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General ATP FAQs

1. What are the CHEK Institute Advanced Training Programs (ATPs) offered by CHEK Institute?

The CHEK Institute’s Advanced Training Programs are elite-level educational programs that are geared towards health and fitness professionals. There are three educationalpaths to choose from at the CHEK Institute:

  • Holistic Lifestyle Coaching Path (3 levels)
  • CHEK Practitioner Path (5 levels)
  • Golf Performance Specialist Path (1 level)

Holistic Lifestyle Coaching

1. What is Holistic Lifestyle Coaching?

Holistic Lifestyle Coaching (HLC) is a discipline that seeks to improve a client’s overall health and vitality by assessing their current stress loads and implementing a coaching program that will help reduce those stress loads through healthy eating habits, lifestyle management and appropriate types of exercise.

2. Am I right for Holistic Lifestyle Coaching?

We have found that our HLC program best compliments the following professionals:

  • Personal trainers
  • Massage therapists
  • Fitness/athletic coaches
  • Yoga instructors
  • Pilates instructors
  • Chiropractors
  • Physiotherapists
  • Rehabilitation specialists
  • Physicians
  • Nutritionists
  • Dieticians
  • Holistic health practitioners
  • Life coaches
  • Mental health professionals

3. I’m not a professional. Can I still take HLC 1?

Yes, of course! HLC 1 can be taken by both practicing professionals and non-professionals alike. In fact, we get quite a number of mothers taking HLC 1 simply because they want to implement holistic lifestyle principles with their families.

4. What will I learn as a CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach?

As a CHEK HLC, you will learn the underlying causes of disease and stress, considering the body as a “system of systems.”
Using a coaching model, you will learn how disease and stress are preventable through proper eating habits, lifestyle management and appropriate types of exercise. You will be trained on using HLC tools, assessments and questionnaires to assess your clients objectively. Fitness and healthcare professionals haveused their HLC training to offer a whole new service to their current offerings.

5. How long does the CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach program take to complete?

On average, you should budget about one year per each of the three HLC levels. That means that if your goal is to become
an HLC Level 3, then you should realistically budget about three years to reach that goal. It does depend on your current level of training and experience, so those with more experience in the industry can progress faster. We do recommend you allow yourself ample time in between each level to implement and use the tools and skills that you have acquired from each level before progressing on to the next.

6. Can I start seeing clients before I become an HLC Level 3?

Yes, you can! What’s great about the CHEK HLC program is that as soon as you complete your first level, you’ll be ableto “earn while you learn” by taking on clients while you’restill a student with us. We generally recommend that a student progress to an HLC 2 level before they begin to take on paying clients in a professional capacity, however, that all depends on your current experience and scope of practice.

7. How is the HLC Program Delivered?

The CHEK Institute uses a unique “blended-learning” system comprised of part self-study and part live workshop with an instructor. Students begin their training by completing selected correspondence courses and/or prerequisite readings in the convenience of their home or office after which they attend a multiple-day live workshop with a CHEK Faculty Member to gain the hands-on training necessary for them to perfect their skills. It’s this live training that makes CHEK Institute-Trained Professionals the best in the industry.

CHEK Practitioner Program

1. How long do I have to complete all of the program?

Most people complete the program in three or four years.  With dedicated study and by working with the techniques learned in the program each day, you can finish in two years.  Or, you may wish to take a little longer.  It is really up to the individual.

2. I’d like to speak to someone who is in the program – how can I do that?

Go to the “Find a Practitioner” page by clicking on the menu bar at the top of this page.  There, you can search for a CHEK Practitioner located near to you.  Simply call or e-mail one and ask if you can speak with them about the program – most will be very willing to talk with you!

3. I’m really interested in the program, what is my next step?

Fill out the notification form below.  We’ll send you information on the Advanced Training Programs you are interested in, and help you decide when and where you’d like to attend your first course.  You don’t have to commit to a specific date or location now nor do you have to put down a deposit.  This form simply lets us know that you are interested!

4. As a Physical Therapist, I’m wondering if pursuing course work with the CHEK Institute will count for contact hours to maintain my PT licensure.

Though the CHEK Institute Advanced Training Program does not currently count as contact hours towards renewal of a Physical Therapy license, we have been actively pursuing this for some time and hope to offer this as an incentive in the near future.