Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist® FAQ’s
1. Why should I earn my Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist® designation?
Earning your Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist® designation from the Corporate Health & Wellness Association (CHWA) is one of the best ways to show potential employers and clients that you have advanced knowledge in the field of corporate health and wellness. This Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist® course is designed to bring you the most up to date information about the wellness industry, including successful employer case studies, industry best practices, product and service innovations, and the direction of the industry in the years to come. This certification is for individuals whose involvement in corporate wellness is both a career choice and passion.
2: How was this certification created and how is it different from others I’ve seen in the industry?
The Corporate Health & Wellness Association (CHWA) and Corporate Wellness Magazine (CWM) in conjunction with Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress (EHBC) has spent the last several years developing the Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist® certification. In order to develop this certification, we partnered with senior leaders from some of the most successful industry leading companies to incorporate theirbest practices. Through these collaborations, we’ve compiled the most up to date topical and industry specific information for this program. The CHWA is the only non-profit association developed in the country by employers for employers. The Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist® course is the most comprehensive in the industry and earning the designation requires not only successful completion of the course, but also proving your knowledge of the subject matter and a thorough understanding of corporate wellness best practices and programs through a comprehensive exam. Certification is not granted to those who simply “sit in” on the certification programs. Exam questions are developed through the Corporate Health & Wellness Certification and Education Committee which is made up of HR professionals who are experts in wellness. Our program is the only one that requires continuing education credits to ensure that participants stay up to date on industry best practices and case studies.
3: Who are the certification course instructors?
Our instructors are the leading HR professionals who’ve implemented the most innovative and successful corporate wellness programs in the country. You will be learning from professionals who have actually successfully created and implemented corporate wellness programs. They are not vendors, service providers, or consultants who are selling their services. Participants are learning best practices from actual employer case studies.
4: Are there any course materials/books required for certification?
Yes, you must purchase “Engaging Wellness: A Guidebook for Employers” which is the Corporate Health and Wellness Association’s certification curriculum text book which is available in print ($80) or electronically ($35). The “Engaging Wellness: A Guidebook for Employers” book provides critical information required for passing the exam.
5: Can I receive my certification either in person or online?
The certification can be obtained by attending courses during the annual Corporate Wellness Conference™ or by taking classes online. There are several key advantages to receiving your credit hours onsite at the Annual Corporate Wellness Conference™. This conference is taking place September 20th-24th, 2014 at the Gaylord National Resort in Washington D.C., www. CorporateWellnessConference.com. Studies have shown that people retain more information and learn faster through interactive, in person learning. Participating in the courses offered at the conference give you the advantage of collaborating with other professionals in the industry, learning from their experience and discussion, and meeting the instructors face to face. All course examinations must be completed online through our online learning platform, even for those who choose to learn live in person.
6: If I cannot attend, how can I take the course online?
To sign up for the online course, please visit:
7: How do I sign up for the event so that I can receive the credits in person?
To register to attend educational session’s onsite now, please visit:
8: What is the purpose of taking an exam?
The exam is designed by HR professionals to make sure that you understand and have retained the information outlined in the educational sessions and online courses. It’s also a key factor that differentiates our certification from others in that it gives the program much more value as it allows you to test your own skills for learning and proves that you have personally gained the knowledge for certification. Most importantly, it shows prospective employers that you have done your due diligence in learning what is most important for your industry.
9: When does my certification become active?
Your certification will become active as soon as you pass the exam.
10: When can I take my certification exam?
Participants can take their online exam immediately after signing up. All users take the exam online through our digital learning platform.
11: Once certified, how can I use this certification? Where can I display my designation?
You can display this designation on your resume, business card and your professional social media sites. You will be provided a certificate of completion as well as the logo to include on your professional social media sites, resume and signature line in your email.
12: Where will I be able to receive the credits necessary to fulfill the 10 modules required for the certification?
You can receive your 12 modules of education by attending the 6th Annual Corporate Wellness Conference™, September 20th-24th at the Gaylord National resort in Washington, D.C. Registration for online courses is available now: https://Certify.Digitalchalk.com
13: What is the process for completing the certifications?
1. Complete the online application and pay for the certification.
2. Register for the training program/classes: 12 modules of credit are required for certification.
3. Attend all sessions of the program (Choose to participate in our distance learning online program or attend our Annual Corporate Health and Wellness Conference and sit in on educational sessions in an active learning environment.
4. Read our comprehensive industry textbook, “Engaging Wellness: A Guidebook for Employers” as part of the certification curriculum (Certification fee does not include the cost of the handbook. Choose to purchase a digital textbook for $35 or a printed hard cover copy of the handbook for $80).
5. Take the online exam within 65 days of beginning the first class module. Participants must receive a passing grade of 75% in order to receive their certification.Your course timer will not start until your first module is accessed. You may still register and the 65 days will not start.
14: Will I be able to apply the certification credit hours I receive towards any other industry certifications? Are they approved to count towards the PHR designation?
15: Are there continuing education requirements for certification?
Yes. You are required to do 5 hours of continuing education annually at a cost of $100 per year.
16: Do you have a list of the types of work/courses that would qualify as continuing education requirements needed to maintain the certification designations?
Each year the Corporate Wellness Conference™ will hold an annual event at which Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist® participants will be able to receive their continuing education credits. We are in the process of working with other associations, professional organizations and event coordinators to get their educational content approved for the continuing education. We will update registered participants via email as these opportunities become available. If you are interested in having your continuing educational content approved for the Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist® course, please contact us at Info@WellnessAssociation.com.
17: Why are continuing education credits required after completion of the certification course?
To maintain the Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist® designation, 5 hours of annual continuing education credits are required. The corporate wellness industry is evolving and participants must stay up to date on industry best practices, compliances, engagement, and legal issues. In order to stay up to date on the most important topics related to your field such as compliance and industry best practices, it is imperative to take continuing education courses. The continuing education credits will set you apart from other professionals in the industry who have not pursued specialized education in corporate wellness.
18: Is it possible to receive group discounts if multiple people from our organization are obtaining certification?
Yes, we have group packages available tailored to fit each organization. Please email Info@WellnessAssociation.com or call for more information.
19: Can I be reimbursed by my employer for my certification?
Yes, in most cases. Many employers reimburse their employees for specialized continuing education. Please check with your organization to see if they will reimburse you for the certification. If you need assistance in obtaining approval to be reimbursed, please feel free to utilize our “Employer Reimbursement” sample letter regarding the importance and benefits to obtaining a certification.
20: If I fail the exam can I take it again?
Yes, you can take the exam up to two times without having to pay a fee. If you are not able to pass the exam after the second time, you will be required to pay a re-examination fee of $200.