Become A Health Coach

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Thinking about studying a health coaching course? Read this first.

What is a health coach?

Working with people to help improve health is incredibly rewarding and enjoyable.  A Health Coach is a new kind of practitioner that works to empower clients to take control of their health by paying attention to and prioritising their nutrition, exercise, behaviours and beliefs .  But in the face of some pretty impressive (and in our opinion – unrealistic) claims made by many health coach training providers, it’s important to consider a few things before you enrol in any health coaching course.

Are health coaches and health coaching courses recognised (and popular) in Australia?

Many Australian and international health coach course and training providers promise you will be working alongside doctors, dietitian and medical professionals or describe large earning potential for you as an in-demand health coach.  This can be misleading.

It’s not to say you can’t be successful as a health coach.  Now, more than ever, there are enormous opportunities and public interest in health and wellness.  For example, corporate health, private practice, whole food and specialist health food catering, meal planning, online health coaching, freelance writing, streaming, blogging and social media are just some of the growth areas that present amazing opportunities for health coaches to help people take control of their diet and health.

But the concept of health coaches, nutrition coaches, nutritional counsellors and wellness coaches are only relatively new and there are no health coaching courses recognised by government or the private health insurance industry (so you won’t be able to offer private health rebates to clients).

Finding work / job prospects as a health coach or nutrition counsellor

Once you graduate from any nutrition, wellness or online health coach course (including many nutrition degrees) it is most likely that you will need to find your own niche and create your own success (i.e. it’s very challenging to find paid, full-time work in nutrition – even if you are a research nutritionist employed by a university or industry or Accredited Practicing Dietitian employed in hospitals or in the food industry).

Please read our information page about choosing a nutrition degree or diploma here if you are interested in studying to become an accredited Australian nutritionist (study nutrition at a degree or advanced diploma level).

Creating your own success as a health coach 

Creating your success as a health coach will require interest, passion and motivation, not just in health, nutrition and wellness but also with working with people and building your own business.  Anyone can become a health coach, but a background in health, fitness, medical, retail, marketing can give you a head-start building up a busy health-coaching clientele.

Are there specific health coaching courses or qualifications you need to undertake to become a health coach or nutritional counsellor?

No.  Legally in Australia you can call yourself a health coach (or a nutritionist) without doing any study at all.  Many online health coaching course providers suggest that their courses are recognised and / or in high demand with the public.  This is, to the best of our extensive professional knowledge of the Australian health, nutrition and wellness market, simply untrue.

If you are planning to offer health coaching for clients, it is important that you are covered by insurance.  In order to take out professional indemnity and associated public liability insurance for nutritional advice, meal planning, health coaching and nutritional counselling you will be required to complete an accredited health coaching or nutrition course.

Beck Health & Nutrition nutrition courses are accredited and allow you to access insurance for nutrition and health coaching, design meal plans and menus and provide nutritional advice.  Please see Accreditation as a nutrition and health coach (below) for a detailed description of what your accreditation and insurance will cover as a nutrition and health coach or nutritional counsellor.

What does “recognised health coach course” mean?

Some online health, wellness and health coaching courses claim they are “recognised”.   This is misleading.  There are currently no health health or wellness coaching courses that are recognised by Australian Government.  The Australian Government has two levels of education recognition ASQA (for skills-based training up to Advanced Diploma level courses) and TEQSA (for bachelor degree study or higher).  

Certificate courses offered by the Australian Nationally Recognised Training System can be identified by certificate level (e.g. Certificate 3 or 4 in Fitness).  No health or wellness coaching qualifications (from Australian or international health coaching course providers) are recognised by Australian government.  Like our competitors, our nutrition and health coaching courses are not a part of the Nationally Recognised Training System.

Beck Nutrition Courses - Accredited by IICTAccreditation as a nutrition and health coach

Our nutrition and health coaching courses offer training, qualifications, accreditation and insurance options you need to work as a health coach in Australia and around the world.

We (Beck Health & Nutrition) are a Platinum Training Provider with the International Institute of Complementary Therapists (IICT).  Successful completion of any of our nutrition courses and health coaching courses provides automatic eligibility for accreditation and insurance for the following practitioner modalities: 

  • Nutritionist
  • Health Coaching
  • Nutrition & Health Coaching

Completion of our Advanced Certificate of Nutrition & Health also provides automatic eligibility for accreditation and insurance for the practitioner modality of:

  • Dietary Consultant (Nutritional Counselling)

Completion of our Certificate of Sports & Exercise Nutrition course provides automatic eligibility for accreditation and insurance for the practitioner modality of:

  • Sports Nutritionist

 As a Platinum Training Provider, we can also offer a 50% discount for the first year of full membership accreditation via the IICT for our students.  

To access this discounted accreditation membership please use the following link: http://iict.com.au/beckhealth

IICT is an independent accreditation membership body for the health and wellness industry.  The IICT’s accreditation and insurance arrangements allow you to access professional indemnity insurance at discounted rates for Health Coaching, Health & Nutrition Coaching, Nutrition and Sports Nutrition.  The IICT are active in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, The UK and Europe, USA and Canada – so your accreditation and insurance as a health coach is valid even if you are planning to work or practice overseas.

Insurance as a health coach

Once you have received your accreditation from the IICT you are automatically eligible for professional indemnity insurance.  IICT recommends AON insurance brokers.  AON are Australia’s largest insurance brokers who provide professional indemnity insurance for a many health, fitness and wellbeing occupations.  Insurance policies currently start from less than $151 for an 18 month cover period.      

