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Name of Institution
International Sports Sciences Association

Office Addresses
1015 Mark Ave
Carpinteria, California 93103

Phone: (800) 892-4772
International: (805) 745-8111
Fax: (805) 745-8119


Year Founded

First Accredited


Next Scheduled Review

Dr. Sal Arria

Accreditation and Agency Contact Information

Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)
Accrediting Commission
1601 18th Street, NW, Suite 2
Washington D.C. 20009-2529
Phone: 202-234-5100

State Authorization

ISSA is licensed by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education through 2018 (Institution Code: #82931860, Institutional Approval #21564) to operate as an Accredited Institution. View our Licensed Educational Program List

Students who have a grievance may contact ISSA Management by phone at 1-800-892-4772 (1-805-745-8111) or by mail to ISSA Management, 1015 Mark Ave, Carpinteria, CA 93013.

Any questions a student may have regarding this enrollment agreement that have not been satisfactorily answered by ISSA may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95814,, toll-free telephone number (888) 370-7589 or by fax (916) 263-1897.

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the BPPE by calling (888) 370-7589 toll-free or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the bureau's Internet website


Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board certification does not constitute an endorsement of any institution, course or degree program. Such certification merely indicates that certain minimum standards have been met under the rules and regulations of institutional certification as defined in Arkansas Code §6-61-301.


Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
1625 North Market Blvd. Suite S-202
Sacramento, CA 95834
Phone: 916-574-7720


The Indiana Board for Proprietary Education
101. W. Ohio St., Suite 670
Indianapolis, IN 46204-1984


The Maryland Higher Education Commission
6 N. Liberty Street, 10th floor
Baltimore, MD 21201

ISSA is subject to investigation of student complaints, by the Office of the Attorney General or the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Complaints should be directed to:

Maryland Attorney General
Consumer Protection Division
200 St. Paul St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-528-8662 / 888-743-0823 (toll free)


The International Sports Sciences Association is registered with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Dr., Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
Phone: 916-574-7720 - 651-642-0533

Participation in Funding Programs

Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is available to eligible servicemembers for our AS in Exercise Science degree program.

Marine Corps TA is available to eligible servicemembers for the structured certification courses that are held quarterly.

International Sports Sciences Association is licensed for Veterans' Educational Benefits. 916-503-8317

International Sports Sciences Association's AS in Exercise Science degree program is approved for federal student financial aid. ISSA's federal school code is: 042434


The International Sports Sciences Association believes that the health and fitness of our society can be significantly improved by our students' success as health, sports and fitness professionals. Our efforts to stem the tide of poor health and physical decline are multiplied exponentially as our graduates and members disseminate the ISSA principles and methods to their clients, peers and associates. Our mission is to inspire each and every student to positively impact the quality of life of each individual with whom they come in contact.

As a distance education institution and certifying agency, the ISSA is unconditionally committed to providing the highest quality distance education programs available, advancing our industry as a whole, and developing greater access to career opportunities for those who share our vision of Creating a Stronger, Healthier World.

Core Values

  • Students first
  • Professional Advocacy
  • Meeting fitness and health care staffing needs
  • Excellence and innovation in education
  • Visionary leadership
  • Change Agents
  • Professionalism
  • Teamwork
  • Commitment to a healthy and productive lifestyle
  • Professional autonomy
  • High integrity and ethical standards

Institutional Goals

  • To serve ISSA fitness professionals by developing programs that are beneficial and of interest to the fitness industry
  • To enhance professional development of fitness professionals by facilitating opportunities for learning and individual growth
  • To establish standards and guidelines for the delivery of quality and professional fitness services and business practices, as well as the development of ethics standards for ISSA fitness professionals
  • To collaborate with public and private industries on the development of programs and services to increase the awareness of fitness education and its benefits to individuals and communities
  • To network with other industry organizations to advance fitness education, careers and professional practices by initiating and disseminating research findings.

Institutional Objectives

  • To graduate students who are prepared for the fitness industry
  • To enroll a wide range of qualified students from across the globe interested in personal growth, job acquisition, career advancement or higher education goals in the health and fitness industry.
  • To recruit and retain effective and qualified staff and faculty committed to distance education.
  • To provide students skills, support systems and information they need to succeed in the fitness industry and higher education aspirations.
  • To tie student assessments to our strategic planning
  • To provide relevant and up to date curriculum deliverable through online means.
  • To investigate, research and implement relevant technology as beneficial to the delivery of online education.

Institutional Objectives

To turn our vision into a reality and to accomplish our mission, the ISSA strives for the following outcomes:


1. To administer policies and programs with the priority being the best interests of public health and well being.


2. To produce students that are inspirational leaders, academically sound, and professional in their fitness and health related profession.

