IS ALL STUDY COMPLETED ONLINE or do i have to attend classes?
All of our learning is completed online. Once you've enrolled, you'll have access to our learning system and all of the course content. We do offer a blended learning experience where you can meet up with other students and access content through live webinars, recorded videos, podcasts and mentoring sessions through Skype or phone. It's the best of both worlds!!
Can i study with you if i am based overseas?
Yes you can. As all of our content is online, as long as you have access to internet you can complete our courses.
are there any practical components?
Wellbeing Management & Health Coaching Practices (Unit 4 in NHC) is our practical unit. It is still all completed online through Skype, etc. There are also some individual units that take a more practical approach such as Kitchen Medicine and Design & Deliver.
When do you take enrolments?
We take enrolments daily so you can begin whenever you are ready.
WHAT DOES THE NUTRITION & HEALTH COACHING PROGRAM CONSIST OF?
There are 4 core units and 3 elective units.
Our newest coaching program, The Certified Coach Practitioner Program consists of four components. We have two intakes per year at present. Contact the office for more details.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE COMPLETE THE NUTRITION & HEALTH COACHING PROGRAM?
The Nutrition and Health Coaching Program is accessible for 18months. As the study is online, you can move through at your own pace. This means you can move through quickly or take the full 18 months (or longer if you need, it's all super flexible).
Our newest program, the Certified Coach Practitioner Program that leads onto ICF ACC credentialing is run twice a year and has a set schedule. Contact the office for more details.
CAN I GET AN EXTENSION IF I CAN'T FINISH IN TIME?
Absolutely! If you think you won't be able to complete your unit within the 6 month time frame simply email us at the office. Likewise, if you find you are struggling to make it through your program. Our focus is on supporting you to complete the program not so much on timelines.
Payments & Costs
HOW MUCH DOES THE NUTRITION & HEALTH COACHING PROGRAM COST?
Approximately $2,800.00 AUD. This cost does vary depending on which electives you choose. The program is paid unit by unit and is not an upfront cost. You can cease the program at any stage. Please note, once a course has been accessed we are not able to refund your fees due to IP laws.
Our soon-to-be accredited Certified Coach Practitioner Program which enables you to go on and apply with the International Coach Federation (ICF) to become an ACC Level Credentialed Coach is approximately $4,200 AUD.
how do i enrol and pay online?
Simply click on the enrol tab above and follow the prompts. You can also call the office and we can enrol you manually.
DO YOU OFFER PAYMENT PLANS?
Yes. Simply contact the office via phone (02 9400 9759) or Skype (Well College or 02 8091 5400) to set up your payment plan.
do you take amex?
No sorry we don't.
Buyer Beware: Tips for checking college quality (Aus)
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF A COLLEGE AND APPROVING BODY ARE FOR REAL?
This is a great question! We are often asked what we think of other colleges offering similar courses and qualifications to ours, and many of them we have never heard of. Increasingly we are hearing of colleges who are offer 'accreditation' with industry bodies that we have never heard of as well, hmmmm, curious and curious-er. What do we do next to check them out? 100% we check them out.
First, we look up the college that's been mentioned, we specifically look at who owns them.
Increasingly these new colleges are Registered Training Organisations (RTO)(Australia) so it's easy to look up the who, what, where and when on Traning.gov.au website (a list of all RTOs) - https://training.gov.au/home/TGA
If the college is listing an accredited body that doesn't seem to appear on larger colleges or just sounds too similar to the college, or just doesn't feel right repeat the process with the accrediting body. Look for an ABN or ACN, Google 'who owns....', check out their fine print, even LinkedIn can give you some real insights.
if the same people appear at the helm of the college and the accrediting body you may like to ask the college if they are 'self-accredited' or if they have independent industry accreditation as well as their own.
You may have to to join the dots, a recent company we looked at had several ABNs and it wasn't until we looked at the original ABN that we then were able to see that they owned both the college and the 'federation' they were offering membership to. Self-accreditation is increasingly common, in our view we feel that where it is disclosed... fair enough. But, in our experience we haven't yet found one of these businesses that is disclosing this. Hence... BUYER BEWARE.
We are accredited in 27 countries. Read more here. Well College is not an RTO (registered training organisation), see below.
WHY DO YOU NOT HAVE DIPLOMAS?
Higher education, that is anything above high school and in Australia is governed by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act (2011) . As of August 2017 the legislation enabling educational organisations to use terms such as "a diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, masters degree or doctoral degree" has been limited to use by government accredited organisations only. In other words, as we understand, any college/provider offering a 'diploma' or above is required to be an RTO (Registered Training Organisation) or higher, such as a university to use any of these terms.
Well College is not an RTO, our courses hold global content and as such we have secured global registration (industry-based, not government) for our courses and programs which enable you to gain a level of registration and appropriate insurance.
