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Certified Personal Trainer
Top Trainer

You'll get the confidence you need to succeed as a personal trainer with insider assistance in getting your first job and expanding your knowledge with our specialization courses.

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$430.71/mo 12-month plan

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Get certified as a Top Trainer with ISSA for just $99/month and receive a TRX Suspension System FREE!

As an ISSA Top Trainer, you get:

  • Industry-Leading Personal Trainer Certification
  • Your First 5 Clients in 5 Weeks
  • In-Gym Training Experience
  • FREE Nutritionist Course
  • FREE CPR Certification Course

Through Nov. 30th, SAVE 77% OFF the regular price...just $99/month!

Plus, receive a TRX Suspension System including a TRX Strap, TRX Course, and 30-day trial to TRX Core!

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Become One of the Top Trainers in the Industry

Become One of the Top Trainers in the Industry

This program includes all the features and benefits of the Kickstarter as well as these bonus items.

Practical Skills Assessment
Record your prospective client training on video and get detailed feedback and coaching from our experts.

Live Training Experience
ISSA's Live Training Experience is like an externship for new personal trainers. It gives you the unique opportunity to practice your client training skills (and gain confidence) while working alongside a seasoned personal trainer. Learn More

Top 5 Reasons to Become a Certified Personal Trainer

  • Be your own boss
  • Set your own schedule
  • Do work you are passionate about
  • Make money in a positive way
  • Create financial freedom

Top Trainer

  • Personal Training Certification

    The complete online program to get certified as a personal trainer. Whether the goal is to lose weight, increase muscle, or improve overall health, you'll learn how to help others reach their fitness goals safely and effectively.

  • Dedicated Success Coach

    Your personal coach will help you study and pass your exam. Having a success coach is like having a mentor, tutor, and study partner all in one.

  • Fast Track Program to Passing

    Get certified on your schedule - in as little as 4 weeks. The sooner you earn your certification, the faster you can start training clients and earning income.

  • Free Retest

    With all the knowledge you'll gain in our Certified Personal Training course, there's a nearly 100% chance you will pass the certification exam on your first try. However, in the rare instance that you don't, you'll get one retake for free!

  • Get 5 Clients in 5 Weeks

    Kick start your career with expert support to get your first 5 clients. Learn how to get clients with our live weekly webinars and "office hour" meetings with mentors and peers, and receive unlimited phone, email, and chat support.

  • Video Coaching Feedback

    Record yourself training clients and receive feedback on your session. Our training experts will tell you where you excel, as well as provide a few tips for becoming an even better trainer.

  • Live Training Experience

    Train clients side by side with an experienced personal trainer. Learn their tricks of the trade, gain their insight, and start to develop your own training style.

Does ISSA offer NCCA accredited exams?

Yes! ISSA proudly offers the most NCCA accredited exams in the industry through our subsidiary, NCCPT!

To purchase the accredited exam separately, click here.

What You'll Learn From This Course

ISSA created a comprehensive Certified Personal Trainer course that blends science-based research with real-world application. Equipped with ISSA's Personal Training Certification, you can learn quickly, start training clients, and build a lifelong career as a successful personal trainer. Once you complete this course, you'll be able to:

  • Confidently assess an individual's current fitness level and goals to customize an effective and results-driven exercise program specific to the client's needs.
  • Understand the basic components of anatomy, human movement, proper exercise technique, and even basic safety and emergency procedures for fitness professionals.
  • Educate clients on current diet trends, nutrition, and supplementation to make a huge impact on their health and transform their lives.
  • Apply your knowledge of effective exercise program design, the principles of fitness, and how the body responds to exercise to engage clients and drive fitness results.
  • Put your knowledge of the principles of human motivation and the psychology of behavior change to work to support your clients' goals and create long-lasting change!
  • Build a well-run, connected fitness business with the email and marketing skills presented in the new Business and Marketing chapter.

What You'll Gain in a Career as a Certified Personal Trainer

What You'll Gain in a Career as a Certified Personal Trainer

At ISSA, the success of our students is all that matters. As a Certified Personal Trainer, you can pursue your passion for fitness and help bring healthy living to every body - while making money in a positive way.

