Are Certifications Beneficial for Health and Wellness Careers

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Looking to get started in a career in Health and Wellness? Knowing where to start is key. Many people look at starting with Health and Wellness Certifications. However, with so many options out there, the question remains, are certifications beneficial or a waste of money?

In knowing this, the first thing to look at is the area you are wanting to focus on. The Health and Wellness industry is filled with a vast range of opportunities. Honing in on your niche will make a huge difference in whether certification is needed or not.

Becoming a Health and Wellness Coach

If you are looking at becoming a Health and Wellness Coach, being certified does not necessarily mean you will be successful. Being successful has more to do with pulling in clients than having a certification. Look at guru, Tony Robbins, he never went to a traditional school to receive a certification, yet millions of people go to him for motivation, financial advice, relationship advice, and health advice. How does he do this? He keeps his clients coming back for more and at the same time bringing their friends and family with them.

Learn the Fundamentals

While it’s not necessary to obtain a certification as a Health and Wellness coach or a life coach certification, it is important to master the fundamentals of your coaching business. As Maike Neuhaus, PH.D. states you can literally print yourself a business card with the title ‘life coach’ and coach away. However, as Neuhaus also mentions, besides being unethical the coaching market has become flooded with all the want to be coaches. This includes the health and wellness area. In order to not only gain clients but keep them, it is important that you learn and master the fundamentals. Otherwise, you’re not only harming yourself but your clients.

Stand Out From the Crowd

The lack of mandated training and authoritative regulation has caused a lot of people to jump on the bandwagon looking to be the next Tony Robbins. In that, it is important to stand out from the crowd and the way to do that is by learning and mastering your skills. Find the area you want to master and focus on it by attending trainings, conferences, and workshops. It is not necessary to spend tens of thousands of dollars to attend a traditional school, just find areas that are specific to your niche and train in that area. Once you know where your focus will be, master it. Instead of training in ten different areas, find that one and do everything you can to build on it and learn, become a master of that field. After that, you can expand your horizons and continue to train in that one area but add another area, one that takes what you have learned and builds on it. With hard work, dedication, and the correct training you can stand out from everyone else trying to break into the Health and Wellness Coaching business.


When it comes down to it, your clients need to trust that you know what you are doing. To do this, you need the fundamentals to be successful and more importantly help your clients to be successful. This will help your business grow organically as your clients spread the word to their friends and family who are looking for a health and wellness coach. This builds credibility. Credibility people want in a coach and this credibility comes from your clients, the ones spreading the word about you, the ones telling everyone about the positive results they have gotten by working with you.

Bottom line, If you don’t receive a certification from a traditional school, what do you need to get started besides hard work and a drive to succeed? You need to find yourself a coach, someone who can help you stay focused and accountable. Next, find some clients, start off with one on one consultations, learn as you go through training, read books, and work with your coach. Finally, get results. Review consultations, look at what worked and what didn’t work, and learn from it. To sum it up, you learn from being out there, being in the field, and getting hands-on training, not sitting in a classroom.

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