Looking to take your career in health and fitness to the next level?

Earn a specialization from the ISSA, at home and on your schedule. A specialization provides you with a deeper expertise in specific populations (e.g., youth, seniors) or areas of interest (e.g. bodybuilding, group exercise). The ISSA offers many different specializations that allow you to become an expert in your desired interest areas so you can stand out in your field. We are constantly adding new specializations in an effort to provide you with ongoing educational opportunities.

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Take advantage of your free time and stand out from other trainers!

The ISSA offers many different specializations that allow you to become an expert in your desired interest areas so you can stand out in your field.

* Excludes Kickboxing Instructor, Weight Management Course and CPR certification

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Benefits of Getting a Specialization

  • Stand out with a certification that is specific to your client or gym needs
  • Become a credible expert in your area of choice
  • Receive CEUs from ISSA that are credited to your CPT recertification
  • Most credits count towards an ISSA Associates Degree in Exercise Science

ISSA Specialization Courses

NEW Certified Yoga Instructor

Yoga means to "join together". And as a certified yoga instructor, you'll be able to join your passion for health and wellness with a thriving career in the fitness industry.

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NEW Kickboxing Instructor

As a Kickboxing Instructor you will be able to help individuals work towards a stronger "mind-body connection". Learning the history...

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NEW Powerlifting Instructor

ISSA Advanced Powerlifting Specialists have a desire to improve individuals' daily lives, and improve their strength. Focused on the science behind how the body moves and reacts...

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NEW Weight Management Specialist

As an ISSA Weight Management Specialist, you will be able to coach your clients with empathy and develop the skills to support them through their transformation...

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Bodybuilding Specialist

This distance education course covers training, recovery, motivation, and nutritional strategies to prepare the personal trainer to work with bodybuilders.

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Corrective Exercise Specialist

The ISSA's Corrective Exercise Course will help you learn how to identify and correct the most common movement dysfunctions that you are likely to see in a wide range of clients.

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DNA-Based Fitness Coach

Distinguish yourself apart from all other trainers. The DNA-Based Fitness Coach program unlocks the full potential of your clients by understanding how genetics play a role in program design. This provides greater accuracy and eliminates trial and error with clients — it's a game changer.

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CPR / AED

Once enrolled, you will complete a online self-paced, interactive, multi-media training course. The online course takes approximately 30-60 minutes to complete...

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Exercise Therapy Certification

According to the American Sports Data Company Inc., numerous employment opportunities are opening up in facilities for health & fitness professionals who have a...

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Group Fitness Certification

This distance education course will show you how to use your knowledge and experience as an ISSA certified personal trainer to design and lead safe and effective group training sessions...

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Nutrition Certification

ISSA's Nutrition Certification program prepares personal trainers to expand their practices into the specialized area of nutrition. Trainers learn how to ...

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Senior Fitness Certification

By the year 2030, the number of Americans over the age of 65 will grow to over 63 million. This group now constitutes the fastest growing segment of our population...

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Strength & Conditioning Certification

Sports are big business-profitable for athletes and individuals who prepare athletes for competition. Professional and amateur athletes at all levels -- from grade-school club...

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Transformation Specialist

As a Transformation Specialist you will be armed with the skills and techniques required to truly coach and influence behavioral patterns as they relate to your clients physical, mental ...

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Youth Fitness Certification

Dr. Hugh D. Allen stated in USA Today that 30 million of today's youth will die of heart disease as adults. Additional health problems have all been linked to childhood...

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Hear how ISSA has helped students like you

Jennifer Poepke

I have had and continue to have a great experience with the staff at ISSA headquarters. They have always been super friendly and helpful.

Jennifer Poepke

Jorge De La Rosa

During the process of certification, I was able to redesign my fitness approach and started creating my own plans...

Jorge De La Rosa

Jordi Ciprin

Don't be shy to live your dream and as I did, become yourself, become trainer.

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Hear how ISSA has helped students like you

Lauren Hoffmann

Being apart of ISSA has brought me so many opportunities and will continue to do so.

Lauren Hoffmann

Ana Victoria Cate

I've always been passionate about fitness, and ISSA gave me tools to build a knowledge base that I can continue to add to.

Ana Victoria Cate

Todd Kenney

They have been tremendously supportive over the years and helped me to build a very profitable personal training practice!

Todd Kenney

Amy Manzanares

Having the backing of ISSA I feel confident that I am helping to change people's lives through fitness and I am very passionate about that! I am excited to meet new clients and help them start their fitness journeys.

