Certification Exam FAQs

FAQs


What is the Certification Exam?

OPTAVIA offers a Certification Exam to help our independent Coaches become more knowledgeable about our products and programs, including the Habits of Health. 


Is the Certification Exam offered by Villanova University?

The certification is not offered by Villanova University nor the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE). OPTAVIA has a partnership with the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE) & M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing at Villanova University, whereby, through this partnership, the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education & M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing at Villanova University assists OPTAVIA in validating its Certification Exam.  


Is OPTAVIA’s Certification Exam for a Health Coach Certification?

There are numerous programs (accredited and unaccredited) that offer to train individuals to become a “Certified Health Coach.”  OPTAVIA’s Certification Exam is not an accredited or unaccredited “Health Coach” certification. 


Once I pass the Certification Exam, what can I say about my Certification?  

You may want to display this achievement on your business materials, however, in order to be compliant, you can only refer to your OPTAVIA Certification in the following ways: 

  • “[Coach Name], independent Certified OPTAVIA Coach;”
  • “[Coach Name], certified by OPTAVIA in partnership with the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education & M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing at Villanova University;” or
  • “[Coach Name], certified by OPTAVIA in partnership with the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE) & M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing at Villanova University.”

*Please do not abbreviate or attempt to shorten the certification language (e.g. “COPE Certified” or “Certified by Villanova”).   

When discussing Certification to potential Coach prospects or to members of the public, Coaches may not reference Certification as being from “COPE” or “Villanova University.”  Coaches must refer to the Certification as being offered “by OPTAVIA” OR, “by OPTAVIA in partnership with the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education & M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing at Villanova University.” While we understand as a Certified Coach you are proud to display this achievement, OPTAVIA must make sure that all references to this Certification are compliant.


How do I purchase the Certification Exam?

  • Go to OPTAVIA.com and log in with your username and password.
  • Select the Coach Store tab from the navigation bar.
  • Select Certification Course/Exam then click Add to Cart
  • Click Checkout and then complete the checkout process.


How much does the Certification Exam cost?

The Certification exam is $200.


How many questions are in the Certification Exam?

The OPTAVIA Certification Exam consists of 150 questions.


What is a passing score for the Certification Exam?

A minimum score of 70% is needed to complete the OPTAVIA Certification Exam.


Can I stop in the middle of the exam and resume at a later time?

To resume a started exam, follow the steps below:

  • Log in to OPTAVIA CONNECT.
  • Hover your mouse over Learn in the navigation bar and then select the Certification Exam from the drop-down options.
  • Click Courses from the OPTAVIA Buzz home page. *See image 1.1 for details
  • Click on OPTAVIA Certification Exam. * The blue Taking Exam button indicates that the exam has been started. *See image 1.1 for details
  • Click the green Resume button, located on the right side of the screen. *See image 1.2 for details


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