Frequently Asked Questions
When does the Certificate start and finish?
The Health Coach Certificate (HCC) 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.
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 (HCC) is made up of the following steps:
STEP 1 - Complete a 21-day Lifestyle Medicine Program as a self-experiment.
STEP 2 - Attend weekly or fortnightly LIVE 2hr 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 certifed 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 preventative 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. By doing PreKure's Health Coach Certificate you become eligible for membership of our exclusive 'PK Health Coaches TEAM'. This is where we provide you with ongoing support and help in your business including:
- how to set your business up, understanding your target market, and how to get clients
- having your photo and business promoted on our PreKure website
- ongoing access to our Faculty for email q&a and support
- ongoing access to the health coach certificate course materials including all updates
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 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!
What is the price increase going to be in 2020?
The 2019 price for the Health Coach Certificate is $4395 NZD. As of Jan 1st 2020, the price will be increasing to $4995.