ACE Health Coach Review (2019) – Let’s Build Some Habits!

If you are coming to this article from my “how to become health coach” article, good for you, you are moving in the right direction!

After finishing this article, you will be sure whether or not this is the right certification for you. This certification is not for everybody. After reading my review, if you decide to go with this certification, I recommend checking out the details from ACE.

I also recommend taking a look at my article on the top health coach certifications as well as the best fitness nutrition certifications.

ACE Health Coach Review

In my personal opinion, the ACE health coach certification is the best health coach certification that is on the market today. It is currently the only NCCA accredited health coach certification.

In my official review, you will learn what this certification is all about and why becoming a health coach holds lots of value for anyone that is working in the fitness industry (such as a personal trainer).

I will also discuss what materials are included with the certification as well as talk about the exam a little bit. Let’s dive in so you can learn more about the ACE health coach certification.

Check out the ACE website for more information and current prices on the health coach certification if you decide it’s right for you.

There is a new role in the fitness industry that health coaches fit right into!

Health coaches approach health and wellness from a whole new perspective compared to the typical personal training certifications that I talk about on my website. They approach fitness from a holistic point of view compared to the standard diet and exercise.

They try to help people by looking at the root of the problem, and lifestyle changes that need to be changed. If you are a personal trainer that is reading this you probably already know that the workout that you do with your clients is only a small part of their overall health.

You have probably experienced clients that no matter how hard they “seem to try,” they never make too much progress. To make great strides in your health or fitness, you need to have self-motivation.

You can have the greatest workouts in the world with your clients, but if they go home and eat junk food for the rest of the day, it won’t matter. There are hundreds of thousands of Americans that are obese or overweight.

The majority of these individuals live extremely sedentary lives, use tobacco products, drink excessive amounts of alcohol and eat terribly. The goal of the health coach is to try to change these habits from their roots.

Because no matter how much exercise you do in the gym with a personal trainer it won’t matter if you still have terrible habits at home. It is the job of the health coach to help the transition from these bad habits.

Most Americans are looking for that magical quick-fix solution or pill that they can take to be healthy. This is why so many Americans are addicted to prescription medications.

The real secret to health is changing its habits one of the time so that you can prevent terrible diseases and prescription medications!

Bad food choices
Stay away from processed garbage!

The Study Materials

There are two different study bundles that you could purchase through ACE (link to my general certification review). Each of these different bundles contains different study materials depending on the type of learner that you are.

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The first package that you can buy is called the standard bundle and will cost you $499 (check current price). The standard bundle includes the primary textbook (or health coach manual), access to take the exam and entrance into their “ACE Academy”.

The more expensive of the two bundles is called their premium bundle and will cost you $599. It contains everything that the standard package does in addition to their booklet on mastering the manual and a retest voucher just in case end up failing the test on the first try.

The manual that comes with the Certification

This is the primary textbook for the health coach certification. It is mostly comprised of information on how to coach individuals through the lifestyle changes that I mentioned above.

It also includes some information on exercise programs (although not as in-depth as in a personal trainer certification). It also has a chapter on the control and prevention of different diseases and the statistics on these epidemics.

What is the “ACE Academy”?

The “ACE Academy” is probably the most helpful part of studying for this certification. It gives you access to a three-month guided exercise series that helps you stay on track with your studying goals for the certification.

This Academy gives you excellent guidance and gives you access to either call or e-mail one-on-one with an ACE health coach expert. These experts can help you work your way through the manual and answer any questions that you may have.

Within the Academy, you have access to practice exams. I thought these exams were beneficial to get a reasonable estimate of how the real test will be. The premium package gives you two practice exams were the standard bundle only includes one.

Also included in the premium bundle is what ACE calls custom progress tracking. This helps from an organizational point of view. It just allows you to mark off assignments as you do them such as videos or quizzes that you take. This kind of hard to explain.

Food scale health coach

Mastering the manual booklet

The mastering the manual booklet that comes with the premium package is helpful for studying. It does a great job of accompanying the textbook because it lays out great exercises chapter to chapter.

