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Spread The Wellness.

Right now, half of California’s youth are struggling with their mental health and well-being. There’s never been a better time to become a California Certified Wellness Coach. A strong and diverse workforce means a healthier California.

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Spread The Wellness.

Right now, half of California’s youth are struggling with their mental health and well-being. There’s never been a better time to become a California Certified Wellness Coach. A strong and diverse workforce means a healthier California.

Why We Need You:

Your Role in Transforming the Behavioral
Health Landscape

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What is a Wellness Coach?

There is an urgent need to support the mental health needs of California’s children and youth. Certified Wellness Coaches (Coaches) provide care to young people through prevention and early intervention services. These services support overall physical, emotional, and mental well-being.

About Becoming A Certified
Wellness Coach
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How can a Certified Wellness Coach benefit your program or community?

Today’s mental health crisis is negatively impacting children and youth in California. Certified Wellness Coaches can create real change. Coaches can make a positive difference in schools, health care programs, and community organizations because they can help the young people they serve have better, happier lives.

For Employers
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How to Become an HCAI-Designated Education Program

Becoming an HCAI-Designated Education Program opens doors to actively shape California's behavioral health care available to young people. Educating future Certified Wellness Coaches will help to spread wellness for a healthier California.

Become an Education Program
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Certified Wellness Coach Applicants
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Apply for Certification

3

Receive Certification

ONGOING Approval will be granted on a rolling basis.

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Enter Workforce as a Certified Wellness Coach

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Apply for Certification 

3

Receive Certification

4

Continue working in the field as a new Certified Wellness Coach

Employers
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Evaluate Your Readiness to be a Certified Wellness Coach Employer

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Bring on Certified Wellness Coaches to your staff!

HCAI-Designated Education Programs
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Meet Requirements

Reach out to HCAI to discuss your program’s level of alignment with HCAI’s educational requirements.

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Apply for Designated Approval

Work with HCAI to formalize a process to ensure your candidates will meet learning outcome requirements and will be workforce ready.

3

Receive HCAI Program Designation

Receive your HCAI Program designation and stand out as a recognized leader in supporting mental health wellness.

4

Enroll Certified Wellness Coach Candidates

Enroll candidates to become Certified Wellness Coaches dedicated to supporting mental health wellness for California’s youth.

1

Meet Requirements

Connect with HCAI to discuss your program’s level of alignment with HCAI’s education requirements. Programs will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

2

Design a Curriculum

Offer an HCAI-designated curriculum that meets education program requirements.

3

Receive HCAI Program Designation

Receive your HCAI Program designation and stand out as a recognized leader in supporting mental health and wellness.

4

Enroll Certified Wellness Coach Candidates

Enroll candidates to become Certified Wellness Coaches dedicated to supporting mental health wellness for California’s youth.

How to Become a Certified Wellness Coach

Explore Steps

2

Apply for Certification

3

Receive Certification

ONGOING Approval will be granted on a rolling basis.

4

Enter Workforce as a Certified Wellness Coach

2

Apply for Certification 

3

Receive Certification

4

Continue working in the field as a new Certified Wellness Coach

How to Hire a Certified Wellness Coach

Explore Steps

1

Evaluate Your Readiness to be a Certified Wellness Coach Employer

2

Bring on Certified Wellness Coaches to your staff!

How to Become a Designated Education Program

Explore Steps

1

Meet Requirements

Reach out to HCAI to discuss your program’s level of alignment with HCAI’s educational requirements.

2

Apply for Designated Approval

Work with HCAI to formalize a process to ensure your candidates will meet learning outcome requirements and will be workforce ready.

3

Receive HCAI Program Designation

Receive your HCAI Program designation and stand out as a recognized leader in supporting mental health wellness.

4

Enroll Certified Wellness Coach Candidates

Enroll candidates to become Certified Wellness Coaches dedicated to supporting mental health wellness for California’s youth.

1

Meet Requirements

Connect with HCAI to discuss your program’s level of alignment with HCAI’s education requirements. Programs will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

2

Design a Curriculum

Offer an HCAI-designated curriculum that meets education program requirements.

3

Receive HCAI Program Designation

Receive your HCAI Program designation and stand out as a recognized leader in supporting mental health and wellness.

4

Enroll Certified Wellness Coach Candidates

Enroll candidates to become Certified Wellness Coaches dedicated to supporting mental health wellness for California’s youth.

Testimonials

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Training and growing a system with Certified Wellness Coaches allows our tiered model (Multi-Tiered System of Support) to be more responsive to the growing needs of our students.

