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Get certified and start your own personal training business with your first five clients.

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$335.17/mo 12-month plan

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Gain the Knowledge, Confidence, and Skills for Personal Training

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  • Everything in our Start Training Program
  • FREE Nutritionist Course
  • FREE CPR Certification Course

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$79.00/mo1

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This program includes all the features and benefits of the start training program as well as these bonus items.

5-in-5
Get the tools and support you need to kickstart your business! The experts at SmartFitness and ISSA developed the 5-in-5 program to help you find 5 clients in just 5 weeks.

Fitness Genius live scheduled help
Everyone could use a little help. Get your own 'Fitness Genius' for personal training questions. Schedule time convenient for you with ISSA experts for the individualized attention you deserve and can't get anywhere else.

Pass Protection of unlimited free retests
Take it 'til you make it. Unlimited retests and unlimited study help.

Top 5 Reasons to Become a Certified Personal Trainer

  • Be your own boss
  • Set your own schedule
  • Do work you are passionate about
  • Make money in a positive way
  • Create financial freedom

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  • Personal Training Certification

    The complete online program to get certified as a personal trainer. Learn how to help others hit their fitness goals safely and effectively, whether those goals are to lose weight, increase muscle, or improve health.

  • Dedicated Success Coach

    Your personal coach will help you study and pass your exam. Having a success coach is like having a mentor, tutor, and study partner all in one.

  • Fast Track Program to Passing

    Get certified on your schedule - in as little as 4 weeks. The sooner you earn your certification, the faster you can start training clients and earning income.

  • Passing Protection

    Our passing promise gives you unlimited free retests. If you don't get a passing score the first time, that's okay. Retake the certification exam as many times as you need. We promise you will pass!

  • Get 5 Clients in 5 Weeks

    Kick start your career with hands-on support to get your first 5 clients. Learn how to get clients with our live weekly webinars and "office hour" meetings with mentors and peers, and receive unlimited phone, email, and chat support.

Does ISSA offer NCCA accredited exams?

Yes, we offer the most NCCA accredited programs in fitness. ISSA proudly includes the NCCPT Program which is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

To purchase the accredited exam separately, click here.

What You'll Learn From This Course

You'll receive course materials that are built with the latest in exercise science and health and fitness research. We're regularly reviewing our resources to ensure our trainers receive the most up-to-date information in the industry.

  • Provide current or future clients with customized training programs based on their individual health and fitness goals. Go beyond "workout more" and "eat healthier" and give clients the true answer to their real needs.
  • Gain the in-depth knowledge it takes to understand the body's muscle and skeletal structure and how they respond to exercise and movements. By the time you're done with our exam, musculoskeletal and musculature will be a natural part of your vocabulary.
  • Learn how to assess a client's unique body structure and how it reacts to movement. Then, you can effectively communicate that to your client and provide personal direction so they can see real long-lasting results.
  • Learn how to instruct clients on the importance of a healthy lifestyle in addition to a regular workout program. Share real and detailed outcomes of how diet and exercise work together to transform people's lives.
  • Apply the principles of human motivation and learn how to make client fitness goals a reality!

What You'll Gain in a Career as a Certified Personal Trainer

What You'll Gain in a Career as a Certified Personal Trainer

At ISSA, the success of our students is all that matters. As a Certified Personal Trainer, you can pursue your passion for fitness and help bring healthy living to every body - while making money in a positive way.

Become certified with ISSA and receive::

  • Convenience & Confidence. Study and pass your certification exam at your own pace, on your own schedule with flexible, online learning. And get peace of mind from our job placement guarantee.
  • Practical Knowledge. The education you get through ISSA will help you not only pass the certification exam, but will give you practical skills you can use to succeed as a personal trainer.
  • Lifelong Support. Just like you, our dedicated Student Success Coaches love fitness. They provide support and guidance before, during and after your certification process. ISSA is a partner for life!
  • More Opportunities. ISSA's partnerships with leading gyms and health clubs give you access to the top career opportunities in the industry. We also provide you with the expertise to start and build your own business.
  • Continuing Education. Continuing your education keeps you certified as a personal trainer while enhancing your knowledge and expertise. ISSA features 250+ certifications, specializations, and CEU courses.

How the ISSA Certified Personal Trainer | Kickstarter Works

We know that balancing your studies with an already busy schedule can be a challenge, which is why we designed a flexible, self-paced online course schedule that allows you to study when, where, and how often you'd like.

