Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist®

The Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist® is the foremost designation available in the wellness and well-being field.

The CCWS Program

Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist® is a certification of expertise offered by the Corporate Health & Wellness Association (CHWA).

The certification requires 11 Modules of training/classes, and can be completed either live in-person at a CHWA event, or online.

In order to maintain certification after the required training, Certified Corporate Wellness Specialists® must complete five hours per year of continuing education credits to stay up-to-date with industry best-practices and standards.

The CCWS course is split into over 60 modular units. This number continues to grow as new practices are defined and incorporated by our clients and partners. By undertaking the course you ally yourself with our parent organization, the Corporate Health & Wellness Association, and become a part of a much larger professional network.

What you learn

Becoming a Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist® sends a clear message to the business community, prospective clients, colleagues, and potential candidates for employment.

A Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist knows:

  • How to successfully implement and manage a wellness program
  • The best practices in wellness programs
  • How to tailor a wellness program to meet the needs of a specific corporate culture
  • The latest rules and regulations issued by the Department of Labor
  • How to restructure company policy to remain compliant of guidelines issued by the EEOC, HIPAA, ACA and ADA
  • How to drive an organization’s health care costs down by providing the tools, education, and motivation to make employees live healthier and more productive lifestyles

Who benefits from certification?

  • HR/Benefits Directors or Wellness Managers
  • Agents, Brokers, and Consultants
  • Insurance/Healthcare Industry Professionals

Benefits for employers/corporations

By requiring or covering the cost of certification for your HR team, you ensure your organization has the most up-to-date wellness policies and best practices currently available. Certified wellness staff are vital to maintaining a competitive edge in contemporary business; lowering healthcare costs while boosting productivity through direct employee engagement

A note on compliance

CCWS participants remain compliant by taking two advanced and three intermediate courses per year, and paying the necessary fees for continued education.

Continued education provides:

  • Up-to-date education from leading industry names, such as Google, Walmart and LinkedIn
  • Real-time changes in employment laws, to remain legally compliant
  • The latest emerging trends in delivering tailored engagement and wellness programs


CCWS participants who have not lapsed in their required education and fees, receive the benefit of being searchable by employers looking for the best in the wellness field, as well as discounts to our annual events.

Members can utilize the CCWS seal and branding tools while they remain complaint. (Members who lapse in compliance must remove seals and other associated materials from all print and online media, until they become compliant again.)

Group Packages

Special customized packages are available for groups interested in participating in our certification programs. Group packages provide special discounts and extra benefits for parties of 12 or more.

Our Faculty


Deborah Merkin

Co-CEO, GiftCard Partners

Michael Susi

Global Wellness Manager, LinkedIn

Denise Holland

President & Owner, Healthcare Revolution; Inside Employee Wellness & Consulting