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Our California youth need more support.

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When I think of a Wellness Coach, I think of someone that is there for people.

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Training and growing a system with Certified Wellness Coaches allows our tiered model (Multi-Tiered System of Support) to be more responsive to the growing needs of our students.

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Our California youth need more support.

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When I think of a Wellness Coach, I think of someone that is there for people.

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Certified Wellness Coach Requirements

Education Pathway

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APPLICANT TYPE

Recent graduates

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DEGREE PROGRAM

  • Social Work
  • Human Services
  • Addiction Studies

Certified Wellness Coach I

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FIELD EXPERIENCE

400 hours*
(application accepted with 150 hours)

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DEGREE

Associate’s degree
from any accredited California Community College

Certified Wellness Coach II

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FIELD EXPERIENCE

800 hours*
(application accepted with 300 hours)

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DEGREE

Bachelor’s degree or higher
from any accredited California college or university

Workforce Pathway

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APPLICANT TYPE

Professionals currently working in Wellness Coach-like roles

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DEGREE PROGRAM

  • Social Work
  • Human Services
  • Addiction Studies
  • Child Development/Early Intervention
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Certified Wellness Coach I

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FIELD EXPERIENCE

1,000 hours
of related experience

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DEGREE

Associate’s degree
from any accredited U.S. program

Certified Wellness Coach II

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FIELD EXPERIENCE

2,000 hours
of related experience

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DEGREE

Bachelor’s degree or higher
from any accredited national college or university

*

Education Pathway: Any hours not completed during degree program can be completed post-graduation via relevant internship or work experience.

Workforce Pathway: Experience must be in mental health, substance use/addiction, social work, and/or child welfare school-linked/school-based organizations, non-profits, community organizations, and/or clinics/health centers.

Education Pathway Workforce Pathway

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APPLICANT TYPE

Recent graduates

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DEGREE PROGRAM

  • Social Work
  • Human Services
  • Addiction Studies

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APPLICANT TYPE

Professionals currently working in Wellness Coach-like roles

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DEGREE PROGRAM

  • Social Work
  • Human Services
  • Addiction Studies
  • Child Development/Early Intervention
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Certified Wellness Coach I

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FIELD EXPERIENCE

400 hours*
(application accepted with 150 hours)

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DEGREE

Associate’s degree
from any accredited California Community College

Certified Wellness Coach I

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FIELD EXPERIENCE

1,000 hours
of related experience

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DEGREE

Associate’s degree
from any accredited U.S. program

Certified Wellness Coach II

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FIELD EXPERIENCE

800 hours*
(application accepted with 300 hours)

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DEGREE

Bachelor’s degree or higher
from any accredited California college or university

Certified Wellness Coach II

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FIELD EXPERIENCE

2,000 hours
of related experience

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DEGREE

Bachelor’s degree or higher
from any accredited national college or university

*

Education Pathway: Any hours not completed during degree program can be completed post-graduation via relevant internship or work experience.

Workforce Pathway: Experience must be in mental health, substance use/addiction, social work, and/or child welfare school-linked/school-based organizations, non-profits, community organizations, and/or clinics/health centers.

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Program Milestones

Visit this page or sign up via email to view key upcoming dates for Certified Wellness Coach candidates, employers and designated education programs.

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Candidate Certification Website Launched

February 2024

Apply now for Wellness Coach Certification.
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Application opens for Certified Wellness Coach scholarships

April 2024

Learn about funding opportunities for qualifying degrees.
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New Certified Wellness Coach candidates enter HCAI-Designated Education Programs

Fall 2024

Find a designated education program near you.

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For Employers
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Employer Support Grant application opens

January 2024

The application period closed mid-March, 2024.

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Candidate Certification Website Launched

February 2024

Refer employees interested in Wellness Coach certification to the application portal.

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Funding for grant awardees announced

Summer 2024

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Candidate Certification Website Launched

February 2024

Schools within the Cal State or California Community College Systems and private nonprofit universities can reach out to our team to determine level of alignment.

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Certified Wellness Coach candidates enter HCAI-Designated Education Programs

Fall 2024

First cohort of designated programs begin educating students.

Sign Up for Updates

Program Milestones

Visit this page or sign up via email to view key upcoming dates for Certified Wellness Coach candidates, employers and designated education programs.

Certification Icon

Candidate Certification Website Launched

Apply now for Wellness Coach Certification.
Apply for Certification

February 2024

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Application opens for Certified Wellness Coach scholarships

Learn about funding opportunities for qualifying degrees.
Apply for a Scholarship

April 2024

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New Certified Wellness Coach candidates enter HCAI-Designated Education Programs

Find a designated education program near you.

