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.


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 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.


ISSA launches Weekend Educational Workshops


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


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


Strength & Conditioning Course is launched


Youth Fitness Trainer Course is launched


ISSA celebrates its 10-year anniversary


Specialist in Senior Fitness Course is launched


Certified Fitness Trainer final examination is offered online

Summer 2005

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


8th edition of ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer is launched

Summer 2006

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


New Study Guides added to all major certification courses

March 2008

3D Exercise Lab is launched


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


ISSA launches Thank a Vet — Hire a Vet national campaign


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


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


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


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


ISSA launches first certification for DNA-Based fitness training programs


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


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


Rachael Cordova joins ISSA from Manifest as the new CFO


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


DNA-Based Fitness Coach program is launched


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


Yoga Certification course is launched


Weight Management Instructor course is launched


Powerlifting Instructor course is launched


Online Coaching Certification course is launched


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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The ISSA courses are wonderful. I love being able to work at my own pace. They have so many certifications to choose from. ISSA has really helped take my career to the next level.

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I wanted to start my career in fitness, so I opted for ISSA. I have done certification in fitness training and scored 95.7% in it.

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Gabriela Cumberbatch

This Strength and Conditioning Certification from ISSA gave me the opportunity to expand my knowledge in strength and conditioning, whether it be in the gym or outside on the field or court, with a team or an individual.

Gabriela Cumberbatch

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

Hamad Alrashed

It was a great experience. I enjoyed every minute of it, and i learned a lot of information that will help me in my life and with my future clients.

Hamad Alrashed

Ryall Graber

The customer service is outstanding and the re-certification process straight-forward. I highly recommend ISSA to anyone looking to get Certified in the Fitness industry.

Ryall Graber

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

Carolyn Ansel

I was extremely impressed with the overall course and materials ISSA provided; now ISSA has truly prepared me for my future as a personal trainer!

Carolyn Ansel

Arjun Shaw

I loved every single page of my book. They were so informative and every topic we're in-depth.

Arjun Shaw

Yvonne Roth

My experience with ISSA was amazing. I was so impressed with the online self-study program and how it was organized. I was equally impressed with the staff support, knowledge and integrity!

Yvonne Roth

Jesse Scheide

The ISSA has not only helped me to become a better athlete and aspiring trainer but more importantly a better person.

Jesse Scheide

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