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Certified Wellness Practitioner
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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 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.  CWP for Wellness Professionals Application
         Qualified individuals:
    • have demonstrated excellence in their careers and in their academic preparation
    • have a bachelor's degree and five years of professional wellness experience
    • are professionally engaged in the field of wellness, and
    • are dedicated to enhancing the health and well-being of others 
  2. 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.   

Certified Wellness Practitioner Policies & Procedures Manual 


What are the re-certification requirements for CWP?

Click here for complete details on re-certification.