Health and Wellness


Become a Board Certified Health
and Wellness Coach



About The Health and Wellness Coaching Academy: HWCA

2 in 1 Platform

(Health Coach Training plus Online Coaching Portal)

The Health and Wellness Coaching Academy is an approved course by the National Board of Health and Wellness Coaches (NBHWC)

The Health and Wellness Coaching Academy” has been awarded approval by the National Board for Health and 
Wellness Coaching (NBHWC). HWCA has demonstrated that they meet all the requirements for the NBHWC 
national exam.  Once the student passes the HWCA training program successfully, and meet the exam 
requirements they can take the National HBHWC exam. 

Elevate your career to new heights by becoming a Nationally Certified Health Coach. Show your employer and clients that you are a master at health coaching by obtaining the prestigious NBC-HWC credentials by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC). The NBC-HWC credentials signifies that you have met educational requirements that puts you in a class with some of the best, top notch health and wellness coaches in the industry. With the NBC-HWC credentials you will be recognized as an authority in health coaching. These credentials sets you apart from non-certified health coaches.


EXAM NBC-HWC Certification

About: The National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) is the credentialing board that is overseen by a board of directors, and supported by committees composed of volunteers and staff members who seek to advance the profession of health & wellness coaching. NBWHC was formed in 2012, to standardize health and wellness coaching. In 2016, the organization began working with the National Board of Medical Examiners ( to establish a board certification examination, which has since certified more than 6,000 health & wellness coaches in the fields of healthcare, employee wellness, government, and private practice. The National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coaching community is composed of trained, educated coaches, who are passionate about working with patients and clients for better health outcomes.

NBC-HWC National Certification Requirements

To Qualify for the National Board Certification Exam you 

1. Complete a NBHWC approved training program, such as HWCA’s training course.
2. Complete 50 health & wellness coaching sessions
3. Have an associate’s degree or higher or 4,000 hours work experience (any field)

Fast track your Coaching Career

Enter the #7 billion world of Health and Wellness Coaching and become a Certified Health and Wellness coach in as little as eight weeks.

Health and Wellness coaching is growing exponentially with jobs in the insurance, corporate, government, and private sectors.

If you are the entrepreneurial type, start your own coaching business and work from the comfort of your home. Working for yourself is a great way to earn what you are worth. You set your own coaching fees.

Why choose HWCA?

We offer everything you need to start your career as a Health and Wellness Coach. You will earn your coaching certification in 8 weeks that starts you on your journey to your dream career.

With traditional education you pay for years. With our health coaching training, plus nutrition and fitness software we get you up and running in your new career in 8 weeks. The endpoint (NBHWC certified) is still the same, whether you spend more $$$$ on a different program or complete your training program with HWCA.

See below for full details of what we offer.

Start a Successful Coaching Career

The HWCA’s training program is one of the few courses that offers students a turnkey, interactive software system to help them start a lucrative coaching career after graduation.

We have an exclusive 2 in 1 platform. With your tuition you will also receive the Nutrition Factors’s coaching platform (free for one year) that connects you with your individual and business clients. In addition, your clients get access to their very own nutrition and fitness app that connects to the coach.


A student must be 18 year of age or older, or have parental or guardian consent if under the age of 18 to register for the HWCA Health Coach Training Course. Classes are held 3 days per week for 2.5 hours each day. Classes are held online. Students must attend all classes, finish homework, view presentations, engage in live practical skills, and pass quizzes and tests for successful completion of the course.

Note: Students must understand that they will not qualify to take the national exam until they have completed a NBHWC approved training program, completed 50 health & wellness coaching sessions, have an associate’s degree or higher or 4,000 hours work experience (any field). Once a student completes the training course, they can work towards meeting the NBHWC guidelines to take the national exam for their national certification. However, a graduate can work as a Health and Wellness coach immediately following completion of the HWCA course.



Recognized training program by the National Board of Health  and Wellness Coaches


2 in1 offer includes: HWCA training program, and the Nutrition Factors online coaching software 


Value priced


Engaging content library with thousands of recipes, custom meal  plans, and fitness app

Course Information

Live instruction with educational modules, videos, power point presentations etc.  


