Turn Your Passion for Health Into a Career You Love
Flexible self-study training for professional accreditation
Become a behavior change expert. Inspire lasting health and vitality. Make a living doing what you love.
Learn on your own time from the convenience of your computer, smartphone, or tablet—anytime, anywhere.
We're always adding new material to stay up to date with science. You get lifetime access to the program and to our Business Resource Center.
Join PHCI faculty and thousands of fellow students and grads on our worldwide mission to change the health of the world one person at a time.
What You'll Receive
The Primal Health Coach Certification Program is the most in-depth and up-to-date ancestral health education in the world. We don’t just create health experts. We certify health coaches that are true catalysts for behavior change. And we make sure they have the business knowledge and marketing resources to go out in the world and change lives.
What You'll Learn
Reprogram genes to direct optimal cellular function. Coach clients toward healthy lifestyle, fitness, and dietary choices. Strengthen the coach-client bond with the art of listening, the science of asking questions, the craft of intuition, the skill of collaboration, and the inspiration of a mentor. And get the tools you need to launch your health business.
Meet Your Instructors
Co-founder and instructor
Mark Sisson is a celebrated bestselling health and fitness author credited as the “godfather” of paleo/primal and a leading figure in the ancestral health community. He is a former world-class distance runner, triathlete and Ironman competitor, and coach to hundreds of professional athletes. An avid academic, Mark was a pre-med candidate and earned a biology degree from Williams College. He served for 15 years as chairman of the International Triathlon Union (ITU) Anti-Doping Commission and as the ITU’s liaison to the International Olympic Committee. He began sharing his vast nutrition science knowledge with the ancestral-health community by way of his award-winning blog Mark’s Daily Apple. Mark teamed up with other leading experts to create the Primal Health Coach Institute Certification Course, the world’s first coaching program based on the evolutionary health movement.
Coaching and Course Director
For 25 years, Erin Power balanced her full-time marketing and advertising career with a part-time career in the fitness industry as a trainer and fitness instructor. She made the leap to full-time health coaching in 2004, and in that time has helped over 500 individual clients find freedom from food fixation and achieve an effortless relationship with food. These days she's one of the leaders at the helm of developing curriculum for Primal Health Coach Institute® and supporting the business development efforts of our graduates. She's also the co-host of "Health Coach Radio"—the podcast by health coaches, for health coaches. Erin lives outside Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on a hobby farm in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
Become a Certified Primal Health Coach
As a graduate of this course, you will earn the special distinction of being a certified Primal Health Coach. This status prepares you to enter the field of health professionals equipped with the knowledge and training necessary to be an effective health coach, plus the recognition from a respected and reputable school that you have demonstrated mastery over the relevant health and coaching principles and methodologies.
Easy Payment Options Available
Our main mission is to heal the health of the world. With that in mind, we aim to make the Primal Health Coach Certification as affordable as possible. We’re providing the best nutrition education available, combined with expert coaching training and business resources—including done-for-you materials and ongoing support—at a fraction of the cost.
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There are no prerequisites to participate in the Primal Health Coach Certification Program. Experienced and aspiring health professionals alike will benefit from the course material and the prestige of being a certified Primal Health Coach. That said, this is an intensive educational program that’s similar to an upper-division level college course in health sciences. So be prepared to get those brain synapses firing!
What to Expect
When you register for the course, you’ll receive login instructions to a password-protected portal with an assortment of educational materials and resources—including digital books, audio books, and instructional videos—that are yours to download or access online at any time.
- The program is laid out in easy-to-tackle chapters and fun exercises to break up the learning. Start with the Welcome Section to orient yourself to the course, and keep moving forward lesson by lesson.
- You get access to our most popular digital eBooks, audio books, and archived webinars in the Educational Resources section. Download your favorites at any time, and be sure to join our exclusive Facebook group for peer and faculty support and connection.
- The course is divided into three essential components that focus on the fundamentals of health, coaching skills development, and business development. At the end of each chapter you’ll take an exam to solidify your knowledge. You must pass the exams before moving to the next chapter.
- In order to graduate, you’ll have to complete your three coaching practicums and pass an 84-question final exam. If you don’t pass on your first go, you’ll have a second chance, and we’ll work with you to make sure you’re solid on the questions you missed.
- When you graduate, you’ll get immediate access to the Business Resource Center and also have the opportunity to join our Health Coach Directory and subscribe to PrimalPro, our 12-week, done-for-you coaching program to use with clients in your branded app.
