ACTION Certification Reviews
Updated: October 2016
Note: This review replaces our previous review because of extensive changes in the ACTION Certification program (NCCA Accreditation, Plan and price changes).
After offering free personal trainer certification for over five years, ACTION Certification raised their prices and shuffled their plan inclusions.
The Bad News: It's not free anymore.
The Goods News: It is still an amazing deal for an NCCA Accredited certification program. With ACE, NASM and NSCA all charging $600+, ACTION is a very reasonable $129.
Choice of Exams
ACTION certification offers two different certification exams.
Their NCCA Accredited exam is offered at 250+ PSI test centers in 35 countries. PSI charges candidates $60 to take the exam in the U.S. International students pay slightly more.
Don’t be fooled by this exam. It is tougher than I was expecting and really focused on the practical aspects of training. 150 questions, multiple choice with case study scenarios. You must get at least 70% to pass.
The online exam is free for members. It covers the same content as the NCCA Accredited exam but because it is delivered online, it is not eligible for accreditation.
The online exam is open book, but there is very little time allowed so you have to know your stuff. You get 90 minutes to answer 100 questions and must score 70% to pass. Retests are available for $35 which is a lot less than other certifications.
ACTION breaks down its offerings into three plans called Basic, Pro and Platinum. The higher the plan, the more stuff you get. Also the price goes up. So let's look at what is included in each plan.
The Basic Plan is available for $49. It includes a copy of the 300 page textbook shipped to your house anywhere in the world. You are eligible to take both certification exams including the NCCA Accredited exam.
The Pro Plan is offered for $129 and includes all the Basic Plan inclusions plus
- Kindle Textbook (works on IOS and Android too)
- 20 hours of class video instruction including the hands on side of being a personal trainer
- Unlimited practice exams
- Flash cards
- Discussion forums and Instructor support
- Access to discounted liability insurance
- Career Support (job boards, resume, references)
ACTION also offers a monthly payment option to make the Pro Plan more affordable. You start by paying $35 and immediately get access to all the Pro Plan beneifits. You then make payments of $10 per month until you reach the $129 total price.
The Platinum Plan is a brand new offering from ACTION. It includes all of the Pro Plan inclusions and adds
- The Advanced Nutrition Certification
- Recertification for Life (which really just means you don't pay recertification fees)
- Priority Customer Support
The Platinum Plan is $249 which is a good deal considering other certifications charge more than that for a Nutrition certification alone. ACTION will be offering a monthly payment plan for the Platinum Plan for $20 per month.
You can upgrade from one plan to another. The nice thing is that ACTION credits the value of the plan you already have. So to upgrade from the basic plan to the pro plan, you pay the difference in price of $80 rather than the full $129.
ACTION requires trainers to recertify every two years and the cost is $65 (free for Platinum Plan members). CEUs will bring that total to around $200. The Advanced Nutrition certification counts for almost half of all required CEUs which make the Platinum Plan an even better value.
While many will miss the old free program, we can't really blame ACTION for cashing in on their NCCA Accreditation. And frankly we are surprised that the prices are still far less than any comparable cert in the market.
We were impressed with the textbook, the concept of online education, and the student/teacher interaction that is part of their educational focus. All of this makes ACTION an attractive choice.
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