Health Coach Certificate

Turn your passion for health and wellness into a career you love.

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Turn your passion for health and wellness
into a career you love.

Health Coaches are currently the missing link in healthcare. Become a PreKure certified Health Coach and support people in making the critical lifestyle changes required to dramatically improve their wellbeing. You'll have one of the most meaningful jobs on the planet and see better health outcomes for yourself, your family and/or your clients/patients.

By doing this certificate you'll be recognised as a credible and qualified Health Coach.

Health Coach Graduate December 2019 - Paula Holdt

Gain an in-depth understanding of the latest science
and evidence in prevention medicine.

We built this Certificate because people are looking to coach others in the latest science and evidence on lifestyle and prevention medicine. The courses that make up the Certificate are taught by recognised world experts and academics sharing only evidence-based knowledge and tools.

  • Behaviour change, neuroscience, motivational interviewing, habit formation, positive psychology - giving you the practical knowledge to help your family/clients make sustainable behaviour changes.
  • Science-based nutrition knowledge, tools and confidence - enabling you to have intelligent and informed conversations about food by understanding the science of what works, for whom and when.
  • Learn the latest trends and research in exercise and health, discover the latest techniques for longevity and optimal health, and gain a valuable understanding of the science of fitness.
  • Understand how to create a lifestyle that will optimise brain function, performance and wellbeing today and into old age. Find out about science of sleep and stress so you can stay in peak mental condition.

Practice the art and skill of coaching people in a safe and supportive environment.

The course includes 12 x 2 hour online LIVE coaching Labs. This is where you will be taught by our expert coaching faculty in an online live and interactive setting. You’ll apply what you’re learning in a safe environment, honing your skills so you’ll feel confident when working with real patients and/or clients.

Surrounding yourself with your fellow Health Coach students will inspire and encourage you. These interactive sessions are where you will practice and share your experiences together and are an integral part of the PreKure Health Coaching training process and your success.

Study Online, at Home, Anytime

All our courses and labs are accessed from the convenience of your computer, smartphone or tablet, and all from the comfort of your own home.

Be free to learn on your own time, at your own pace, in your own space!

"PreKure is a place where you WILL learn about health. You are encouraged to keep learning and expanding your mind with different topics of health. All lecturers are available to talk with about all aspects of your life to help and support you through your learning. The Health Coaching Certificate through PreKure is life changing. All the topics taught in the theory modules help to challenge and open your mind about health from many different aspects within life. The live coaching labs really help you dive deep into what coaching is really like. These labs will challenge you and help you grow, not just as a person but who you are as a coach. You just never know who you will find deep down inside you that is ready to shine. PreKure has changed my thoughts of advice giving and what listening truly is."

- Tracey Kimberley

A sneak peak into one of our coaching labs with our Lead Coach, Dr Carlo Bellini

Carlo takes us through the International Coaching Federation’s core competencies and how they relate to health coaching.

PreKure is committed to training the best Health Coaches in the world

At PreKure we train people in an effective way, so that no matter where you are in the world we can reach you, support you, bring passionate like-minded people together, who come from a diverse professional background, and give you the core foundational skills that meet the ICF coaching requirements, infused with PreKure’s philosophy on Health Coaching.

Dr Louise Schofield on why we need more Health Coaches

"By doing this course I have increased my knowledge and understanding. It has helped me in achieving my goal of becoming a health coach. It is an easy way to learn while still doing life.

It's attainable in a busy life."

- Paula Holdt

Your Instructors

Dr Carlo Bellini

Carlo is our Lead Coach for the Health Coach Certificate. A medical doctor and internationally-trained Coach he brings together the perfect mix of skills to train you.

Dr Louise Schofield

Louise has a PhD in Public Health and develops behaviour change programs that achieve results.

Dr Caryn Zinn

Caryn is an NZ Registered Dietitian with over 20 years of consulting experience as a dietitian.

Professor Grant Schofield

Grant is Director of The Centre for Human Potential at AUT University and high-achieving professor of public health.

Dr Catherine Crofts

Catherine Crofts is a Pharmacist with a PhD in the early diagnosis of metabolic disease.

Dr Glen Davies

Glen is a Medical Doctor focused on offering LCHF and Keto active management diets for chronic illness and disease.

Dr Desiree Dickerson

Desiree is a Neuroscientist & Clinical Psychologist with a doctorate in the neurodevelopment of mental health disorders.

Dr Simon Thornley

Simon is an Epidemiologist and public health medicine specialist. His focus is on the health effects of excess sugar and dietary treatment for diabetes.

Dr Chris Reid

Chris is a GP and clinical lead in one of the first New Zealand practices to be accredited as a Neighbourhood Health Care Home.

