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Become a Certified Personal Trainer

With The #1 Rated and Reviewed Certification

  • Be the expert in your gym and in your world

  • Know what works for every body and why it works for everybody

  • Earn the credential that proves you know how to get results





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Get the best virtual, live learning instruction with the Certified Personal Trainer - Live Learning Experience!


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You'll love the course in 7 days, get a job after you're certified, or your money back!

How It Works

  1. Enroll now and get instant access

  2. Study at your own pace

  3. Use your dedicated Success Coach for study help

  4. Take chapter quizzes to see your progress

  5. Pass the open-book, untimed Final Exam from anywhere!

You'll Learn Exactly What You Need To Know

  1. How to motivate anyone to make their fitness goals a reality

  2. In-depth knowledge of the body's muscle and skeletal structure

  3. How to assess and build custom training programs

  4. How to help clients get stronger with less pain or injury

  5. How to pinpoint what exercise is most effective for each movement

  6. Details of how diet and exercise work together to transform people's lives

  7. The deeper answers to help go beyond "workout more" and "eat better"

Top 5 Reasons to Become a Certified Personal Trainer

  1. • Make your passion your profession

    • Share your knowledge to help others

    • Set your own schedule, be your own boss

    • Create financial freedom by helping others

    • Get into the best shape of your life

  2. Certified Personal Trainer and a client

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We're honored to have outstanding reviews from our graduates who can attest to the power of the Certified Personal Trainer course.

Training Program Includes:

  1. Personal Training Certification

    The complete online program to get certified as a personal trainer. Learn everything you need to know to help others hit their fitness goals safely and effectively.

    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.

What You'll Get With This Course

  1. You’ll learn exactly what it takes to motivate anyone to make their fitness goals a reality. You’ll gain in-depth knowledge of the body's muscle and skeletal structure to provide the right exercise at the right time. You’ll be expert at how to assess and build custom training programs and how to help clients get stronger with less pain or injury.  Your course will even help you start and grow a profitable training business.

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Including all these tools to help you pass!

We offer the following options to level up your career as a personal trainer:

Fitness Coach

2 Courses

Make the gym your office and love what you do.

Elite Trainer

3 Courses
+ FREE Bonus Items

Expand your knowledge and your income.

Master Trainer

6 Courses

Be THE resource for fitness and health for your friends and clients.

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


  1. With the proven success of nearly a half million students, the first personal training certification - now in our 35th year is always up-to-date.

  2. Our students say it best as the most and the best reviewed with over 10,000 Five Star reviews you can trust.

  3. Your certification is recognized and respected worldwide with trainers in 174 countries and nearly a half million students.

  4. Your job or side hustle is guaranteed with our over 10,000 gym partners.

  5. You will succeed in learning and then passing your exam with unlimited study support and free retests.

You Can Be Confident About Getting Certified with ISSA
Does ISSA offer NCCA accredited exams?
  1. Yes, we offer the most NCCA accredited exams in fitness! Our NCCPT exams are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Our NCCPT exams provide you with every opportunity to get your foot in the door of anywhere you want to work. With these accredited exams, you’ll open more doors, and stand out as the trainer who has the best of both worlds.

    NCCPT exams are included in your cart with some course bundles.

    To purchase the accredited exam separately, click here.
    Purchase of ISSA training materials is not an eligibility requirement to take an accredited exam nor does it imply a passing score.

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Additional Learning Opportunities

  1. Fast Track Program

    Learn the most important information you need to complete the course and enjoy all the benefits of being certified as an ISSA personal trainer in record time!
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    CPR/AED Certification

    Receive your CPR/AED Certification online from the comforts of your home. You don't need to leave your living room to complete this certification today.
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    CPT Study Expansion Pack

    Have FUN and prepare for the CPT final exam even faster. This pack accommodates all four learning styles (auditory, kinesthetic, visual, reading/writing) so whatever your preferred learning style is, we've got you covered!
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Your Certification Creates Opportunities

Pursue your passion for fitness and help bring healthy living to every body - while gaining freedom and making money in a positive way. 

  • Get A Job As A Personal Trainer: Guaranteed
    If you want a job as a personal trainer - you’ve got one. With your certification, a job is guaranteed with one of our 10,000 U.S. gym partners. 

  • Get A Money-Making Side Hustle
    Trainers routinely make $100 an hour or more in small group personal training.  Personal training is the ultimate side hustle where you get to choose when and where you coach.  

  • Become An Influencer
    Make money by posting your workouts and fitness advice. With your ISSA certification, you’ll join some of the world’s top influencers with the credentials people trust.

  • Become An Online Personal Trainer
    Work from home!  You’ll have a free website with your certification to get started. You’ll also be able to build out your bio, attract clients, set up your space from anywhere in the world.

  • Own Your Own Gym
    Network with ISSA professionals to learn how to operate your own gym or work with ISSA’s partners including F45, Camp Gladiator, and more to own a franchise.

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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

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 U.S.)

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

*Only available in the continental U.S. Terms and conditions apply.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is required to get my personal training certificate?

    You must meet the following:

    • Submission of all course quizzes

    • A score of 70% for CPT, a score of 75% or better on all sections of the final examination

    • Proof of current Adult CPR/AED certificate

  2. Is there an extra cost to pay it off early?

    No. There are no penalties for paying it off early.

  3. Does ISSA offer the ability to take quizzes and exams online?

    Yes, Online testing, for both quizzes and final exams, is the preferred testing method. Online testing saves you the hassle of organizing and photocopying your answer sheets, saves you from a trip to the post office, saves you postage for registered mail, and keeps track of your submissions in your Member Account. What's more, online testing produces a much faster turn-around time for grading!

  4. Can I get a printed copy of the textbook?

    In addition to the free online version of the course textbooks, you can purchase printed copies of our most popular courses. Click here to look for your course and buy the book.

ISSA’s Certified Personal Trainer course is now available en Español!

With excellent study material, unlimited support, and proven success you can now turn your passion for fitness into a career with our Personal Training course in Spanish.

Check Out the Course

Take that first, bold step towards your goals — figure out if ISSA is right for you.

Our evaluation kit will help you:

  • See if you have the five qualities every successful trainer needs

  • Discover which program is right for you through the personalized quiz

  • Take a look at the exact career paths you’ll be able to take

PLUS Get a free look into the first chapter of the textbook!

By the end, you’ll know if ISSA’s right for you. And you’ll have everything you need to enroll on hand.

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