Curriculum

Curriculum

The Institute offers two separate certification options: Certified Fibromyalgia Advisor and Certified Fibromyalgia Coach.

Fibromyalgia Advisor Training and Certification Program

Certified Fibromyalgia Advisor seal

Our Fibromyalgia Advisor certification program is three months of live and recorded instruction and study, as well as eight weeks of one-on-one fibromyalgia coaching to improve your own fibromyalgia symptoms.

Students can expect to spend a minimum of four to five hours per week on classwork, consisting of: 60-90 minutes of recorded class lectures (via internet), one hour of live classes (via conference call), one hour with your coach, plus regular reading assignments and homework.

Course material includes expert presentations on fibromyalgia-specific topics, such as:

  • Current fibromyalgia science
  • Medications and treatment plans
  • Natural alternatives for fibromyalgia medication
  • Complementary and integrative therapies
  • Pacing and energy management
  • Fibromyalgia-specific nutrition and exercise plans
  • Stress management strategies
  • How to add more joy to your life
  • Self-care and coping techniques
  • Building a fibromyalgia Flare Survival Kit

Whether you want to build your own Fibromyalgia Coaching business, learn more about fibromyalgia for your existing profession, or learn skills to improve your own fibromyalgia symptoms, our certification program will help you meet your goals.

Certificate completion requires full participation in weekly coaching practice, completion of recorded classes and assignments, and completion of a final exam and interview with a passing grade.

Our 2019 classes have sold out. To reserve your space in our Spring 2020 class pay your tuition deposit below.


Fibromyalgia Coach Training and Certification Program

Certified Fibromyalgia Coach seal

Our Fibromyalgia Coach certification program is twelve months of live and recorded instruction and study, as well as an internship to gain coaching experience working directly with fibromyalgia clients with oversight from our instructors.

Students can expect to spend a minimum of five hours per week on classwork, consisting of: 60-90 minutes of recorded class lectures (via internet), one hour of live classes (via conference call), as well as regular reading and homework assignments. Internship coaching hours will be in addition to this and scheduled with each student according to their own schedule. Internship coaching will be both paid and unpaid.

Course material expands upon the fibromyalgia instruction in our Fibromyalgia Advisor course. It also includes expert presentations on business-building and coaching-specific topics, such as:

  • Gentle goal-setting and action planning
  • Strategies for coaching fibromyalgia patients
  • Relationship building for clients and providers
  • Connecting with your Ideal Client
  • Sales and marketing for coaches
  • Financial and legal best practices
  • Building a business that supports your healing

Our Fibromyalgia Coach Training and Certification Program has been designed specifically for those wishing to develop a business working with fibromyalgia patients.

Certificate completion requires full participation in weekly coaching practice, completion of recorded classes and reading assignments, and completion of a final exam and interview with a passing grade. It also requires that students complete a minimum of 100 hours of fibromyalgia-specific coaching.


I sometimes listened to class while I was eating dinner in my pajamas, sitting in a parking lot, or driving my car. The recordings also helped when I had brain fog or family activities. You really made this program do-able for Fibro Warriors. Most of the homework assignments are completed at your own pace — and we had such a supportive group of classmates!
Melissa Swanson, Certified Fibromyalgia Advisor


System Requirements

The minimum system requirements for participation are as follows:

  • Internet access
  • Facebook account
  • Desktop or laptop computer
  • Phone line that can dial long distance phone numbers
  • A pedometer and heart rate monitor is also required; this could be a simple app on your phone or a device such as a Fitbit or Jawbone Up.