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Certified Wellness Practitioners (CWP)

The National Wellness Institute's Certified Wellness Practitioner (CWP) certification symbolizes an individual's strong academic preparation, professional competency in wellness programming, and commitment to continuing education, scholarship and professional development.


The CWP credential is awarded to successful applicants from multiple disciplines and backgrounds such as health promotion, counseling, wellness coaching, nutrition, social work, nursing, and education who use a wellness approach in their practice.

Qualified individuals:

  • utilize wellness models to assess needs and subsequently design, implement, and evaluate strength-based interventions in partnership with individuals and populations;
  • apply current theories and evidence-based strategies to foster intrinsic motivation and empower others to engage in wellness promoting activities;
  • create wellness-enhancing environments through the initiation of organizational and cultural change in collaboration with an inter-disciplinary team.

CWP certification standards are continually reviewed and maintained by NWI’s Council on Wellness Certification Excellence (CWCE). 


Why do I need a certification in wellness?

Holding a professional certification demonstrates to the public that you are qualified to work in the health promotion/wellness field and stay up to date in your practice throughout your career by participating in continuing education activities.


NWI applies the following definition (derived from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies’ Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs, to Certification:


Certification is a voluntary process that grants a time-limited credential to individuals meeting predetermined standards for knowledge, skills, or competencies. The assessment of the individual applicant is independent of a specific class, course, or other education/training program. Certification holders must complete continuing education requirements to retain the credential.


What are the benefits of becoming a CWP?

  • National recognition of your academic preparation and professional competency in wellness
  • Elevation of your reputation as a wellness professional among employers, colleagues, and clients
  • Enhanced connections and community with an inter-disciplinary team of professionals
  • A common understanding of wellness and a wellness-approach among wellness promoting disciplines
  • Leadership opportunities that help shape the trajectory of the wellness field
  • A five-year individual membership in the National Wellness Institute

What are the two ways to apply for CWP designation?

Individuals may apply for CWP designation in one of two ways:







Certified Wellness Practitioner Policies & Procedures Manual 


Re-certification requirements for CWP

Click here for complete details on re-certification. 


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