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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.edu/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 800.892.4772.)
  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 $50 administrative fee.

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DeJarrod Jones

ISSA has helped make my dreams com true of being a personal trainer and helping people become better versions of themselves.

DeJarrod Jones

Maria Luz Andrea Kjærnet

ISSA helped me transform my own life aside from teaching me how to help others.

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Antione Robinson

The knowledge that I received has been extremely helpful in my own weight loss journey where I have lost more than 100 lbs.

Antione Robinson

Matthew Edson

The ISSA program provided me with the flexibility to achieve my certification while maintaining a full time career, being a parent of two active grade school children and husband.

Matthew Edson

Penelope Pearce-Robb

I found the student support and professionalism to be astounding, and the course so learner friendly.

Penelope Pearce-Robb

Jamar Coleman

ISSA has changed my life for the better and by changing my life ISSA has equipped me with the tools and support to help whoever may be looking for guidance pertaining to their health and fitness endeavors.

Jamar Coleman

Tessa Matus

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

Tessa Matus

Nickolas Lollar

I am a certified personal trainer. Now I am free to make money doing what I love more than anything, helping others reach the happy, healthy state that I have.

Nickolas Lollar

J.R. Smith

I do not believe there is another certifying organization that has the background, integrity, caring and compassion that the ISSA has...

J.R. Smith

Ana Victoria Cate

I've always been passionate about fitness, and ISSA gave me tools to build a knowledge base that I can continue to add to.

Ana Victoria Cate

Joseph Alexander Harris

Did my research and found out that not only is ISSA a reputable certification, they also are willing to help you succeed after you get certified.

Joseph Alexander Harris

Chad Westgate

It’s been a great journey and ISSA has helped this journey and dream become a reality. The information and learning have been rewarding and beneficial in running a business and being a personal training.

Chad Westgate

Nicole Holstein

ISSA gave me the opportunity to work independently to study, complete work, and gain knowledge on becoming a personal trainer.

Nicole Holstein

Gabriela Cumberbatch

This Strength and Conditioning Certification from ISSA gave me the opportunity to expand my knowledge in strength and conditioning, whether it be in the gym or outside on the field or court, with a team or an individual.

Gabriela Cumberbatch

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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