Premier certification program
WELLCOSA is proud to offer to our employer community the opportunity to acquire one of the most coveted designations in the worksite wellness field.
Wellness is a complex field at the intersection of behaviour change, organizational strategy, technology and medicine. More than ever, wellness professionals need cutting-edge expertise to create programs that deliver results.
Drawing from international best-practice solutions and proven industry research, WellCert provides worksite wellness professionals, benefit managers, brokers, human resource staff and others with the skills they need to plan, implement, manage and measure employee wellness programs that improve health and reduce employee costs.
WellCert is a four-level professional certification with a unique skill-focus that ensures graduates can immediately put their knowledge to work on the job. Designed by founder Larry S. Chapman MPH, WellCert synthesizes 40+ years of experience with over 1,000 organisations.
WellCert is the preferred Wellness Certification for top national insurance carriers, HR consulting firms, benefits brokers, and wellness councils—key employers prefer WellCert. All graduates of the WellCert Program are identified on the WellCert Professional Registry.
WellCert’s four levels of professional certification
1. Certified Wellness Program Coordinator (CWPC)
2. Certified Wellness Program Manager (CWPM)
3. Certified Wellness Program Director: (CWPD)
4. Certified Worksite Wellness Program Consultant: (CWWPC)
Wellness Program Coordinator
The Certified Wellness Program Coordinator (CWPC) is the foundation and most popular WellCert program. If wellness programming is only part of your job, Level 1 gives you what you need to maximize your impact. If you work on wellness/well-being full-time, Level 1 is a necessary foundation built on by Level 2 Certified Wellness Program Manager for the broader list of skills you need. Level 1 Certified Wellness Program Coordinator training is highly practical. Our two days of content, case studies, and materials prepare you to deliver results.
The rubber meets the road with the skills we cover:
1. How to build strong senior management support: This skill covers the process for crafting rationales for wellness that fit your organization. It provides a summary of ROI expectations found in scientific literature, and how to use this evidence when speaking with C-level leaders. It also covers biases commonly held by managers that need to be overcome.
2. How to assess your employees’ wellness needs: This skill covers the top prevention targets most commonly included in wellness programming, and the interventions that address them. It also identifies and details how to use many data sources that can inform your wellness needs assessment.
3. How to use a Health Risk Assessment (HRA): As a continuation of the needs assessment and planning topics, this skill covers the understanding of the potential of the HRA, the evolution of HRAs, as well as their key role in comprehensive wellness programming. It also provides practical tips on how to use HRA data, and how to select HRA vendors.
4. How to set your wellness strategy: This skill covers key program models and how to choose the right one for your organization, depending on your goals and needs. The skill also provides guidance on what stakeholders should be involved in setting the direction of your programs.
5. How to design your organizational infrastructure: This skill covers key topics like program staffing, objectives and metrics, working with stakeholders and wellness champions. It provides key checklists that will help you build your program launch plan, budget, and select vendors and the program’s infrastructure.
6. How to design your technology infrastructure: This skill helps wellness program staff understand how key technology fits together to deliver effective programming. It outlines data flow between components, and helps wellness people argue for technology investment.
7. How to design effective wellness communications: This skill distills marketing best practices and pitfalls. It outlines the core components of an effective employee communications plan, while also digging into key communications channels like email. It also provides creative ideas you can use to spice up your wellness communications.
8. How to design your health management process: This skill covers the levels of targeting and personalization needed to provide targeted interventions. It also outlines the various ways to feedback personal health metrics to individuals to provide motivation for change.
9. How to design group activities: This skill provides helpful templates and creative ideas for group programming. It provides participation strategies and rationales for selling investment in group activities to your leadership.
10. How to create a supportive environment for wellness: This skill lays out ways an organization demonstrates or sabotages its commitment to wellness. It covers key polices, physical environment factors, management messaging, value dynamics and other strategies that must be aligned in order to create a real culture of wellness.
11. How to design onsite programming: This skill covers major event-planning pitfalls and considerations when providing onsite programming. It covers a range of key planning questions applied to eight common onsite wellness activities.
12. How to perform a simple evaluation of your program: This skill provides an overview of the most important methodologies used to measure the results of wellness programs. It provides key evaluation questions and for each of the three major program models you will learn how to structure and use a set of key program metrics. This skill provides everything you need to know to perform a simple and effective evaluation of your employee wellness program.
Answers to your questions
Who should attend?: Online certification training provides industry leading preparation for the worksite wellness practitioner, academic, vendor or consultant.
What’s included? Each onsite training participant will receive a hard copy of the 220+ page course workbook that includes slides, exercises, and printed resources. Upon completion of the course, exercises and course evaluation, Chapman Institute confers on grads their certification. WellCert grads must complete two continuing education online modules on the Chapman Institute website each year to maintain their certification in active status. WellCert grads in active status are noted on the WellCert Registry.
What key “how-to” skills will be learned during each course? See the detailed outline of the course.
Can I have more information? For more information on the Chapman Institute and WellCert, download the WellCert brochure here.
“I have worked in corporate wellness for more than 20 years and I was amazed at how useful the Level 1 training was. It’s a “must” for everyone in the field” ~ WellCert Graduate
“I was a little skeptical about the two days of training at Level 1 but you have made me a believer! The material and the case exercises have enhanced my knowledge significantly! Thanks for making this available” ~ WellCert Graduate
“I chose this wellness certification program because of its comprehensive focus on corporate wellness rather than one aspect, like coaching or physical fitness….I didn’t have to work very hard to sell it to my colleagues. Many firms are in varying stages of providing corporate wellness consulting and related services to their clients. The wellness movement has become so strong that my certification in this program has helped us stay ahead of our competition.” ~ WellCert Graduate