Coaching Certification Program

The OPT Coaching Certification Program (CCP) creates a distinction between who is a coach and who instructs fitness classes. We take the term coach seriously, as we believe in and understand the passion behind what that means: a person who embodies and teaches from a sound knowledge base the aspects of physical wellness. Our program helps coaches build that knowledge base by providing valuable tools in exercise program design, nutrition, lifestyle consulting, physical assessment and business systems education. Coaches are more than educators. We are role models, life advisors, and leading community members that have far reaching impacts of the lives of others.

The OPT CCP is designed to help current and aspiring coaches and their clients realize their unique potential. Our program is for any individual looking to take their coaching to new levels.

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OPT CCP Level 1 – Associate Coach

Prerequisites:

  • One year of coaching experience or the OPT Experience Course
  • We highly recommend you can achieve the following physical fitness standards upon completion of the Level 1 Program:
    • Women: 3 strict chin-ups, body weight deadlift x 3, 3 strict bar dips, run 1 mile under 8 minutes
    • Men: 10 strict chin-ups, 1.5x body weight deadlift x 3, 10 strict bar dips, run 1 mile under 7 minutes

Level 1 Course Descriptions:

Assessment


Formats Offered: Self-Study Online
Note: The Level 1 Assessment and Program Design Courses must be purchased together. You will need to complete Assessment prior to completing Program Design.

Course Description:
The Level 1 Assessment course explores the various methods and importance of conducting physical assessments on your clients. Upon successful completion of this course the coach will:

  • Understand the importance of assessment and data (why, when and what)
  • Understand how to organize assessments based on the individual, semi-private and group training environment
  • Perform caliper testing for males and females (norms, data, goal setting) and how to communicate the data to client
  • Physically test a client by using the functional movement screen, including torso, upper and lower body specific muscular tests under load and non-loading environments.
  • Effectively observe and identify overtraining /overreaching

Completion Requirements:
Coach must pass 50-question online exam scoring 80% or higher. Student will receive a certificate of completion upon passing the exam.

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Program Design

Formats Offered: Self-Study Online, In-Person
Note: The Level 1 Assessment and Program Design Courses must be purchased together. You will need to complete Assessment prior to completing Program Design.

Course Description:
Level 1 Program Design is the technical cornerstone of the Level 1 CCP. This course introduces our methodology to create an optimal training program for any given training environment. Upon completion of the course each coach will have the ability to:

  • Design effective programs based on client needs and goals by integrating the information in this module with that gained in Assessment, Nutrition and Life Coaching.
  • Understand energy systems, how to prioritize and intertwine within a program
  • Understand different tools to accomplish energy system demands as well as skill based vs. intensity based training
  • Understand the science behind tempo/sets/reps/rest
  • Evaluate assessment results and collaborate them into the program design
  • Schedule frequency of training, periodization and intensity/volume
  • Understand the importance of prioritization in program design
  • Deliver the program design to the client in a concise, effective manner

Completion Requirements:
Coach must pass 50-question online exam scoring 80% or higher. Student will receive a certificate of completion upon passing the exam.

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all 5 Level 1 Modules, to set up a payment plan,
or attending in person:

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Nutrition

Formats Offered: In-Person, Guided Online, Self-Study Online
Note: Level 1 Nutrition requires viewing of our Science of Nutrition seminar prior to viewing the course online or attending in-person. Access to the seminar is included with the purchase of Level 1 Nutrition.

Course Description:
Level 1 Nutrition provides a comprehensive overview of how to effectively integrate sound nutritional principles into any client’s lifestyle. Upon completion of the course each coach will have the ability to:

  • Improve client communication strategies, remote vs. face to face
  • Create nutrition Intake & tracking documentation
  • Implement a Three Phase template for nutrition modifications
  • Understand the explanation of the Three Phase topics
  • Provide suggestions for pre-workout and post-workout nutrition that are individual and client based
  • Discuss Game Day nutrition concepts
  • Increase awareness of Adrenal lab tests and their application

Completion Requirements:
Coach must pass 50-question online exam scoring 80% or higher. Student will receive a certificate of completion upon passing the exam.

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or attending in person:

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Life Coaching

Formats Offered: In-Person

Course Description:
Level 1 Life Coaching brings awareness to the various factors that can affect coach and client interactions. Upon completion of the weekend theory and exam each coach will have the ability to:

  • Use the fundamentals of Higher Order Thinking to organize and prioritize client lifestyle planning
  • Identify values and what drives human behavior
  • Understand gender differences as they apply to coaching
  • Build trust with your clients
  • Create detailed goals that lead to greater success
  • Communicate effectively, build rapport and create buy-in with a broad spectrum of personalities
  • Gain an awareness of yourself in the role of coach
  • Appreciate how life coaching integrates with fitness to maximize human potential

Completion Requirements:
Coach must pass 50-question online exam scoring 80% or higher. Student will receive a certificate of completion upon passing the exam.

