What does it mean to be a Certified Wellness Practitioner?
Your CWP credential signifies your competence as a wellness professional, through strong academic preparation and a commitment to continuing education and professional development.
Does my profession qualify to apply for a CWP?
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.
How can I benefit from attaining my CWP?
- Get national recognition for your academic preparation and professional competence in wellness
- Elevate your reputation as a wellness professional among your employers, colleagues, and clients
- Build enhanced connections and community with an inter-disciplinary team of professionals
- Share a common understanding of wellness and a wellness-approach among wellness promoting disciplines
- Attain leadership opportunities that help shape the trajectory of the wellness field
- Receive a five-year individual membership in the National Wellness Institute
CWP certification standards are continually reviewed and maintained by NWI’s Council on Wellness Certification Excellence (CWCE). This council serves as the decision-making body to evaluate Certified Wellness Practitioner applications, review current knowledge and skills requirements for health promotion and wellness professionals, and set continuing education requirements.
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.