  • 1

    Get Instant Access and Start Studying Right Away

    Access your digital textbook online. With 1-2 hours of studying per day, most students finish in just 8-10 weeks. Feel free to study at your own pace.

  • 2

    Complete Quizzes and Test Your Comprehension

    We offer multiple online practice quizzes throughout the course to completely prepare you for the final exam and for real life coaching and helping.

  • 3

    Take the Open-Book, Untimed Final Exam from Anywhere

    You read that correctly - the final exam is online, open-book, untimed, and can be completed over multiple sessions! You can even go back and change any answer, at any time, before you submit your exam. If you don't pass the first time, we even allow you to re-take the exam.


What You'll Get With This Course

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Online Study Materials

Fitness - The Complete Guide is a 759 page book that includes everything you need to earn a Personal Trainer Certification. Our course material is regularly audited to ensure it includes the latest information in exercise science. We even provide audio lectures for convenient, on-the-go study options.

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Preview the first chapter

Meet the author, Dr. Frederick C. Hatfield, MSS, PhD

Prepare for your final exam as you study! Take practice exams and chapter quizzes to ensure you're ready to pass the final exam and earn your personal trainer certification. These practice exams and quizzes will not affect your final score, they are just here to help you pass and earn your certification with flying colors!
Are you more of an auditory or visual learner? We've got you covered. ISSA provides course lectures as audio and video files for students looking for additional study options, or are just simply looking for an extra resource to compliment their reading.
Our handy online reference guide walks you through the certification course chapter-by-chapter, allowing you to gain the knowledge you need to pass the final exam. Online Exercise Demonstration Center Because our courses are completely online, we still want to provide you with the examples you need for real life hands-on training. That's why ISSA and Hyperstrike have created an exclusive online exercise demo center with over 250 animated exercises. Each demo includes a 3D animation with three different angles to ensure that proper form and technique are a breeze!

Fast Track accelerated exam preparation
Fast Track is like your 'answer key' to pass the exam. Study fast, get certified and start your new career.

Pass Protection of unlimited free retests
Take it 'til you make it. Unlimited retests and unlimited study help.

Our exclusive online ISSA trainer forum is where you can turn to for advice from ISSA Master Trainers. Post personal, client, or business questions and receive guidance from our on-staff personal training experts and the worldwide ISSA community.
The ISSA Personal Trainer Certification Exam solidifies you as a recognized expert in personal training. You can choose to take the CPT final exam as a printed pen and paper option, or digitally through our secure online portal. Whatever you're most comfortable with! This is an open-book book exam, with multiple choice questions, and essay portions. Plus, you'll receive one free retake if you don't pass the first time (but, with our study materials - you'll have everything you need to pass!).

In helping you determine your future goals as a Certified Personal Trainer professional, ISSA and NCPT offers two options. Learn more about the ISSA exam
*Proctoring fee not included
ISSA's CPT Bootcamp provides you with the ultimate LIVE guide to studying, understanding, and passing your course. Over the course of 5 weeks, you'll receive direct access to ISSA's CPT geniuses, take part in live study tutorials that deep-dive into specific concepts of the course, and find out EXACTLY what you need to pass your final exam with flying colors - a $600 value that you'll get for FREE!
The New Trainer Guide gives you insider tips and pro trainer hacks on everything you need to get started and how to be successful faster. It's the perfect next step after passing your exam and helps you find a job, get clients and make money. Hit the ground running with the New Trainer Guide!
Fast Track is like your 'answer key' to pass the exam. Study fast, get certified and start your new career.
Get the tools and support you need to kickstart your business! The experts at SmartFitness and ISSA developed the 5-in-5 program to help you find 5 clients in just 5 weeks.
Everyone could use a little help. Get your own 'Fitness Genius' for personal training questions. Schedule time convenient for you with ISSA experts for the individualized attention you deserve and can't get anywhere else.
Take it 'til you make it. Unlimited retests and unlimited study help.

Plus BONUS Benefits After Your Certification Exam!

Every ISSA Certified Personal Trainer gets a free website to support their career online. Get five pages of professionally designed, easily customized, and fully hosted content - for free! Pick from a library of templates that let you put your best face forward and promote your personal training services to a wider range of potential clients. To learn more about this benefit, click here.
ISSA students, certified fitness trainers, and those just looking into a career as a certified personal trainer all receive unlimited support from our teams of dedicated advisers. Have questions about our courses? Study materials? Need help with a quiz? Or, are you looking for the best payment plan for you? Our on-staff experts can help guide you through whatever your needs may be. And, this support continues even after you earn your pass your personal trainer exam. They can even help if you're looking for information about recertification, continuing education, or if you have an interest in a specialized certification - we're here to assist you succeed in whatever health and fitness career you strive to achieve!