Fall 2024

Sign Up for Updates
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Employer Support Grant application opens

The application period closed mid-March, 2024.

January 2024

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Candidate Certification Website Launched

Refer employees interested in Wellness Coach certification to the application portal.

February 2024

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Funding for grant awardees announced

Summer 2024

Sign Up for Updates
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Candidate Certification Website Launched

Schools within the Cal State or California Community College Systems and private nonprofit universities can reach out to our team to determine level of alignment.

Email HCAI

February 2024

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Certified Wellness Coach candidates enter HCAI-Designated Education Programs

First cohort of designated programs begin educating students.

Fall 2024

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Anyone who truly cares about improving youth behavioral health and wellness can become a Certified Wellness Coach. Those who are currently enrolled or recently graduated from related degree programs can apply for certification as soon as they complete their degree. Similarly, those who are already working in similar fields may be qualified to apply for certification as soon as it opens. Regardless of experience, we welcome people from all backgrounds to apply for certification. To learn more about the certification requirements, click here.

An associate degree is required to become a Wellness Coach I and a bachelor degree is required to become a Wellness Coach II. The cost of the education is dependent on the program. You can learn more about the requirements by clicking here.

Scholarships will be available beginning in 2024 to offset the cost for students to complete their education program.

The Wellness Coach role is part of a broader initiative called the Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative. The Department of Health Care Access and Information is responsible for developing the Wellness Coach role and will be the certifying entity.

The Wellness Coach role is a new, certified position to increase our state’s overall capacity to support the growing behavioral health needs of our youth. It is designed to help build a larger and more diverse and representative behavioral health workforce in California that has the training and supervision needed to engage directly with young people where they live, study and work.

Wellness Coaches will offer non-clinical services that support youth behavioral health and well-being, such as wellness promotion and education, screening, care coordination, individual and group support, and crisis referral. The model will supplement and support existing behavioral health roles, fill gaps in the current behavioral health workforce, and create a larger and more diverse workforce with whom youth can connect.

Certified Wellness Coaches can help young people aged 0-25 and their families who are looking for support with their mental well-being.

Schools, healthcare facilities, and community organizations can also benefit greatly by hiring a Certified Wellness Coach. Coaches help support their students, patients, and members.

A Certified Wellness Coach focuses on promoting behavioral health and wellness for children and youth aged 0-25. They offer non-clinical support through wellness promotion and education, screening, care coordination, individual and group support, and crisis referral. There are two certification levels, Certified Wellness Coach I, and Certified Wellness Coach II, which require an associate's or bachelor's degree, respectively. While they can operate in a wide variety of settings, they will work primarily in school-based and school-linked settings.

On the other hand, other community health roles deal with broader health issues and generalized support. This includes chronic diseases and social factors. They do this through advocacy, education, and connections to services. They can be found in places like health care, social services, and communities. These roles also have different certification and training paths.

The Wellness Coach certificate is free. Annual scholarships are now available to help Wellness Coach students with educational and related expenses.

Entry into the Certified Wellness Coach I education program is for those with little or no experience in behavioral health or related fields. Candidates are eligible to apply for certification upon completion of their associate's degree in a qualifying subject and completing the minimum hours of field experience. The primary scope of practice for these individuals is wellness education, life skills, linkage to care, and supporting universal mental well-being for children and youth.

Entry into the Certified Wellness Coach II education program is for those who already have an associate's degree in a related field or are completing a bachelor's degree at a California university. Candidates are eligible to apply for certification upon completion of their bachelor's degree in a qualifying subject with specified competencies and completing the minimum hours of field experience. The primary scope of practice for these individuals builds on the Wellness Coach I scope, including supporting individuals and small groups in goal setting, life skills, and coping skills.

These two levels make sure that Certified Wellness Coaches can help a wide range of people in the community, from basic support to specialized assistance.

There are two ways to become a Certified Wellness Coach: the Workforce Pathway and the Education Pathway.
The Workforce Pathway is for people already working in mental health, addiction/substance use, child welfare, or social work. They will also have an associate's or bachelor's degree in human services, social work, addiction studies, psychology, sociology, or child development/early intervention.
The Education Pathway is for recent graduates with an associate’s degree from a California Community College or bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited California college or university in human services, social work, addiction studies.

Salaries differ based on experience, work environment, and employment type, like agency, union, or private practice.

