I have the behavior change certification from NASM. ACE recognizes the CECs. I personally liked this certification because it linked the various intervention technique to the Transtheoretical Model of Change, and that made a lot of sense to me.
I have a certificate in Life Coaching from the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, AZ. I completed my program in person, however they also offer an online program. Its an accredited school so it does offer CECs. I assume ACE will accept them however I completed my certificate program prior to my ACE Certifications.
I believe my life coaching training was the most beneficial of all my education, and I also have a degree in psychology. Learning how to ask questions in a way that allows clients to find their own answers and motivation is key to creating last change. I can apply what I learned to coaching clients on personal issues, health & nutrition habits, or getting them to commit to their fitness program.
So basically, yes, I believe it would be worth your while to pursue! 🙂
I believe that there will be a new standard coming out in 2016 for certification of well-coaches. I’m not sure whether behavior coaching falls into that sphere. At any rate, I met one of the testers of the curriculum in an airport in December. We only had a few minutes to talk MELT (she commented on my roller) and well coaching (I commented on her textbook), but she said standardization is coming down the pipeline.
So, for me, although behavioral coaching is in my long-term plan, I’m going to wait and see what is shaping up in the regulatory area.
(I’m not a huge fan of regulation, but I don’t want to get a cert now that I can’t call “accredited” later)