ISSA-CPT Certification Examination

Certification Program Mission Statement

The ISSA believes that the health and fitness of our society can be significantly improved by the success of our certified personal professionals. Our efforts to stem the tide of poor health and physical decline multiplies exponentially as our certified professionals disseminate the ISSA principles and methods to their clients, peers and associates. Our mission is to inspire our certified personal trainers to positively impact the quality of life of each individual with whom they come in contact.

ISSA is unconditionally committed to providing quality certification programs for competent practice in the heath, sports and fitness specialty, advancing the fitness industry as a whole, and developing greater access to career opportunities for those who share our vision of creating a stronger, healthier world.

ISSA Certification Board

The ISSA Certification Board is solely responsible for all essential decisions related to the development, administration, scoring, and ongoing maintenance of the certification programs. While the Board may delegate ongoing program operations to employees or consultants as needed, these areas of policy level decision-making responsibility may not be subcontracted to any other organization or entity.

Board Members

  • Mary Anna Kittredge - Public Member
  • Michael Yessis - Highest Ranking Member
  • Brian Theiss
  • Bobby Rollins
  • Erik Wilkins
  • Obi Obadike
  • Lauren Brooks
  • Jason Pierce
  • Jennifer Khosla

Exam Purchase Information

The next testing dates for the ISSA CPT certification exam will begin in October 2019 and the cost is $599. To be placed on a waiting list, click here.

Certification Resources

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.

As of August 1st, 2019 767 candidates took the exam and there was a pass rate of 79.3%, resulting in 608 successfully passed ISSA Certified Personal Trainers.

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They provide you with the academic knowledge and the real world skills you need to be a success.

McKenzie Chatterton

ISSA provides a good educational platform to start a career as a fitness trainer.

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The option to study at your own pace and test whenever it is convenient for you makes this course that much better than the rest!

Robert Aiken

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

The course did an outstanding job of addressing issues that arise with the training of seniors.

Brian Kennedy

I’ve been searching for the best training a company has to offer for years, ISSA really has it all.

Andrea De Persio

The program is organized, well-priced, and super informative. It took me only four months to complete my certification.

Michelle Rossi

The amount of knowledge in the textbook is really satisfying for someone who’s interested in both fitness and the sciences of the human body, and who’s willing to learn about the relationships between them.

Jehad Refaat Abdel Hamid

The resources ISSA provides (both in hard copy and online) such as the study guide, the coursebook, the chapter summary videos, the exercise videos, and the question board are all very valuable tools...

Helen Pardue

Partnering with ISSA has been a vital part of The Camp’s success

Erick Salgado

My experience has been great and the support team makes it very easy to complete the course and get back to me with answers to any questions I have very quickly.

Cindy Jacobo

The ISSA Personal Trainer course explained every chapter very clearly and covered so many areas of health, nutrition, and fitness.

Susan Umstatter

ISSA helped me earn the credentials necessary to ensure that I can give people like Eric Vanwagner all the tools they need to continue their journey back to normal function.

Christopher Mendoza

I would like to say that the course l've attended _CFT_ was very useful and I feel that my techniques are better and my clients are more blessed and satisfied.

Mostafa Mahmoud El Gindy

Purchase of preparation materials is not required in order to become eligible to sit for the certification examination, and does not guarantee a passing score on the exam.

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