Being a Certified Wellness Coach can be a job all on its own. And it can also be a starting point that gives you job and training benefits if you want to move up in your career by learning more and getting further education.

The first cohort of designated education programs will launch Fall 2024. Additional programs will continue to be added on a rolling basis.

Hiring Certified Wellness Coaches can help your organization better support clients and promote well-being. It's a win-win that benefits both your staff and clients.

If employees want to be Certified Wellness Coaches, they can explore our certification paths that match their qualifications and career goals.

A wide range of organizations serving children and youth can benefit from hiring a Certified Wellness Coach. This includes schools, health care organizations, community groups, and others.

  • Schools: Support student well-being and create a positive learning environment.
  • Health Care Programs: Integrate health and wellness into patient care, improving overall health outcomes.
  • Community Organizations: Provide wellness education and support to community members, fostering a culture of well-being.
  • Nonprofits: Enhance their services by enhancing the mental wellness of their students populations.
  • Government Agencies: Implement behavioral health programs and initiatives, particularly for youth.
  • Corporations: Promote employee well-being, reduce stress, and improve productivity.
  • Health Clinics: Complement clinical services with wellness and recovery support.
  • Rehabilitation Centers: Assist individuals in their journey to recovery and well-being.
  • Youth Programs: Provide mentorship and guidance for young people facing mental health challenges.
  • Social Services Agencies: Offer holistic support to students, supporting mental wellness on an individual level.

You can help fill gaps in youth mental health services in California by hiring a Certified Wellness Coach. You’ll also be giving children and youth important behavioral health and mental wellness support. This can help your organization thrive.

Hiring a Certified Wellness Coach is a great choice for your organization. It's important to know that these Coaches don't provide clinical treatment. Instead, they help fill gaps in youth services in California. They give important behavioral health support, promoting mental well-being. This can make a big difference to both your clients and your organization.

The curriculum for Certified Wellness Coaches comprises two different learning paths: Certified Wellness Coach I and Certified Wellness Coach II. Each one is designed to meet specific educational and skill development needs.

For Certified Wellness Coach I:

  • You'll complete an Associate's Degree in topics related to mental health and behavior.
  • You'll also complete 400 hours of field experience.
  • Prepares graduates with foundational knowledge and skills to work in positions that focus on wellness promotion and education, care coordination, and screening for basic behavioral health needs.

When you finish this program, you'll get an associate’s degree and be a Certified Wellness Coach I.

For Certified Wellness Coach II:

  • This path is more in-depth. You'll complete a bachelor's degree in more advanced mental and behavioral health topics.
  • You'll also do 800 hours of field experience.
  • Builds on the Certified Wellness Coach I curriculum and prepares graduates with additional expertise to support individuals and small groups, including goal setting, life skills, and coping skills.

After completing this program, you'll get a bachelor’s degree and be a Certified Wellness Coach II.

Both paths make sure Certified Wellness Coaches are ready to help a wide range of people and communities. They can provide basic support and more specialized help too.

Beginning now, colleges and universities with social work, human services, addiction studies, or related programs can start matching their courses with HCAI training needs. To kick start the process, collaborate with HCAI consultants. Connect with our HCAI Certified Wellness Coach team for more guidance.

Private nonprofit universities with human services, social work, or addiction studies programs can also become HCAI-Designated Educational Programs by following the same process as California State Universities.

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Anyone who truly cares about improving youth behavioral health and wellness can become a Certified Wellness Coach. Those who are currently enrolled or recently graduated from related degree programs can apply for certification as soon as they complete their degree. Similarly, those who are already working in similar fields may be qualified to apply for certification as soon as it opens. Regardless of experience, we welcome people from all backgrounds to apply for certification. To learn more about the certification requirements, click here.

An associate degree is required to become a Wellness Coach I and a bachelor degree is required to become a Wellness Coach II. The cost of the education is dependent on the program. You can learn more about the requirements by clicking here.

Scholarships will be available beginning in 2024 to offset the cost for students to complete their education program.

The Wellness Coach role is part of a broader initiative called the Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative. The Department of Health Care Access and Information is responsible for developing the Wellness Coach role and will be the certifying entity.

The Wellness Coach role is a new, certified position to increase our state’s overall capacity to support the growing behavioral health needs of our youth. It is designed to help build a larger and more diverse and representative behavioral health workforce in California that has the training and supervision needed to engage directly with young people where they live, study and work.

Wellness Coaches will offer non-clinical services that support youth behavioral health and well-being, such as wellness promotion and education, screening, care coordination, individual and group support, and crisis referral. The model will supplement and support existing behavioral health roles, fill gaps in the current behavioral health workforce, and create a larger and more diverse workforce with whom youth can connect.

