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Wellness Compliance Institute

Education.   Certification.   Resources.   Confidence.

Our Mission and History


The Wellness Compliance Institute, Inc. (WCI) is a nonprofit corporation operated exclusively for the charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or the corresponding section of any future Federal tax code.

WCI’s purpose is to advance wellness by providing compliance education resources, certification and credentialing services, as well as standards of conduct for workplace wellness professionals, brokers/advisors and workplace wellness technology professionals. These compliance resources help the workplace wellness community to proactively navigate compliance issues and effectively design, implement and provide compliant wellness programs and services that reduce legal risk and instill confidence within program participants.

With regard to the certification and credentialing services, WCI will offer those services to both individuals and organizations. Individuals may earn a compliance certification credential by completing designated coursework and passing an exam administered by WCI staff. Organizations may obtain a certification for their wellness program, product or service by passing a wellness compliance audit developed and administered by WCI directors, contractors and/or staff.


WCI was created in 2015 after its founder, Barbara J. Zabawa, witnessed a gap in workplace wellness compliance education and resources after attending numerous workplace wellness events. Individuals participating in the workplace wellness industry expressed a desire for help in understanding the legal rules that apply to workplace wellness program design and implementation. Many individuals who advise workplace wellness programs are unfamiliar with or uncomfortable with the various rules that can impact workplace wellness programs. As a result, WCI aims to offer easy-to-understand educational tools, such as the Continuing Education Course that includes Rule the Rules for Workplace Wellness Programs text and study guide, as well as a certification, to help build confidence in and compliance of workplace wellness professionals and programs.

Today, WCI consists of a Board of Directors who meet regularly to help guide the compliance efforts of the workplace wellness industry and beyond.