To Our Military And Your Families: We Thank You

ISSA is committed to supporting the careers and education of our service men and women and their families

Education — Employment — Entrepreneurship

The International Sports Sciences Association has been supporting, hiring, training, and certifying our military, veterans, and their families for over 30 years.

Today we are taking the next step in supporting our military families through Education, Employment, and Entrepreneurship. Through our online education and certification programs we provide everything you need to become a certified fitness professional. Military families can find it particularly difficult to transfer their employment and credentials as they move so we back up our commitment with a guarantee you'll find a job or your money back. Finally, for those who wish to build their own businesses we provide you the tools to start out on your own and create your own fitness business.

ISSA Mission Statement
We Believe Healthy Living Improves Lives.

ISSA Core Values
Prioritize Personal Connection - put the person first and show you care through action
Share Wellness - live a healthy, balanced life and encourage others to do the same
Grit to Great - learn from our adversity and challenge and deliver your personal best
Enjoy the Drive - create a fun-loving atmosphere of camaraderie while delivering excellence

Top 5 reasons you should choose ISSA

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    Dedicated Military Transition Specialist

    To help you transition your career, ISSA has a dedicated specialist. He will help you navigate the waters and terrain in order to get you started on your career.

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    Expert Support Team

    During your journey to completing your certificate, if you run into any questions or roadblocks, ISSA has a team of experts to help you, no matter the issue.

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    Access Personal Trainer Support

    To get you training clients sooner, we will upgrade you to be able to access the Personal Trainer Support team. This program allows you to have even more tailored support and help you complete your certification in as little as 4 weeks.

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    Online Forum

    Have questions. ISSA's extensive online forum has questions and answers from those that completed this journey before you. Here you will find answers to most of your questions.

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    Job Placement Assistance

    Upon completing the course and getting your certification, we will provide assistance on landing your first job.


Certified Personal Trainer

Our most popular certification. Start your fitness journey today as a certified Personal trainer and transfer your knowledge and experience onto others. Help transform and improve the lives of others.

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Fitness Coach

An ISSA Fitness Coach has a deeper level of expertise than a personal trainer. A Coach specializes in a defined area of fitness and has the training and education to train specific modalities or targeted populations, or both.

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Elite Trainer

SPECIAL! All military personnel & families get an additional $100 off the Elite Trainer program with code Military-Savings. Enroll now!

To be among the Elite you need the knowledge of fitness, nutrition and a specialization for your expertise. You'll earn the distinction through your Personal Training, Nutritionist and advanced specialization Certification.

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Master Trainer

Help more people. Make more money. Be the Go-To Expert. As a Master Trainer, you will demonstrate a balanced knowledge of fitness and nutrition, and a depth of expertise across many areas of fitness. Open your career path up to new possibilities as you establish yourself among the best.

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Military Transformations

Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson has been a certified personal trainer since 2013 and on active duty Army since 2000. He founded FOBIT FITNESS a gym and smoothie truck in San Antonio, Texas. Read more

Bob Rollins

If you're lucky enough to land in one of his classes, don't think it's going to be easy. Although Bob Rollins understands the struggles of military life, he also expects his students to demonstrate the discipline he knows they have learned through military service. Read more

Patricia Baisden

Patricia Baisden is a true hero, both for her service to the country and her dedication to helping combat the youth obesity epidemic. Using experiences from her long military career as well as her ISSA education and personal trainer certification, Baisden is taking steps to help young people care about health and fitness. Read more

Mike Lee

Mike Lee, an Army Veteran, took to running while serving his four years in the Army. He was a lean 180 pounds at that time, so he knew he wanted to incorporate running into his workouts. He went on to lose 40 pounds over a 10-month period. Read more

Brenna Cliver

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You Will Find a Job as a Certified Personal Trainer or You'll Get Your Money Back

Find a Job or Your Money Back

100% job placement guaranteed. We guarantee you will be a working personal trainer within 6 months of certification. We will refund your course fee in full if you do not receive a job within 6 months of certification.


Pass your ISSA Personal Trainer Exam and your NCCPT Accredited Proctored Exam


Interview with at least 3 gyms within 6 months of completing your certification course (requirements)


Meet Basic Requirements of the gyms (background check, drug test, available to work in the USA)

The exam is included with the purchase of the ISSA CPT course. There is an administrative fee to sit for the exam.

ISSA graduates often find jobs at partner gyms including:

Youfit Health Club Midtown Athletic Club Golds Gym Anytime Fitness

*Only available in the continental U.S. Terms and conditions apply.

Purchase of ISSA training materials is not an eligibility requirement to take the accredited exam nor does it imply a passing score.

Is our Guided Study Personal Trainer Certification right for you?

Thinking about earning your personal trainer certification on your own time? Get your free evaluation kit today!


  • 5 Step plan to becoming certified
  • How to enroll with ISSA

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