Certified Wellness Coaches can help young people aged 0-25 and their families who are looking for support with their mental well-being.

Schools, healthcare facilities, and community organizations can also benefit greatly by hiring a Certified Wellness Coach. Coaches help support their students, patients, and members.

A Certified Wellness Coach focuses on promoting behavioral health and wellness for children and youth aged 0-25. They offer non-clinical support through wellness promotion and education, screening, care coordination, individual and group support, and crisis referral. There are two certification levels, Certified Wellness Coach I, and Certified Wellness Coach II, which require an associate's or bachelor's degree, respectively. While they can operate in a wide variety of settings, they will work primarily in school-based and school-linked settings.

On the other hand, other community health roles deal with broader health issues and generalized support. This includes chronic diseases and social factors. They do this through advocacy, education, and connections to services. They can be found in places like health care, social services, and communities. These roles also have different certification and training paths.

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The Wellness Coach certificate is free. Annual scholarships are now available to help Wellness Coach students with educational and related expenses.

Entry into the Certified Wellness Coach I education program is for those with little or no experience in behavioral health or related fields. Candidates are eligible to apply for certification upon completion of their associate's degree in a qualifying subject and completing the minimum hours of field experience. The primary scope of practice for these individuals is wellness education, life skills, linkage to care, and supporting universal mental well-being for children and youth.

Entry into the Certified Wellness Coach II education program is for those who already have an associate's degree in a related field or are completing a bachelor's degree at a California university. Candidates are eligible to apply for certification upon completion of their bachelor's degree in a qualifying subject with specified competencies and completing the minimum hours of field experience. The primary scope of practice for these individuals builds on the Wellness Coach I scope, including supporting individuals and small groups in goal setting, life skills, and coping skills.

These two levels make sure that Certified Wellness Coaches can help a wide range of people in the community, from basic support to specialized assistance.

There are two ways to become a Certified Wellness Coach: the Workforce Pathway and the Education Pathway.
The Workforce Pathway is for people already working in mental health, addiction/substance use, child welfare, or social work. They will also have an associate's or bachelor's degree in human services, social work, addiction studies, psychology, sociology, or child development/early intervention.
The Education Pathway is for recent graduates with an associate’s degree from a California Community College or bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited California college or university in human services, social work, addiction studies.

Salaries differ based on experience, work environment, and employment type, like agency, union, or private practice.

Being a Certified Wellness Coach can be a job all on its own. And it can also be a starting point that gives you job and training benefits if you want to move up in your career by learning more and getting further education.

The first cohort of designated education programs will launch Fall 2024. Additional programs will continue to be added on a rolling basis.
For Employers
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Hiring Certified Wellness Coaches can help your organization better support clients and promote well-being. It's a win-win that benefits both your staff and clients.

If employees want to be Certified Wellness Coaches, they can explore our certification paths that match their qualifications and career goals.

A wide range of organizations serving children and youth can benefit from hiring a Certified Wellness Coach. This includes schools, health care organizations, community groups, and others.

  • Schools: Support student well-being and create a positive learning environment.
  • Health Care Programs: Integrate health and wellness into patient care, improving overall health outcomes.
  • Community Organizations: Provide wellness education and support to community members, fostering a culture of well-being.
  • Nonprofits: Enhance their services by enhancing the mental wellness of their students populations.
  • Government Agencies: Implement behavioral health programs and initiatives, particularly for youth.
  • Corporations: Promote employee well-being, reduce stress, and improve productivity.
  • Health Clinics: Complement clinical services with wellness and recovery support.
  • Rehabilitation Centers: Assist individuals in their journey to recovery and well-being.
  • Youth Programs: Provide mentorship and guidance for young people facing mental health challenges.
  • Social Services Agencies: Offer holistic support to students, supporting mental wellness on an individual level.

You can help fill gaps in youth mental health services in California by hiring a Certified Wellness Coach. You’ll also be giving children and youth important behavioral health and mental wellness support. This can help your organization thrive.

Hiring a Certified Wellness Coach is a great choice for your organization. It's important to know that these Coaches don't provide clinical treatment. Instead, they help fill gaps in youth services in California. They give important behavioral health support, promoting mental well-being. This can make a big difference to both your clients and your organization.

For Education Programs
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The curriculum for Certified Wellness Coaches comprises two different learning paths: Certified Wellness Coach I and Certified Wellness Coach II. Each one is designed to meet specific educational and skill development needs.

