Standards and Accredited Programs


Internationally recognised standards

HCANZA  primarily references robust, certification processes for Health & Wellness Coaches that exist internationally.

Science-based core competencies and task analysis in health and wellness coaching have been developed by many organisations since around 2010. This work continues today.

Completion and graduation from any one of the listed international programs automatically make you eligible for Professional Membership with HCANZA.

The International Approved Programs list does not comprise the entire listing of institutions that may make you available for Professional Membership.  Rather the list comprises program providers who meet an international standard and are actively delivering health and wellness coach training in the Australasian region.

Other Standards and Programs Approved or in Development

The industry is developing rapidly and competitively. This is especially good news where those standards strengthen the credibility and confidence in health & wellness coaches across global communities. One of HCANZA’s primary objectives is to collaboratively develop a standard for Australia and New Zealand that responds to and addresses the unique needs of the health care models within Australia & New Zealand. We look forward to a time when an Australasian standard is launched.

Click here for the Quick Reference Guide Membership Levels and Eligibility, a summary of the ways of obtaining membership levels and making an application.

Equivalency Pathway

At the current date, we are willing to accept applications from specific program providers who do not fall into one of the categories listed above, for their graduates to have eligibility for Professional Membership.  If a provider can demonstrate that their program contains appropriate core competencies and training methodologies, including synchronous training, to the HCANZA standard, it will be considered for inclusion in approved program providers under this Equivalency Pathway.

Relevant criteria:

  1. Number of training hours is a minimum of 75 hours with 40 being delivered as synchronous training
  2. Coaching competencies are fully covered in the curriculum (of which 60 hours must cover Coaching Structure, Coaching Process and Legal and Ethical competencies)
  3. The facilitators of the 60 hours above are qualified in health and wellness coaching from a program that also meets the above criteria, with a history of a minimum of two years (minimum 200 hours) experience in coaching clients themselves.
  4. The program includes information on current relevant guidelines around healthy lifestyle and chronic lifestyle-related illness
  5. It has been recognised as being of a standard  accepted by a relevant and reputable professional external body which falls outside the coaching world but is concerned with standards around  health and wellness (e.g. professional medical associations such as the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners)
  6. Practical assessment  of coaching skills (pass/fail) by an experienced health and wellness coach faculty supervisor