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. The initial Mayo Clinic Wellness Coach Certification fee is included in your training registration.
Certification Renewal Requirements
During the three-year period that participants are certified, documentation in the form of a certificates of attendance will be required showing 30 hours of continuing education.
At least 15 of the 30 hours must be from 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, students must include a certificate of completion that includes the number of credits earned, student name, the course title, instructor and date. Mayo Clinic goes by the hours/credits that are earned based on that certificate.
We do not accept syllabus, course agendas, or estimated hours per week as proof of credit earned in lieu of the certificate of completion. Coursework on topics unrelated to coaching or health, such as animal sciences, engineering, math, statistics or chemistry, are not accepted.
Participants may be asked to provide goals, objectives, and information about the facilitator or speaker for any educational event submitted. 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.