For Certified Wellness Coach I:

  • You'll complete an Associate's Degree in topics related to mental health and behavior.
  • You'll also complete 400 hours of field experience.
  • Prepares graduates with foundational knowledge and skills to work in positions that focus on wellness promotion and education, care coordination, and screening for basic behavioral health needs.

When you finish this program, you'll get an associate’s degree and be a Certified Wellness Coach I.

For Certified Wellness Coach II:

  • This path is more in-depth. You'll complete a bachelor's degree in more advanced mental and behavioral health topics.
  • You'll also do 800 hours of field experience.
  • Builds on the Certified Wellness Coach I curriculum and prepares graduates with additional expertise to support individuals and small groups, including goal setting, life skills, and coping skills.

After completing this program, you'll get a bachelor’s degree and be a Certified Wellness Coach II.

Both paths make sure Certified Wellness Coaches are ready to help a wide range of people and communities. They can provide basic support and more specialized help too.

Beginning now, colleges and universities with social work, human services, addiction studies, or related programs can start matching their courses with HCAI training needs. To kick start the process, collaborate with HCAI consultants. Connect with our HCAI Certified Wellness Coach team for more guidance.

Private nonprofit universities with human services, social work, or addiction studies programs can also become HCAI-Designated Educational Programs by following the same process as California State Universities.

Have More Questions?

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Anyone who truly cares about improving youth behavioral health and wellness can become a Certified Wellness Coach. Those who are currently enrolled or recently graduated from related degree programs can apply for certification as soon as they complete their degree. Similarly, those who are already working in similar fields may be qualified to apply for certification as soon as it opens. Regardless of experience, we welcome people from all backgrounds to apply for certification. To learn more about the certification requirements, click here.

An associate degree is required to become a Wellness Coach I and a bachelor degree is required to become a Wellness Coach II. The cost of the education is dependent on the program. You can learn more about the requirements by clicking here.

Scholarships will be available beginning in 2024 to offset the cost for students to complete their education program.

The Wellness Coach role is part of a broader initiative called the Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative. The Department of Health Care Access and Information is responsible for developing the Wellness Coach role and will be the certifying entity.

The Wellness Coach role is a new, certified position to increase our state’s overall capacity to support the growing behavioral health needs of our youth. It is designed to help build a larger and more diverse and representative behavioral health workforce in California that has the training and supervision needed to engage directly with young people where they live, study and work.

Wellness Coaches will offer non-clinical services that support youth behavioral health and well-being, such as wellness promotion and education, screening, care coordination, individual and group support, and crisis referral. The model will supplement and support existing behavioral health roles, fill gaps in the current behavioral health workforce, and create a larger and more diverse workforce with whom youth can connect.

Certified Wellness Coaches can help young people aged 0-25 and their families who are looking for support with their mental well-being.

Schools, healthcare facilities, and community organizations can also benefit greatly by hiring a Certified Wellness Coach. Coaches help support their students, patients, and members.

A Certified Wellness Coach focuses on promoting behavioral health and wellness for children and youth aged 0-25. They offer non-clinical support through wellness promotion and education, screening, care coordination, individual and group support, and crisis referral. There are two certification levels, Certified Wellness Coach I, and Certified Wellness Coach II, which require an associate's or bachelor's degree, respectively. While they can operate in a wide variety of settings, they will work primarily in school-based and school-linked settings.

On the other hand, other community health roles deal with broader health issues and generalized support. This includes chronic diseases and social factors. They do this through advocacy, education, and connections to services. They can be found in places like health care, social services, and communities. These roles also have different certification and training paths.

The Wellness Coach certificate is free. Annual scholarships are now available to help Wellness Coach students with educational and related expenses.

Entry into the Certified Wellness Coach I education program is for those with little or no experience in behavioral health or related fields. Candidates are eligible to apply for certification upon completion of their associate's degree in a qualifying subject and completing the minimum hours of field experience. The primary scope of practice for these individuals is wellness education, life skills, linkage to care, and supporting universal mental well-being for children and youth.

Entry into the Certified Wellness Coach II education program is for those who already have an associate's degree in a related field or are completing a bachelor's degree at a California university. Candidates are eligible to apply for certification upon completion of their bachelor's degree in a qualifying subject with specified competencies and completing the minimum hours of field experience. The primary scope of practice for these individuals builds on the Wellness Coach I scope, including supporting individuals and small groups in goal setting, life skills, and coping skills.

