About the ISSA

The ISSA is the world leader in fitness education and delivers comprehensive, cognitive and practical distance education for fitness professionals, grounded in industry research, using both traditional and innovative modalities. Founded in 1988 by Dr. Sal Arria and Dr. Frederick Hatfield, the ISSA now offers 12 fitness certifications and has certified over 200,000 trainers in 91 countries.

Mission

Our Mission

Bring healthy living to everybody in the world through education and community.

Our Vision

Connect 100M people to the power of healthy living by 2030.

Core Values

  • Prioritize Personal Connection
    • We Serve Others
    • We Provide Exceptional Service
    • We Build Solid Relationships
  • Share Wellness
    • We Promote Healthy Living
    • We Have a Reciprocal Relationship with Wellness
    • We Actively Pursue Balanced Lifestyles
  • Grit to Great
    • We are Scrappy and Tenacious
    • We Tackle Obstacles Head On
    • We "Get It Done"
  • Enjoy the Drive
    • We are Results Oriented
    • We Embrace the Sometimes Wild Ride
    • We Have Fun

Accreditations and Affiliations

The IHRSA is a trade association serving the global health club and fitness industry. The mission of IHRSA is to grow, protect and promote the health and fitness industry, and to provide its members with benefits that will help them be more successful. The IHRSA is dedicated to making the world healthier through regular exercise and activity promotion.


The European Register of Exercise Professionals (EREPS) is an independent register of instructors, trainers and teachers working in the European health, fitness and physical activity sector.

EREPS recognises the qualifications and skills of exercise professionals and is an important assurance for the public and employers that their instructor or employee holds the appropriate qualifications to perform their role safely and effectively.

View our Certificate of Accreditation


The National Board of Fitness Examiners (NBFE) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure to the public that qualified fitness professionals who have successfully passed the National Board examination have achieved an approved level of competency in the health and fitness industry. The NBFE promotes the services of qualified fitness professionals as a viable means of improving public health.


Since 1985 the California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools has worked with the State's Governors, Legislature, elected officials and the numerous regulatory agencies to promote high quality education.


The New York Chiropractic College assists future doctors of chiropractic achieve their career goals, New York Chiropractic College offers a unique educational program that gives students access to many career possibilities. The mission of New York Chiropractic College is to provide leadership and academic excellence in all our degree granting programs through a commitment to quality education and patient care, research excellence, professional service, and the fostering of lifelong learning for all members of our community. ISSA is approved for continuing education credits for chiropractors through the New York Chiropractic College.


The Better Business Bureau's mission is to promote and foster the highest ethical relationship between businesses and the public through voluntary self-regulation, consumer and business education, and service excellence. ISSA maintains a A+ rating with the BBB--the highest possible rating.

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As a busy fitness professional having ISSA as a resource is golden.

Leonard Smith

The material supplied for this course was vast and informative, and will certainly be a great tool to use as a reference from time to time.

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The material supplied for this course was vast and informative, and will certainly be a great tool to use as a reference from time to time.

Tina Smiley

I would like to say that the course l've attended _CFT_ was very useful and I feel that my techniques are better and my clients are more blessed and satisfied.

Mostafa Mahmoud El Gindy

After completing my CPT successfully, I can say only one thing that ISSA is really good in providing you the knowledge which is required in the fitness industry. It makes you fitness industry ready in every aspect.

Mohit Garg

When it came to being a trainer there wasn't any sugar coating. It was laid out for what it is in the real world in what is to be expected of you as an ISSA professional.

Richard Petersen

I was Impress with the high level of clarity of the material and the lectures.

Taneisha Jarrett

The ISSA is a good foundation for anybody who starts with a certification in personal training.

Belhedi Alaeddine

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

The staff was very helpful also and very nice if I had a question about anything they were always there to help me out.

Angela Brown

I love how I can get a very personable response to my questions and emails.

Lisa Irish

Thank you for the newest, modern, scientific information, which your course provides.

Miron Shakira

I would recommend ISSA because this association has figured out the right mix for an extremely good learning experience while working through the process of acquiring certification.

Mark Pyles

The resources ISSA provides (both in hard copy and online) such as the study guide, the coursebook, the chapter summary videos, the exercise videos, and the question board are all very valuable tools...

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