1-800-460-6276 EXTENDED HOURS TODAY: 6am-7pm PT
  • Get Prequalified
    No-interest Payment Plans
    No Credit Check. No Fees.
  • 1,300,000
    Fitness Professionals
  • 80+
    Countries around the globe
    with NASM Trainers
  • 10,000+
    Gym and Health Club

NASM Certified Wellness Coach

Inspire healthier, happier lives. Become a Certified Wellness Coach.


Play Video

certification icon

$589 /month $25 down + 11 interest-free payments. 0% interest, no fees, penalties or credit check!

a thin line or a thin line




% Claimed

Course Highlights

  • 36 In-Depth Chapters
  • High-End, Easy-to-Use Digital Portal
  • 35+ Downloadable Resources; Custom Infographics
  • 30 High-End Lecture Videos
  • 1 Year to Complete the Final Exam
  • 5 Year Access to Study Material
  • Certificate Upon Passing Exam

Certified Wellness Coach



What You’ll Learn

Wellness coach talking

Providing evidence-based knowledge across five major areas, NASM’s revolutionary Certified Wellness Coach course dives into unique systematic processes to guide, support, and motivate clients to make lasting lifestyle changes. Through movement (fitness), nutrition, mental and emotional wellbeing, recovery and regeneration, and coaching, NASM's Certified Wellness Coach course teaches you to help clients achieve positive behavior change with long-term values.

This state-of-the-art immersive experience empowers you to apply a holistic approach to wellness in a variety of real-world scenarios. With actionable guidance from experts, this innovative platform creates an instructional environment that's fun, engaging, and unique. From podcast-style interviews to a coaching simulation that helps you visualize potential client hurdles, you’ll get a thorough understanding of what’s needed to meet your clients’ goals alongside them.

Guide your clients through whole-body practices as you work to create that wellness experience they are looking for.

Why Become a Certified Wellness Coach?

  • Learn evidence-based strategies to help clients achieve their wellness goals
  • Expand your expertise with proven techniques for achieving total life balance
  • Learn proven strategies to facilitate long-term behavior and lifestyle changes
  • Help reverse the global healthcare crisis as a Certified Wellness Coach
  • Open the door to more opportunities, clients, and earnings
  • Define and explain milestones to clients looking to build better wellness habits


A fitness credential is recommended but is not required for the Wellness Coach Certification.

Chapter 1: Introduction to Wellness
Explore the meaning of wellness and the relationship between its various components, as well as the role of the wellness coach and their defined scope of practice.

Chapter 2: Scientific Principles
This section introduces the importance of evidence-based practices, the scientific method and basic scientific principles and methodology. Evaluate sources of information for credibility, reliability and validity and connect these to safe and effective strategies for clients.

Chapter 3: Foundational Coaching Concepts
Explore the role of coaching, relevant brain science, the various components of self-efficacy and behavior modification strategies as it relates to coaching and wellness.

Chapter 4: Rapport and Communication
Read about specific techniques to put clients at the center of the conversation and how building rapport is the core of a successful coach client relationship.

Chapter 5: Introduction to Movement for Wellness
Explore ways to assess your client’s past, current and ideal future relationship with movement as it relates to wellness.

Chapter 6: Movement for Physical Health
Review the various physical benefits of movement and exercise and discuss how these benefits align and support client’s goals and needs.

Chapter 7: Physical Recovery and Regeneration
This section introduces the concept of physical recovery, what it is, how it’s facilitated, the tools available to facilitate it and the relationship between physical intensity and appropriate recovery time.

Chapter 8: Movement for Mental and Emotional Wellbeing
Read about the motivations and direct benefits of movement and exercise on mental and emotional wellbeing.

Chapter 9: Coaching Movement for Wellness
This section looks at client’s obstacles and barriers as it relates to movement and explore the most effective strategies and goals in establishing and maintaining a purposeful movement program.

Chapter 10: Introduction to Brain Health
This section introduces what brain health and psychological wellness are, the role they play in wellness, individual differences in brain health and psychological wellness and when a coach will need to refer a client out to another professional.