These two levels make sure that Certified Wellness Coaches can help a wide range of people in the community, from basic support to specialized assistance.

There are two ways to become a Certified Wellness Coach: the Workforce Pathway and the Education Pathway.
The Workforce Pathway is for people already working in mental health, addiction/substance use, child welfare, or social work. They will also have an associate's or bachelor's degree in human services, social work, addiction studies, psychology, sociology, or child development/early intervention.
The Education Pathway is for recent graduates with an associate’s degree from a California Community College or bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited California college or university in human services, social work, addiction studies.

Salaries differ based on experience, work environment, and employment type, like agency, union, or private practice.

Being a Certified Wellness Coach can be a job all on its own. And it can also be a starting point that gives you job and training benefits if you want to move up in your career by learning more and getting further education.

The first cohort of designated education programs will launch Fall 2024. Additional programs will continue to be added on a rolling basis.

Contratar Instructores de Bienestar Certificados puede ayudar a tu organización a ayudar a los clientes de mejores maneras y promover el bienestar. Es una situación beneficiosa tanto para el personal como para los clientes.

Si tus empleados quieren certificarse como Instructores de Bienestar, pueden explorar nuestros métodos de certificación que se ajusten a sus habilidades, educación y metas profesionales.

Una amplía variedad de organizaciones que prestan servicios a niños y jóvenes pueden beneficiarse de contratar a un Instructor de Bienestar Certificado. Esto incluye a escuelas, organizaciones de salud, grupos comunitarios, entre otros.

  • Escuelas: Para apoyar el bienestar de los estudiantes y crear un entorno positivo de aprendizaje.
  • Programas de atención de salud: Para integrar la salud y el bienestar en la atención al paciente, mejorando los resultados generales de salud.
  • Organizaciones comunitarias: Para proporcionar educación sobre bienestar y apoyo a los miembros de la comunidad, fomentando una cultura de bienestar.
  • Organizaciones sin fines de lucro: Para mejorar los servicios potenciando el bienestar mental de los estudiantes.
  • Agencias gubernamentales: Para implementar programas e iniciativas de salud conductual, especialmente para los jóvenes.
  • Corporaciones: Para promover el bienestar de los empleados, reducir el estrés y mejorar la productividad.
  • Clínicas de salud: Para complementar los servicios clínicos con apoyo para el bienestar y la recuperación.
  • Centros de rehabilitación: Para ayudar a las personas en su recuperación y bienestar.
  • Programas para jóvenes: Para proporcionar orientación y guía a jóvenes que se enfrentan a problemas de salud mental.
  • Agencias de servicios sociales: Para ofrecer soporte holístico a estudiantes, apoyando el bienestar mental a nivel individual.

Al contratar a un Instructor de Bienestar Certificado, puedes ayudar a llenar los vacíos en los servicios de salud mental para los jóvenes de California. También les estarás proporcionando a los niños y jóvenes un importante apoyo en materia de salud conductual y bienestar mental. Esto puede ayudar a que tu organización crezca.

Contratar a un Instructor de Bienestar Certificado es una excelente opción para tu organización. Es importante saber que estos Instructores no proporcionan tratamiento clínico. Sino que ayudan a llenar los vacíos en servicios de salud para los jóvenes de California. Proporcionan un importante apoyo a la salud conductual, promoviendo el bienestar mental. Esto puede hacer una gran diferencia en tus clientes y en tu organización.

Hiring Certified Wellness Coaches can help your organization better support clients and promote well-being. It's a win-win that benefits both your staff and clients.

If employees want to be Certified Wellness Coaches, they can explore our certification paths that match their qualifications and career goals.

A wide range of organizations serving children and youth can benefit from hiring a Certified Wellness Coach. This includes schools, health care organizations, community groups, and others.

  • Schools: Support student well-being and create a positive learning environment.
  • Health Care Programs: Integrate health and wellness into patient care, improving overall health outcomes.
  • Community Organizations: Provide wellness education and support to community members, fostering a culture of well-being.
  • Nonprofits: Enhance their services by enhancing the mental wellness of their students populations.
  • Government Agencies: Implement behavioral health programs and initiatives, particularly for youth.
  • Corporations: Promote employee well-being, reduce stress, and improve productivity.
  • Health Clinics: Complement clinical services with wellness and recovery support.
  • Rehabilitation Centers: Assist individuals in their journey to recovery and well-being.
  • Youth Programs: Provide mentorship and guidance for young people facing mental health challenges.
  • Social Services Agencies: Offer holistic support to students, supporting mental wellness on an individual level.