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Business Systems

Formats Offered: Guided Online

Course Description:
Becoming a great coach and running a successful business are two separate skill sets. If you truly want to make an impact on the world with fitness, then learning how to own and operate a business that can serve a large number of people is a requirement for success. In this course you will learn about the fundamental marketing, sales, management, finance, operation systems, environment and networks required for business success.

Upon completion of theory and practical hours each coach will have the ability to:

  • Understand the importance of defining your mission, vision, and goals in business
  • Understand key numbers in your business, like break even and profitability points
  • Set up operations so they run efficiently for both your staff and clients
  • Find, hire, train, and manage trainers to develop a winning team
  • Review package and pricing models that work best in selling both private and group training services
  • Understand key marketing strategies for generating leads and prospects for your programs
  • Create culture for retention and referrals
  • Incorporate the OPT model of experiences into your existing fitness operation

Completion Requirements:
Coach must pass 50-question online exam scoring 80% or higher. Student will receive a certificate of completion upon passing the exam.

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Final Case Study

Prerequisites: Level 1 Assessment, Program Design, Nutrition, Life Coaching, Business Systems

Formats Offered: Self-Study

Course Description:
This is the culmination of your Level 1 Certification. Once you pass all the other Level 1 modules, you will receive 3 unique clients for which you must create comprehensive training plans demonstrating successful integration of the principles outlined in the Level 1 course material. The case study is not offered in a class setting, rather it is completed on your own time once you have completed all the other courses.

Completion Requirements:
Submissions are individually graded and passing is determined at the discretion of the OPT coaching staff. Coach will receive their Level 1 Certificate granting them the designation of Associate Coach upon passing the Case Study.

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OPT CCP Level 2 – Advanced Coach

Prerequisites:

  • Successful Completion of CCP Level 1
  • Two years practical coaching experience

Level 2 Course Descriptions:

Assessment

Formats Offered: In-Person
Note: Coach must complete Level 2 Assessment before taking Level 2 Program Design.

Course Description:
The Level 2 Assessment course digs deeper into the physiological processes behind nutrition and exercise. Upon successful completion of this course the coach will:

  • Understand how the blood response and food sensitivities play a role in overall health and longevity
  • Understand unique and effective supplement systems to correct the most common physiological imbalances
  • Read, interpret and understand basic blood panels while learning tools on educating clients with effective lifestyle and supplement solutions
  • Read, interpret and understand food sensitivity tests through understanding and exploring what resources to use during the assessment and the “why” behind assessing inflammation through foods
  • Understand physiology further through steroidal hormone pathway education
  • Use lactate balance testing through real time testing and analysis
  • Assess and analyze the top 5 movement issues and learn how to “tweak” them to change outcomes
  • Understand how to use video and pictures as coaching tools

Completion Requirements:Ten comprehensive practical assessments must be completed within three months of module attendance. Student will receive a certificate of completion upon passing the practical assignment.

Program Design

Formats Offered: In-PersonNote: Coach must complete Level 2 Assessment before taking Level 2 Program Design.

Course Description:
Upon completion of the weekend theory and practical hours each coach will have the ability to:

  • Thoroughly evaluate various weight training protocols to see universal principles within successful programs
  • Determine specific athlete needs and appropriate weight training protocols for those needs to ensure progression
  • Contrast and compare different sports’ demands to determine best protocols for specific athletes in the sport
  • Analyze energy system demands of specific sports and how to train those athletes accordingly
  • Evaluate high lactate demand sports and various ways of training appropriately the various energy systems
  • Review the history of aerobic energy system models and look at underlying theories
  • Evaluate established aerobic and “lactate” training programs to determine why they work some times and why they “don’t work” other times
  • Have a higher level of understanding around planning, prioritization, and periodization for all types of sports and athletic demands
  • Better understand programming for special situations clients and their training demands: ie. pregnant population, injured, diseased, obese, etc.

Completion Requirements:Thirty client sessions must be completed within six months of module attendance. Student will receive a certificate of completion upon passing the practical assignment.

Nutrition


Formats Offered: In-Person

Course Description:
Upon completion of the weekend course, coaches will have a better understanding of these topics:

  • Temperament/constitution and appropriate food choices
  • Gastro-intestinal physiology
  • Prenatal, natal, post natal, and family nutrition
  • Food individuality
  • Food sensitivities and cross reaction
  • Loading, deloading, unloading, and detoxification diets
  • Supplementation protocols
  • Case studies in nutrition

Completion Requirements:
Thirty client sessions must be completed within six months of module attendance. Student will receive a certificate of completion upon passing the practical assignment.

Life Coaching


Formats Offered: In-Person

Course Description:
Upon completion of weekend theory and practical hours each coach will have the ability to:

  • Use the fundamentals of human development in order to effectively communicate with anyone
  • Understand the progression of human development and how to coach various demographics (age, gender, etc.)
  • Understand relationship dynamics and how they affect the coach-client dyad
  • Deepen their understanding of values and influence
  • Gain an increased awareness and understanding of their identity as a coach
  • Build upon the frameworks presented in Level 1 for a greater scope of practice

Completion Requirements:
Twenty client sessions must be completed within three months of module attendance. Student will receive a certificate of completion upon passing the practical assignment.