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About Accreditation and Certification
CWAE academic program accreditation is voluntary. Applications for accreditation may be submitted by any institution offering a two- or four-year undergraduate curriculum in health promotion and wellness. While academic program accreditation cannot guarantee the quality of individual graduates or of individual courses, it gives reasonable assurance of the context and quality of the education offered. Students considering the broad field of wellness should investigate individual academic programs in detail to determine which ones meet their individual needs.
While "accreditation" applies to institutions, programs, or other entities, "certification," applies to individuals. In the health promotion and wellness field, certification may be linked to accreditation. NWI extends immediate eligibility for the Certified Wellness Practitioner (CWP) designation (a "certification") to graduates of CWAE accredited programs who have a bachelor's degree. The CWP status is valued by employers as a professional credential.
Benefits of CWAE Academic Program Accreditation