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 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.

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.

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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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Skyler Henson

I say this as a current high school Teacher and Coach. They truly educate you on the various topics regarding human health and physiology and the way it responds to exercise and diet.

Skyler Henson

Rahel Desta

The course was demanding, and required a lot of work, study and effort but this is what separates ISSA from the rest. I would proudly recommend ISSA!

Rahel Desta

Hear how ISSA has helped students like you

Beata Hughes

ISSA has taught me how to adapt various teaching methods to suit clients learning needs, allowing me to create healthy environments for teaching.

Beata Hughes

Ian Cruse

I have taken some other classes through some other organizations and I have found that my ISSA training has given me a wealth of knowledge of the science of fitness and how to apply it for best results for myself and my clients!

Ian Cruse

Pehr Torells

ISSA has given me new knowledge and helped me become a more confident and skilled instructor for seniors.

Pehr Torells

Lindley Zama

ISSA has brought a strong root into my life that keeps leading me towards success.

Lindley Zama

Ali Al-Noori

I'm so happy and proud that I chose this institute for my study to the CFT because their material gave me a lot of information and experience that I didn't know it before.

Ali Al-Noori

Demetri Carter

Thank you once again to the staff at ISSA for giving me this opportunity to enroll into your program and making me feel welcome. I can't wait to take you guys on my next fitness journey in life!

Demetri Carter

Sean Shimada

The International Sports Sciences Association was easily the best choice I've ever made towards a career in helping change people's lives.

Sean Shimada

Tristin Cloer

ISSA was one of the only names that was recognized right away and was viewed by all the gyms I called as a very knowledgeable and reputable association.

Tristin Cloer

Shoeb Iqbal

I have been training this 13-year-old girl and it's been more than 8 to 9 months. Her parents were extremely happy about her body language, and she has improved a lot in endurance/stamina.

Shoeb Iqbal

Jorge De La Rosa

During the process of certification, I was able to redesign my fitness approach and started creating my own plans...

Jorge De La Rosa

Ahmed Smith

ISSA made it so easy for me to acquire my certificate as a Certified Personal Trainer, and I would also like to add that the course material was put together very well for me to understand.

Ahmed Smith

Evette Wrinkle

I was so overwhelmed at first but chatted with a master trainer on the website and they gave me some wonderful study tips that built my confidence back up. I actually finished a month early.

Evette Wrinkle

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