CWP Application for Professionals
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Note: If you graduated from an NWI Accredited Academic Program in the past 24 months, please click here to be redirected to the proper application information.



Certified Wellness Practitioner (CWP) application must be submitted through an online form and applications are reviewed once all materials and full payment are received. Applicants will then be notified of their acceptance status via e-mail within 4-5 weeks. Approved applicants will receive an official certificate in the mail.

To be eligible to submit a CWP application, you must meet one of the following educational and work experience pairings at the time of application submission:

Download this printable competencies information to assist you in completing the competencies form.



All CWP applications must include the following:

1. OFFICIAL transcripts documenting your academic preparation, degree(s) and educational background. Transcripts from each degree completed are required. If you received your highest degree from an institution outside the United States, please apply for a WES credential evaluation (additional fee through WES) and submit an official credential evaluation report in lieu of transcripts. Send official transcripts or official credential evaluation report to:

CWP Application
National Wellness Institute
PO Box 827, Stevens Point, WI 54481

You may also email electronic transcripts to [email protected].

2. Your résumé/curriculum vitae providing evidence of full-time, post-degree work experience in the wellness/health promotion field where wellness/health promotion is a direct responsibility in your job description. Volunteer, leadership, and continuing education experiences should also be included in a separate category within the résumé /CV. Upload to the online application form.

3. Application Fee of $499* ($50 non-refundable) payable to the National Wellness Institute. Payment may be made online after submitting the online application form. If “pay by check” is selected, application will not be reviewed until payment is received.

Upon approval, the term of certification is five years and automatically includes a five-year membership in the National Wellness Institute (NWI) at no additional charge (currently, a $745 value). If your application is not approved, you will receive a refund of $449.

4. Completed online application form (below). The application begins with the Wellness Promotion Competencies Form. Please note that if you need more time to complete this form, you have a "save for later" option. Download this printable competencies information to assist you in filling out the competencies form below. Draw selectively from your academic preparation, work experience, and continuing education to provide meaningful evidence that collectively you demonstrate proficiency in the required competency domains. When you submit this form, you will be directed to the rest of the online application before being sent on to the payment page.



Contact the National Wellness Institute at [email protected] or 715.342.2969.

*All fees and terms subject to change at the discretion of the National Wellness Institute and the Council on Wellness Certification Excellence.

If you are not brought to part 2 of the application upon submitting this form, please click here.