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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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.

$10

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$799 $33.29/mo (12 months)

50% Off

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

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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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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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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Certified Nutritionist Certification

As an ISSA Certified Nutritionist, you'll gain a deep understanding of the science behind nutrition. A Master's level course — without having to go back to school...

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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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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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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

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

Christopher Mendoza

ISSA helped me earn the credentials necessary to ensure that I can give people like Eric Vanwagner all the tools they need to continue their journey back to normal function.

Christopher Mendoza

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

Hear how ISSA has helped students like you

Christina Walters

The site is very easy to navigate, the content is very educational and flows smoothly, I receive help quickly when I have a question.

Christina Walters

Scott Losche

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

Scott Losche

Helene Bingley

I have already recommended ISSA to people who have reached out to me inquiring about my satisfaction and thoughts and I will continue to do so.

Helene Bingley

Michael Jenkins

If you're wondering if the ISSA can truly change your mind, your body, your career, your outlook on yourself, your life? The answer...is a resounding...'Yes'.

Michael Jenkins

Brian Kennedy

The course did an outstanding job of addressing issues that arise with the training of seniors.

Brian Kennedy

Joseph Alexander Harris

Did my research and found out that not only is ISSA a reputable certification, they also are willing to help you succeed after you get certified.

Joseph Alexander Harris

Luke Kujawski

I hold two certifications with the International Sports Sciences Association and I couldn't be more pleased with the support I've received.

Luke Kujawski

Antione Robinson

The knowledge that I received has been extremely helpful in my own weight loss journey where I have lost more than 100 lbs.

Antione Robinson

Liesa Wayson

Only 2 months after being certified I got hired as a Fitness Coordinator and started making my income as a fitness trainer for Marines and Civilians. The knowledge I have gained by getting certified through ISSA has laid a solid foundation for further certification I got afterward.

Liesa Wayson

Jonathan Morgan

ISSA is the best place to get your personal training certification. The amount of detail put into the workbook and textbooks is amazing and I can honestly say I was blown away.

Jonathan Morgan

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

Katie Santoro

Fitness is very important to me, and getting the certification makes that better.

Katie Santoro

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.

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LEVEL 1

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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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  • ISSA Certified Nutritionist
  • 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 Certified Nutritionist 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 Certified Nutritionist 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 Certified Personal Trainer exam nor does it guarantee a passing score. To purchase the ISSA-CPT Certification Exam, click here.

Is ISSA right for you?

Thinking about becoming a Certified Personal Trainer or an ISSA Certified Nutritionist? Get your Free Evaluation Kit today and take your first step towards making money doing what you are passionate about. The kit includes:

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  • 5 Step plan to becoming certified
  • Job opportunities

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