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What Do I Do Next?

  1. Sign Up - it takes minutes

    We're all ISSA certified Personal Trainers who have been through the program and know what to expect. We can answer any questions you have about what it's like.

  2. Start Studying

    Where and when you want at your pace (most people take 10 weeks)

  3. Practice with Quizzes

    We offer 31 practice quizzes to help you prepare for your final exam.

  4. Pass the Exam

    It’s online, open book and untimed. We also allow free retests.

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What Is ISSA?

The ISSA is the first certification company for personal trainers. Our legacy is a thirty year tradition of changing people’s lives through healthier living by way of exercise, nutrition and positive mental outlook.

We have innovated and lead in distance education and are the only personal training company recognized by the federal government for student loan eligibility and military tuition assistance. We are doing it again as the first personal training certification company to also offer college degrees and masters certifications.

Now we have our sights set on changing millions more lives by expanding ISSA’s brand by sharing our message of healthier lives to the masses to help them become personal trainers and health coaches.

We are driven by curiosity, pride, adventure, and a desire to change the world. We’re looking for people with boundless energy, intelligence, and an overwhelming need to achieve to join our team as we embark on the next chapter of our story.

Make the world a better place - one body at a time.

What Will I Learn?

With the ISSA Certified Personal Trainer program (CPT) you’ll get the practical day-to-day skills necessary, as well as the deeper knowledge needed to excel as a personal trainer. The program covers client assessment, program design, basic nutrition, and sports medicine along with business and marketing skills.

You’ll learn the keys elements of:

  1. Personal Training Principles

  2. Assessments and Body Composition

  3. Anatomy and Physiology

  4. The Biomechanics of Movement

  5. Program Design

  6. Client-Specific Needs (age, weight, health condition, etc.)

  7. Cardiovascular and Strength Training

  8. Periodization and Training Loads

  9. Flexibility Training

  10. Sports Medicine

  11. Nutrition and Metabolism

What Will I Get?

You’ll get exactly what you need be a top personal trainer

  1. Online Fitness Certification Course with 31 study modules

  2. Reference Textbook: Fitness - The Complete Guide (759 paqe textbook)

  3. Online and Home Study Exams

  4. Online Study Guide and Workbook

  5. Online Student Forum

  6. Marketing and Business Guide

  7. Online Exercise Lab (250 animated exercises)

  8. Practice Examination and Section Quizzes

  9. Free Professional Website

  10. Exercise Reference Guide DVD

  11. Unlimited Educational Support

Why The ISSA?
  1. Unlimited Educational Support - Master Trainers available to answer your questions.

  2. Study at your own pace - Flexible, online learning to fit your busy schedule

  3. The first in personal training certification - 30 years - 300,000 certifications

  4. International with ISSA graduates in 174 countries

  5. Trusted by the US Military

  6. Certified by the federal government

  7. 95% of our graduates find a job within 6 months of passing the exam

  8. Student Support and Career Assistance - Support both before and after you become certified to help you find a job or start a business

Will You Help Me Find A Job?

Yes! If you don't find a job the certification is free. We provide you with a step-by-step guide to developing a profitable business. This business guide will help you take your first steps after receiving your personal trainer certification by providing you with valuable business advice to advance your personal training career. We also have job postings as well as we will provide you with your own website to help you promote yourself as a personal trainer. Learn more about our job guarantee!*

*Terms and Conditions apply

The Los Angeles Times published a survey indicating that Personal Trainers have the highest level of job satisfaction of any occupation in the US.

What Does It Take?

Personal trainers come in all shapes and sizes, but there are certain characteristics that many share. Which of these traits do you identify with most?

  1. Passion for fitness

    Do you love working out and the feeling of getting healthier and stronger? If so, you're in excellent company. The ISSA is the fitness certification for the people who love healthy living - you’ll get all the benefits of a lifetime of fitness knowledge.

  2. Desire to Help Others

    Do you get excited about helping others get stronger and live better? That’s what we do and who we are. Our mission is to help you help others enjoy a healthier way of life. With ISSA - you’ll have everything it takes to help lift others up.

  3. Personal Transformation

    If fitness has shaped or changed your life or the lives of someone close to you - you’ve personally experienced the transformative power of fitness. We believe in the power of your story. As an ISSA certified professional - you’ll write a new chapter in your story of your own transformation.