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Rooted in Wellness Promotion Competencies

Become a Certified Wellness Practitioner

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.

Help evolve this gold standard credential and lead the way in advancing the wellness profession by being one of the first to take the CWP beta exam. Your feedback will shape the future of CWP and the wellness industry. Register for the CWP beta exam by January 12! 

Beta Test Exam Registration is Now Open!

In alignment with the NWI Wellness Promotion Competency model, the Certified Wellness Practitioner (CWP) designation is transitioning to a certification examination with revised eligibility standards. The beta version of the CWP examination is now available for registration at a deeply discounted rate and will be offered in January 2022. (Note: If you graduated from an NWI Accredited Academic Program in the past 24 months, these new certification requirements do not apply to you at this time. Click here to be redirected to the proper application information).

Download the CWP Beta Exam FAQs to learn more.

Already a CWP? Register for the beta exam with an even greater discount! Take the beta exam to assess your wellness competence, help shape the future of the certification program, and earn three Category 1 continuing education credits toward re-certification of your CWP.

Beta Examination Timeline

  • January 12, 2022: Registration for the CWP beta examination closes.
  • January 17 – January 31, 2022: CWP beta examination window open.
  • May 2022: The first credentials based on the CWP beta examination are awarded.


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.  Click here to see if you are eligible.

Why become certified by taking the CWP beta 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 enhance the CWP, thereby advancing 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.
  • Receive a discounted examination fee.
  • Get NWI member benefits, including access to CWP-exclusive networking opportunities, continuing education, and an online Certification Journal for CEC tracking.

CWP Policies and Recertification

Policies & Procedures

For full examination and certification details for January 2022, download the CWP Beta Examination Handbook.

If you received your CWP prior to January 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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