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Develop the skills and knowledge to work confidently in the health and wellbeing sector as a health coach, providing healthy eating, exercise and lifestyle management support to individuals and groups.

This course provides you with the capabilities to deliver health coaching advice and practice, nutrition and fitness, and develop your research and professional development skills. The Diploma of Health Coaching 10237NAT is ideal for people with a passion for health and the desire to create change in an inspiring new career. If you already work in health or fitness, this course offers you the coaching skill set to expand your service offering.

You will gain confidence and knowledge in:

  • evaluating client health information
  • safe exercise and movement
  • nutrition and diet
  • behaviour change assessment
  • coaching health and wellbeing goals
  • legal and ethical compliance
  • work priorities and professional development.

Upon completion you will have the confidence and skillset to work as a health coach in the booming health and fitness industry, empowering clients to effectively change their behaviour to achieve their health goals.

This course is an approved program endorsed by the Health Coaches Australia and New Zealand Association.

Download the Diploma of Health Coaching 10237NAT brochure.

This course is delivered completely online. You will engage and stay motivated with interactive webinars, online tutorials, inspiring interviews, TED talks and award winning e-learning.

You will be able to submit questions in a weekly Q&A, chat online and engage in progress phone chats.

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

Careers in health coaching

Career opportunities exist in a variety of areas and health coaching is rapidly expanding as the demand for effective and innovative health solutions grows. Health coaching allows professionals from a range of health related backgrounds such as GP's, practice nurses and fitness trainers to expand their service offering with a new model of care.

Health coaching focuses on addressing client expectations and incorporating healthy eating, stress management and lifestyle issues to empower the client while providing ongoing support.

Health coaches work across a wide variety of areas, including:

  • individual health coaching
  • fitness and wellness centres
  • corporate health programs
  • government funded health coaching programs
  • health entrepreneur and blogging
  • school health programs
  • medical centres.

Course structure

To be awarded the 10237NAT Diploma of Health Coaching, a student must successfully complete a total of nine (9) units of competency, comprising of:

  • nine (9) core units.

VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).


Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers

Previous completion of units at the Polytechnic or any other Registered Training Organisation and/or previous attainment of skills and knowledge may be credited towards this course. Units must satisfy the completion rules of the qualification and be assessed as appropriate by the Polytechnic.

The role of a Health Coach requires the application of advanced and specific skills and knowledge in the areas of health assessment, life coaching methodology and practice, nutrition, fitness, self and business management and to have a broad range of cognitive, technical and communication skills to select and apply methods and technologies to:

- analyse information to complete a range of activities, including health assessment of individuals, identification of most appropriate support services or facilities available and referral of individuals to the relevant services

- provide and transmit solutions to sometimes complex problems, applying life coaching skills to work with individuals to plan a better approach to their overall health and to address specific challenges in a realistic manner, and running their own business

- transmit information and skills to others, communicating effectively with a range of individuals, groups, clients, service providers or other practitioners in order to achieve the best possible outcome for clients when providing health coaching services

Graduates at this level will apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, judgement and defined responsibility in known or changing contexts and within broad but established parameters. They will be able to demonstrate a broad skill set, enabling them to work as Health Coaches, who may run community or care institutions based programs, deliver workplace health programs, counsel individuals to achieve their health goals, or may be active on social media platforms (for example bloggers), or a combination of these. They are promoting healthy eating, exercise and lifestyle on a broader level.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type definitions

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full fee-paying place.

Students who enrol in a:

  • government subsidised place pay subsidised tuition fees (the government contributes the rest), and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee along with any material fees
  • full fee-paying place pay the full fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs.

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Entry requirements

Applicants must:
- be over 18 years of age, and;
- have a level of language, literacy and numeracy skills likely to facilitate successful completion of the course - sufficient to interpret complex documents and guidelines, liaise effectively with a range of health care professionals.
Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you could get towards your course, based on your previous study.

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

How to apply

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

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