Certification Process

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.

Accreditation Documentation

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ISSA is one of the most respected certifications out there and in my opinion the most comprehensive.

Peter Cardona

As a busy fitness professional having ISSA as a resource is golden.

Leonard Smith

Hear how ISSA has helped students like you

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

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

After completing this course I feel much more confident in myself as a trainer and overall more equipped than ever to take on clients and help them achieve their goals of being healthy.

Taylor Richards

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

I have had and continue to have a great experience with the staff at ISSA headquarters. They have always been super friendly and helpful.

Jennifer Poepke

If you're wondering if the ISSA can truly change your mind, your body, your career, your outlook on yourself, your life? The answer...is a resounding...'Yes'.

Michael Jenkins

The ISSA certified personal trainer program is the best experience of my life.

Yudishteer Seewooruttun

Don't be shy to live your dream and as I did, become yourself, become trainer.

Jordi Ciprin

As a busy fitness professional having ISSA as a resource is golden.

Leonard Smith

Personally, I would recommend it to a lot of people. I learn a lot of new things and ways you can train somebody that I'm ready to use the stuff I learned to better people lives.

Diamond Stevens

I found the books, videos, and online resources to be valuable. The course ware is written in an easy to understand language

Prashant Goyal

I am so proud to be part of the ISSA family. When I became certified back in 2011, I never knew how quickly my business would become so successful.

Moji Oluwa

Purchase of ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer 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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