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Become a Certified Wellness Practitioner (CWP)

Be recognized for your strong academic preparation, professional experience, and commitment to ongoing professional development in wellness. The CWP credential is awarded to individuals from multiple disciplines and backgrounds such as health promotion, counseling, wellness coaching, nutrition, social work, nursing, worksite wellness, public health, education, and more.

See our Frequently Asked Questions to determine your eligibility and for additional details as you prepare to take this important step in your professional development!

Note: If you graduated from an NWI Accredited Academic Program in the past 24 months, please click here to be redirected to the proper application information as the following information does not apply to you at this time.

Certification Examination  

In alignment with the NWI Wellness Promotion Competency model, the Certified Wellness Practitioner (CWP) designation has transitioned to a certification examination with revised eligibility standards. The CWP Beta examination was completed in early 2022 with results guiding the development of the CWP Certification Examination.

Certification exams are administered three times per year, starting on the second Tuesday in January, May, and September. Online registration for CWP exams opens at least three months prior to each exam and closes the Thursday before the exam period begins. Applicants must complete their certification exam in one sitting at any time during the two-week exam period for which they are registered.


Upcoming CWP Examination Periods

  • Jan. 10 – 24, 2023: Registration closed.
  • May 9 – May 23, 2023: Registration coming soon. Join the mailing list!

Important Dates to Remember

  • Jan. 5, 2023: Registration for the January exam period closes.
  • Jan. 10 – 24, 2023: January CWP exam period.
  • Feb. 1, 2023: Results for the January exam posted.

LISTEN: Why become a CWP?

CWP Frequently Asked Questions

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Do you want to learn more about CWP Exam?
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Am I eligible to sit for the CWP exam?

The CWP credential is awarded to successful applicants from multiple disciplines and backgrounds such as health promotion, counseling, wellness coaching, nutrition, social work, nursing, worksite wellness, public health, and education.  Click here to see if you are eligible.


Hold a non-wellness-related Associate degree, high school diploma, or equivalent? A pre-screening is required for you to provide evidence of five years’ professional wellness experience.

Unsure if you are eligible? You may complete the optional pre-screening if you are unsure if you meet the requirements to sit for the CWP examination and would like verification prior to registering.

To verify your eligibility, submit the CWP Examination Eligibility Verification Form and non-refundable $25 review fee no less than three weeks prior to the start date of the CWP examination period for which you are applying. The deadline to submit the form for the May 2023 examination is April 18, 2022.

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Why become certified by taking the CWP examination?
  • Gain international recognition for your competence in the five domains of the NWI Wellness Promotion Competency Model
  • As a leader in the field, you will help to advance the professionalism of the wellness field overall.
  • Earning your CWP will set an example for others to follow in your footsteps.
  • Further demonstrate your dedication to the wellness field.
  • As a CWP, you’ll receive NWI member benefits, including access to CWP-exclusive networking opportunities, continuing education, and an online Certification Journal for CEC tracking.
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What are CWP Policies and Recertification Requirements?
Policies & Procedures

For full examination and certification details, download the CWP Examination Handbook.

If you received your CWP on or before January 1, 2022 visit your CWP Resources page for details about your certification, including your CWP Policies & Procedures Manual.


CWPs must earn at least 50 Continuing Education Credits (CECs) every five years by participating in activities that align with the NWI Wellness Promotion Competency Model. CECs can be earned through NWI or through other credible organizations. View complete re-certification details.

NWI Council on Wellness Certification Excellence (CWCE)
CWP certification standards are continually reviewed and maintained by NWI’s CWCE. This council serves as the decision-making body to evaluate, provide oversight, and give guidance on CWP policies and procedures, and sets continuing education requirements. The CWCE does not require CWP candidates to complete certificate courses, trainings, or conference sessions offered by the National Wellness Institute to be eligible to sit for the certification examination.

More Information

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