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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 300,000 trainers in 143 countries.
Bring healthy living to everybody in the world through education and community.
Connect 100M people to the power of healthy living by 2030.
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.
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.
At the age of 45, ISSA Co-Founder, Dr. Fred Hatfield, establishes a world record in the squat at 1014 pounds with a 255-pound body weight, making the achievement the most anyone had ever lifted in the history of powerlifting competition.
The International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) is formed by a team of renowned fitness experts under the leadership of Sal A. Arria, DC, MSS, and Frederick C. Hatfield, Ph.D., MSS, 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
Dr. Fred Hatfield is awarded the prestigious Alumni Citation Award from Southern Connecticut State University "In recognition of [his] extraordinary achievements and distinguished career."
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
ISSA launches ProTrainer Online Magazine
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
Dr. Fred Hatfield is inducted into the Powerlifting Hall of Fame in York, PA
Certified Fitness Trainer final examination is offered online
ISSA becomes a Provisional Affiliate of National Board of Fitness Examiners (NBFE)
8th edition of ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer is launched
ISSA earns an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB)
New Study Guides added to all major certification courses
3D Exercise Lab is launched
ISSA celebrates its 20-year anniversary
Public, Educational, and Provisional divisions are launched
ISSA earns DETC accreditation
ISSA gets listed with DANTES
ISSA is the first fitness certification organization to receive approval from Marine, Navy, Air Force, National Guard and Coast Guard for Tuition Assistance for military active and reserve duty troops.
ISSA earns official charter for Honor Society Delta Epsilon Tau
ISSA launches new Specialist Fitness Nutrition course authored by John Berardi
ISSA receives GiJobs Military Friendly School honor
ISSA receives GiJobs Military Friendly School honor for the second year in a row
ISSA launches 10 week Guided Study On Track lecture and audio series
ISSA launches LIRN library for College of Exercise Science
ISSA begins offering Members Free Professional Website for business purposes
ISSA Launches Public Division For the Health of It monthly newsletter
ISSA becomes official SOCs member
ISSA receives its third consecutive GiJobs Military Friendly School honor
ISSA earns VA approval
ISSA earns licensing from CA BPPE
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 achieves National Accreditation through DEAC
ISSA busts the myth that one-size-fits-all diets work
Huffington Post names ISSA one of the top Personal Training Certifications in America
ISSA recognized as DEAC Outstanding Distance Education Program
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
ISSA Certified Trainer Shannon Decker receives 2019 DEAC Famous Alumni Award
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
ISSA has helped make my dreams com true of being a personal trainer and helping people become better versions of themselves.
ISSA helped me transform my own life aside from teaching me how to help others.
Maria Luz Andrea Kjærnet
The knowledge that I received has been extremely helpful in my own weight loss journey where I have lost more than 100 lbs.
The ISSA program provided me with the flexibility to achieve my certification while maintaining a full time career, being a parent of two active grade school children and husband.
I found the student support and professionalism to be astounding, and the course so learner friendly.
ISSA has changed my life for the better and by changing my life ISSA has equipped me with the tools and support to help whoever may be looking for guidance pertaining to their health and fitness endeavors.
ISSA provides a good educational platform to start a career as a fitness trainer.
I am a certified personal trainer. Now I am free to make money doing what I love more than anything, helping others reach the happy, healthy state that I have.
I do not believe there is another certifying organization that has the background, integrity, caring and compassion that the ISSA has...
I've always been passionate about fitness, and ISSA gave me tools to build a knowledge base that I can continue to add to.
Ana Victoria Cate
Did my research and found out that not only is ISSA a reputable certification, they also are willing to help you succeed after you get certified.
Joseph Alexander Harris
It’s been a great journey and ISSA has helped this journey and dream become a reality. The information and learning have been rewarding and beneficial in running a business and being a personal training.
ISSA gave me the opportunity to work independently to study, complete work, and gain knowledge on becoming a personal trainer.
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.
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