Which Personal Training Certification Program is right for you?

Whether you are considering a full-time career or looking to supplement your current income doing what you love, our comprehensive at-home online course teaches you everything you need to become a successful Certified Personal Trainer.

 

Start Training

$59.00/mo1

Kickstarter

$79.00/mo1

Top Trainer

$99.00/mo1

Online Study Materials
Online Study Materials
Affordable Payment Plans
Affordable Payment Plans
Dedicated Student Success Coach
Dedicated Student Success Coach
4-Week Fast Track Program
4-Week Fast Track Program
Job Guarantee
Job Guarantee
Free Nutritionist Course
Free Nutritionist Course
Free CPR/AED Course
Free CPR/AED Course
ISSA Community Membership
ISSA Community Membership
Passing Protection w/Free Retest
Passing Protection w/Free Retest
Online Bootcamp / Study Group
Online Bootcamp / Study Group
Get 5 Clients in 5 Weeks
Get 5 Clients in 5 Weeks
In-Gym Training Experience
In-Gym Training Experience

Hear how ISSA has helped students like you

Aftann Taijeron

The best part about ISSA, is when you call, you talk to a real person. They are quick to respond, answer all of your questions and help guide you to be successful.

Aftann Taijeron

Tanya Feliciano

The ISSA courses are wonderful. I love being able to work at my own pace. They have so many certifications to choose from. ISSA has really helped take my career to the next level.

Tanya Feliciano

Rajat Sharma

I wanted to start my career in fitness, so I opted for ISSA. I have done certification in fitness training and scored 95.7% in it.

Rajat Sharma

Gabriela Cumberbatch

This Strength and Conditioning Certification from ISSA gave me the opportunity to expand my knowledge in strength and conditioning, whether it be in the gym or outside on the field or court, with a team or an individual.

Gabriela Cumberbatch

Yavor Varbanov

With ISSA guidance and textbooks, I have upgraded my knowledge to another level and I feel this by seeing big changes in my clients & myself!

Yavor Varbanov

Hamad Alrashed

It was a great experience. I enjoyed every minute of it, and i learned a lot of information that will help me in my life and with my future clients.

Hamad Alrashed

Ryall Graber

The customer service is outstanding and the re-certification process straight-forward. I highly recommend ISSA to anyone looking to get Certified in the Fitness industry.

Ryall Graber

Nikee McInnis

The ISSA program design is excellent and caters to many learning styles. After taking this course I feel that I have rightfully earned my title and I know I will be properly equipped to help people change their lives in a healthy and positive way.

Nikee McInnis

Carolyn Ansel

I was extremely impressed with the overall course and materials ISSA provided; now ISSA has truly prepared me for my future as a personal trainer!

Carolyn Ansel

Arjun Shaw

I loved every single page of my book. They were so informative and every topic we're in-depth.

Arjun Shaw

Yvonne Roth

My experience with ISSA was amazing. I was so impressed with the online self-study program and how it was organized. I was equally impressed with the staff support, knowledge and integrity!

Yvonne Roth

Jesse Scheide

The ISSA has not only helped me to become a better athlete and aspiring trainer but more importantly a better person.

Jesse Scheide

MONEY BACK RISK FREE JOB PROMISE*

You Will Find a Job as a Certified Personal Trainer or You'll Get Your Money Back

Find a Job or Your Money Back

100% job placement guaranteed. We guarantee you will be a working personal trainer within 6 months of certification. We will refund your course fee in full if you do not receive a job within 6 months of certification.

STEP ONE

Pass your ISSA Personal Trainer exam and your NCCPT Accredited Proctored Exam

STEP TWO

Interview with at least 3 gyms within 6 months of completing your certification course (requirements)

STEP THREE

Meet Basic Requirements of the gyms (background check, drug test, available to work in the USA)

The exam is included with the purchase of the ISSA CPT course. There is an administrative fee to sit for the exam.

ISSA graduates often find jobs at partner gyms including:

Youfit Health Club Midtown Athletic Club Golds Gym Anytime Fitness

* only available in the continental U.S.


Purchase of ISSA training materials is not an eligibility requirement to take the accredited exam nor does it imply a passing score.

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