Event Announcement: NBHWC Test Prep Course 

 January 20, 2023

By  Marianne Gernetzke

The following article was updated November 2023.

If you are a health and wellness coach preparing to sit for the NBHWC exam, congratulations on this exciting milestone!

I have been the coach instructor for Tijen Genco’s NBHWC Test Prep Course since January, 2022. The next offering of this course will begin November 2023, concluding in February. In 2024, additional courses will begin in March and July.

This article will share basic course information, as well as why you might consider taking the course. Scroll to the bottom of this article for information about how to sign up.

Course Information

This NBHWC Exam Prep and Content Review Class will assist in preparation for the NBHWC Exam. While other courses consist primarily of pre-recorded sessions, this course is presented remotely via four 90-minute real-time sessions. Participants will learn from an experienced National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach instructor and discuss relevant exam-related issues alongside other students preparing for the exam.

The NBHWC does not endorse any specific NBHWC test prep course for coaches preparing to take the exam. However, in a November 2022 NBHWC Q&A session, representatives of the NBHWC stated that if a coach does choose to take a NBHWC test prep course, they should ensure that the course discusses the four areas of the NBHWC Content Outline: Coaching Structure, Coaching Process, Health and Wellness, and Ethics/Legal. This Genco coaching course does indeed discuss each area of content as well as how test questions will address them.

As class instructor, I share my test-taking experience with students while reviewing best practices to prepare knowledge for the exam. I also discuss what to expect from the test questions: how test questions will assess your knowledge and how to read/respond to them. I will highlight the blueprint for the exam, along with additional resources recommended by the NBHWC.

NBHWC exam questions assess your ability to apply coaching knowledge, rather than to assess your knowledge of content. Therefore, coaches preparing for the exam may benefit from assistance from a seasoned coach to achieve understanding of how to apply their knowledge on the exam.

Students taking this course will walk away with

  • best practice strategies for studying and preparing for the exam
  • overview of the four major content areas covered on the exam
  • perspectives on exam questions and how to approach them

A primary goal for this course is to assist individuals interested in taking the National Board Exam to prepare for the exam with more confidence.

Who might consider taking this course?

This review course is designed to assist all students who have completed their coaching education, regardless of when or where they completed their coaching program. Although this course has been designed to help students prepare for the NBHWC exam, it is also helpful for any coach interested in an overview of relevant coaching issues in health and wellness coaching. Topics discussed throughout the course will include ethical and legal considerations as well as discussion of evidence-based coaching methodologies.

About the developer of this course, Tijen Genco:

Tijen has created this course based on extensive research about the exam itself. She puts thorough thought and planning into every course she offers. Tijen’s educational offerings serve as opportunities for growth and transformation for each of her coaching students. Therefore, I believe this course is more than test prep: it is an opportunity to grow as a coach while obtaining a deeper understanding of health and wellness coaching.

I have been a student of Mentor Certified Coach Tijen Genco since 2018. Her educational offerings have never disappointed me. Tijen has extensive expertise in every aspect of coaching as a practitioner, mentor, and educator. Her coaching work spans over two decades of success with both individuals and corporations. She is a National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach. And, as an instructor, Tijen has helped many students – including me – achieve higher potentials as coaches!

Here is what past participants have said about the course:

Excellent prep course!  The material Tijen provides and the decks she creates for each class provide a clear and concise approach for studying each section of the NBHWC test outline.  She also teaches how to dissect sample test questions, to look for clues to help determine the correct answer when two may seem like an appropriate response.  She is very accessible when comments and questions arise during and in between sessions, and her genuine care comes through with each reply.  Her support is everything!  I highly recommend this course.” — D. JernasHealth and Wellness Coach

Working with Marianne on the NBHWC Exam Prep Course was a wonderful experience.  The coursework was well-planned and well though-out.  Marianne was always organized and prepared, not only with her presentations, but in her ability to answer any questions I had.  The coursework was thorough and ample resources were provided.  I really appreciated the case studies that were included at the end of each session which mimic the actual exam questions.  These examples were extremely helpful in creating an understanding of what the actual exam will be like.  The use of Google Classroom was very efficient and well-structured as well.  Marianne was continuously responsive and empathetic to my needs and concerns.  I highly recommend this course for those that are preparing for the NBHWC exam.–H. Johnson, Health and Wellness Coach

The Genco prep course has really been transformative. It was concise, easy to follow, full of key information, as well as being personalized due to smaller class size. If you are looking for a more tailored prep course, with a philosophy as to how and why the questions are structured, this is it. I took another course, and it was great for its’ volume of information, but completely lacking in providing help with question structure, which in my mind, is where the money is at, for taking the exam. I am a perfectionist who overthinks, so this course was a life saver!” — A. Beale, NBC-HWC

“Fantastic mentor and content! Just way better course and approach than any other course on the market! The material is well organized and the scenarios provided really challenge you to identify the specifics to help you select the right answer. It is a great training for the exam but also in general to solidify previous learning. Truly enriching conversations that have inspired me and increased my confidence! I look forward to more training with Genco coaching!” — M. Palermo, Health and Wellness Coach

About the instructor

I’ve been a practicing health and wellness coach since 2019, and I passed the NBHWC exam in February 2020. I love to teach, and I have worked as a mentor coach for Maryland University of Integrative Health since 2022. My other coaching certifications include Professional Certified Coach (International Coaching Federation) and ADAPT-Certification as a Functional Health Coach. I come to coaching with over two decades of experience in another healthcare field, as well as undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology.

more about me

I have studied with Tijen since 2018. My studies have included courses in the Genco Method Coaching for Mastery. I am also Genco Method Level 1 trained in various modalities including somatic and neurological approaches to coaching.

As a life-long learner, I love to teach. In the two decades that I worked as a rehabilitative health professional, I have given many educational presentations in local, state, and national forums on a variety of subjects. I’m also employed as a Mentor Coach at Maryland University of Integrative Health.

Course details

Dates: This course occurs on four Saturdays, typically over a four month period. Special accommodations can be made for groups of 5 or more who would like private instruction.

Times: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm EST

Cost: $190 for four live 90-minute sessions

To enroll in this course and review a detailed course outline, please go to Genco Coaching – Events: https://gencocoaching.com/event/nbhwc-exam-prep-and-content-review-class/

Marianne Gernetzke

Marianne Gernetzke, MS, PCC, NBC-HWC, A-CFHC, is a Health and Wellbeing Coach who helps drained and distressed adults to ease inner tension and create greater happiness and harmony in living. Marianne has re-awakened her own health and happiness after years of self-induced stress and perfectionism led to auto-immune symptoms and mental burnout. She offers individualized coaching services, utilizing over 20 years previous experience as a trauma-informed health professional and an intense curiosity about the connection between lifestyle habits and mental wellbeing. Marianne lives in rural Wisconsin where she enjoys family-time with her spouse and older children, growing organic vegetables, and artistic adventures with mixed media/crafts.

Marianne Gernetzke

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