9 Week Course (103 contact hours) 


3 days per week (2.5 hour sessions per day/30 minute break) 


Synchronous (live) and asynchronous
(pre-recorded) training 


37 Modules: Coaching Structure, Coaching Process, Health and Wellness, Ethics and Law, Practical Skills, Post Evaluation 

Getting Started is Easy

Step 1. Apply to become a student.
Step 2. Once approved-purchase the training program.
Step 3. Attend the training class

Contact Hours

To earn a certificate of competition, the student must successfully complete a minimum of 103 contact hours (48 live hours with instructor), three practical coaching sessions, homework, quizzes, exams, and a final evaluation.

1 contact hr. = 1 hr.

What you will Receive

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive:
1. Certificate of Completion from HWCA.
2. Documents to take the National Exam
3. One year free access to coaching platform for 50 clients.

Price for the National Exam is not included in the tuition price.


According to the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaches, “Health and Wellness Coaches partner with clients seeking self-directed, lasting changes, aligned with their values, which promote health and wellness and, thereby, enhance well-being.” The American Medical Association (AMA) defines a coach as a non-physician health care professional certified by NBHWC or NCHEC.

Research studies have clearly shown that having a health coach can be very beneficial in facilitating behavior changes conducive to a healthier lifestyle. Given that the United States is now experiencing an epidemic of obesity, diabetes, and other diseases related to poor nutrition and physical inactivity, health coaches can play a vital role in helping to combat the problem. As a health and wellness coach, the coach is in a great position
to serve as an accountability partner to their clients.

What can a coach do?

A coach may cover any of the following wellness aspects in a coaching session.

– Lossing weight
– Smoking cessation
– Reducing stress
– Improving interpersonal relationships and self-image
– Eating mindfully and healthier
– Achieving better work-life balance
– Increasing life satisfaction
– Setting personal goals and following through
– Stretching the mind to adjust the perception of oneself
– Prioritizing self-care
– Balancing wellness with a busy schedule
– Erasing negative thoughts and substituting a positive mindset

What shouldn’t a health coach attempt to do?

A coach needs to stay withing their scope of practice

– Perform therapy
– Assess nutritional needs
– Plan specific medical nutrition menus
– Assign specific exercises
– Evaluate lab results
– Make any medical or mental health diagnoses or prescribe treatment
– Engage in any other practices or activities in which the health coach lacks the proper training or credentials as stipulated by professional standards or law.

Take control of your career

A coach may cover any of the following wellness aspects in a coaching session.

– Work your own hours or contact with a company
– Set you own coaching fees
– Choose your speciality

Everything You Need to Start a Successful Coaching Career is
Right at Your Fingertips


HWCA understands that many students don’t know what the next steps are after graduation to start their new career. This is why HWCA bundles a turnkey Health and Wellness platform right into their training package. Unlike most training courses that only offer training, HWCA supports students well beyond graduation.

The HWCA training program includes training on the Nutrition Factors platform. HWCA is part of the Nutrition Factors family of entities. You will receive your own personalized coaching portal during the course (one year of software is included with paid tuition). Your path to success begins with the right training program and tools. Don’t settle for just any training program, choose a training program with ALL the bells and whistles. Jump right into a new coaching career the day you successfully complete the course.  

About Nutrition Factors (NF). NF  is an easy to use coaching platform that connects you, (the coach) with your individual, and business clients. The Nutrition Factors online platform functions as a back-end office support system for one-on-one, or group coaching with the GRID Meal Planner, virtual fitness app, educational libraries, and so much more. In fact, you can transition straight from the training course right into your coaching career with the Nutrition Factors’ system.

How a Coach uses the Nutrition Factors Platform.  It’s easy, during the coaching process, the coach teaches the client how to use the platform. You teach your clients self-efficacy by using the platform. As long as you are their coach, they will have access to the platform. The platform is an all exclusive package, designed and priced for you. You determine your own coaching fees. Nutrition Factors delivers a platform that makes you look good and that can help you transform the world. You are the coach and the messenger.