Get certified with ISSA and gain:

  • Convenience & Confidence. Study and pass your certification exam at your own pace, on your own schedule with flexible, online learning. And get peace of mind from our job placement guarantee.
  • Practical Knowledge. The education you get through ISSA will help you not only pass the certification exam, but will give you practical skills you can use to succeed as a personal trainer.
  • Lifelong Support. Just like you, our dedicated Student Success Coaches love fitness. They provide support and guidance before, during and after your certification process. ISSA is a partner for life!
  • More Opportunities. ISSA's partnerships with leading gyms and health clubs give you access to the top career opportunities in the industry. We also provide you with the expertise to start and build your own business.
  • Continuing Education. Continuing your education keeps you certified as a personal trainer while enhancing your knowledge and expertise. ISSA offers 250+ certifications, specializations, and CEU courses.

How the ISSA Certified Personal Trainer | Top Trainer Course 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 that allows you to study when, where, and how often you'd like.

  • 1

    Get Instant Access and Start Studying Right Away

    Access your digital textbook online. With 1-2 hours of studying per day, most students finish the course 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 personal trainer scenarios.

  • 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

Textbook Cover

Online Study Materials

Foundations and Applications for a Certified Personal Trainer is new and improved, updated with new exercise descriptions, chapter quizzes and the latest information on nutrition, motivation and behavior change, and exercise science. It has everything you need to successfully earn your Personal Trainer Certification, including a Fast Track Study Guide to help you study and pass your exam faster. The 715-page book even features a chapter on business and marketing to help you start and grow a profitable training business.

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Prepare for your final exam as you study! Take chapter quizzes to ensure you're ready to pass the final exam and earn your Personal Trainer Certification. These practice quizzes will not affect your final score, they are just here to help you pass and earn your certification with flying colors!
Are you more of an auditory or visual learner? We've got you covered. ISSA provides course lectures as audio and video files for students looking for additional study options, or are just simply looking for an extra resource to complement their reading.
Our online workbook walks you through the certification course chapter by chapter, giving you the knowledge you need to pass the final exam. You'll also have access to numerous exercise videos to help you ensure proper form and technique.
Our exclusive online ISSA trainer forum is where you can turn to for advice from ISSA Master Trainers. Post personal, client, or business questions and receive guidance from our on-staff personal training experts and the worldwide ISSA community.
The ISSA Personal Trainer Certification Exam solidifies you as a recognized expert in personal training. You can choose to take the CPT final exam as a printed pen and paper option, or digitally through our secure online portal. Whatever you're most comfortable with! This is an open-book book exam, with multiple choice questions. Plus, you'll receive one free retake if you don't pass the first time (but, with our study materials - you'll have everything you need to pass!).

In helping you determine your future goals as a Certified Personal Trainer, ISSA offers two options. Learn more about the ISSA exam.Learn more about the ISSA exam
We pair the NCCPT Certified Personal Trainer NCCA accredited exam with our course and waive the $599 fee to ensure you have access to even more career opportunities. *Proctoring fee not included
ISSA's CPT Bootcamp provides you with the ultimate LIVE guide to studying, understanding, and passing your course. Over the course of 5 weeks, you'll receive direct access to ISSA's CPT geniuses, take part in live study tutorials that deep-dive into specific concepts of the course, and find out EXACTLY what you need to know to pass your final exam with flying colors - a $600 value that you'll get for FREE!
Fast Track is like your answer key to passing the exam. Study fast, get certified and start your new career. You'll get all the terminology, definitions, and concepts you'll need to know not only to pass your exam, but to be an effective personal trainer from day one.
Get the tools and support you need to kickstart your business! The experts at SmartFitness and ISSA developed the 5-in-5 program to help you find 5 clients in just 5 weeks.
Everyone could use a little help. Schedule a convenient time to meet virtually with ISSA experts and get the individualized attention you deserve, and that you can't get anywhere else.
With all the knowledge you'll gain in our Certified Personal Training course, there's a nearly 100% chance you will pass the certification exam on your first try. However, in the rare instance that you don't, you'll get one retake for free!
Record you prospective client training on video and get detailed feedback and coaching from our experts.
ISSA's Live Training Experience is like an externship for new personal trainers. It gives you the unique opportunity to practice your client training skills (and gain confidence) while working alongside a seasoned personal trainer. Learn More

Plus BONUS Benefits After Your Certification Exam!