You will be accredited (and eligible to access professional indemnity insurance) as a Nutrition & Health Coach and Dietary Consultant (Nutritional Counsellor) for paid consultations – nutritional and dietary advice including:

  • Nutrition, dietary and anthropometric (body composition) assessment
  • Explaining impact of nutrition and dietary quality on health, wellness and disease to clients and groups. 
  • Weight loss and healthy weight management concepts and approaches including the ability to assess popular and fad diets and ensure adequate nutritional intake via practical, food-based recommendations including developing tailored meal plans for clients and groups
  • developing meal plans and nutritional advice for clients wishing to lose weight, achieve body composition or exercise goals.  
  • Nutritional pre-screening via dietary records and food recall
  • Practical aspects of meal planning and modification to best achieve dietary quality and nutritional requirements
  • Understanding and explaining food labeling
  • Identifying nutritional deficiencies or dietary gaps and providing practical, food-based recommendations to address such deficiencies or gaps
  • Tailored nutritional approaches to address individual needs including cultural, lifestyle, motivational and behavioural factors
  • Understanding of when referral to a medical or nutrition professional is necessary.

This is a confirmed list of activities covered under accreditation and insurance as a nutrition & health coach by the IICT and their associated professional indemnity insurance brokers.  

It is important to remember that our nutrition courses are short-course (they are not intended to take the place of a degree in dietetics or nutrition science).  Our courses will allow you to become accredited, work and access discounted professional indemnity insurance as a Health & Nutrition coach or nutritional advisor. 

IICTaccreditedhealthcoachcourseInsurance as a nutrition & health coach or nutritional counsellor

Once you have received your accreditation from the IICT you are automatically eligible for professional indemnity insurance.  IICT recommends AON insurance brokers.  AON are Australia’s largest insurance brokers who provide professional indemnity insurance for a many health, fitness and wellbeing occupations.  Insurance policies currently start from less than $151 for an 18 month cover period.      

ATMS-CPE-20+pointsBeck Health & Nutrition's Certificate of Nutrition and Diet course is accredited for 15 CEC points from Fitness AustraliaIndustry Accreditation

Many Beck Health & Nutrition courses are accredited with various health and fitness bodies.  This means that if you are already a part of this industry, you can receive professional development points for your ongoing registration.  All of our courses are accredited by the Australian Traditional Medicine Society.  Our Nutrition & Diet for Exercise Professionals course is also accredited by Fitness Australia for 15 CEC points. 

Why don’t Beck Health & Nutrition health coaching courses and programs include compulsory marketing and business coaching modules?

Beck Health & Nutrition specialises in nutrition and health education.  Other health coaching course providers include compulsory business marketing units, however many of our learners have already developed unique skills via studies, training or life / work experience. 

If, as a part of your studies, you would like to also undertake specific business and marketing units, please let us know and we will provide a range of fantastic, professional and affordable study options for you.  

Upon successful completion of your nutrition and health coaching course with us, you can also join the IICT.  The IICT provides an extensive array of marketing and business tools to assist health coaches grow their businesses.

Beck Health & Nutrition nutrition & health coaching courses give you:

  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of nutrition as it relates to diet, disease and wellbeing both at an individual, group and community level
  • Confidence and skills to make informed decisions and judgments regarding the latest diets and health trends 
  • Meal planning and nutritional analysis skills for a wide variety of common circumstances including health, weight goals, athletic training, cultural preferences and dietary trends. 
  • A love of nutrition and health science as it relates to our everyday life and health goals. 

Please note: Beck Health & Nutrition courses are not appropriate for accreditation as an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) or a Registered Nutritionist.  Beck Health & Nutrition courses are also not eligible for student visas or immigration purposes for Australia.  To find out more about studying nutrition in Australia please read our information page.

Nutrition and health coach courses

Advanced Certificate of Nutrition & Health ($750)

Combines our Certificate of Nutrition & Diet course with your choice of nutrition specialisation (Nutrition for Stress, Anxiety & Depression, Childhood & Adolescent Nutrition, Sports & Exercise Nutrition or Healthy Body Weight Nutrition).  This course is perfect if you are interested in becoming a nutrition and health coach, nutritional counsellor, or if you want to write diet and menu plans or provide nutritional advice.  

Certificate of Nutrition & Diet ($450)

The Nutrition and Diet course provides a comprehensive introduction to the science of nutrition and dietary analysis. Direct accreditation for nutrition and health coaching.

Certificate of Infant, Childhood & Adolescent Nutrition (0-18 years) ($425)

This unique nutrition course explores the nutrition and early childhood developmental principles to establish healthy eating patterns from infancy to adolescence.

Certificate of Sports & Exercise Nutrition ($425)

The Certificate of Sports & Exercise Nutrition course explores the latest nutritional strategies to optimise and enhance athletic performance. Includes elements of exercise physiology, nutrition, dietary analysis and nutritional planning for athletes.

Certificate of Healthy Body Weight Nutrition  ($425) 

Presents the nutrition, motivation and lifestyle strategies to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight and help manage type 2 diabetes.

Certificate of Public Health Nutrition Promotion ($795)

Learn how to promote and tailor health and nutrition messages for community, groups and media.

Certificate of Nutrition for Stress, Anxiety & Depression ($450)

This unique nutrition course provides a complete, up-to-the-minute study of the nutrition, diet, exercise and lifestyle research findings.  Covers skills and knowledge to help optimise mental health and wellbeing through dietary strategies.

Accreditation, job opportunities, insurance and professional recognition for work in nutrition or as a health coach are always changing.  If you have a particular question about choosing a course or career plan, we are happy to help. 

Simply submit an enquiry form and we’ll try our best to help you out.   

Disclaimer: this information is, to the best of our knowledge, accurate and current and is provided in good faith in order to assist people considering undertaking a course of study in nutrition, health or wellness coaching.  Beck Health & Nutrition will not be held liable for any errors or omissions contained.