You Passed Your Health Coaching Exam, Now What?


Driven by your need and fervour to assist individuals stay their fullest, healthiest and most vibrant lives, you selected to develop into an ACE Certified Health Coach and launch into the curriculum. You leveraged each a part of the structured studying expertise, studied arduous and handed your examination. As you exhale, grateful, proud and excited that you’ve got handed the examination and earned your certification, within the very subsequent breath, you suppose… now what?!  

Many ACE Health Coaches have felt the identical manner and located that following these six steps is an efficient bridge from examination success to sensible utilized success.   

1. Appreciate the Moment 

Be current within the second and savor passing your examination. Activate your examination success via an appreciation self-awareness train by taking a listing of your character strengths, highlighting people who have been most outstanding in your success. You can use the Values in Action (VIA) Classification of Strengths (Peterson & Seligman, 2004), which is accessible for free. This will enhance your potential to faucet into your strengths transferring ahead and supply apply utilizing a well being teaching software. As you ready on your examination, you possible confronted and overcame quite a lot of challenges and adversities, leading to your achievement. Seize this chance to look again and choose a second throughout your examination preparation when issues appeared bleak, after which remind your self what you thought and did to interrupt via that barrier.  

2. Connect to a Network   

Join a bunch of licensed well being coaches and wellness professionals. Start by becoming a member of the non-public Facebook group the ACE Health Coach Network, the place you’ll be able to collaborate with a bunch of execs, from newly licensed to extremely skilled, and obtain stay video instructing designed to translate expertise discovered into expertise utilized. Joining skilled organizations akin to IDEA or the American College of Lifestyle Medicine will present publicity to thought leaders and professionals who’re actively concerned in a integrative method to well being and wellness.    

3. Start Helping Someone

The single most vital factor you are able to do for your self and for launching your well being teaching apply is to start out serving to somebody. An individual can examine swimming and memorize each motion and breath, however finally, they should get within the water. The evidence-based expertise of well being teaching require utilized use to develop and thrive. If you wrestle to land an employment alternative or a paid shopper, discover somebody in want and be of service.  

4. Take Care of the Business Necessities 

You might or might not discover establishing your small business fundamentals notably inspiring, however it’s essential. Setting up enterprise requirements might develop into overwhelming and chances are you’ll end up struggling “paralysis by analysis.” A small, considerate, but imperfect step ahead is commonly the way in which to interrupt the paralysis. Use this cheat sheet that can assist you work via the requirements of constructing your well being teaching enterprise.   

5. Consider Your Options

Opportunities for licensed well being coaches are quickly increasing because the panorama of healthcare continues to shift and embrace an integrative wellness mannequin utilizing multifaceted team-based interventions. This is going on together with the rise of digital care supply, behavioral well being and disease-management subcategories of digital well being, all of which interprets into a large and rising vary of employment alternatives for licensed well being coaches. The most direct path to serving to individuals with the ability of well being teaching is launching your apply. Health teaching is, basically, an intentional dialog, and is, subsequently, equally efficient whatever the supply methodology, digital or in-person. The indisputable fact that well being teaching is equally efficient throughout all supply strategies implies that a well being coach’s apply will not be restricted by geographic location.    

6. Remain Curious – Be a Lifelong Learner

Embracing an always-learning and growth-oriented mindset prepares you for fulfillment, because it retains you within the strategy of open curiosity, a key attribute of an achieved well being coach. Learning retains you nimble of thoughts and adaptable to challenges. The wellness business is shifting and rising quickly throughout all domains and channels. Therefore, a well being coach should at all times be listening and studying to stay related and ready to be of service. Investing in your skilled growth doesn’t have to break the bank, as there are quite a few budget-friendly alternatives, together with free ACE webinars and quizzes primarily based on ACE Certified™ .  

We are reminded of the significance of motion and the ability of “now” via these well-known of phrases of Arthur Ashe: “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”  


Peterson, C. & Seligman, M.E. (2004).?Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 

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