Chapter 11: Emotion Processing
Explore how emotions are processed in the brain, the involved brain anatomy, how body signals influence emotion processing and some of the emotion regulation strategies.

Chapter 12: Stress
This section introduces the different types of stress, how stress is processed in the brain and the different pathways of stress and their products. This section will also look at the relationship between stress and brain processes and different factors that can influence stress response.

Chapter 13: Cognitive Processing and Performance
This section looks at how the brain learns and remembers, how learning and memory are influenced by body states and attentional demand and how pain and stress influence cognitive processes.

Chapter 14: Sleep
This section discusses sleep as basic hygiene, sleeps role in recovery and regeneration, sleep stages and architecture and sleep chronotypes. In addition, this section will look at the importance of the different sleep pillars, the differentiating roles of NREM and REM sleep and factors that either impair or promote sleep.

Chapter 15: Psychological Recovery
This section will introduce the concept of psychological recovery within the scope of a wellness coach, look at the relationship between one’s cognitive state and physical state and discuss appropriate methods for facilitating psychological recovery.

Chapter 16: Social Wellness
This section discusses the relationship between social interaction, the brain and wellness including, loneliness, social evaluation, social buffering and social media. This section will also explore how humans process empathy, prejudice, attachment, and trust.

Chapter 17: Coaching the Brain
Explore the concepts of homeostasis and allostasis as it relates to wellness coaching and discuss how concepts such as empathy, trust, effective praise, social buffering, and social evaluation can be applied in coach-client relationships. This section will also discuss stress reduction strategies, methods for improving sleep, the role of exercise in brain health and psychological wellness and coaching techniques for influencing cognition and mindset.

Chapter 18: Introduction to Nutrition
This section covers the role nutrition plays in wellness, what a healthy dietary pattern is, and the difference between eating for wellness, performance and weight loss all within the scope of practice for wellness coaches.

Chapter 19: Nutrition Basics
This section covers the role of hydration, macronutrients and micronutrients in overall health, how energy balance influences body composition and health, the role exercise plays in nutrient needs and how alcohol consumption influences overall health.

Chapter 20: Healthy Dietary Patterns
This section covers general recommendations for macro and micronutrient consumption, the role culture, dietary restrictions and food preferences has on overall dietary choices and what common characteristics make up a healthy dietary pattern.

Chapter 21: Nutrition Myths and Misconceptions
This section covers fad diets and diet myths and how to identify them, why fad diets, supplementation, and products are ineffective and potentially harmful, and how to effectively address client questions and diet misconceptions.

Chapter 22: Influence of Diet on Long-Term Health
Explore the role of diet in chronic disease risk, how diet may influence the microbiome and chronic inflammation and the benefits of diet beyond its nutritive value.

Chapter 23: Acute Effects of Diet
This section covers digestive responses to different nutrients, the influence of nutrients on satiety and satiation and the effects of different exercise on the body during and post exercise.

Chapter 24: Dietary Strategies for Health
Explore habits and behaviors that influence health, the differences between a flexible and rigid dietary pattern, the rationale for weight-neutral interventions and the effects of meal timing in health including different fasting protocols.

Chapter 25: Dietary Strategies for Weight Loss
This section looks at the influence on weight loss to health, the relationship between energy balance and body mass, healthy dietary strategies to facilitate weight loss and factors that may determine the maintenance of weight loss.

Chapter 26: Supplementation
This section looks at the role of supplementation to a healthy diet, when it’s appropriate and how to determine the efficacy and safety of supplements.

Chapter 27: Nutrition Coaching
This section looks at general dietary and supplementation strategies based off efficacy and safety, how to prioritize strategies within the context of client goals and health, how to implement these strategies through inclusive language around nutrition, body composition, awareness of client limitations and opportunities, and how to monitor clients progress and make necessary adjustments.

Chapter 28: Becoming a Wellness Coach
This section looks at the benefits of wellness coaching, key characteristics of effective coaching, the mindset of coaches and personal experiences with wellness coaching.

Chapter 29: Wellness Coaching Theory
This section looks at self-efficacy and its factors, self-determination theory and its role in coaching, shame resilience theory and how to address and work with shame, and how these theories intersect.

