The Program

TCCU is a health and wellness training program with an emphasis on chronic pain. You will learn motivational interviewing(MI) skills from chronic pain coaches that bring current real world experience to the classroom. Each class is kept small to facilitate group discussion and interaction. This is an online course designed to prepare students for the National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC) exam.

Our program is an Approved Health and Wellness Coach Training & Education Program by the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC).

Upon graduation, you will receive the Certification of Certified Health and Wellness Coach (CHWC) for successfully completing the requirements for TCCU, which includes training in chronic pain coaching and Motivational Interviewing.


“This program has been one of the best I have seen. I worked at a social work college before TCCU and they also taught coaching and motivational interviewing. TCCU walks you through it and then trains you to use the program better than any I have seen yet. I felt completely prepared for my NBHWC test and knew exactly what to expect.” - Bobbie, TCCU Graduate


Our next class will start on Wednesday, October 2, 2019. Weekly classes will follow on Wednesday’s with a some additional Monday classes.  

All classes will be from 6:00-8:00 pm EST.


TCC®U’s coach training program provides trainees with comprehensive health and wellness tools, with an emphasis in pain-management coaching skills through education, practice and mentoring during a 22-24 week course. TCC®U faculty includes experienced coaches, many who specialize in pain management and motivational interviewing. Education combines general coaching skills and best practices with specific attention to working with pain clients. To complete the course, trainees must pass a comprehensive exam and a practicum of recorded calls.

Program highlights:

  • The 6-month training includes:

    • 75 hours of coach training classes

    • Smaller class setting conducive to group discussions

    • Three recorded coaching call sessions with one-on-one mentoring follow up

    • Practicum with feedback built into most classes

  • This training is an approved pre-requisite for taking the NBC-HWC exam and/or for credentialing through ICF via portfolio.

  • TCC®U’s unique coaching model integrates a curriculum of research-based and proven pain management techniques.

  • TCC®U is an approved program with the National Board of Health and Wellness Coaching.

  • No travel required—training is done via tele-classes.


The Goal

The goal of this program is to provide the trainee with coaching skills through education, practice and mentoring—a process that is challenging and fun. Coursework, reading, homework, mentoring, and practice prepare the student to be a well-educated health and wellness coach who understands chronic pain and utilizes best practices to help clients overcome barriers and thrive, despite pain.  


The Course Content

  • Assignments and reading exams

  • Buddy coaching

  • Comprehensive multiple-choice final exam

  • Practical Skills Assessment includes submitting three recorded coaching practice sessions with mentoring follow up.  One of these will be graded on a pass/fail for graduation requirements based on the grading rubric from NBHWC.

  • Each trainee will receive:

    • Lesson materials via web-platform

    • Weekly emails from the education coordinator

    • Access to the education coordinator for any questions for the duration of the course

    • A required-reading list and homework assignments

    • A buddy for coaching practice


“During the course I acquired skills that changed the direction of my life for the better, and it has also given me the experience, faith and direction to coach others in chronic pain and help them navigate through their changes that they want to make in their own lives.  This course has also prepared me to sit for the National Board of Health and Wellness examination.” - Brenda, TCCU Graduate


The Requirements

  1. A dependable phone and Internet connection, plus moderate computer skills (an email address, internet or data plan with sufficient speed to view videos, basic typing skills, access to long-distance calling).

  2. Passing score of at least 80% on final multiple-choice comprehensive exam.

  3. Completion of required reading, reading exams and homework.

  4. Attending and logging a record of all classes.

  5. Submitting three and passing a minimum of one recorded practice coaching session, each a minimum of 20 minutes in duration.  Following each recorded practice coaching session, the student will receive a minimum of 20 minutes mentoring feedback to discuss what went well and where there may be room for improvement. 

  6. As an adult learner, each participant is responsible for completion of requirements by the of the course, if certification is desired. Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will receive a Certificate of Completion, which is a necessary requirement to sit for the NBC-HWC exam.


The Investment

The cost for the course is $3,500, plus textbooks (approximately $100). There are three payment plan options:

  1. $3,500* if paid in full, prior to program start date.

  2. Three payments of $1,200* (first payment due 2 weeks prior to class start, second payment due beginning of month 2, third payment due beginning of month 4).

  3. Six monthly payments of $650*.

Occasionally, events arise that compel students to withdraw from training. A prorated refund schedule is available. 

A $500.00 non-refundable down payment is required to reserve your place in the class and is part of your first payment. If the class is cancelled, this will be refunded.

*If you pay by credit card, there will be a small fee applied to each payment. (Payment Options: 1. $125 / 2. $45 / 3. $25)

If we do not meet our minimum enrollment, the class could be cancelled. However, we offer classes on a quarterly schedule starting in January, April, July, and October.