Become a 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 and emotional well-being. With this skill, your clients will see better results quicker and have an easier time with the transition to the behaviors and activities you suggest.

$799
( Online Course Access )
  • Study at your own pace
  • Online exam at home
  • Unlimited educational support
  • Nationally accredited
$799
( Online Course Access )
  • 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. You'll learn everything you need to know to start helping clients start moving better and feeling less pain:

  • Recognize and identify the stages of change.
  • Describe characteristic features of each stage of change that can be used to assess the client.
  • Identify the basic principles of Motivational Interviewing.
  • Describe the techniques utilized in Motivational Interviewing.
  • Apply Motivational Interviewing techniques to change client behavior
  • Design strength-based program that incorporates elements of flourishing.
  • Characterize the five components of positive psychology.
  • Incorporate specific skills to move the client from surviving to thriving.
  • Summarize the ISSA Drawing In Process.
  • Describe the theoretical premise of commitment devices and how they may be helpful to personal trainers and clients.
  • Explain the way in which commitment devices improve conscious control.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of commitment devices and the ways in which personal trainers can employ them to improve the consistency of client behavior.
  • Summarize the experience sampling method and how it can be used to generate behavior change.
  • Incorporate the steps necessary to utilize experience sampling with personal training clients.

Your New Career as a Transformation Specialist Starts Here

The ISSA's Transformation Course integrates the theory of behavioral change with practical strategies for influencing behavioral patterns as they relate to physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Students learn the skills needed to effect a qualitative shift in client behavior. Topics covered include the stages of behavioral change, motivational interviewing, positive psychology, commitment strategies, flow, and the experience sampling method.


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

How the ISSA Transformation Specialist 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

Online Course Textbook

The main course text includes everything you need to earn an ISSA Transformation Specialist 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. If you would like a printed version of this online textbook, simply select the shipping option at checkout and the book is yours free - you pay only the actual shipping costs to your location.

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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
( Online Course Access )
  • Study at your own pace
  • Online exam at home
  • Unlimited educational support
  • Nationally accredited

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