How do you feel about ACE dropping the LWMC certification and changing to their new Health Coach cert?
Personally, as an already ACE-certified personal trainer, I felt the LWMC would be a good career enhancement - most clients have a weight loss goal and the LWMC certification says that you can help with that goal. "Health Coach" seems vague and not target client specific. I was planning to take the LWMC exam this fall. Now, even though I'm invested in the material and have already paid for my exam voucher, I'm not sure if I will proceed. As each certification has a CEC expense, I don't know if this one will be worth it. Your thoughts?
"I’m a little disappointed with the name change. People want to lose weight for a variety of reasons, not just for their health; they would relate better to the words lifestyle/weight management better, in my humble opinion. Of course, *our* aim is to help make them healthy – but that’s not always *their* motivation.
People tend to equate “health” with “medical”; I’m a bit concerned that people will see it that way, too, and expect services outside of the scope of the certificate.
Even for myself, I saw the certification on the website and thought it was a brand new certification, actually.
Just my two cents. :-)"
Health Coach sums things up in way but I do prefer LWMC.
I will take the exam, it will be worth it.
LWMC is the current term and thus more recognized. What's in a title if the material is the same?
I actually prefer Health Coach.
However by expanding it to Health Coach it does broaden the meaning of that certification. But, a certification and the title are only just that. I consider myself a Body Transformation Coach and there isn't a cert for that.
I just read, learn and study and develop my niche that way rather than relying on the title of a cert to define what I do and who I am. But this change with ACE does sort of let me down. I just loved the sound of Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach!
The CECs would cover both certificates. From ACE's FAQ:
"Q: If I hold more than one ACE certification, do I need to earn 2.0 CECs for each certification?
ACE recognizes the same courses for all of its certifications as long as the CECs are taken within the appropriate recertification period. "
ACE didn't change the LWMC certification as much as update it for the times. I am fine with Health Coach over LWMC. This transition should not take too long, as ACE is very well recognized.
I need to explain to people what a personal trainer does anyway; so, in my experience, people just want someone to help them reach their goals. The clients do not seem to mind what the title of their instructor is, just so the instructor is educated to do the job.
Take care; I enjoyed reading your thoughts.