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ISSA

NASM

ACE

ACSM

NSCA

Full Name The International Sports Science Association National Academy of Sports Medicine American Council on Exercise American College of Sports Medicine National Strength and Conditioning Association
First Personal Trainer Certification 1988 1989 1991 1994 1993
Best if you are Passionate about fitness and want professional and practical programming to get results Graduate of an exercise science or related program and want a scientific-style model for training Group exercise enthusiat who wants to add general personal training concepts to group classes Exercise science or related student in a college program also want a certification on top of a degree Graduates of college programs in exercise science who want to work with athletes
Free Professional Website Included Free Only at premium packages Not Available Not Available Not Available
Unlimited Lifetime Support Included Free Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available
Job Guarantee Included Free Only at premium packages Not Available Not Available Not Available
Better Business Rating A+ A+ A+ A+ A+
Number of Reviews 8,389 897 586 724 580
TrustPilot Reviews 4.8 of 5
Facebook Reviews 4.8 of 5 4.2 of 5 4.6 of 5 4.7 of 5 4.0 of 5
Yelp Reviews 1.5 of 5
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NCCPT Accredited Exam Offered Included Free Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical Review Description "Great support - in-depth and robust materials" "Very tough exam - poor customer service" "Good beginner-level certification" "Lacking in study materials" "For the strength and conditioning focused"
Exam Time Unlimited 120 mins 180 mins 120 mins 180 mins
Exam Passing Score 75% 70% 62.5% 68.75% 70%
Exam Pass Rate 90% 64% 65% 54% 58%
Retest Two free retests $199 $199 $175 Members: $300
Nonmembers: $435
Recertification Every two years Every two years Every two years Every three years Every three years
Recertification CEUs 20 hours 20 hours 20 hours 45 hours 20 hours
Recertification Cost Free with ISSA CEUs $99 $129 $45 $90

*Last Updated May 1, 2020

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