Frequently Asked Questions
Becoming a health coach requires more than just a health education. You’ll also need to sharpen your coaching skills and learn how to get a business off the ground and keep it thriving. The Primal Health Coach Certification Program is a well-rounded education in all three. We also make sure our graduates can start making money as soon as they have their certification in hand by providing a wealth of resources, done-for-you templates, and even a ready-made coaching program. We balance out the learnings with live webinars, optional events and masterclasses, and have a tight-knit community of coaches to support one another on our mission to change the health of the world. And we do it all at a significantly lower price point.
You get to complete the course at your convenience moving at the quickest pace of one chapter a week. There is a lot of material to cover and digest, and the exams are rigorous. It’s conceivable that a real all-star could breeze through the material, succeed on the tests, and be done with the course work in 6 months. Designed for flexible self-study, you certainly don’t need to move at a rapid pace. Especially because this certification course isn’t merely an online course with exams but a complete program with a robust library of multimedia educational materials. There is no rush to pass in haste and potentially compromise your educational enjoyment.
This course material is on a par with an upper-division college course in the health sciences, but the material is presented in a simple, straightforward manner that’s easy for even the most non-technical reader to understand.
The 24 exams are made up of multiple choice and true/false questions that have been carefully scrutinized by an elite team of beta-testers to ensure fairness and relevance to the written and video content course material. A score of 75 percent correct or better represents a passing grade. If you score below 75 percent, you can return to the material for review and then attempt the exam again and as many times as you need to pass it.
If you struggle on the exams, our staff is here to help you with one-on-one support to ensure that your experience is positive. On occasion, it becomes evident early on that a student is not a good fit for this rigorous course. If so, we will suggest that you discontinue your studies and accept a full refund provided it’s within the initial 30 days of your course, or you are otherwise early on in your progress and at our discretion.
This course is more comprehensive than any other health coach certification you will find in the world! Not only do you receive an in-depth education in the areas of nutrition and exercise science, sun exposure, sleep, stress management and other healthy lifestyle behaviors, but you are trained to become an effective and proficient coach. And we don't stop there. Without business know-how your coaching practice will never get off the ground, and so we provide pre- and post-graduation business development education and resources, including done-for-you programming materials. Mastery of these three pillars (health/nutrition, the art and science of coaching, the business of coaching) are required for certification and prepare you to be a successful health coach.
When you enroll in the certification course you immediately become part of our community, and we’ll do everything in our power to make sure you reach your personal health and career goals. We’re so confident that the program and our organization will exceed your expectations that we offer a 30-day, no-questions-asked, money-back guarantee. You’ll get a full refund if the course isn’t to your liking, or if life circumstances shift your focus and you decide that health coaching is no longer your preferred career path. We also pride ourselves on going above and beyond with course offerings, as well as bonus resources that make it as easy as possible to turn your career dreams into real-life earnings.
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We publish a Find a Coach Directory at PrimalHealthCoach.com where you can build a profile and attract new clients. If you are not interested in public recognition or wish to reveal less than the template information, you may opt out or limit the information you share.
When you pass this course, you are granted a license to use the trademarked Primal Health Coach logo on your business cards, advertising, social media, and other promotions, such as print flyers for your live events.
When you pass the certification course, you’re qualified for a wholesale account at PrimalBlueprint.com. You’ll enjoy great savings on quantity orders of Primal Blueprint supplements, books, educational products, apparel, Primal Kitchen food products, and promo items. If you want to purchase Primal Blueprint or Primal Kitchen products for personal use at below wholesale minimum quantities, we offer a generous “friends & family” discount.
There is no shortage of business opportunities awaiting Primal Health Coaches. You can start your own coaching practice and fill your roster with individual and group coaching clients. You can develop online courses for a passive income stream, coach clients in your own app, or join a medical practice, corporation, insurance company, or wellness center as a resident health coach.
What Our Grads Have to Say
Completing the Primal Health Coach Program has proven to be an invaluable asset to my coaching practice. I'm so much more prepared to explain the benefits of a primal lifestyle to my clients and coach them as they take their health, fitness, and performance to a higher level than they ever thought possible.
Certified Primal Health Coach
The Primal Health Coach Program expanded my access to and credibility with people who embrace primal principles but who may not have considered holistic medicine, enhancing my practice and extending my professional reach.
Dr. Dana Leigh Lyons
Certified Primal Health Coach
The knowledge I learned from the Primal Health Coach Program allowed me to skillfully integrate for my patients the healing power of Periodontal Laser Therapy with the healing power of primal lifestyle and diet.
Alvin H. Danenberg, DDS
Certified Primal Health Coach