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Personal Trainer Certification - Self-Guided Study Program

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Everything you need to learn is all online.

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

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Top 5 Reasons to Get Your Personal Trainer Certification

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

What does it mean to get your Personal Trainer Certification with ISSA?

  • Turn your passion for health and fitness into a career that you care about.
  • Endless opportunities to make more money and positively impact peoples' lives.
  • Get endless support from the ISSA community! Not only will we be here to help you through the certification exam, but we'll be there to help you find the job that best fits your career goals, and continue your education with our CEU (Continuing Education Unit) courses.
  • Be recognized as a top fitness trainer in the health and wellness industry with the #1 rated trainer certification program.
  • You'll be set up with a FREE professional website so you can kick-start your career and market yourself as a health and fitness professional immediately.
  • Get connected with health clubs across the country through ISSA's extensive club partnership program.

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

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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. However, if printed textbooks are your preference, simply select the shipping option at checkout and the book is yours for free! You only pay the shipping costs.

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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!
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

Javier Sims

I have learned to change the lifestyle of others in a positive way from good nutrition to the proper training techniques and also to help improve my overall physique.

Javier Sims

Carmen Maendel

This program encompasses a broad amount of information across the board in physical fitness.

Carmen Maendel

DeJarrod Jones

ISSA has helped make my dreams com true of being a personal trainer and helping people become better versions of themselves.

DeJarrod Jones

Aaron Barnes

ISSA is number one in my book, and I would highly, highly suggest anyone interested in this career field GO WITH ISSA!

Aaron Barnes

Richard Petersen

When it came to being a trainer there wasn't any sugar coating. It was laid out for what it is in the real world in what is to be expected of you as an ISSA professional.

Richard Petersen

Jack Stoliker

I had taken one or two other courses by different organizations before and they were nowhere near as thorough and in-depth as this one.

Jack Stoliker

Helen Pardue

The resources ISSA provides (both in hard copy and online) such as the study guide, the coursebook, the chapter summary videos, the exercise videos, and the question board are all very valuable tools...

Helen Pardue

Ryan Milton

I simply have not ever enjoyed a certification as much as I did this one. This is by far my favorite and I thought the entire program was very well worded and engaging.

Ryan Milton

Collin Welch

The information I learned in the CFT course was top notch.

Collin Welch

Tyler Hutchinson

What I loved most was the final exam not just a multiple choice exam but an exam that made me think, challenged me, but also had me prove myself from a practical stand point!

Tyler Hutchinson

Mihnea Niculae Paraschivescu

I had the chance to discover the ISSA team, which made my dream possible, to become a certified trainer. With their outstanding vision, support and professionalism they guided me to reach the goal.

Mihnea Niculae Paraschivescu

John Heerschap Jr

ISSA has given me the confidence I need to train people and train them right.

John Heerschap Jr

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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

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:

1

You complete the course and earn your ISSA certification

2

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

(requirements)

3

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. Partner gyms also post jobs for ISSA graduates on our Student Portal, including:

24 Hour Fitness Lifetime Fitness Equinox Snap Fitness

* only available in the continental US


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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