The Benefits of Becoming a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach

Professional Credibility

Becoming a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach demonstrates your dedication to professional development, your motivation to achieve and ability to follow through, and your mastery of relevant techniques and content. And graduating from FMCA—the only program established in collaboration with The Institute for Functional Medicine—means you are eligible to take the examination offered by the International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching to become a Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach.

Positive Impact on Others

Functional Medicine Certified Health Coaches provide crucial support and guidance to clients recovering from chronic illness or wishing to improve their overall health and well-being. A Health Coach functions as an ally for clients, inspiring them reach a state of optimal wellness faster and better than they could on their own. From helping clients craft and stay on a well-designed plan to evaluating progress toward better health outcomes, Health Coaches de-mystify the path to thriving. With compassion, accountability, and concrete action steps, Health Coaches help their clients achieve the best outcomes possible in the least amount of time.


Confidence can be difficult to attain without the experiences that build and strengthen it. That’s why our training program not only provides a strong theoretical foundation in relevant Functional Medicine and Health Coaching techniques and approaches, it also ensures that students get hands-on coaching experience so they can put what they’ve learned into action prior to graduation.

Career Growth Opportunities

With strong and growing demand for Functional Medicine doctors worldwide, the need for Health Coaches trained in the Functional Medicine model continues to grow, too, currently outpacing the number of practicing Coaches. And as increasing numbers of practitioners trained through The Institute for Functional Medicine seek out Health Coaches who can “speak the Functional Medicine language,” they look to FMCA. Our Health Coach graduates are trained by many of the same faculty who teach Functional Medicine practitioners, and they also have extensive training in positive psychology and a collaborative care model. Similarly, when a potential client weighs the benefits of working with you and another Health Coach who may not have such a robust training background, your designation as a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach puts you at a definite advantage.


FMCA Alumni Program

Upon graduating from FMCA, you become part of our alumni network, a family of dedicated health professionals who go through the same challenges you face. And the available extended training, resources, and discounts on continuing education we offer ensure you keep pace with our rapidly changing industry long after you graduate. Making use of these connections and continuing education opportunities ensures you have the best skills, knowledge, and resources to offer your clients and referring medical practitioners..

Networking Opportunities

Becoming a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach makes you part of a unique group of certified and skilled professionals. In this invaluable peer resource group, you may seek answers to a problem, share how you overcame your own challenges, pass along guidance on how to further enhance your career, or seek specific technical knowledge.

Boost Your Own Wellness

Improving and maintaining well-being for life is something not many of us learn in school, but it’s something from which we can all benefit. So when you master the FMCA curriculum, the knowledge you gain doesn’t just arm you to help your clients. What you’ve learned can become part of your own healing journey, and that of your family and friends. Whether you intend to practice as a Health Coach or are enrolling simply to increase your health fluency, our program teaches skills that apply to everyone’s healthy life.

Upon completion of the 12 learning modules requirements and supervised practicum, you’ll graduate with a certificate as a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach.

Requirements for Certification

  • Complete online journal assignments and case study projects with your cohort team for each of the 12 learning modules.
  • Participate in Skype or phone group supervision appointments.
  • Submit a case study capstone project demonstrating appropriate use of the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy, Inc. model of coaching.
  • Pass a final comprehensive exam.
  • Demonstrate competency to coach via a virtual session.


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