How do I become a wellness coach?
Some organizations require a four yr degree (in nutrition), or a certification, such as PT. I thought the PT would work, as a prerequisite. However, I would like to work with seniors, and am not sure if a senior trainer certification is what I should look into.i have an education degree with grad school experience, which is not useful for the most part in this arena. My son, the PT, says the certification provider (ACE, etc) is not an issue. I have spoken to so many people that I am now quite confused.
when I read your question, I was wondering how you define being a 'Wellness Coach' and what it is you want to do.
There are - as you well know - certifications which will bestow on you the title of Health or Wellness Coach. Yes, there are also organizations that specialize in seniors such as the Senior Fitness Association. The question remains of what you plan to do.
Giving health and wellness advice to seniors can easily get you into the murky territory of 'scope of practice'. Most standard certifications are targeted towards the 'apparently healthy', and those are rarely found among seniors, particularly those looking for advice and/or training. There are advanced certifications such as the ACE Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist or a certification from ACSM. All of those are secondary steps and usually require that you demonstrate competency in the standard health and fitness field.
You have not listed any information in your profile, and I assume that you are not in a fitness related field at the moment. However, we all bring personal experiences and knowledge to what we do regardless of a certification.
Personally, my 'coaching' is part of an overall conversation with my clients which encompasses knowledge acquired in certification processes as well as knowledge acquired through my professional corporate career and my personal life.
You can always start in one area and add on with additional certifications to expand your reach.
First identify what you'd like to do, then just go for it. You can always expand your knowledge base through classes, certifications and additional education after you get started.
Don't let the overwhelm hold you back. Take a first step, then see where the path leads you.