Sonya English

Sonya is a critical care nurse specialist. She has a masters of health practice and has more than 27 years’ experience working with critically-unwell patients.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the Certificate start and finish?
The Health Coach Certificate starts as soon as you enrol and you'll have up to 12 months to complete it. The Certificate can be completed within 6 months with a weekly time commitment of approx 7 hours per week. There are 6 courses that make up the Certificate, and 12 x 2 hour online LIVE coaching Labs, and a practical lifestyle medicine program (PreKureME).
What are the benefits of doing the Health Coach Certificate?
You’ll become a PreKure certified Health Coach ready to work as a health coach. You will be eligible to use the "PreKure certified Health Coach' endorsement. PreKure is recognised by medical professionals as being credible and of the highest standard . You'll get the practical tools and resources you need to make your job as a Health Coach easier. You’ll learn the latest science as well as the art of coaching. You’ll learn and practice your coaching skills giving you confidence.
Which courses make up the Certificate?
The Health Coach Certificate is made up of the following steps:
STEP 1 - Complete a 21-day Lifestyle Medicine Program as a self-experiment (PreKureME)
STEP 2 - Attend weekly or fortnightly LIVE 2 hour online and interactive labs to learn and practice your coaching. These are held in the evenings or during a weekday.
STEP 3 - Complete the 6 theory courses in your own time and at your own pace:
PK101: Behaviour as Medicine
PK102: Nutrition as Medicine
PK103: Fitness as Medicine
PK104: Mind-Body Medicine
PK105: Making Sense of Research
PK106: Medications and Navigating the Healthcare System
What happens in the Coaching Skills Labs?
This is where you will be taught by our coaching faculty in an online live and interactive setting. You’ll apply what you’re learning in a safe environment, honing your skills so you’ll feel confident when working with real patients and/or clients. Surrounding yourself with your fellow Health Coach students will inspire and encourage you. These interactive sessions are where you as students train and share your experiences together and are a really important part of the PreKure Health Coaching training process.
Can I go at my own pace?
Yes. You can do the certificate in your own time and at your own pace. The majority of the courses you will work on at a time that suits you, however there is approximately 20 hours of LIVE tutorials that will be scheduled in the evenings and/or weekends. There will be some flexibility in when these occur to ensure this works with your busy lifestyle.
Are there jobs for Health Coaches?
Yes. Health Coaches are employed in GP clinics, pharmacies, Governmental organisations, hospitals, insurance companies, corporate employers, and more. Alternatively, you can also start your own health coaching business. We provide ongoing support and advice to help our HCC graduates kick start their businesses., including client referrals and templated coaching programs. When you become a PreKure Health Coach, you become part of our extensive and connected network.
Can I do the Health Coach Certificate even if I don’t plan on practising as a Health Coach?
Yes. PreKure offers two types of Certification.
(1) The Certificate outlined on this page is designed for those looking to practise as a PreKure certified Health Coach. This is called Health Coach Certificate. We also offer:
(2) A Health Science Certificate. This is designed for those looking to upskill their personal knowledge in prevention medicine but not planning on working as a coach.
If this is you, then please go to www.prekure.com for more information.
To date, we have had GPs, nurses, full-time mums, gardeners, IT specialists, and more enrolling for the Health Coach Certificate.
How do I know if I will make a good Health Coach?
Are you passionate about health and wellbeing? Do you like to help other people and find it easy to build relationships? Are you a good listener? If so, health coaching could be for you! Health Coaches believe in people. They believe that people can change,and they bring optimism and efficiency to the change process.
As a Health Coach who is your typical client?
It really depends on what your particularity niche (as a health coach) is going to be. It is important to understand what unique strengths you have as a potential Health Coach are and then you must really understand who your ideal target market would be. Some examples of typical clients are:
- Middle-aged women going through perimenopause and struggling with weight, sleep, etc.
- Millennial women having a hard time finding balance in their lives
- Middle-aged men looking to lose weight and get fit
- Retired couples wanting to age well and stay off medication
- Cancer survivor wanting to stay in remission and be as healthy as possible
Is setting up my own Health Coach business achievable?
Absolutely yes. We recommend that you begin by doing this on a part-time basis first and then progress from there. We provide you with ongoing support and help in setting up your business including: - how to set your business up, understanding your target market, and how to get clients - ongoing access to our Faculty for email q&a and support - Live business labs with Q&A
Has this course been assessed by NZQA for micro-credentialing?
Yes - The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) has evaluated the Health Coach Certificate (Micro-credential) delivered by PreKure and has assessed it to be equivalent to 30 credits (300 notional learning hours) at Level 5 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).
Is this Certificate recognised internationally?
We follow the International Coaches Federation (ICF) core competencies, definition of coaching and code of ethics.
Do I have to be a health or medical professional to do the Health Coach Certificate?
No. There are no prior learning requirements or prerequisites to enter this Certificate.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We offer a 100% money back guarantee.
What type of nutrition is taught in this Health Coach Certificate?
Nutrition training is a key part of our Health Coach Certificate. Students are trained in the fundamentals of nutritional science using the very latest science and thinking. PreKure does not give you 100 different nutrition theories and let you flounder around trying to work that out. We give you a comprehensive up-to-date university-level understanding of nutrition and then inform you of what works best, when and for whom - according to the latest science and practise.
What is the 21-day Lifestyle Medicine Program?
The 21-day health challenge, PreKureME, is all about being focused and disciplined for a short period of time with the goal of giving your wellbeing a boost. This is ideal for people who wish to establish or reinstate healthy habits. PreKureME is a component of the Health Coach Certificate as it offers hands-on practice with behaviour change techniques. Before you start coaching, let PreKure teach you how to give your health a reset, to practice what you preach!

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This certificate has been endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and has been approved for CME credits for the General Practice Educational Programme (GPEP) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes. The American Medical Association (AMA) supports health coaching and encourages their member physicians to implement Health Coaches into their practices. The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) has evaluated the Health Coach Certificate (Micro-credential) delivered by PreKure and has assessed it to be equivalent to 30 credits (300 notional learning hours) at Level 5 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF). This is equivalent to University Level education.

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Dr Louise Schofield (Co-founder here at PreKure) is available to answer any questions you may have about PreKure's Health Coach Certificate. Text Louise on +64 21 488 749 and request a call back. Alternatively phone during normal working hours Mon - Fri.

“Love the work that you guys are doing; I think I remember having a grizzle on Facebook a year or two ago about the prospects of studying in the field of nutrition without just being force-fed the guidelines every step of the way, and then like magic, along came PreKure!”

- Brendan Reid

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