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CIP Preparing and Applying for the NBHWC Exam

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>> Hi there, welcome back. Now that you have a clear idea of how this course is structured and what the requirements are to graduate, let's talk about the reason why many of you are here. To become a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach. This is a credential that's offered by the NBHWC. To help you understand exactly what this means, let's start at square one. What is the NBHWC? Throughout this course, you'll often hear us referring to this acronym. It stands for the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching. Not too long ago, they were called the International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching or ICHWC. And before that, they were the National Consortium for Credentialing Health & Wellness Coaches or the NCCHWC. Don't worry, this isn't on the exam. But if you've heard these other names before, just know that they're all referring to the same organization. Besides coming up with long names, this consortium does a lot of really great work to advance the credibility of the health coaching field and uphold high standards for the training of Health Coaches. The NBHWC was formed in 2010 and has been rapidly growing since. In 2012, they established themselves as a nonprofit organization. Then, they quickly got to work and assembled a team of experts and leaders in the field to unify perspectives and compile a list of best practices for health and wellness coaches. From this work, that Job Task Analysis that we described earlier in your orientation was born. In 2016, they joined forces with the National Board of Medical Examiners to launch a certification for health and wellness coaches. And the first certification exam was offered in 2017. This landmark agreement laid the groundwork for education standards and professional practice in our fields. The training and study required for the exam prepares a new era of Health Coaches to go into the field armed with best practices and a solid understanding of what their scope of practice looks like. As the NBHWC gains more and more recognition, their certification is also growing as a recognized benchmark of professional coach training. Therefore, it's not surprising that an increasing amount of IIN grads want to sit for the exam and earn their certification. Being able to call yourself a National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach is an impactful way to stand out from the rest of the crowd. We'll talk a bit about who can apply and how to apply for the certifying exam. But first, let's talk about education requirements. In addition to graduating from your Health Coach Training Program, you must successfully complete this course, which means fulfilling all of the graduation requirements we went over in the last lecture. The NBHWC also requires that applicants hold an associate's degree or higher. Now if you don't have an associate's degree, a notarized log of 4,000 work hours may be submitted in lieu of this requirement. Let me clarify that this doesn't have to be 4,000 hours of work in the coaching or health and wellness field. Verifiable employment in any field can count toward this requirement. Next, let's talk about the experience component. Starting after you complete your Health Coach Training Program and before you apply to sit for the exam, you must document 50 coaching hours in a coaching log that you'll submit with your application. Now let me be clear that these don't necessarily have to be with paying clients. If you're actively working with paying clients, that's great, and you can log those session hours. However, pro bono hours are also accepted, which means if you do free sessions with people you know, those hours count too, and it's great practice. So if you've only got one or two paying clients or you're just starting out, don't sweat it, they just have to be real sessions that are at least 30 minutes long. You'll log your coaching hours on a form that's provided on the NBHWC website. This document is conveniently titled the NBHWC coaching log. The document of education, work experience log and coaching log forms can all be found on To log your coaching hours, go to, select Become an NBC-HWC from the menu ribbon at the top of the page. And from there, select Exam Application from the dropdown menu. Then scroll down until you see NBHWC Coaching Log. On the NBHWC website, you'll also find upcoming exam dates and their registration periods, a step by step overview of the application process and other important links, like where to go to create your account, where to go to schedule your exam, and detailed information on the structure and content of the exam. As I just alluded to, you'll need to create a personal account via the NBHWC website that you'll use to electronically submit your application. This is free and easy to do. You can complete this step at any time, but you'll want to hold off on submitting your application until you've met all of your requirements. And this is because a nonrefundable application fee of $100 and a refundable exam fee of $350 are required. These must be paid before you can upload your application documents. So you want to get to a point where you're sure that you're going to be ready and able to move forward with taking the exam before paying for your application. At the same time, you also want to be very mindful of when your registration window is so that you get your application in before the deadline. Otherwise, you'll have to wait for the next exam period to apply and sit for certification. The exam is offered through prometric, which has locations in over 180 countries. When your application is approved, which can take up to 30 days, you'll be able to schedule your exam at a location that's convenient to you. As you prepare for your exam, two great additional resources on the NBHWC website are the FAQ page and the exam prep page. A thorough read-through these documents will answer many of your questions. In fact, we suggest spending some time this week exploring the exam information and documents on their website marking down important dates and setting benchmarks for yourself along the way. While it may seem overwhelming to get everything together in time for a looming deadline, if you plan ahead, stay organized and stick to a schedule, it doesn't have to be stressful. During your first live call, your instructor will share details about when the next exam date is and when the application period closes. They'll also be able to answer any general questions about the exam process. However, please keep in mind that your instructor cannot answer any questions regarding your application, specific questions on the exam or matters pertaining directly to NBHWC. IIN is legally unable to speak on NBHWC's behalf. So as you go about putting together your application and preparing for your exam, you'll want to reach out directly to NBHWC with any questions or concerns you have. You'll want to direct your inquiries to [email protected] or call the general inquiries telephone number listed on their contact page. Another thing to keep in mind is that in addition to fulfilling your requirements, and completing your application, you'll also want to carve out time to study for the exam. Completion of this course does not guarantee a passing score on the exam. This course fills a gap by teaching content that's covered on the exam that was not covered in your Health Coach Training Program. While you'll walk away with some great study resources, it's important to understand that this is not a test preparation course. The purpose of this course is to bridge the gap between your Health Coach Training Program and NBHWC exam content. The primary focus is on specific coaching strategies that coaches are expected to know. And this course is not a comprehensive overview of everything covered by the exam. Consider this course to be one big step in your overall journey to certification. This is why you'll want to carefully review all of the information on the exam prep page of the NBHWC website, especially the bulletin of information. On there, you'll see a list of recommended books you may want to use to study for the exam. Additionally, we share a list of optional recommended readings in every module of this course. It's not necessary to read all of these or any of these, but they're there if you want them. One thing students always want to know is "How much do I need to study for the exam?" Now this is tricky to answer because really it depends on the individual. For some, maybe a few hours is enough, others require a few weeks or possibly more, your level of relevant education, coaching experience, comprehension of the material, learning style, and so on, all determine how much time and effort you'll need to put in to preparing for this exam. You'll want to review all of the NBHWC core competencies and gauge the extent to which you feel you understand them. From there, you'll want to engage in the appropriate type and extent of test prep for you. As alumni and as professional coaches, we want to empower you to approach your exam and your application with autonomy. So in summary, this course will be incredibly instrumental in getting you toward test readiness but remember that it's just one of several tools for your test preparation, not a test prep course in itself. So to recap the main points of this lecture, to become a National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach, one must apply and sit for the NBHWC's certifying exam. The requirements to apply for the certifying exam are an associate's degree or 4,000 hours of verifiable work experience... Completion of the Health Coach Training Program, completion of the Coaching Intensive Practicum... 50 logged coaching hours, and payment to NBHWC of a $100 nonrefundable application fee and a $350 refundable exam fee. Fees must be paid before uploading your application documents to your account. All materials are due within the registration period for the exam you'd like to take. Any questions pertaining to your application should go directly to NBHWC. All right, so while you may still have some questions about the exam, chances are you know a lot more now than you did before this session. Your instructor will go over how to fill out your coaching log, answer any general questions and share details about the next exam date when you connect live throughout this course. In the meantime, if you have any questions, you can share them with us over in your Facebook group, where we'll be checking in to support you. I wish you the best of luck on this journey and look forward to supporting you in the Coaching Intensive Practicum.

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CIP Preparing and Applying for the NBHWC Exam

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