3. To nurture students' abilities to be lifelong learners

4. To promote the use of professional behaviors in the work environment

5. To enable the skills necessary to exercise autonomous judgment in professional endeavors as employees or business owners.

Learning and Teaching

6. To support faculty scholarship, teaching excellence, and service to the ISSA, community and professional activities

7. To support faculty leadership in the development of contemporary curricula

8. To promote student learning by utilizing best instructional practices


9. To focus on helping one student at a time.

10. To focus on student success in daily studies, preparation and testing (competence)

11. To promote an organizational culture that respects open communication, job ownership, and teamwork between all divisions; Public, Education and Professional.

12. To encourage sharing the impact that a healthy active and productive lifestyle creates on all people and society at large.

13. To expect ethical behavior and integrity in all staff actions.

14. To support professional advocacy in working with external constituencies


15. To focus on regular quality improvements to enhance institutional effectiveness

Growth and Innovation

16. To search out and embrace change and innovation in processes that enhances educational outcomes

17. To responsibly grow the ISSA based on society's need for our programs and the availability of resources and personnel to support the improved health and well being of our society as a whole.

18. To provide visionary educational models that address student learning needs


19. To manage all school operations ethically, economically, safely and efficiently


  • Elite Trainer
  • Master Trainer
  • AS Exercise Science with an Emphasis in Personal Training
  • Certified Fitness Trainer
  • Specialist in Fitness Nutrition
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • Specialist in Exercise Therapy
  • Specialist in Senior Fitness
  • Youth Fitness Trainer
  • Specialist in Sports Conditioning
  • Specialist in Group Fitness
  • Specialist in Sports Nutrition
  • Bodybuilding Specialist


Guided Study Certificate Courses
$799.00 + S&H

Degree Courses
$185.00 / quarter credit

Success Indicators

Percentage of Students Surveyed Who Responded that they:

AS Degree:
Achieved their learning goals: 96%
Would recommend the school to a friend: 97%
Were satisfied with their studies: 95%

Certificate Programs:
Achieved their learning goals: 90%
Would recommend the school to a friend: 95%
Were satisfied with their studies: 93%

Performance Indicators

Degree Programs:
AS in Exercise Science with an Emphasis in Personal Training: 40%

Certificate Programs:
  • Master Trainer 70%
  • Elite Trainer 72%
  • Certified Fitness Trainer (CFT) 83%
  • Specialist in Fitness Nutrition (SFN) 87%
  • Specialist in Exercise Therapy (SET) 85%
  • Specialist in Strength & Conditioning (SSC) 81%
  • Youth Fitness Trainer (YFT) 84%
  • Specialist in Senior Fitness (SSF) 87%
  • Specialist in Group Fitness (SGF) 84%
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) 85%
  • Specialist in Sports Nutrition (SSN) 80%
  • Bodybuilding Specialist BBS) 88%

Percentage of Graduates Surveyed Who Responded That They:

Learned to think critically and analytically about health and fitness: 99%
Learned to solve complex real-world health and fitness problems: 96%
Learned something that changed the way they understood an issue or concept related to health and fitness problems: 91%

Job-Related Indicators

Obtained the knowledge and skills necessary for employment as a certified fitness professional: 95.8%
Were gainfully employed or self-employed within 6 months after graduation: 89%
Began earning money as an employee or independent contractor with 10 weeks after graduation: 80%
Acquired job or work related skills 6 months after graduation: 92%
Received a job promotion: 49%
Received a pay increase: 58%

How much are you currently earning per year in your part time or full time employment?

$0 - $5,000.00 (part time) 12.4%
$5,001.00 - $10,0000.00 (part time) 3.3%
$10,001.00 - $15,000.00 (part time) 6.9%
$15,001.00 - $20,000.00 9.3%
$20,001.00 - $25,000.00 14.8%
$25,001.00 - $30,000.00 6.9%
$35,001.00 - $40,000.00 8.5%
$40,000.00 - $45,000.00 10.2%
$50,000.00 + 29.7%

Employer, Owner, Manager, Supervisor, or Director survey responses on ISSA graduates:

