Wellness Coach Certification in Santa Barbara, CA

Wellness and Well-Being Coaching Certification

A Post-Graduate Certificate in Wellness and Well-being Coaching with an Emphasis in Applied Positive Psychology

NBHWC-Approved Training Program

All the education you need to earn your specialty Health and Wellness Coach Credential.

75 hours of approved coach-specific training by the International Coach Federation, National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC), and the Center for Credentialing and Education.

  • Jeffrey E. Auerbach, Ph.D. Jeffrey E. Auerbach, Ph.D.
    Co-Author, Positive Psychology in Coaching
  • Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D. Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D.
    Author, Positivity
  • Cynthia Ackrill, MD Cynthia Ackrill, MD
    American Institute of Stress
  • Robert Emmons, Ph.D. Robert Emmons, Ph.D.
    Editor-In-Chief, The Journal of Positive Psychology

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Benefits of Program

  • Completes all coaching education requirements to obtain an independent health and wellness coach certification from the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME—the same body that licenses physicians), the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC), the International Coach Federation or the Center for Credentialing and Education (the CCE certification requires a graduate level degree)
  • Comprehensive Curriculum and World Class Faculty Leads this Wellness Coach Certification Program
  • Complete Health and Wellness Coach Certification Program Including Workbooks, Forms and Wellness Coach Marketing Guidelines
  • Physician or mental health license, RN or graduate degree suggested, but not required

Includes the following courses and topics

  • Coaching Skills and Practice Development
  • Emotional Intelligence and Coaching
  • Wellness Coaching Skills Foundations
  • Appreciative Inquiry in Wellness Coaching
  • Motivational Interviewing and Stages of Readiness to Change
  • Physical Health and Well-Being Coaching
  • Positive Emotions and Positivity Resonance
  • The Upward Spiral Theory of Lifestyle Change
  • Well-Being Coaching Model
  • Well-Being and Values
  • Wellness and Well-Being Assessment Processes
  • Utilizing Strengths-Based Coaching Approaches and Strengths-Based Assessments
  • Well-Being Appreciative Vision Planning
  • Stress Management and Mindfulness Meditation
  • Coaching for Healthy Eating and Weight Management
  • Gratitude Works! A 21-Day Program of Gratitude for Well-Being
  • Communicating and Relating for Well-Being
  • Financial Well-Being
  • Career Well-Being and Work Life Balance
  • Review for International Consortium of Health and Wellness Coaches Exam

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An Introduction to Wellness Coaching

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How to Become a Certified Wellness Coach

  1. Immediately begin with three video courses: Coaching Skills and Practice Development, Emotional Intelligence and Coaching, and Peak Performance for Your Coaching Clients (20 hours)
  2. 2-hour/week virtual classroom meetings (28 hours)
  3. Video instruction on healthy lifestyle and chronic conditions (15 hours)
  4. Three, 4-hour practicum sessions (12 hours)

Two upcoming 100% online start dates to choose from.

  • August 12 - December 16, 2021

    40-hour virtual classroom
    Thursdays, 3:00-5:00 PM PT
    No class 9/16, 11/25

    20-hour video instruction on coaching methods

    15-hour video instruction on healthy lifestyle

    $3,995 Regular Registration
    $3,695 Early Registration


  • Returning Students
    55-hour program for returning students. If you have already completed the first three streaming video courses through CEC you may just register for the Alumni Program. Contact us to see if you qualify.

    $2,995 Special alumni-only tuition


“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to have participated in the Positive Psychology and Well-Being certification program offered through the College of Executive Coaching. The presentations were dynamic and content rich and my Coaching practice has benefited as a result of my participation. I am looking forward to continuing to integrate the training and information into my Coaching and Leadership work at Mayo Clinic.”

—Lisa Hardesty, Ph.D., L.P., ACPEC

Fact: US based businesses lose $300-$400 billion dollars a year due to stress related loss of productivity (Rosch, 2001). This is more than the net profit of all US businesses combined.

In a study of a large, multi-employer, multi-site employee population, healthcare expenditures for employees with high levels of stress were 46% higher than those for employees who did not have high levels of stress (Goetzel et al., 1998). 41% of employees say they feel stressed out during the day (APA, 2009). 66% of US adults have been told by their health care provider that they have one or more chronic conditions. 63% of American adults are overweight or obese. Organizations with the most effective health, well-being and productivity programs, including coaching, had 28% higher shareholder returns (TowersWatson, 2010.)


Wellness coaching, which I have broadened to well-being coaching is a collaborative relationship between a client and their wellness coach characterized by a structured conversational process that promotes accountability, creativity and commitment to help one reach their well-being goals. Focused expertise, encouragement and processes from the wellness coach help the client achieve more well-being than they otherwise would have accomplished on their own.


  1. Synergy — teamwork helps the client accomplish more than the client would alone
  2. Structure — Due to the coach providing an accountability factor, a client takes more action and moves ahead on larger goals
  3. Expertise — The coach utilizes numerous tools, in the context of a positive "coaching alliance," to help the client make progress on their most heartfelt goals. The coach does this without rigidly prescribing specific behaviors, but rather is a partner to help the client find their best way forward – with expert coaching assistance.

Wellness Coaching helps close the gap between where one is now and where they most want to be.

Refund/Cancellation/Change Policies

For In-Person Programs: Refunds: Up to three weeks before the first day of the program there is a $100 processing fee for change or refund requests. Please note that once you take an assessment the refund policy changes for this program. After you have taken an assessment, the refund policy is refunds are allowed up to twenty-one days before the start of a workshop, less a $200 fee.There are no refunds for whatever reason within three weeks of the start date of the workshop. Changes: If you need to change to a different workshop date than you were originally registered for, you are able to with the $100 administrative fee if two weeks advance notice is given. We apologize but there are no other changes for any reason within two weeks of the program start date. Unusual Circumstances: If a course location must be cancelled due to a natural disaster, pandemic, crisis or instructor illness, the seminar will be rescheduled. Specifically, in the event of a pandemic resulting in governments ordering no travel to the workshop location, that in-person program will be conducted on the same dates and times as planned, in our online virtual classroom. If an individual is seriously ill and has a doctor's letter, or has reason to believe they may have been exposed to coronavirus, please let us know so we can discuss the situation, and discuss alternative training options/dates. For one's own benefit, and the welfare of the other participants, if someone is ill and likely contagious, it is requested they not attend that particular training program location/date, and contact us so we can further discuss alternate training dates.

Continuing Education: 60 CE Hours for the full program. This program is approved by the International Coach Federation, the Center for Credentialing and Education, and the International Consortium for Credentialing Health and Wellness Coaches (ICHWC). The International Consortium for Credentialing Health and Wellness Coaches and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) (the same agency that conducts the licensing exams for physicians) have launched a national certification for health and wellness coaches. This program also meets the educational credentialing requirements for the International Coach Federation Associate Certified Coach Portfolio Path and for the Board Certified Coach Credential offered by the Center for Credentialing and Education.

Psychologists: CEC is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. CEC maintains responsibility for the program. The California MCEP accrediting agency accepts APA approved courses for California psychologists. MFTs and Social Worker Continuing Education: These courses meet the qualifications for continuing education credit for MFTs, Professional Counselors and LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (Provider # PCE1780), as well as many other states. CEC is a NASW Approved Provider of continuing education (Provider #886383501). (Provider #5969). Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP 15517, for 60 contact hours.

A Member of

  • ACTP: Accredited Coach Training Program
  • APA-approved sponsor
  • BCC: Board Certified Coach
  • PHR, SPHR, GPHR Approved Provider
  • IOC: Institute of Coaching