliefs, which in turn can affect their readiness for change. In this course, we learn about the process and elements of change, beginning with how our brains are wired to resist change and how we create habits. We discuss establishing a vision, setting SMART goals, and the action steps that build change behaviours. Theories such as Social Cognitive Theory (SCT) and the Stages of Change Model (The Transtheoretical Model) are explored, and examples of assessing your client’s readiness for change to facilitate their desired outcome are provided. Various learning activities and tools to reinforce each principle are included in the textbook.  Students will have an opportunity to practice these activities in the workbook that accompanies the course.
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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will have demonstrated the ability to:
  • Define neural pathways, neural plasticity, synaptic plasticity, neurogenesis, and synaptogenesis.
  • Know the types of memory processes in the brain and how memories are stored.
  • Define the Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Model of Communication.
  • Understand the differences between social and individual constraints.
  • Provide examples of the NLP universal modelling process.
  • Understand our internal map and how it is created.
  • Understand how to use the anchoring response loop for the benefit of the client in a session.
  • Understand the difference between the conscious and unconscious mind.
  • Understand how visualization can help clients to achieve their goals.
  • Learn to use the self-distancing technique.
  • Know the meaning of mindset and learn ways to unfix a fixed mindset.
  • Explain why core values are important for the client’s goals and outcomes.
  • Define beliefs as they relate to the client’s experiences.
  • Know and be able to define the three processes in the habit cycle and the characteristics of an automatic behaviour or habit.
  • Define extrinsic motivation and extrinsic motivation and provide examples.
  • Understand the concept of the Coaching Matrix- the ability and motivation trade-off relationships and how they relate to a coaching style.
  • Define behaviour change.
  • Define the theory of planned behaviour and the three predictors of intentions.
  • Define social cognitive theory, understand the sequence of four processes that need to happen and the three personal factors that are included in this theory.
  • Understand the four important elements of change.
  • Know the 6 Stages of Change (the Transtheoretical Model) and strategies that can be used with clients to help them move through each one.
  • Understand the progression and process of change.
  • Understand the importance of a client’s vision and how to help them create one.
  • Define SMART goals and how to make goals SMARTer
  • Understand the importance of utilizing a coaching model to provide a framework for a coaching session.




NNC 2.3 – Techniques for Effectively Coaching Your Clients

Module 3 – 15 hours

In this course, you will learn more about the art of coaching and building rapport with your clients and how to actively listen and use both verbal and nonverbal communication effectively with your clients during a coaching session. You will gain an understanding of the principles of Motivational Interviewing and how to use OARS skills: open-ended questions, affirmations, reflective listening and summarizing, to establish an open dialogue with clients. Various learning activities and tools are included in the textbook and a workbook of activities that the student must complete is provided with this course.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will have demonstrated the ability to:
  • Explain the importance of effective communication in the coaching process including the difference between verbal and nonverbal communication.
  • Understand the difference between body language and paralanguage and their importance in a coaching session.
  • Understand the concept of VAK (Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic) communication and learning style and how to identify the client’s preferred VAK learning style(s).
  • Understand the concept of active listening, the levels of listening, and how to promote active listening in a session.
  • Know and apply the techniques for building rapport in a coaching session.
  • Explain the concept of motivational interviewing.
  • Understand the scientific theory behind motivational interviewing.
  • Identify the four key concepts of the Spirit of MI.
  • Understand the importance of partnership in the coaching relationship.
  • Understand and define the four concepts of the MI Spirit of Acceptance and Evoking.
  • Know the difference between compassion and empathy.
  • Know and understand how to use the four processes of MI in a coaching session.
  • Identify the barriers to engagement.
  • Understand the importance of recognizing change talk and how to respond.
  • Demonstrate how to use the Elicit-Provide-Elicit technique.
  • Define OARS and know how each core skill is used in a session.
  • Know the difference between open-ended and closed-ended questions.
  • Know how to rephrase close-ended questions into open-ended questions.
  • Know the difference between problem-based and solution-based questions.
  • Understand how and when to use scaling techniques.
  • Understand how to use silence effectively in a coaching session.
  • Define affirmations in the context of MI and know how to construct and use affirmations in the coaching conversation.
  • Help clients with self-affirmation.
  • Define reflections in the context of MI.
  • Understand the benefits of using reflections in the coaching conversation and the difference between simple and complex reflections.
  •  Know how to construct reflections and which to use based on the client’s statements.
  • Define summary statements in the context of MI, and demonstrate how summary statements are constructed and used in a coaching conversation.


