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The National Wellness Institute's Certified Wellness Practitioner (CWP) designation symbolizes an individual's strong academic preparation, professional competency in wellness programming, and commitment to continuing education, scholarship and professional development. The NWI Council on Wellness Continuing Education periodically reviews national standards to ensure the CWP designation reflects high-quality health promotion and wellness preparation.

Please note: CWPs are selected through an application process; this is not a training program. A minimum of a bachelor's degree is required to qualify for CWP designation.

What does the "CWP" designation mean?
The CWP designation is one indication of professional competency and commitment to continued scholarship and professional development. A CWP is qualified—through graduation from an NWI Accredited Academic Program or through documented, supervised experience—to utilize effective health promotion models to assess needs and subsequently design, implement, and evaluate interventions for individuals and populations; apply current theories and models to motivate others to engage in health promotion and prevention activities; and create health-enhancing environments through the initiation of organizational and cultural change.

What are the benefits of becoming a CWP?

  • National recognition for one's academic preparation and professional competency in wellness
  • A professional certificate
  • A five-year individual membership in the National Wellness Institute
  • Networking opportunities
  • Additional opportunities for professional growth, networking, and personal renewal

What are the two ways to apply for CWP designation?
Individuals may apply for CWP designation in one of two ways:

  1. Submitting a CWP for Wellness Professionals application. A bachelor's degree and five years of professional wellness experience is the minimum requirement to achieve CWP designation through this option. Our CWP review committee uses a rubric to evaluate a candidate's application materials, which highlight the individual's academic preparation, professional experiences in wellness, and commitment to continuing education. The application includes a resume/C.V., official transcripts, a personal statement, and a $365 ($50 non-refundable) application fee.

    Qualified individuals:
    • have demonstrated excellence in their careers and in their academic preparation
    • are professionally engaged in the field of wellness, and
    • are dedicated to enhancing the health and well-being of others
  2. Click here to apply as a Wellness Professional.

  3. Completing a CWP for Graduates of NWI Accredited Academic Programs application. Qualified candidates must submit official transcripts indicating they hold a bachelor's degree and have graduated from an NWI Accredited Academic Program in the past 24 months with a GPA of 2.75 or higher. The application fee for graduates of NWI Accredited Academic Programs is $240 ($50 non-refundable).

    Click here to apply as a Graduate of an NWI Accredited Academic Program.

What are the re-certification requirements for CWP?
The National Wellness Institute (NWI) encourages NWI Certified Wellness Practitioners (CWPs) to pursue continuing education in all dimensions of wellness. By participating in continuing education activities, CWPs continue to advance their knowledge and skills, keeping them current, relevant, and at the forefront of wellness, as the field rapidly evolves and demands more from wellness professionals.

To re-certify, a CWP must have accumulated a minimum of 50 continuing education credits (CECs) over the five-year certification period and pay the current re-certification fee.* CWPs should complete all continuing education requirements at least 60 days prior to re-certification. The re-certification process must be repeated every five years.

Current CWPs: For detailed information about earning CECs toward re-certification and how to report CEC activities, please download the CWP Certification and Re-certification Policies and Procedures PDF. You can view your re-certification status and submit CEC activities by clicking on "Professional Development" under "Manage Profile." When registering for NWI webinars and events, certified individuals must register for "NWI" continuing education credits and must also complete a follow-up evaluation to receive credit.

*All fees and terms subject to change at the discretion of the National Wellness Institute. The re-certification fee as of 11/1/2013 is $365.