The Ultimate 10-Week Personal Trainer Certification With Unlimited Study Support!

Top Personal Trainers and professors guide you every step of the way in 10-week online classroom certification program. You’ll Pass or Retests are Free - You’ll Get A Job or the Certification is Free!

You’ll master the skills you need to excel as a Personal Trainer in an online classroom of no more than 20 students with a top instructor to guide you:

  • How to Assess Client Health and Exercise Needs
  • How to Create the Best Exercise Programs for Clients
  • The Big Picture of Nutrition and Coaching
  • How to Build and Grow your Personal Training Business

Personal Trainer Certification (Instructor Led)

Price: $1,199

  • Start September 17th
  • Only 20 students per class
  • Dedicated Professor
  • Live video instruction
  • Open book, untimed online exam
  • Money back job promise

You'll find a job as a personal trainer:

We promise you’ll find a job as a personal trainer or we’ll give you a no-hassle full refund.

Here’s all you need to do:

  • You complete the course and earn your ISSA certification.
  • You apply for a job at three gyms in the USA within 60 days.
  • You meet the gym’s basic requirements (background check, drug test, available to work in the USA).

That’s it. You’ll get a job. And we can even help you find one. Or, we’ll promptly and cheerfully give you all your money back.

How The Personal Training Certification Works

For the first time ever, we are taking the full college experience of our College of Exercise Science professor-led courses - complete with study groups, weekly assignments, group projects, lectures and office hours and making it available directly to you for your personal training certification!

Imagine, earning your personal training certification by studying with a 20-student-maximum online classroom where you’ll interact with your classmates - learn from each other - make friendships. You’ll have the chance to get to know your professor and learn first hand what you need to know to be your best as a personal trainer.

What’s your best learning style? Visual? Auditory? Reading/Writing? Physical?

You’ll have a dedicated professor helping make sure you are succeeding with everything from office hours to videos and lectures to group and individual projects. And a whole team behind the professor who are there just to help you succeed.

For 30 years, the ISSA has been innovating as a leader in distance education and that’s why now we’re introducing our best personal training certification program ever.

You’ll get all the benefits of the College of Exercise Science professor-led course - complete with study groups, weekly assignments, group projects, lectures and office hours for your personal training certification!

You’ll be in an intimate-feeling online classroom where you’ll interact with your classmates, learn from each other and make friendships. You’ll get to know your professor personally over the 10 week course and learn first hand what you need to know to be your best as a personal trainer.

  • Learn from some of the best professors from the ISSA
  • Small class sizes of no more than 20 students for an intimate learning experience
  • Study with a team of like-minded students and share the learning experience.
  • Pass your certification exam online wherever you're most comfortable.
  • Enjoy unlimited educational support from your team who loves fitness too!
  • Rest easy with great customer support before, during and after your certification.

How the Instructor-Led Personal Trainer Certification works

1. Enroll and Start class on September 17th

Enroll and 1 week before class starts you will gain access to your online course materials. We will also ship you the hard copies of the textbooks so you can study on-the-go. You have 4 months to complete the course but if you need more time, you can apply for a free 2 month extension. Most students finish the course in 10 weeks, with an hour or two of studying a day.

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2. Complete Quizzes and Test Your Comprehension

We offer online practice quizzes throughout the course to test your comprehension. Once you complete the quizzes, you'll gain access to the online final exam.

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3. Take the Open-Book, Untimed Final Exam from Anywhere

The final exam is online, open-book and untimed. It can be taken from the comfort of your home and completed during multiple sessions. You can also change an answer at any time before you submit your exam. After you pass your final exam we help you plan your next move. We also provide you with a business guide and a free professional website to jump-start your fitness career.


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What's included in this program

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Hardcopy and Online Main Course Text

Fitness - The Complete Guide is a 759 page book that includes everything you need to earn an ISSA Instructor-Led Personal Trainer Certification. The course material is continually updated with new information so you can be sure you're receiving the most up-to-date information available.

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Online and Home Study Exam

ISSA's certification exam solidifies your proficiency as a fitness professional. Choose a paper-and-pencil exam or utilize our secure online testing portal. One No-cost Retest (if necessary)

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Study Guide and Workbook

This handy reference guide walks you through the course unit-by-unit, allowing you to gain a better understanding of personal trainer concepts.

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Online Student Forum

Our online forum is where you can post client or business challenges and receive guidance from our on-staff Master Trainers and members of the ISSA family worldwide.

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Marketing and Business Guide

ISSA's step-by-step guide to developing a profitable business. This business guide will help you take your first steps after receiving your personal trainer certification by providing you with valuable business advice to advance your personal training career.

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Online Exercise Lab (250 animated exercises!)

ISSA and Hyperstrike provide you with an exclusive online exercise lab. 3D animation and three different angles ensure that proper form and technique are a breeze!

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Practice Examination and Section Quizzes

The practice exam and quizzes test your understanding of the materials; so while you're reading you're preparing for the exam at the same time.

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Free Professional Website

All ISSA members get a free website to support their personal trainer careers online. Five pages of professionally designed, easily editable, fully hosted content is included. Choose from nine designs and put your best face forward online!

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Exercise Reference Guide

A video exercises that demonstrates proper form for some of the most common and most effective strength exercises.

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Unlimited Educational Support

All ISSA students have access to unlimited educational support. If you have questions about the course materials, our on-staff professors can guide you through. This support continues even after you earn your personal trainer certification.

Here’s What You’ll Learn

With the ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer program (CFT) you'll get the practical day-to-day skills necessary, as well as the deeper knowledge needed to excel as a personal trainer. The program covers client assessment, program design, basic nutrition, and sports medicine along with business and marketing skills.

This course covers the principles of general personal training including anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, client assessment, exercise program design, general nutrition principles, motivation, special populations, and injury prevention.

The 10-week program is designed with you in mind to help make sure you learn in a reasonable pace and have great interactions with your professor and classmates. Here is what the schedule is like:

During these 10 weeks here’s what you can expect from your class and your professors:

Course Objectives:


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