I would recommend following along with this booklet as you go through the primary textbook. The quizzes at the end of each chapter are extremely helpful and do a great job of highlighting fundamental concepts.

The mastering the manual booklet made it much easier for me to pass and obtain the healthcare certification!

Conclusion on the ACE Health Coach Certification

In conclusion, if you are looking to change up the way you approach health fitness and personal training, the ACE health coach certification might be an excellent option for you!

It is a great way to supplement your knowledge as a personal trainer and even a better way to check off those pesky continuing education credits. This is a great way to combine your knowledge of exercise and what you do with your clients inside the gym with ways to change your client’s habits outside of the gym!

If your clients do not have healthy lifestyles outside of the gym, it does not matter how hard they work at the gym with you. Both are critical factors for them to reach their goals and full potential.

I hope you liked my review, leave a comment down below if you have any other questions. If this article is helpful, please like it on social media or share it with your friends! Also, make sure to check out my article on how to become a health coach.

If you are not currently a personal trainer, you might want to check out my other articles such as how much you can make as a personal trainer as well as how to become one! Happy wellness training!

  • Jodie says:

    Hi! I stumbled upon your article and wanted to reach out to you re: the ACE Health Coach exam. My company purchased the bundle for me and Im very excited to get started. I am, however, quite intimidated by the amount of content to memorize and learn during the next several months prior to my exam. It seems in a normal “formal educational environment” we would study sections then be tested on it whereas with this, I am studying an entire manual to be tested 9 months later. Yikes! Any suggestions as to how I can master this? Im going into memory overload!

    • Tyler Read says:

      Hey Jodie,
      Yes I could seem like this at the beginning. In fact every certification is like this. They give you a giant book and safe study the whole entire thing to get ready for the test. The biggest recommendation I can give you is to take it slow one day at the time. Plan out your study sessions to read maybe 20 pages a day and then do a quick overview at the end. I’m sure if you study a little bit every day it won’t seem as overwhelming.

      • Rachael says:

        Hi
        I have a health coach certification from Institute for Integrative Nutrition, but I really love Ace’s curriculum— although I have a certification In fitness, my passion is only for health coaching. I’m nervous about the test—as I’m not a great test taker— the pass rate is 78%. I would hate to invest (it’s currently 750.00)
        And then not be able to pass. Any advice? Thanks

        • Tyler Read says:

          Hey Rachael,
          The ACE health care certification is definitely a good one. You should feel fairly confident of passing the test as long as you do not set a test date that is too soon after you purchase the curriculum. I believe you have a full year in order to take the exam after purchasing it. Set a good study plan and stick to it. Set aside an hour a day or a couple days out of the week that you could dedicate to studying and you should be totally fine with passing the test. Good luck with all the studying and I hope this helped!

  • Karen says:

    I have completed my Ace Health Coaching certification and loved everything that I learned. There is a lot of help if you ask for it. Following the guidelines helps. I also found that once I took the practice tests I learned what I needed to work on and just focused on them. The test it self was a lot of real life application.

    I have also completed my “Youth Fitness Specialist”. I am hoping ACE will help me stand out.

    • Tyler Read says:

      Hey Karen,
      I absolutely agree that ACE provides tons of help for people that ask for it. The practice tests are absolutely helpful for getting a good grasp on the material. Is great to see you going for multiple certifications. I’m sure you will stand out over the crowd with all of your different angles of expertise!

  • Gwendolyn says:

    Hello, I’m getting ready to take my health coach exam and was wondering what type of questions to expect. Is it all multiple choice, true false, essay? And how many questions are there?

  • Mallory says:

    Hey there,
    Question: I am studying to become a certified Doula and I also want to be a pelvic floor and core coach.. which certification would be best for this? Definitely a specialized training and I’m not sure where to start?

    • Tyler Read says:

      Hey Mallory,
      This is definitely a specialization. The first thing I would recommend you do is get a personal training certification if you don’t already have one. Are you already certified with a CPT? If this is not the case, I recommend going with NASM as they tend to have more specialized certifications then the other agencies out there.