You can help fill gaps in youth mental health services in California by hiring a Certified Wellness Coach. You’ll also be giving children and youth important behavioral health and mental wellness support. This can help your organization thrive.

Hiring a Certified Wellness Coach is a great choice for your organization. It's important to know that these Coaches don't provide clinical treatment. Instead, they help fill gaps in youth services in California. They give important behavioral health support, promoting mental well-being. This can make a big difference to both your clients and your organization.

The curriculum for Certified Wellness Coaches comprises two different learning paths: Certified Wellness Coach I and Certified Wellness Coach II. Each one is designed to meet specific educational and skill development needs.

For Certified Wellness Coach I:

  • You'll complete an Associate's Degree in topics related to mental health and behavior.
  • You'll also complete 400 hours of field experience.
  • Prepares graduates with foundational knowledge and skills to work in positions that focus on wellness promotion and education, care coordination, and screening for basic behavioral health needs.

When you finish this program, you'll get an associate’s degree and be a Certified Wellness Coach I.

For Certified Wellness Coach II:

  • This path is more in-depth. You'll complete a bachelor's degree in more advanced mental and behavioral health topics.
  • You'll also do 800 hours of field experience.
  • Builds on the Certified Wellness Coach I curriculum and prepares graduates with additional expertise to support individuals and small groups, including goal setting, life skills, and coping skills.

After completing this program, you'll get a bachelor’s degree and be a Certified Wellness Coach II.

Both paths make sure Certified Wellness Coaches are ready to help a wide range of people and communities. They can provide basic support and more specialized help too.

Beginning now, colleges and universities with social work, human services, addiction studies, or related programs can start matching their courses with HCAI training needs. To kick start the process, collaborate with HCAI consultants. Connect with our HCAI Certified Wellness Coach team for more guidance.

Private nonprofit universities with human services, social work, or addiction studies programs can also become HCAI-Designated Educational Programs by following the same process as California State Universities.

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Anyone who truly cares about improving youth behavioral health and wellness can become a Certified Wellness Coach. Those who are currently enrolled or recently graduated from related degree programs can apply for certification as soon as they complete their degree. Similarly, those who are already working in similar fields may be qualified to apply for certification as soon as it opens. Regardless of experience, we welcome people from all backgrounds to apply for certification. To learn more about the certification requirements, click here.

An associate degree is required to become a Wellness Coach I and a bachelor degree is required to become a Wellness Coach II. The cost of the education is dependent on the program. You can learn more about the requirements by clicking here.

Scholarships will be available beginning in 2024 to offset the cost for students to complete their education program.

The Wellness Coach role is part of a broader initiative called the Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative. The Department of Health Care Access and Information is responsible for developing the Wellness Coach role and will be the certifying entity.

The Wellness Coach role is a new, certified position to increase our state’s overall capacity to support the growing behavioral health needs of our youth. It is designed to help build a larger and more diverse and representative behavioral health workforce in California that has the training and supervision needed to engage directly with young people where they live, study and work.

Wellness Coaches will offer non-clinical services that support youth behavioral health and well-being, such as wellness promotion and education, screening, care coordination, individual and group support, and crisis referral. The model will supplement and support existing behavioral health roles, fill gaps in the current behavioral health workforce, and create a larger and more diverse workforce with whom youth can connect.

Certified Wellness Coaches can help young people aged 0-25 and their families who are looking for support with their mental well-being.

Schools, healthcare facilities, and community organizations can also benefit greatly by hiring a Certified Wellness Coach. Coaches help support their students, patients, and members.

A Certified Wellness Coach focuses on promoting behavioral health and wellness for children and youth aged 0-25. They offer non-clinical support through wellness promotion and education, screening, care coordination, individual and group support, and crisis referral. There are two certification levels, Certified Wellness Coach I, and Certified Wellness Coach II, which require an associate's or bachelor's degree, respectively. While they can operate in a wide variety of settings, they will work primarily in school-based and school-linked settings.

On the other hand, other community health roles deal with broader health issues and generalized support. This includes chronic diseases and social factors. They do this through advocacy, education, and connections to services. They can be found in places like health care, social services, and communities. These roles also have different certification and training paths.

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HCAI is working closely with California Community Colleges, California State Universities, and private nonprofit universities to begin bringing you a list of programs with designated curriculum by Fall 2024.

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HCAI is working closely with California Community Colleges, California State Universities, and private nonprofit universities to begin bringing you a list of programs with designated curriculum by Fall 2024.

Stay up to date with the latest details about the program, timelines, and grant opportunities.

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