  • 9 week training program
  • Live & recorded Instruction
  • Webinars & videos
  • Platform to complete 50 (20 minute) coaching sessions


  • Recipe database
  • 7 day meal planner
  • Shopping list
  • Weekly meal plans from a Dietitian
  • Meal prep guide


  • Grid Diet meal planner
  • Step by step guide to weight loss
  • Assessments
  • Questionnaires/forms


  • Connect and engage with clients
  • HIPAA compliant telehealth
  • Back-end support system
  • Assessments
  • Questionnaires/forms


  • Virtual personal trainer
  • Activity tracker
  • Connect with clients
  • Motivational challenges
  • Healthy tips


  • Nutrition Factors library
  • Cutting edge content

Bonus: We took all the work out of developing engaging content and all the relevant components you need to start your career.  In other words we have “done-it-for-you”. The product offering is very valuable to you as a coach. Imagine how long it would take you to design everything from scratch, and stay informed on emerging trends. What this means to you is more time with clients, family and enjoying life.   


 Our coaching software can be accessed from anywhere on any mobile device and computer desktop and is very easy to use. The program is built on a solid foundation based on sound nutrition and fitness principles that are backed by science. Users can access on-demand training, connect with a coach, and gain access to courses and seminars all from their email or portal.

Nutrition Factors programs are in high demand and can be used at the gym or at home. Most fitness and diet tools lack an integrated and comprehensive wellness program like Nutrition Factors. We offer interactive software that can keep the client and coach connected and on track while being easy and fun to use.


Nutrition Factors offers a customized coaching portal for Health Coaches that connects to the central Nutrition Factors database. The portal allows a coach to connect and chat with clients through a secure telehealth portal, bill clients directly, create and plan menus and shopping lists, and add recipes.

Coaches can also show clients how to use the GRID DIET weight loss program, create workouts , and track their progress. The individual portal keeps the Nutrition Factors tools organized and easily accessible. Nutrition Factors networks with all types of healthcare professionals, such as physicians, dietitians, nutritionists, nurses, personal trainers, chiropractors, physical therapists, and holistic practitioners.

What Students and Coaches Are Saying  About The Health & Wellness Coaching  Academy & Nutrition Factors

Jeannine Groll RDN

Certified Health Coach, Personal Trainer and Gym Owner

Jason Smith 

Gym Owner – Cajun Fitness LA

Anessa Almendariz

Certified Personal Trainer/HWCA Student

Kristie McCreight

HWCA Graduate Student

Jaime Shine

HWCA Graduate and Health Coach


Dr. Michael Derrick M.D.

Medical Director

Pediatric Hospitalist – Vice Section Chief
Counseled patients and parents regarding lifestyle changes using motivational interviewing on various issues including obesity, dyslipidemia, diabetes, and a variety of psychiatric disorders. Coverage for inpatient pediatrics including newborn nursery. Pediatrician at high-risk deliveries and C-sections as well as ER and community consults. Involved in revising/forming patient care policies. Developed curriculum for NRP quality improvement. 

Janet Jackson MLS, RDN, NBC-HWC

Director and CEO

Janet is a Medical Laboratory Scientist and Registered Dietitian.  She has extensive healthcare experience in hematology, immunology, chemistry, microbiology, nutrition, and teaching that spans over a 30-year period. Passionate about teaching others and developing educational programs to better serve the community and other healthcare providers. 

Heather Joyner MS, LCSW, MSW, NBC-HWC


Heather Joyner is an experienced health professional with a twenty year history of helping others manage their health and chronic conditions. In 2017, Heather was among the first cohort in the county to obtain the certification of National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC). In addition, she holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has extensive experience working with individuals in the primary care practice setting. Her passion for wellness, both personal and professional, is foundational to her work. Heather holds a special interest in educating others in the fundamentals of health coaching. Outside of work, she enjoys staying active, spending time with her family, and following her favorite sports teams.

Meg Reichert MS,  NBC-HWC

Lead Instructor

Meg is a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach. She holds additional certifications in Integrative Nutrition, Personal Training, Weight Loss Specialist, Culinary Coaching, and soon to be certified in functional nutrition. Meg holds a Masters Degree in Counseling and has previously worked as a therapist before moving into a wellness coaching role.  Meg currently works as a health and wellness coach for women and individuals with autoimmune disorders. She is a busy mother of two and currently resides in Colorado.

