Get your Certification in Strength and Conditioning

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Everything you need to know to improve strength, speed, agility and coordination for athletes.

If you've ever wanted to work with professional and NCAA sports teams, you'll want to get your Strength and Conditioning Certification. This ever-expanding field can open several possible career paths for you in personal training so you need to arm yourself with the knowledge and credentials to succed. Make your dream of working with professional or amateur athletes a reality today. Get your career started all online and from the comfort of your home.

$799
  • Study at your own pace
  • Online exam at home
  • Unlimited educational support
  • Nationally accredited
$799
  • Study at your own pace
  • Online exam at home
  • Unlimited educational support
  • Nationally accredited

What You'll Learn From This Course

Our course material is continually updated so you can be sure you're receiving the most accurate and up-to-date information available.

  • Apply the principles of metabolism, muscle anatomy, biomechanics, training, and adaptation to create a periodized conditioning program for an athlete based on starting fitness level and sport-specific goals.
  • Describe the components of human tissues including bones, joints, and muscle fibers.
  • Describe the musculoskeletal system, body mechanics, and body musculature in relation to exercise and movement.
  • Identify energy systems and which system is activated by particular activities.
  • Explain how the pulmonary, cardiovascular, and musculatory systems respond to exercise. Measure and classify body composition for athletes.
  • Properly assess, monitor, and evaluate an athlete's fitness level and progress toward goals.
  • Describe exercises intended to increase endurance, flexibility, strength, power, and speed.
  • Design sport-specific exercise programs for athletes.
  • Identify the sports psychology principles and techniques that assist athletes in achieving the mental preparedness necessary for optimal performance.
  • Apply the principles of basic nutrition and supplementation as they pertain to athlete's health and fitness goals.
  • Identify the causes of overtraining and injury and incorporate injury prevention into the training program.
  • Identify the situation(s) when it is necessary to seek out a doctor's assistance with exercise design and/or injury needs.

Your New Career as a Specialist in Strength and Conditioning Starts Here

Sports have risen to a massive platform. There is big money that requires a large support staff. By becoming a Strength & Conditioning Coach, you will gain the tools, knowledge and credentials to enter this powerful and highly valued career. Professional and amateur athletes at all levels -- from grade-school club teams to the National Football League -- need the assistance of expert personal trainers to excel at their sports.

  • Study at your own pace with flexible, online learning to fit your busy schedule.
  • Pass your certification exam online wherever you're most comfortable.
  • Enjoy unlimited educational support from your team who loves fitness too!
  • Rest easy with great customer support before, during and after your certification.
  • Take pride in knowing ISSA is nationally accredited by the DEAC.

$799
  • Study at your own pace
  • Online exam at home
  • Unlimited educational support
  • Nationally accredited

How the ISSA Strength and Conditioning Certification Works

We know that balancing your studies with an already busy schedule can be a challenge, which is why we designed a flexible, self-paced online course schedule that allows you up to 12 months to finish the program so you can study when, where, and how often you'd like. Here's how the program works:

  • 1

    Get Instant Access and Start Studying Right Away

    Study online or with the included textbooks. With 1-2 hours of studying per day, most students finish in just 8-10 weeks. Feel free to study at your own pace.

  • 2

    Complete Quizzes and Test Your Comprehension

    We offer multiple online practice quizzes throughout the course to completely prepare you for the final exam and for real life coaching and helping.

  • 3

    Take the Open-Book, Untimed Final Exam from Anywhere

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


What You'll Get With This Course

Hardcopy & Online Main Course Text

Strength and Conditioning is a 615 page book that includes everything you need to earn an ISSA Strength and Conditioning Certification. The course material is continually updated with new information so you can be sure you're receiving the most up-to-date information available.

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  • Study Guide and Workbook

    This handy reference guide walks you through the course unit-by-unit, allowing you to gain a better understanding of personal trainer concepts.

  • Online Exercise Lab

    ISSA and Hyperstrike provide you with an exclusive online exercise lab with over 250 animated exercises. 3D animation and three different angles ensure that proper form and technique are a breeze!

  • Practice Exam and Section Quizzes

    The practice Exam and quizzes test your understanding of the materials; so while you're reading you're preparing for the exam at the same time.

  • Online and Home Study Exam

    ISSA's certification exam solidifies your proficiency as a fitness professional. Choose a paper-and-pencil exam or utilize our secure online testing portal. One No-cost Retest (if necessary).

  • Online Student Forum

    Our online forum is where you can post client or business challenges and receive guidance from our on-staff Master Trainers and members of the ISSA family worldwide.

Plus Bonus Support After Your Exam...

  • Free Professional Website

    All ISSA members get a free website to support their personal trainer careers online. Five pages of professionally designed, easily editable, fully hosted content is included. Choose from nine designs and put your best face forward online!

  • Unlimited Educational Support

    All ISSA students have access to unlimited educational support. If you have questions about the course materials, our on-staff professors can guide you through. This support continues even after you earn your personal trainer certification.


$799
  • Study at your own pace
  • Online exam at home
  • Unlimited educational support
  • Nationally accredited

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