The Coaching Certificate Program (CCP), is OPEX’s flagship digital course, enabling the mastery of the five pillars of professional coaching.
After determining a client’s goals, a professional coach must assess a client’s current abilities. This module allows for the mastery of the OPEX Assessment (Body, Move, and Work). Coaches will understand how to assess body composition, analyze movement patterns, and assess a client’s work capacity.
In the Final Project, coaches execute what they have learned. You’ve transformed the way you think about coaching through this process, and now it’s time to put it to use. Coaches must work with seven clients and take them through one month of OPEX coaching. The project is personally graded by James FitzGerald before you can earn the title of OPEX CCP Coach.
CCP coaches receive access to the Membership Site during their first year — completely free. The site gives coaches ongoing access to the CCP curriculum/subsequent material updates, a forum to connect with instructors, and direct access to James FitzGerald through monthly webinars.
OPEX Fitness Founder, inaugural Fittest Man on Earth and industry-leading educator, James FitzGerald, has dedicated his life to bringing honor to the coaching profession through the creation of OPEX Coaching Education and Gyms Licensing Programs. The OPEX Coaching Certificate Program (CCP) reflects his 25 plus years of coaching expertise and is set apart by providing comprehensive coaching theory as well as the practical application of its holistic coaching principles. OPEX Fitness continues to educate thousands of coaches around the world each year through a dynamic digital platform and live courses. Learn More
The OPEX Coaching Certification qualifies for continuing education credits with the following organizations worldwide
OPEX CCP is a self-directed video course interspersed with monthly cohort calls and knowledge series webinars. CCP is concluded through a final project consisting of a practical application case study.
Course completion is dependent on your dedication. If you follow along with the cohorts CCP is roughly 6-months of theory study and a case study final project. If you devote 3 hours a week you will finish within 6-7 months, if you’re all in we have seen coaches finish in 3-months.
Although OPEX CCP is a self-directed video course, we group coaches together to collaborate and experience their CCP journeys together; these are called our ‘Cohorts’. Throughout the first half of your CCP journey, you will have monthly coaching calls with CCP instructors in which you will discuss all modules in a web-based live forum. These calls are interactive and designed to set you up for a successful final project.
Yes CCP can be completed totally online. However, we recommend attending our quarterly CCP immersion courses held in sunny Scottsdale, AZ and other great locations. These courses give coaches the opportunity to learn directly from the CCP instructors in a collaborative environment.
All great things must be earned, your CCP credentials will be granted upon completion of the final project; a series of seven cases studies implementing the knowledge gained throughout your CCP studies. You’ll work with 7 clients through the OPEX System of Coaching and “report back” on what you’ve implemented and found.
CCP will allow you to take your coaching career to the next level as an expert in individualized program design. You will be equipped to deliver Personalized Fitness coaching. As an OPEX Coach, you gain the opportunity to work at OPEX Gyms around the world. Upon completion of CCP, you are also able to open up your own OPEX Gym. Click here to learn more about the OPEX Gym Licensing Program. If opening an OPEX Gym is your goal, you can begin the Accelerator Program upon completion of the CCP
a) When compared to theory-based personal trainer certifications, OPEX CCP develops both knowledge and practical implementation, teaching coaches a comprehensive system including physical assessment, functional exercise program design, and lifestyle coaching. Coaches learn how to attract, onboard and coach clients long-term for a lasting professional coaching career. Coaches are encouraged and required to practice their coaching skills through case studies, and receive direct feedback from James Fitzgerald, so they finish CCP prepared to work with clients.
b) When compared to functional fitness courses, OPEX CCP provides access to a year of expert mentorship and teaches the evidence-based principles required to create individually designed programs that are planned and periodized for long-term progression. CCP coaches learn to define ‘function’ by the individual and their unique goals, assessments and lifestyles.
To apply for CCP you will need to schedule a consult with one of our Coaching Education Advisors. From there you will need to schedule a call with a Coaching Education advisor to help determine if this is the right fit and answer all your questions
We screen for coaches who are dedicated to the coaching profession.
a) Payment plans start as low as $395 per month. Request a consult today and our Coaching Education Advisors will be happy to explain your financing options.
b) If this is not currently in your budget, we recommend starting with our introductory course, Principles of Program Design.
The OPEX CCP curriculum was developed by James FitzGerald’s 20+ years of coaching experience. Throughout his years of coaching, James has enlisted multiple coaches to contribute to the development of CCP: Jim Crowell, Sharon Prete, Michael Bann, and Sean McGovern.
The OPEX method has been developed specifically to deliver Personalized Fitness. Individualized Design Programming can be delivered in a group atmosphere to foster community. We believe that Personalized Fitness provides the most substantial impact on clients and builds long-term results.
Our membership site provides coaches with access to support and ongoing education through these means:
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