Personal Trainer Certification - Self-Guided Study Program

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Become a Personal Trainer and Get:

  • Personal Trainer Certification
  • FREE Nutritionist Course
  • FREE CPR Certification Course
  • Plus! FREE Accredited Optional Exam Included - $599 Value
  • FREE CPT Education Bootcamp - $600 Value
  • SmartFitness FREE 90 Day Trial - $210 Value
  • FREE SHIPPING on Certified Personal Trainer Textbook*
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    Study At Home

    Study At Home!

    Everything you need to learn is all online.

    Certified At Home

    Certified At Home!

    Take the final exam from home - no need to go to a testing center.

    Train At Home

    Train At Home!

    You'll have a free website and support to get clients online.

    Job Guarantee

    Job Guarantee!

    Get certified and we guarantee you'll find a job or we'll place you in a job, or your money back.

    Flexible Payments

    Flexible Payments!

    Can't make your payment? We'll work with you!

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    What will you learn from ISSA's Personal Trainer Certification 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!

    Accredited Exams

    As a bonus, we will include a FREE accredited exam in every ISSA Personal Trainer Certification course purchase. The FREE accredited exam will not appear in your cart but will be automatically added to your learning management system after purchase.

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

    To purchase the accredited exam separately, click here.

    * Only Applies to ISSA Exams

    What You'll Get With This Course

    Textbook Cover

    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.

    View Table of Contents

    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!
    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 includedLearn more about the accredited exam

    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!

    What Our Students Say About Us

    We're honored to have outstanding reviews from our graduates who can attest to the power of our courses. Here are some of their inspiring stories:

    Hear how ISSA has helped students like you

    Jamil Karimov

    With the knowledge, I've gained from the program. I feel confident to go into the work as a personal trainer now, and to start this phase in my life.

    Jamil Karimov

    Molly Edwards was the most comprehensive program with a solid foundation in all the aspects of nutrition that I needed for my practice.

    Molly Edwards

    Scott Losche

    The ISSA gave me a great knowledge of fitness programming, movement screening and nutrition.

    Scott Losche

    Nickolas Lollar

    I am a certified personal trainer. Now I am free to make money doing what I love more than anything, helping others reach the happy, healthy state that I have.

    Nickolas Lollar

    Jamar Coleman

    ISSA has changed my life for the better and by changing my life ISSA has equipped me with the tools and support to help whoever may be looking for guidance pertaining to their health and fitness endeavors.

    Jamar Coleman

    Karin Singleton

    ISSA has remained to be among the leaders of the fitness industry and is still an organization that is nationally recognized and has a good reputation.

    Karin Singleton

    Jeffrey Davis

    The International Sports Sciences Association certified personal trainer program has been one of the best experiences of my life

    Jeffrey Davis

    Barry Brandt

    I have to say, the entire experience of getting certified was both challenging and enjoyable. I was not looking for an

    Barry Brandt

    Sean Shimada

    The International Sports Sciences Association was easily the best choice I've ever made towards a career in helping change people's lives.

    Sean Shimada

    Rahel Desta

    The course was demanding, and required a lot of work, study and effort but this is what separates ISSA from the rest. I would proudly recommend ISSA!

    Rahel Desta

    Mohit Garg

    After completing my CPT successfully, I can say only one thing that ISSA is really good in providing you the knowledge which is required in the fitness industry. It makes you fitness industry ready in every aspect.

    Mohit Garg

    Walter Sadiq Daniels

    I have no complaints and I will always proudly display my certification and recommend you to all I know. You have given me a foundation for my future.

    Walter Sadiq Daniels


    Find a Job or Your Money Back

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


    You complete the course and earn your ISSA certification


    You interview for a job at three gyms in the USA within 6 months



    You meet the gym's basic requirements

    (background check, drug test, available to work in the USA)

    ISSA graduates often find jobs at partner gyms including:

    24 Hour Fitness Lifetime Fitness Equinox Snap 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.

    Is our Guided Study Personal Trainer Certification right for you?

    Thinking about earning your personal trainer certification on your own time? Get your free evaluation kit today!


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