Amy Manzanares

Ali Al-Noori

I'm so happy and proud that I chose this institute for my study to the CFT because their material gave me a lot of information and experience that I didn't know it before.

Ali Al-Noori

Taneisha Jarrett

I was Impress with the high level of clarity of the material and the lectures.

Taneisha Jarrett

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

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

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

Prashant Goyal

I found the books, videos, and online resources to be valuable. The course ware is written in an easy to understand language

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Cindy Jacobo

My experience has been great and the support team makes it very easy to complete the course and get back to me with answers to any questions I have very quickly.

Cindy Jacobo

Lundyn Wyllie

I feel I can give my best to my clients and continue to further my education so I can give them the most up to date and relevant information.

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How ISSA specialization certification courses work

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    Get Instant Access to Your Online Course

    Study online or with the included hard-copy textbooks. With 1-2 hours of studying per day, most students finish in just 12 weeks. Feel free to study at your own pace - you have up to 12 months to complete the course

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    Test Your Knowledge with Online Quizzes

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

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    Take the Open-Book, Untimed Final Exam from Anywhere

    You read that correctly - the final exam is online, open-book, untimed, and can also 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.

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    Online Access

    Study your course materials anytime, anywhere

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    Ongoing Support

    Phone support, a business guide, free trainer website after your exam, and continuing educational courses

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    Up-to-Date Materials

    Stay current with updated guides, workbooks, forums, labs & more

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    Study on Your Time

    Up to 12 months to complete; most students finish in 10-12 weeks

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    Trusted Experience

    "The Trainers' Trainer" for over 30 years and available in over 143 countries

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Take your personal trainer career where you want it to go!

We offer the following options to level up your personal trainer career. Leveling up your career to become an industry expert, earn more per hour from gyms and clients and expand your knowledge to more specialized types of clients.

LEVEL

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Most Popular

LEVEL 1

Most Popular

Personal Trainer Certification

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The Certified Personal Trainer has the practical day-to-day skills needed to excel as a personal trainer serving the general public.

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  • Client assessment
  • Program design
  • Basic nutrition
  • Sports medicine
  • Business & Marketing skills
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LEVEL 2

Fitness Coach

The ISSA Fitness Coach not only has the skills and knowledge to be a personal trainer but also has completed a specialization in fitness or nutrition. As an ISSA Specialized Coach, you will be able to better support clients on their journey to achieving their goals, while you take your career to the next level.

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  • Bodybuilding Certification
  • Corrective Exercise Certification
  • Exercise Therapy Certification
  • Group Fitness Certification
  • Nutrition Certification
  • Senior Fitness Certification
  • Strength & Conditioning Certification
  • Transformation Specialist
  • Youth Fitness Certification
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LEVEL 3

Elite Trainer

Take your career to the next level, increase your hourly rate with gyms and / or clients. An Elite Trainer has successfully completed the Certified Personal Trainer course, the Nutrition Certification course and has shown proficiency in a specific population or modality by completing any one of the following certifications:

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Choose any one of the following

  • Bodybuilding Certification
  • Corrective Exercise Certification
  • Exercise Therapy Certification
  • Group Fitness Certification
  • Nutrition Certification
  • Senior Fitness Certification
  • Strength & Conditioning Certification
  • Transformation Specialist
  • Youth Fitness Certification
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LEVEL 4

Master Trainer

Become a leader in the fitness industry by becoming a Master Trainer. This best-in-class credential will not only earn you more money but will also help you stand out as a leader in personal training. In order to become a Master Trainer, you must complete your Certified Personal Trainer course, the Nutrition Certification course and complete any four of the following certifications:

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Choose any four of the following

  • Transformation Specialist
  • Strength & Conditioning Certification
  • Corrective Exercise Certification
  • Bodybuilding Certification
  • Group Fitness Certification
  • Exercise Therapy Certification
  • Senior Fitness Certification
  • Youth Fitness Certification
  • Nutrition Certification
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ADDITIONAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES:

Certified Personal Trainer

Continuing Education

Continue your quest to be the best by keeping up on the latest information in your field.

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Recertification

Stay current and up-to-date by maintaining your active status.

Recertification courses
Purchase of ISSA test-prep materials is not an eligibility requirement for the certification exam nor does it guarantee a passing score. Visit our certification process information page to learn more.

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