Chapter 30: Tools in Practice
This section explores motivational interviewing and its role in wellness coaching, the anatomy of a goal and how to effectively set goals, and tools for assessment and application for client goals, desired behaviors or needs.

Chapter 31: Self-Awareness as a Coach
This section looks at coach self-awareness by evaluating personal biases, developing a unique coaching philosophy highlighting coach strengths, skills and experience and how to look for mentorship or additional opportunities for support and guidance.

Chapter 32: Session Readiness
This section looks at the structure of a coaching session, the importance of consistency in coaching, how time management builds trust in a coaching session and ethical standards for coach client engagement.

Chapter 33: New Client Intake and Creating a Wellness Plan
This section looks at intake processes for both new and ongoing sessions and tools and approaches to create a wellness plan aligned to goals or desired behaviors.

Chapter 34: Facilitating Ongoing Sessions
This section looks at the importance of monitoring in coaching sessions, tools to support monitoring, considerations for when a wellness plan needs change and approaches to working with challenging clients and addressing shifts in client needs.

Chapter 35: Closing out the Plan
This section discusses when a goal or phase of coaching is complete and how to close out that phase or end the coaching relationship.

Chapter 36: Wellness Coaching Case Studies
This section explores wellness coaching through various case studies and offers practical experience through simulation.

After the completion of the course, you will take an online final exam from the comfort of your own home, or wherever you prefer to take tests. The test consists of 100 multiple-choice questions. The exam is timed and cannot exceed 120 minutes. To pass, you need a score of 70% or higher. You will have 3 attempts to pass, and additional retests can be purchased by calling Member Services.

Frequently Bought Together

Price: $6,499.00


Price: $899.00

Bundle & Save Over 50%!

Total Value: $7,398 You Pay: $3,448


Free Webinar:
How to Say Goodbye to Stress


Learn how to reset your nervous system, build positive emotions, and let go of stress!



The course is currently available for pre-order, and you will be able to access it on 12/22/21. An email will be sent out once the course is available in your account.

NASM-CWC is approved for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by the following organizations:

NASM Provider logo

1.9 CEUs

AFAA Provider Logo

15 CEUs

Mobile NASM Provider logo

1.9 CEUs

Mobile AFAA Provider Logo

15 CEUs

There are 100 multiple choice questions on the final exam and you'll have 120 minutes to complete it. You have 365 days from the date of purchase to complete your final exam. If you need an extension or a retest, you can purchase one for a fee by calling Member Services at 1-800-460-6276 Option 3.

The final exam is administered online within your student portal. It consists of 100 multiple-choice questions and 120 minutes for completion. You have 3 attempts to pass with a 70% or higher. If you need more attempts, don't worry! You can call Member Services at 1-800-460-6276 Option 3 to purchase a retest.

While a fitness credential such as the Personal Trainer Certification, Nutrition Certification, or Behavior Change Specialization is recommended, it is not required to take the NASM-CWC course.

Once you successfully pass your exam, a digital copy of your certificate will become available to you within 24 hours, but in most cases immediately. Within 4-6 weeks, a hardcopy certificate will be mailed to the address you have on your NASM account.

To maintain your certification, you must submit 1.9 CEUs (continuing education units) every two years. Unlike other NASM renewable credentials, the CWC will NOT require a renewal application fee. However, credential holders will be responsible for any applicable late fees. See the CWC Renewal Guidelines here.

Why Choose NASM

Man and woman sitting at a bar top talking

NASM is the gold standard evidence-based certifications. Why? Because we meticulously design each of our courses with the help of leading experts in the industry.

When you get certified through NASM, not only will you learn from the experts in wellness, you'll also experience our exclusive learning system that prepares you for success. It's designed to be accessible and fit into your busy life so that you can master the science and art of wellness coaching. Spread the joy of healthy living by becoming a Certified Wellness Coach with the experts at NASM.


Talk to one of our program advisors to learn more about the NASM-CWC. Fill out the form and you will be contacted within 1 business day.

All fields are required