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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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 CFT 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 fitness 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 fitness trainer to design and lead safe and effective group training sessions...

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Nutrition 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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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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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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Specialist Sports Nutrition

ISSA's Specialist in Sports Nutrition (SSN) program prepares fitness trainers to expand their practices into the specialized area of sports 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

Zaquinntia Chamblee

I thought I knew about Sports Science but ISSA gave me an array of Fitness and Health knowledge that I can use with clients and in life.

Zaquinntia Chamblee

Mostafa Mahmoud El Gindy

I would like to say that the course l've attended _CFT_ was very useful and I feel that my techniques are better and my clients are more blessed and satisfied.

Mostafa Mahmoud El Gindy

J.R. Smith

I do not believe there is another certifying organization that has the background, integrity, caring and compassion that the ISSA has...

J.R. Smith

Hear how ISSA has helped students like you

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

Lauren Hoffmann

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

Lauren Hoffmann

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

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

Yudishteer Seewooruttun

The ISSA certified personal trainer program is the best experience of my life.

Yudishteer Seewooruttun

Andrew Presnell

ISSA's course material was extremely detail orientated and covered every aspect of becoming a personal trainer.

Andrew Presnell

Michelle Rossi

The program is organized, well-priced, and super informative. It took me only four months to complete my certification.

Michelle Rossi

Christopher Singleton

The studies were easy to understand and never swayed from information actually necessary for personal training.

Christopher Singleton

Ed Horne

Whilst researching health and fitness qualifications I found that the ISSA was among the most competitive and offered the most for the money.

Ed Horne

Jordi Ciprin

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

Jordi Ciprin

Shoeb Iqbal

I have been training this 13-year-old girl and it's been more than 8 to 9 months. Her parents were extremely happy about her body language, and she has improved a lot in endurance/stamina.

Shoeb Iqbal

Ilona Kinney

ISSA offers lessons of real-world cases and the insights of professionals.

Ilona Kinney

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 92 countries

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

We offer the following options to level up your fitness 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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LEVEL 1

Most Popular

Fitness Trainer Certification

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The Certified Fitness Trainer has the practical day-to-day skills needed to excel as a fitness 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 fitness 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 Nutritionist
  • Bodybuilding Certification
  • Corrective Exercise Certification
  • Exercise Therapy Certification
  • Group Fitness Certification
  • Senior Fitness Certification
  • Specialist Sports Nutrition Certification
  • Strength & Conditioning Certification
  • Transformation Specialist
  • Youth Fitness Certification
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LEVEL

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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 Fitness 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
  • Senior Fitness Certification
  • Specialist Sports Nutrition 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 fitness training. In order to become a Master Trainer, you must complete your Certified Fitness 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
  • Specialist Sports Nutrition Certification
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ADDITIONAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES:

Certified Fitness 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 Fitness 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 Fitness Trainer or an ISSA 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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  • Job opportunities

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