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About the International Sports Science Association (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 by leading fitness researchers, PhDs and elite practitioners, the ISSA now offers 24 fitness certifications and has certified over 400,000 trainers in 174 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
  • Live Grit + Resilience
    • 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.

ISSA Timeline

1988 — The International Sports Sciences Association

The International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) is formed by a team of renowned fitness experts to stem the tide of physical decline. ISSA is founded with the mission of increasing the fitness of the people on our planet by helping more fitness professionals enjoy a successful career in fitness.

1990

ISSA launches Weekend Educational Workshops

1992

The ISSA becomes the first fitness certification organization to mandate continuing education.

1994

The ISSA sees the educational and information sharing potential and power of the Internet and launches its first online site at ISSA-USA

Summer 1995

ISSA launches ProTrainer Online Magazine

Fall 1995

Specialist in Performance Nutrition Course is launched

1996

Strength & Conditioning Course is launched

1997

Youth Fitness Trainer Course is launched

1998

ISSA celebrates its 10-year anniversary

1998

Specialist in Senior Fitness Course is launched

2002

Certified Fitness Trainer final examination is offered online

Summer 2005

ISSA becomes a Provisional Affiliate of National Board of Fitness Examiners (NBFE)

2005

8th edition of ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer is launched

Summer 2006

ISSA earns an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB)

2006

New Study Guides added to all major certification courses

March 2008

3D Exercise Lab is launched

2008

ISSA celebrates its 20-year anniversary

June 2009

ISSA launches new Specialist Fitness Nutrition course authored by John Berardi

November 2010

ISSA launches 10 week Guided Study On Track lecture and audio series

April 2011

ISSA begins offering Members Free Professional Website for business purposes

June 2011

ISSA Launches Public Division For the Health of It monthly newsletter

November 2011

ISSA earns full Affiliate status with the NBFE

2012

ISSA launches Thank a Vet — Hire a Vet national campaign

2013

Champions Youth Fitness teams up with KidShape 2.0 and ISSA to boost youth fitness

2015

ISSA busts the myth that one-size-fits-all diets work

2016

Huffington Post names ISSA one of the top Personal Training Certifications in America

2018

Andrew Wyant, former National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) president, becomes President and CEO of ISSA. The global leader in fitness and nutrition education shapes ISSA's new headquarters in Arizona

2019

ISSA launches first certification for DNA-Based fitness training programs

2019

Rich Brown joins ISSA from Digital Air Strike as the new CIO

2019

ISSA releases Fitness Certification Program tailored to military veterans and their families looking to make fitness training a career

2019

Rachael Cordova joins ISSA from Manifest as the new CFO

2019

ISSA launches partnership with leading online fitness and allied healthcare professionals organization, MedFit Network and MedFit Education Foundation

2019

DNA-Based Fitness Coach program is launched

2020

ISSA acquires NCCPT (National Counsel of Certified Personal Trainers), adding accredited

2020

Yoga Certification course is launched

2020

Weight Management Instructor course is launched

2020

Powerlifting Instructor course is launched

2020

Online Coaching Certification course is launched

2020

Lifespan Coach Certification course is launched

February 2021

ISSA Launches Certified Indoor Cycling Instructor Course

March 2021

Tailwind Capital Acquires ISSA to Build the Leading eLearning Platform for the Fitness & Wellness Industry

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Now I am a certified personal trainer. This will be my first step into the fitness world, and now, my knowledge is much greater.

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Rian De La Torre

I definitely recommend the ISSA on-line program to become a certified personal trainer, it's very complete and you get a lot of support along the way.

Rian De La Torre

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

Yudishteer Seewooruttun

The ISSA certified personal trainer program is the best experience of my life.

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Heidi Lyons

I am really looking forward to helping people realize and reach their goals of becoming more healthy and physically fit, no matter their age.

Heidi Lyons

Christina Walters

The site is very easy to navigate, the content is very educational and flows smoothly, I receive help quickly when I have a question.

Christina Walters

John Heerschap Jr

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

John Heerschap Jr

Pilar Roberts

The education I received will put me above my competition and has provided me to the tools to helps other meet their personal fitness goals.

Pilar Roberts

Chelsea Mitchell

Not only was the program extremely informative, but the final exam was challenging and really put what I had learned to test.

Chelsea Mitchell

Kam Hogan

The business resources provided as part of the course material really help to set up your own personal training business with form templates and tips to help you hit the ground running and succeed!

Kam Hogan

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

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