Being in the fitness profession you have to stay on top of your game and always continue the education process. As a NASM certified personal trainer and certified fitness nutrition specialist I often feel like I am overwhelmed with which certification I want to pursue next. After months of debate, I have decided to prepare for the ACE Health Coach Certification.
What does a Health Coach do?
Health Coaches are an important part of the flourishing global health care community. As health care systems are evolving so is the need for prevention and education services to help manage public health issues such as chronic illness and obesity. Health Coaches are professionals who promote, educate, and assist individuals in finding new ways to inspire healthier habits. This can include anything from guidance with weight loss and prenatal care to smoking cessation and substance abuse assistance.
How can a Health Coach Certification help you as a fitness professional?
As a fitness professional myself, I can honestly say that this certification can really help fill in the voids I struggle with while working with clients. Certified personal trainers have a very limited scope ethically while working with their clients, but are often looked to as a valuable resource for wellness issues other than advice on fitness goals. I personally find myself in this position often and it has inspired me to want to know more and become that trainer who can offer that extra support when it comes to working with my clients.
Why did I choose ACE?
The ACE Health Coach Certification is the only one accredited by the NCCA (National Commission for Certifying Agencies) and the EFHA (European Health & Fitness Association). The EFHA accreditation is important to me as I will be moving to the UK in the near future. ACE also offers extensive study materials and support to help make passing the exam an “ace” as well. The bundles range from $499-$599 and include the cost of the exam registration fee. So, not only will I receive the support necessary to learn the information inside and out, but I will also receive the peace of mind knowing that the certification I am obtaining is from a renowned institution that is going to help me empower and change the lives of those I help throughout my career.
What are the pre-requisites to consider before choosing ACE?
In order to be eligible for the ACE Health Coach exam you must meet the following requirements at the time you sit for the exam:
1. Current NCCA-accredited certification or license in fitness, nutrition, healthcare, wellness, human resources, or related field.
2. An associate’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university in fitness, exercise science, nutrition, healthcare, wellness, human resources, or related field.
3. Comparable work experience in any of the industries specified above.
How can you find out more?
You can find out (mostly) everything you need to know by visiting their website at www.acefitness.org. You can also speak with a knowledgeable ACE staff member who can help you with any questions you may have through chat or by contacting them via email or phone at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 1-888-825-3636
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