Every ISSA Certified Personal Trainer gets a free website to support their career online. Get five pages of professionally designed, easily customized, and fully hosted content - for free! Pick from a library of templates that let you put your best face forward and promote your personal training services to a wider range of potential clients. To learn more about this benefit, click here.
ISSA students, Certified Personal Trainers, and those exploring a potential career as a Certified Personal Trainer all receive unlimited support from our teams of dedicated advisers. Have questions about our courses, study materials, or need help with a quiz? Are you wondering which payment plan is best for you? Our on-staff experts can help guide you through whatever your needs may be. And, this support continues even after you pass your personal trainer exam. We can even help if you're looking for information about recertification, continuing education, or if you have an interest in a specialized certification - we're here to assist you in whatever health and fitness career you strive to achieve!

Which Personal Training Certification Program is right for you?

Whether you are considering a full-time career or looking to supplement your current income doing what you love, our comprehensive at-home online course teaches you everything you need to become a successful Certified Personal Trainer.

 

Start Training

$69.00/mo1

Kickstarter

$79.00/mo1

Top Trainer

$99.00/mo1

Online Study Materials
Online Study Materials
Affordable Payment Plans
Affordable Payment Plans
Dedicated Student Success Coach
Dedicated Student Success Coach
4-Week Fast Track Program
4-Week Fast Track Program
Job Guarantee
Job Guarantee
Free CPR/AED Course
Free CPR/AED Course
ISSA Community Membership
ISSA Community Membership
Passing Protection w/Free Retest
Passing Protection w/Free Retest
Online Bootcamp / Study Group
Online Bootcamp / Study Group
Get 5 Clients in 5 Weeks
Get 5 Clients in 5 Weeks
Free Nutritionist Course
Free Nutritionist Course
Live Training Experience
Live Training Experience

Hear How ISSA Has Helped Students Like You

Nathaniel Mosher

I just completed the Bodybuilding Course through the ISSA. Josh Bryant, the author, is a well-known strength coach and strength athlete. He delivers a course that provides plenty of time-tested bodybuilding methods mixed with modern application.

Nathaniel Mosher

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

Robert Aiken

The option to study at your own pace and test whenever it is convenient for you makes this course that much better than the rest!

Robert Aiken

Jack Stoliker

I had taken one or two other courses by different organizations before and they were nowhere near as thorough and in-depth as this one.

Jack Stoliker

Derwood Rountree

There is so much that I have learned in my studies, and it will be an honor and a privilege to impart this knowledge to my fellow Seniors.

Derwood Rountree

John Heerschap Jr

ISSA has given me the confidence I need to train people and train them right.

John Heerschap Jr

Yavor Varbanov

With ISSA guidance and textbooks, I have upgraded my knowledge to another level and I feel this by seeing big changes in my clients & myself!

Yavor Varbanov

Andrea De Persio

I’ve been searching for the best training a company has to offer for years, ISSA really has it all.

Andrea De Persio

Nikee McInnis

The ISSA program design is excellent and caters to many learning styles. After taking this course I feel that I have rightfully earned my title and I know I will be properly equipped to help people change their lives in a healthy and positive way.

Nikee McInnis

DeJarrod Jones

ISSA has helped make my dreams com true of being a personal trainer and helping people become better versions of themselves.

DeJarrod Jones

Melissa Remoli

I found it to be challenging, informative, and very current. ISSA provides great communication and they are always there from start to finish.

Melissa Remoli

Jamil Karimov

With the knowledge, I've gained from the program. I feel confident to go into the work as a personal trainer now, and to start this phase in my life.

Jamil Karimov

MONEY BACK RISK FREE JOB PROMISE*

You Will Find a Job as a Certified Personal Trainer or You'll Get Your Money Back

Find a Job or Your Money Back

100% job placement guaranteed. We guarantee you will be a working personal trainer within 6 months of certification. We will refund your course fee in full if you do not receive a job within 6 months of certification.

STEP ONE

Pass your ISSA Personal Trainer Exam and your NCCPT Accredited Proctored Exam

STEP TWO

Interview with at least 3 gyms within 6 months of completing your certification course (requirements)

STEP THREE

Meet Basic Requirements of the gyms (background check, drug test, available to work in the USA)

The exam is included with the purchase of the ISSA CPT course. There is an administrative fee to sit for the exam.

ISSA graduates often find jobs at partner gyms including:

Youfit Health Club Midtown Athletic Club Golds Gym Anytime Fitness

*Only available in the continental U.S. Terms and conditions apply.


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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