Benefit managers looking to get more training in wellness have a new option with an online program from the Institute for Wellness Education.

The IWE Wellness Practitioner Network training and certification focuses on three roles: advocates, facilitators and coaches. Advocates can become certified through a 36-hour online course, facilitators can become certified through a 60-hour course and coaches can become certified through an eight- to 12-month course.

“We wanted to build a course that could be as widely available to as many people as possible,” says Dr. Deborah Teplow, CEO of IWE. “Everybody can play a role in helping others improve their health and wellness.”

The self-paced courses use video, brief quizzes and other methods to reinforce learning. Tuition for the wellness advocate courses starts at $495, with discounts for bulk purchases. The full wellness coaching program, meanwhile, is approximately $9,980.

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The IWE, founded by Teplow in 2012, also created the competencies and curriculum for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wellness Coaching Registered Apprenticeship Program.

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