Cherice Godard MS, NBC-HWC


Cherice Godard is a seasoned health coach and health coach educator.  She holds a Masters of Health Sciences in Integrative Health and Wellness and a BS in Public Health Education.  Since becoming a National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC) in 2017, she has practiced health coaching both independently and within a clinical care team.  As a faculty member of the University of Portland’s School of Nursing and Health Innovations (UPSONI), Cherice developed educational materials were approved by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC), taught health coaching skills to undergraduates, and mentored students who aimed to become professional credentialled health coaches.  She enjoys the process of teaching coaching skills and helping students develop their ability to partner with clients in a way that both inspires and supports their potential. 

Fonda Fracchia MA Ed.,  NBC-HWC, Personal Trainer


Fonda Fracchia is a dedicated professional with a Master of Education from Delta State University in Cleveland and a BS in Exercise Science. She is highly accomplished in her field, being a National Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC) and a Personal Trainer. She adeptly utilizes her health and wellness coaching skills to empower individuals and enact positive change.  Currently serving as the Health and Wellness Career Specialist for the University of Memphis, Fonda is vital in facilitating connections and creating opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and external constituents to explore and cultivate their health and wellness potential.  Her guidance helps students  navigate their educational journey and attain their professional aspirations, propelling their careers to new heights.

Invest in Your Self

Be the Master of Your Own Fate

What would you do if you couldn’t go to work? We have seen lockdowns and a worldwide pandemic.
Now, more than ever is the time to invest in yourself and get a skill set that you can rely upon.




(Save $350 off our regular price by paying in full) Non-refundable $500 deposit.

No refunds after class begins.




First payment $500 (non-refundable deposit) to save your spot in class, then $600/mo. for 3 months. No-refunds after the first class begins.

Certificate of completion issued after payment in full.




First payment $500 (non-refundable deposit) to save your spot in class, then $316/mo. for 6 months. No-refunds after the first class begins.

Certificate of completion issued after payment in full.


Do you offer a payment plan?

Yes, we offer 3, and 6 month payment plans. The student pays a $500 dollar (non-refundable) down-payment to hold the spot in class, then the payment plan begins. 

Do I have to pay for the Nutrition Factors platform in addition to the training program?

No, HWCA covers the first year membership for each student. After the first year, if you decide to continue to use the platform, the prices to our students is $79.99/ month for 50 clients. 

How much time do I need to spend on homework?

Each student is different and learns and works at a different pace. Most students spend about 10  hours/week in class and doing modules, and  assignments.

Why should I take the National Exam for Health Coaches?

At this time, health coaching is not a state licensed profession, However, to show your clients or employer that you have meet industry standards, and are not just someone without training or credentials, we highly encourage you to become certified. In fact, the American Medical Association (AMA) defines a coach as a non-physician health care professional certified by NBHWC or NCHEC.  

Can I take the NBHWC exam without finishing a training course?

No, the NBHWC requires all examinees to have met certain requirements before taking the exam, therefore a student must complete training from an approved NBHWC training program, and finish 50 (20 minute coaching sessions). See for more information.

Do you offer day, night and weekend courses?

We don’t record these demos but if you miss one or want a refresher, you’re welcome to register for another.

What if I want to refer my friends to HWCA, do you have an affiliate program?

Yes, we have an affiliate program. By joining our affiliate program you can earn while you are attending school and after graduation. 

When will I receive my HWCA certificate.

You will receive your HWCA certificate of completion 2-3 weeks after successful completion of the course, and paid tuition.

When will I be able to take the National Exam offered by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaches?

The exam is offered twice per year. Each student must meet the requirements set by NBHWC.

What Credentials will I have after I successfully take the NBHWC exam?

You will be able to add the esteemed NBC-HWC credentials behind your name.

How soon can I start the course?

We strive to get our students started as quickly as possible. Start dates do vary. You can work a counselor to see what starting date is best for you.

What curriculum does HWCA cover?

The HWCA training program covers the basics of health coach structure, processes, ethics, law, and follows the NBWHC guidelines to help you become a certified coach with NBWHC.  We also offer a review session prior to the national exam. 

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