Volunteer clients are eligible for practice hour submission. However, time coaching significant others (for example, a spouse or partner) and first-degree relatives — a parent, sibling or child — will not be considered for practice hours. You may not coach your peers from class. All clients considered for practice hours must be 18 years or older.
Certification Time Period
Participants who meet the practice hour requirement will be certified for a three-year period beginning on the first day of the month following the completion of all paperwork by Mayo Clinic staff. Mayo Clinic Wellness Coach Certification fees are included in your training registration.
Certification Renewal Requirements
During the three-year period that participants are certified, documentation (certificates of attendance) will be required showing 30 hours of continuing education.
Fifteen of the 30 hours must be continuing education courses. Facilitating a course does not count. The additional 15 hours may be coaching hours with a client. Continuing education hours include completed coursework and workshops relating to counseling, psychology, coaching or health behavior change. Education that is specific to a “specialty” area, such as sleep, nutrition, weight management or diabetes, also is acceptable. When submitting, include documentation such as a certificate of completion, including the number of credits earned, your name, the course title and date.
Participants may be asked to provide goals, objectives, and information about the facilitator or speaker for any educational event submitted. Coursework on topics unrelated to coaching or health, such as animal sciences, engineering, math, statistics or chemistry, are not accepted. Questions about whether a course will be accepted can be directed to the Mayo Clinic Wellness Coach Training Program by emailing MCWCTP@mayo.edu or calling 507-422-5140. There is a fee of $100 for recertification.