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ISSA offers five accredited certification exams through our subsidiary, the National Council for Certified Personal Trainers (NCCPT). These exams are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and demonstrate compliance with the Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. These Standards ensure the NCCPT certification exams have a valid and reliable process for exam development, implementation, maintenance and governance. NCCA is a division of the Institute for
Credentialing Excellence (ICE).


The NCCPT exam programs have been developed by the NCCPT Certification Board to recognize those individuals who have demonstrated competent knowledge and skills needed to perform as professionals in the fitness industry.

These NCCA accredited NCCPT certification exams are key indicators to fitness employers and other potential fitness clients that the trainer has the proficiency to provide competent training in fitness. Individuals who earn the NCCPT credentials have demonstrated knowledge of the professional domains that encompass the tasks and knowledge required of the fitness profession. By passing the NCCPT examinations, professionals can display their aptitude in each specialized knowledge area of fitness training.