NNC 2.4 – Conducting a Coaching Session

Module 4 – 10 hours

This course unites the techniques learned in the three previous courses and provides a framework for designing a personalized coaching program from start to finish. You will learn effective procedures for prequalifying a prospective client, establishing a Coaching Agreement, conducting the initial assessment, creating timelines, assessing progress, and more. Upon completion of this course, you will have the knowledge and tools needed to successfully conduct a Natural Nutrition Coaching session.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will have demonstrated the ability to:
  • Conduct a discovery call to pre-qualify clients.
  • Know how to ask for the sale.
  • Create a Coaching Contract and Session Agreement.
  • Understand how to prepare for a coaching session.
  • Understand the process for the initial coaching session.
  • Understand how to conduct the Assessment conversation.
  • Know and practice the competencies that should be displayed throughout the coaching session.
  • Know how to conduct a visualization exercise with the client.
  • Understand the process for the follow-up sessions.
  • Understand session timing and the transitions in the session flow.
  • Understand what to expect working with clients in the first three months.
  • Understand what is similar and what is different between group coaching and individual coaching.
  • Understand the group coaching process and how to manage group coaching dynamics.
  • Understand how to work with dependent clients.
  • Understand how to work with clients who may become emotional.
  • Understand when it may be necessary to let the client go and how to do it.



Practical: Coaching Skills Development

Practical skills development is an important part of the NNC certification program. In addition to case studies that are submitted for evaluation, students must complete a minimum of three practice coaching sessions. Each coaching session should be at least 20 minutes in length and can be presented live (via Zoom) or submitted as a recording. Each practice coaching session will be assessed by a Health Coach Collaborative faculty member. Students will be evaluated on their ability to implement the core coaching skills and competencies.


How long does the Introduction to Wellness Coaching take to complete?

The Introduction to Wellness Coaching Program takes an average of 50 to 60 hours to complete including all of the assignments, quizzes, case studies and the final exam.

Who is this Program for?

Many choose to take the program as they realize the value it can bring to their fitness, nutrition or health or wellness practice. They are able to confidently coach their clients toward a better outcome; helping to facilitate behaviour change

And some are just really interested in starting a career as a Health and Nutrition Coach. 

What’s your reason? We would love to talk with you about it.  Book a discovery call with us to talk about how the Program can benefit you!

I already have a Nutrition Certification. Can I take the Coaching Modules and transfer my nutrition credits to use toward the full Natural Nutrition Coach Certification?
  • Students who have completed credits at another educational institution may apply for credit transfer prior to enrollment. For transfer credit consideration, a student must submit an application and all transcripts indicating successful completion of relevant coursework. Students may submit a request to info@healthcoachcertificates.com. Students will not be permitted to apply for any transfer credits after they have registered for any course or program.
  • At HCC’s discretion, a student may also be required to submit additional course information such as a course description and syllabus.
  • To be considered for transfer credit, courses must match those offered in the Natural Nutrition Coach Certificate Program. Each transfer course must have its own mark.
  • Approval of a transfer credit is at the discretion of HCC.
  • All deductions from approved transfer credits will lessen tuition costs by the cost of the course (HCC).
What is considered a passing grade?

All assignments, quizzes, graded course work and the final exam must be passed with 80%.

Is there a Final Exam?

Yes there is a comprehensive final exam at the end of the Program. 

What does the Introduction to Wellness Coaching Program cost?

The Introduction to Wellness Coaching Program costs $999.00 USD. There is also a payment option of 3 monthly payments of $335.00 USD.

This Introduction to Wellness Coaching is part of the full Natural Nutrition Coach Program.  Any tuition costs paid for the Introduction to Wellness Coaching program can be applied to the full Natural Nutrition Coach Program should you decide to continue your journey to become a Registered Health Coach. 


Can I get continuing education credits for taking this Program?

We can provide you with a petition letter to submit with your CEC application to your organization. Should you wish to submit a request to your organization for confirmation prior to taking the Program, we can supply you with a copy of the Program information. You can reach us at info@healthcoachcertificates.com. 

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