Accreditation

The ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer (CFT) exam has gone through the NCCA Accreditation process. The NCCA was established in 1987; they have created standards for professional certification programs. The ISSA is evaluated based on the processes and products and not just the content within the programs. This has been determined for the ISSA through a job task analysis that is conducted and reviewed by subject matter experts throughout the fitness industry. The NCCA accreditation provides unbiased, third-party validation that the ISSA's program meets both the national and international credentialing industry standards for the development, implementation, and maintenance of certification programs.

Note: Purchase of ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer materials is not required in order to become eligible to sit for the ISSA-CFT exam and does not guarantee a passing score on the exam.

ISSA Certification Governing Board

The ISSA's Certification Governing Board is an autonomous and independent board that is responsible for overseeing the essential certification decisions regarding the Certified Fitness Trainer certification. The Governing Board sets the requirements and policies for development, administration, and scoring of the exams, candidate eligibility, initial certification standards, standards for maintaining the certification, appeals, and disciplinary actions as necessary. Vacancies of the board do occur every so often, with an 11-member board, all serving three-year terms. Resumes are always being accepted and kept on file for future openings on the board. They can be submitted at any time to BOC@issaonline.edu.

Non-Discrimination Policy

In accordance with federal and state laws, the ISSA and testing partner ISO Quality Testing, Inc. (ISO) does not discriminate among individuals based on color, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, national origin, gender identity, age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic.

Mission and Vision Statements

We believe healthy living changes lives. We want to connect 100 million people to the power of healthy living by 2025.

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