ISSA Certification Exam

Learn how to get your Certificate of Personal Training Applications

This is an at home online exam which gives you a Certificate of Personal Training Applications through ISSA.

  1. All courses must be completed within 6 months of the official purchase date. If a new edition of a course becomes available during your enrollment period, you will be given the opportunity to upgrade to the latest edition of the course. A voluntary upgrade will extend your enrollment period to 8 months from the upgrade date.
  2. If you do not finish within 6 months, your student account will become inactive. If you fail to complete the program requirements within 6 months, you may request a 2-month extension, free of charge. If you fail to complete the requirements during your first extension period, you may request a final 2-month extension for a non-refundable fee of $99. Completion of the program beyond the final extension period requires re-enrollment.
  3. ISSA personal training certificates are processed and mailed within three weeks after all certification requirements have been completed.
  4. Students who submit their exam online will receive their results via email, using the email address provided at the time of testing. Home Study examination results will be sent by US mail. The communication via email or US Mail will be from the ISSA Educational Support Department. Students may contact the ISSA Educational Support Department for any questions regarding results.
  5. All ISSA Professionals are required to maintain a current adult CPR/AED certification. If your CPR/AED expires before your renewal, you are responsible for updating your CPR/AED status. Your CPR/AED certificate must be valid for at least 30 days beyond the date of submission.

    Two options exist to satisfy this requirement:

    1. A hands-on CPR/AED course from an approved provider, OR
    2. A time-saving, more convenient and less expensive ISSA-approved online CPR/AED course.(The ISSA-approved online course also automatically updates the ISSA database upon your successful completion.)

    For more information on the ISSA-approved online course, please visit: https://www.issaonline.com/certification/cpr/

  6. Students can transfer a course to another student within three months of the original enrollment date. A completed Course Transfer Form, a copy of the current student's photo ID, and a $50 transfer fee must be submitted to the Student Services Department prior to the three-month limit. ISSA courses may only be transferred once. Authorization from a Student Services representative is required for all course transfers. (Contact Student Services at 800.545.4772.)
  7. Course exchanges will be granted within 30 days of purchase. In order to issue materials for the new course, ISSA must receive the original course package in its entirety, postmarked no later than the 30th day of enrollment. A $50.00 administration fee plus shipping costs for new materials shall apply. Students will be subject to the tuition reimbursement schedule of the new course commencing with the reassignment date. Remit a completed Course Material Return Form along with your course materials to: ISSA, Attn: Course Exchange, 1015 Mark Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013
  8. There is online testing, for both quizzes and final exams, is the preferred testing method. Online testing saves you the hassle of organizing and photocopying your answer sheets, saves you from a trip to the post office, saves you postage for registered mail, and keeps track of your submissions in your Member Account. What's more, online testing produces a much faster turn-around time for grading!
  9. Submission of all of your course quizzes indicates that you have studied all of the course material and have enough background information to begin your final exam.
  10. You may take the quizzes as many times as necessary, but we highly recommend that you do so online. If you request additional answer sheets to submit repeated quiz answers by mail, you will be required to pay an administration fee plus shipping and handling costs. Retaking quizzes online is free of charge.
  11. If you take your examination online, our secure server will organize and track your examination for you. Exams submitted by mail must be stapled or bound in a manner that keeps the coursework and examination organized. All final examinations should be typed, not handwritten. Students must be sure to include their name on every page of their exam. We do not allow plastic page dividers, sheet protectors or binders of any kind.
  12. If you fail any portion of your Examination, you will be offered the opportunity to resubmit that portion of the examination, free of charge. (This is known as your second attempt at the examination.) Each retest beyond the second attempt (e.g., third attempt, fourth attempt, etc.) will incur a $99 administrative fee.

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