Wellness professionals with 4 or more years of full-time work on wellness programming for two or more employers are invited to take our equivalency exam as a fast track to CWPC certification.  Complete this exam with 70% or more and receive recognition as a Certified Wellness Program Coordinator (CWPC) from Chapman Institute.

When you sign-up for the equivalency exam you receive:

  • Access to online CWPC training–on-demand resources to address any skill gaps
  • A digital copy of our +250 page course workbook with slides and professional resources (purchase a physical copy here).
  • $200 off ANY WellCert training you take within the next 12 months

The exam consists of 40 multiple choice (40 points), 40 true/false (40 points), and 4 long-answer case questions (40 points).  The exam is open book and progress can be saved so you can complete it on your timeline.  Individuals also answer questions about their experience.  Participants who pass the expected experience level and score greater than 70% will pass the exam and secure the professional designation.

Note: This product is intended to be purchased within 12 months of taking Level 2 CWPM training.

About the course

Certified Wellness Program Coordinator (CWPC) is the foundation and most popular WellCert program. If wellness programming is only part of your job, Level 1 gives you what you need to maximize your impact. If you work on wellness/well-being full-time, Level 1 is a necessary foundation built on by Level 2 Certified Wellness Program Manager for the broader list of skills you need. Level 1 Certified Wellness Program Coordinator training is highly practical. Our two days of content, case studies, and materials prepare you to deliver results.

Watch a video on WellCert and Level 1:

  1. How to build strong senior management support:  This skill covers the process for crafting rationales for wellness that fit your organization.  It provides a summary of ROI expectations found in scientific literature, and how to use this evidence when speaking with C-level leaders.  It also covers biases commonly held by managers that need to be overcome.
  2. How to assess your employees’ wellness needs:  This skill covers the top prevention targets most commonly included in wellness programming, and the interventions that address them.  It also identifies and details how to use many data sources that can inform your wellness needs assessment.
  3. How to use a Health Risk Assessment (HRA):  As a continuation of the needs assessment and planning topics, this skill covers the understanding of the potential of the HRA, the evolution of HRAs, as well as their key role in comprehensive wellness programming.  It also provides practical tips on how to use HRA data, and how to select HRA vendors.
  4. How to set your wellness strategy:  This skill covers key program models and how to choose the right one for your organization, depending on your goals and needs.  The skill also provides guidance on what stakeholders should be involved in setting the direction of your programs.
  5. How to design your organizational infrastructure:  This skill covers key topics like program staffing, objectives and metrics, working with stakeholders and wellness champions.  It provides key checklists that will help you build your program launch plan, budget, and select vendors and the program’s infrastructure.
  6. How to design your technology infrastructure:  This skill helps wellness program staff understand how key technology fits together to deliver effective programming.  It outlines data flow between components, and helps wellness people argue for technology investment.
  7. How to design effective wellness communications:  This skill distills marketing best practices and pitfalls.  It outlines the core components of an effective employee communications plan, while also digging into key communications channels like email.  It also provides creative ideas you can use to spice up your wellness communications.
  8. How to design your health management process:  This skill covers the levels of targeting and personalization needed to provide targeted interventions.  It also outlines the various ways to feedback personal health metrics to individuals to provide motivation for change.
  9. How to design group activities:  This skill provides helpful templates and creative ideas for group programming.  It provides participation strategies and rationales for selling investment in group activities to your leadership.
  10. How to create a supportive environment for wellness:  This skill lays out ways an organization demonstrates or sabotages its commitment to wellness.   It covers key policies, physical environment factors, management messaging, value dynamics and other strategies that must be aligned in order to create a real culture of wellness.
  11. How to design onsite programming:  This skill covers major event-planning pitfalls and considerations when providing onsite programming.  It covers a range of key planning questions applied to eight common onsite wellness activities.
  12. How to perform a simple evaluation of your program:  This skill provides an overview of the most important methodologies used to measure the results of wellness programs.  It provides evaluation strategies, methodological issues to address, and nine suggested evaluation modules that answer common senior management questions. The range of concerns here vary from simple survey approaches to complex HRA matched cohort analysis.

Each participant receives a soft copy of the 250+ page Course Workbook that includes slides, exercises, resources and access to the full 16+ hours of recorded instruction online.

Upon completion of the course, exercises, and course evaluation, Chapman Institute formally confers the certification and adds your name to our online registry. WellCert grads must complete two continuing education online modules on the Chapman Institute website each year to maintain their certification in active status.

Learn more about WellCert here. Experienced wellness professionals can test past Level 1. Click here for more details.


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  1. Professional Experience

  2. CWPC Exam Part 1

  3. CWPC Exam Part 2