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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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ISSA Specialization Courses

NEW Certified Glute Specialist

The ISSA Glute Training Specialist Course teaches trainers the science behind building better glutes and how to focus on these muscle groups to give clients the best results. You'll learn how to unlock the hips, create better programming, and deliver envious results. You'll master the art of developing a superior posterior and be the go-to glute expert!

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NEW Exercise Recovery Specialist

ISSA's Exercise Recovery Specialization unlocks the science behind recovery techniques. As a Certified Exercise Recovery Specialist, personal trainers can apply this information to their exercise prescription and programs, helping athletes and general fitness clients alike.

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NEW Certified Indoor Cycling Instructor

With ISSA's Indoor Cycling Instructor certification, you'll learn how to lead any-sized class in any environment. Empowered with in-depth knowledge of body structure, metabolic conditioning, technique & form, equipment use, and coaching strategies — ISSA Certified Indoor Cycling Instructors get RESULTS through scientifically-proven expertise.

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NEW Group Exercise Instructor

The ISSA Certified Group Exercise Instructor course is the most well-rounded program available, educating trainers on how to teach up to 12 formats in less than 6 months - for one easy price point. Take your fitness employability to the next level as a 12 in one instructor!

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NEW Strength & Conditioning Certification

ISSA's Strength and Conditioning course bridges the gap between science and application by giving students the "how" of helping athletes achieve any sport-related goal. With this course, not only will you learn the exercise science behind strength and conditioning, but exactly how to create the perfect training program for any athlete. Further, it offers one of the only accredited exams in the strength and conditioning space, making you a hot commodity to any employer.

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NEW Lifespan Coach Certification

The ISSA Lifespan Coach gives you the specific knowledge and skills you need to train youth and senior clients. Find out how to give youth clients the motivation and guidance they need to continue healthy habits into adulthood as you instill the value of health and fitness at an early age. While also learning how to train aging or senior clients to decrease risks caused by inactivity through carefully regimented fitness routines to keep them feeling young, vibrant and healthy.

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NEW Online Coach Certification

The ISSA Online Coaching Certification is the fastest way to transition a fitness coaching business online. This course allows you to pick and choose what you need to learn about so it fits the needs of a new or seasoned trainer. The on-demand information is delivered in bite-sized chunks and it includes everything from how to set up email campaigns and FaceBook ads to positioning and selling your product to prospective clients.

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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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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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Performance Enhancement 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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Precision Nutrition Certification

ISSA has partnered with Precision Nutrition, the world leader in the science and practice of nutrition coaching. Proven with over 100,000 clients...

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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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Nutritionist

ISSA's Nutritionist Specialization is the most comprehensive approach to unlocking the secrets behind why clients eat the way they do, and the systematic approach to drive lifestyle change.

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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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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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5-in-5 Program

Kickstart your business with the 5-in-5 program

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Hear how ISSA has helped students like you

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

Tessa Matus

ISSA provides a good educational platform to start a career as a fitness trainer.

Tessa Matus

Barry Brandt

I have to say, the entire experience of getting certified was both challenging and enjoyable. I was not looking for an

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Hear how ISSA has helped students like you

Jeffrey Davis

The International Sports Sciences Association certified personal trainer program has been one of the best experiences of my life

Jeffrey Davis

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

Matthew Edson

The ISSA program provided me with the flexibility to achieve my certification while maintaining a full time career, being a parent of two active grade school children and husband.

Matthew Edson

Tanya Feliciano

The ISSA courses are wonderful. I love being able to work at my own pace. They have so many certifications to choose from. ISSA has really helped take my career to the next level.

Tanya Feliciano

Tyson Zanski

If it weren’t for my injury, or my struggle with weight when I was younger I wouldn’t have the passion and excitement for fitness I do now! I’m so excited for what the future holds due to this program!

Tyson Zanski

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

Johnny Ryder

I just finished my newest certification of Specialist in Exercise Therapy, and that ISSA was there to help me successfully pass the exam with confidence. I highly recommend the ISSA to fellow trainers, and to trainers, we hire for our studio!

Johnny Ryder

Tessa Matus

ISSA provides a good educational platform to start a career as a fitness trainer.

Tessa Matus

Rajat Sharma

I wanted to start my career in fitness, so I opted for ISSA. I have done certification in fitness training and scored 95.7% in it.

Rajat Sharma

Yvonne Roth

My experience with ISSA was amazing. I was so impressed with the online self-study program and how it was organized. I was equally impressed with the staff support, knowledge and integrity!

Yvonne Roth

Sandra Adams

Since I have been in the fitness field for over twenty years I can truly say I have gained a lot more experience and knowledge from successfully completing the ISSA course.

Sandra Adams

Pilar Roberts

The education I received will put me above my competition and has provided me to the tools to helps other meet their personal fitness goals.

Pilar Roberts

How ISSA specialization certification courses work

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    Get Instant Access to Your Online Course

    Access your digital textbook online. 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 174 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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  • Bodybuilding Certification
  • Certified Yoga Instructor
  • Corrective Exercise Certification
  • Exercise Therapy Certification
  • Group Exercise Instructor
  • Kickboxing Instructor
  • Powerlifting Instructor
  • Nutritionist
  • Strength & Conditioning Certification
  • Transformation Specialist
  • Weight Management Specialist
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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 Personal Trainer course, the Nutritionist 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
  • Certified Yoga Instructor
  • Corrective Exercise Certification
  • DNA-Based Fitness Coach
  • Exercise Therapy Certification
  • Group Exercise Instructor
  • Lifespan Coach Certification
  • Powerlifting Instructor
  • Strength & Conditioning Certification
  • Transformation Specialist
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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 Nutritionist course and complete any four of the following certifications:

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Choose any four of the following

  • Bodybuilding Certification
  • Certified Yoga Instructor
  • Corrective Exercise Certification
  • DNA-Based Fitness Coach
  • Exercise Therapy Certification
  • Group Exercise Instructor
  • Lifespan Coach Certification
  • Online Coach Certification
  • Powerlifting Instructor
  • Strength & Conditioning Certification
  • Transformation Specialist
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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 training materials is not an eligibility requirement to take the accredited exam nor does it imply a passing score.

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