Health Coach Certification | Vera University

Health Coach Certification


Join us for an in-depth, comprehensive health coach certification program that brings together evidence-based behavior change psychology, mindfulness training and coaching competencies to equip health and wellness professionals with the skills to create dynamic partnerships with clients and patients that support self-efficacy and increase motivation to change. Our certification program is face-to-face, hands on and experiential.

The Vera University Health Coach Certification will not be offered in 2017.

Location & Cost

Location: Classes will take place in Seattle, WA.

Cost: $3,545 (includes $500 down payment)*

What to expect


  • 61 in-person classroom contact hours over 7 months
  • 12 personalized one-on-one coaching sessions with a Vera University coach
  • 3 hours of professional mentorship on your coaching skills
  • 21 hours working with practice clients
  • Approximately 5-10 hours per week of self-study
  • Written exam, oral exam, portfolio review
  • Approved for 60 CCE hours by The International Coach Federation (ICF)

Why become a health coach?

Across the industry, healthcare reform is top priority. With the demand for better care at lower costs and an ever-increasing emphasis on preventive care, behavior change and relationship-centered care has become central to the conversation.

Aside from acute care, the bulk of primary care today is in motivating patients to adopt healthy behaviors such as weight management, the cessation of smoking, regular exercise, and adherence to medications. Health and wellness coaches have proven themselves invaluable to this process due to their ability to engage clients and patients in acquiring the skills, confidence and motivation necessary to participate in their own care. Coaches create trusting and dynamic partnerships that support client self-efficacy while co-creating goals that are tailored to the clients unique environment and individual needs.

Who is this for?

This program is specifically designed for health and wellness professionals who wish to become certified health coaches. Applicants must enter the course with one of the following areas of expertise:*

  • Fitness professional
  • Nutrition professional
  • Medical assistant
  • Nursing professional
  • Healthcare clinician
  • Mental health professional
  • Professional coach

*All others with a background in health, wellness, or working one-on-one with others in a therapeutic setting are welcome to apply. Admission is contingent upon relevant experience and enrollment capacity.

The tools we use:

You will graduate from this training with experience using the following frameworks and skill sets:

  • 12 week coaching model
  • Appreciative Inquiry
  • Clinical care team collaboration
  • Empathy
  • ICF (International Coach Federation) Coach Code of Ethics
  • Open-ended inquiry
  • Mindful listening
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Perceptive reflections
  • Self-awareness and self-care
  • SMART goal creation
  • Transtheoretical Model Stages of Change
  • Vision plan creation


After completing this training program, you will:

  • Possess aptitude with using the International Coach Federation (ICF) Core Competencies
  • Have facility using the Transtheoretical Model Stages of Change, Appreciative Inquiry, and Motivational
  • Interviewing skills with clients and patients
  • Facilitate vision & goal setting within client and patient visits
  • Enjoy confidence in your individual personality and what makes you a great coach
  • Have completed 21 hours of experience coaching one-on-one with actual clients
  • Collaborate effectively as part of a clinical care team
  • Become a Vera University certified Health Coach

The Vera University Health Coach Certification will not be offered in 2017.

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The Vera University Health Coach Certification will not be offered in 2017.