Become an Expert in Ancestral Health
Flexible self-study training for professional accreditation
Learn the blueprint for optimal wellness. Get a comprehensive education in evolutionary science. Advance your career as a health professional.
Flexible remote learning on your own time and the device of your choosing.
We stay up to date on nutrition science so you can too.
Join a community of like-minded health and nutrition enthusiasts.
What You'll Receive
Certified Primal Health and Nutrition Experts receive the most in-depth and up-to-date ancestral health, nutrition, and lifestyle education in the world. Students graduate with a deep understanding of how to reprogram genes for optimal wellness, which food groups are best for the human body and why, how to develop lifelong fitness while avoiding injury and burnout, and so much more.
What You'll Learn
The 14 chapters of this course represent the first pillar of our complete Primal Health Coach Certification Program and are designed around the eight key concepts and five action items first introduced by Mark Sisson in his bestseller The Primal Blueprint. You’ll learn the foundational elements of the ancestral foods and lifestyle approach.
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 and Nutrition Expert
As a graduate of this course, you will earn the distinction of being a certified Primal Health and Nutrition Expert. You will be well-versed in all primal health, nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle principles and prepared to use your knowledge in a variety of personal and professional contexts.
Note: This course alone does not certify you to become a Primal Health Coach. The Primal Health Coach designation is reserved for those who receive in-depth training across not only Primal Health and Nutrition, but also coaching and the business of coaching. To learn more about how to become a Primal Health Coach, click here.
If you are a certified Primal Fitness Coach and you take and complete this course, you will earn certified Primal Health Coach status. (The coaching and business of coaching training that Primal Fitness Coaches receive is the same training that Primal Health Coaches receive. Thus, to acquire Primal Health Coach status, you are only required to complete the Primal Health and Nutrition Expert Certification course.)
Easy Payment Options Available
Our main mission is to help people reclaim their health. With that in mind, we aim to make the Primal Health and Nutrition Expert Certification as affordable as possible.
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You’ve Got a Passion for Health.
We’ve Got the Curriculum.
There are no prerequisites to participate in the Primal Health and Nutrition Expert Certification Course. Experienced and aspiring health professionals alike will benefit from the course material and the prestige of being a certified Primal Health and Nutrition Expert.
This course is also suitable for anyone interested in improving their own health and wellness.
If you are a Primal Fitness Coach graduate or student who would like to also become a certified Primal Health Coach, this course is the complement. Upon graduation, you’ll have two coach certifications to your name.
What to Expect
Once you register, you’ll receive login instructions to a password-protected portal where you can access the online course and start your studies.
- You get access to a new chapter every week and can start immediately on the Welcome, Legal and Support, Announcements, and Educational Resources sections, as well as Chapter 1.
- In Educational Resources you’ll find our most popular digital eBooks, audio books, and archived webinars available for download at any time. Be sure to join our exclusive Facebook group for peer and faculty support and connection.
- Most chapters consist of a video introduction, written overview, and quick facts, with the core curriculum broken down into manageable lessons and presented in both audio and text format. At the end of every 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 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’re officially a certified Primal Health and Nutrition Expert.
- You have lifetime access to the course material and to the PHCI community, including an open-ended invitation to participate in our live monthly webinars.
Frequently Asked Questions
An expert certification in Primal Health and Nutrition sets you apart from other nutrition experts because it includes a built-in nutrition and lifestyle niche—ancestral health, and it’s appropriate for everyone. It’s a highly customizable nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle program proven to reverse chronic conditions and transform overall wellness. 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.
Once you start the online education process, course material is released at a rate of one chapter per week. There are 14 chapters, so you could technically get your health and nutrition certification in as little as 14 weeks. However, this is a self-paced program, so you can proceed through the course work at a slower rate if you’d like. Enrollment gives you lifetime access to all the course material.
Some estimate that this course material is on a par with an upper-division college course in the health sciences. However, the written material and videos are all presented in an easy-to-understand format, with a minimum of “sciency” terms or overly complex narratives. While no prerequisites are necessary to enroll, your pace of learning and ease of passing the exams are likely to be accelerated if you have a background in health. If you have minimal background experience or knowledge, we will work with you one-on-one to ensure that you absorb the material effectively and pass the course.
The 14 chapter exams consist 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 find yourself getting stuck on a certain chapter or frustrated with the learning experience in any way, don’t stress! We are here to support and eagerly await the opportunity to help.
The Primal Health and Nutrition Expert Certification Course is a comprehensive education in primal health, fitness, and lifestyle choices. The Primal Health Coach Certification course is one of our flagship courses. It includes everything found in the Primal Health and Nutrition Expert Certification Course, plus 9 additional chapters and advanced training on Coaching Skills and Business Development. To become a Certified Primal Health Coach, visit our course page here.
A Primal Health and Nutrition Expert is an expert in ancestral health and wellness, and can round out their current professional offerings with this expert knowledge.
A Primal Health Coach has been trained in Primal Health and Nutrition, but also in coaching clients to lasting change and in how to run a successful business as a coach.
Only if you are already a Primal Fitness Coach. If that’s the case, you’ll be certified as both a Primal Fitness Coach and a Primal Health Coach upon graduation.
If you are not a Primal Fitness Coach and are interested in becoming a Primal Health Coach in lieu of certification as a Primal Health and Nutrition Expert, visit our course page here.
The Primal Health and Nutrition Expert Certification zeros in on ancestral health, offering you a built-in niche that sets you apart from other health pros. It makes it easier to find the clients that are the best fit for you and to help them reach and maintain their wellness goals over the long term.
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.
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