However, you may find some providers offering diplomas who are not government accredited training providers, often quite innocently, even the law around education can be very confusing. We suggest you consider these courses carefully or discuss your enrolment with a relevant educational body. For example, you may want to contact TEQSA (Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency).
This information is based on advice given to us on or before the below date and is merely our understanding of the Act. 6/8/2019
WHY HAs WELL COLLEGE CHOSEN NOT TO BE AN RTO, OR OFFER CERTIFICATE 3 OR 4'S?
Well College Global has opted not to be a registered training organisation (RTO) in Australia (or NZQF in NZ) to enable us to: * Provide global content and guidelines from around the world in our courses * Create content at a degree level suitable for those requiring continuing education points within their sector for their registration * Be highly flexible with timelines and assessment styles * Be able to provide units of study that exist outside of training packages such as 'Gut Health', 'Kitchen Medicine and more * Focus on global industry outcomes that reflect the changing world we live in
RTOs are quality providers who have undergone exhaustive checks and balances to provide units of study that map to industry standards in Australia, Undertaking a VET course means you can take that unit of study with you across any industry. For example, completing a unit of study in Occupation Health and Safety in your catering course will mean if you decide to take a personal training course which has this unit you will not have to retake it.
Well College Global as an independent college does not receive any funding, we are successful at what we do because our training has to be the best it can be, and we are passionate about being the best.
Colleges are telling me I can call myself a 'nutritionist', is that true?
YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO CALL YOURSELF A 'NUTRITIONIST' OR 'DIETITIAN' BUT WHO WILL INSURE YOU?
Arghhh, we love this one! indeed there are a number of colleges out there telling potential students that as the terms 'nutritionist' and 'dietitian' are not regulated in many countries, including Australia, you can do their course and then call yourself a 'nutritionist' or 'dietitian'. Sounds too good to be true? Well it probably is. What they stop short of telling you is that you may have a pretty hard time getting insurance to work as a nutritionist and particularly a dietitian if you don't have a qualification that is recognised by a peak body who do govern (in some way) the relevant industry, that being:
You will also find that the Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS) will accredit with insurance students who have come from accredited colleges.
Our recommendation is that before you take a course with a college who is telling you this that you ask them for who they will connect you with for insurance as a 'nutritionist' or 'dietitian', and then go the next step and contact that company. If you don't get the insurers details try contacting one of the big insurers in your region. Here in Australia and NZ you could try Marsh Health Insurance, AoN, GBi, BMS and so on. We find AoN are excellent at replying. If they tell you they'd underwrite a policy for you to work as a 'nutritionist' or 'dietitian' then you've got it in black and white and you'll have confidence in all you've been told and who you chose to study with.
Finally, it might also be worth checking with one of the relevant peak bodies linked in above to get their advice on the situation. Remember, nutritionists and dietitians are trained in chemistry, biochem, pathology, symptomology, diagnosis as well as all the obvious other subjects. Dietitians undertake hundreds of hours of clinical work in hospital settings, and nutritionists also undertake clinical hours. How do the subjects in the course telling you that you'll be a nutritionist or dietitian stack up to that?
How to compare health coaching courses
COMPARING THE MYRIAD OF COURSES OUT THERE
It's getting increasingly harder to choose a course that is just what you want; there are super fast and cheapy options with a couple of subjects, through to boutique colleges like ourselves and then you have the enormous, impressive, shiny and expensive American colleges, but how do you tell them apart?
We've put together comparison checklist for you. We highly recommend choosing a course that will actually prepare you to coach and truly support real people who have genuinely come to you for help, a few subjects generally won't prepare you or do your client's justice. Find a college that really truly speaks to you because you want to be treated how you want to learn to coach others! Curiosity, authenticity, transparency, quality.
Grab your free comparison chart below. Your first step to coaching is coaching yourself...
What study support do we offer?
can i talk to someone if i need help?
You sure can. Here in the office, we love chatting to all of our students and getting to know you. You can call the office or simply send us an email. We also have a private Facebook study group for students & staff. There are students connecting from all over the world and helping each other through their studies.
Our view of using your online data for marketing
are you going to appear as an advert on every site I now visit?
Hi, it's Leanne here, Director of Well College Global. I personally take a very dim view when something I have been researching or talking about turns up as an advert every time I logon. All business will use the data you inadvertently leave behind to 're-market' to you. However, it is my pledge that we will NOT use your computer IP address or your personal data to unethically market to you. Yes, we will send you newsletters (unless you ask us not to) where you have signed up for them, and you may see our social media adverts and occasional Google ad, but we will not track your whereabouts or build a profile on you to hard market to you. Cyber security is at an all time critical level and it is time that all business took an ethical approach to online privacy and data management. We recommend you check all your privacy settings, particularly on social media and ensure they are as strict as they can be. Do not add in personal details to online accounts that you do not need to give.