Do you feel that the ISSA trainers that you employ are adequately prepared for daily training duties upon initial hire? 91.7% Yes
Would you say that the ISSA trainers consistently and effectively help their clients achieve intended objectives? 100% Yes
Would you consider your ISSA trainers sufficiently knowledgeable regarding training- and nutrition-related topics? 95.8% Yes
Do the ISSA trainers adequately demonstrate the ability to structure and periodize their clients' workout programs to maximize the potential for success? 96% Yes
Do the ISSA trainers show a functional knowledge of basic anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, and exercise physiology? 100% Yes
Do the ISSA trainers effectively integrate sound nutritional analysis with their clients' training programs (if allowed)? 91.7% Yes
Do your ISSA trainers communicate clearly and effectively with clientele? 95.8% Yes
Overall, would you say that your experience working with/managing ISSA trainers has been positive? 95.8% Yes

States in which the ISSA has obtained authorization, a formal exemption and or are not required under various state jurisdictions and the effective dates:

State Date Status
Alabama 08/9/2017 Authorized
Alaska 07/23/2014 Authorized
American Samoa 2/27/2017 Exempt
Arizona 11/10/2014 Not required
Arkansas 10/13/2015 Authorized
California (home state) 05/06/2013 till 2018 Authorized
Colorado 09/17/2014 Not required
Connecticut 11/10/2014 Not required
Delaware 11/28/2016 Authorized
District of Columbia 4/13/2016 Not required
Florida 08/26/2014 Not required
Georgia In Progress Pending
Guam 02/04/2017 Not required
Hawaii 09/15/2014 Exempt
Idaho 11/12/2014 Authorized
Illinois 08/29/2014 Authorized
Indiana 11/20/2014 Authorized
Iowa 11/13/2015 Authorized
Kansas 10/20/2017 Authorized
Kentucky 10/13/2014 Exempt
Louisiana 09/23/2014 Not required
Maine 12/05/2014 Exempt
Maryland 9/21/2016 Authorized
Massachusetts 10/16/2014 Not required
Michigan 1/18/2017 Authorized
Minnesota 09/25/2017 Authorized
Mississippi 12/05/2014 Not required
Missouri 08/12/2014 Not required
Montana 04/1/2015 Authorized
Nebraska 10/21/2014 Not required
Nevada 11/10/2014 Exempt
New Hampshire 11/11/2014 Not required
New Jersey 10/20/2014 Not required
New Mexico 12/29/2014 Not required
New York 10/12/2017 Authorized
North Carolina 10/22/2014 Not required
North Dakota 11/22/2016 Exempt
Ohio 09/17/2014 Not required
Oklahoma 09/15/2014 Not required
Oregon N/A Not Authorized
Pennsylvania 7/1/2017 Authorized
Rhode Island 11/11/2014 Not required
South Carolina 08/26/2014 Not required
South Dakota 11/17/2014 Not required
Tennessee 10/14/2014 Not required
Texas 08/27/2014 Not required
Utah 07/22/2014 Not required
Vermont 11/19/2014 Not required
Virginia 09/03/2014 Not required
Virgin Islands 02/27/2017 Exempt
Washington 09/22/2014 Not required
West Virginia 12/17/2014 Not required
Wisconsin 08/19/2014 Not required
Wyoming 06/30/2017 Authorized

International Sports Sciences Association is an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating.

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ISSA has been very professional the whole way through, and the resource materials have provided me with a fresh new knowledge of fitness, nutrition, and health practices.

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ISSA made it so easy for me to acquire my certificate as a Certified Personal Trainer, and I would also like to add that the course material was put together very well for me to understand.

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Hands down, ISSA stood out for me because they are the first fitness organization in the U.S. to become nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)...

Courtney Elveston

The staff was very helpful also and very nice if I had a question about anything they were always there to help me out.

Angela Brown

The course itself was thorough and challenging, and it was great to have the flexibility to work it into my current schedule, as well as the convenience of being able to do everything online.

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I am so proud to be part of the ISSA family. When I became certified back in 2011, I never knew how quickly my business would become so successful.

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After completing my CPT successfully, I can say only one thing that ISSA is really good in providing you the knowledge which is required in the fitness industry. It makes you fitness industry ready in every aspect.

Mohit Garg

The option to study at your own pace and test whenever it is convenient for you makes this course that much better than the rest!

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Fitness is very important to me, and getting the certification makes that better.

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As a professional soccer player, I'm happy to have achieved this! Fitness is beautiful, its the perfect lifestyle.

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ISSA has given me new knowledge and helped me become a more confident and skilled instructor for seniors.

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ISSA was one of the only names that was recognized right away and was viewed by all the gyms I called as a very knowledgeable and reputable association.

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The reason I recommend ISSA for those looking to become certified is because I know that the same outstanding customer service that I continue to receive will be extended unto you.

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I’ve been searching for the best training a company has to offer for years, ISSA really has it all.

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As a busy fitness professional having ISSA as a resource is golden.

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

Nicole Holstein

The site is very easy to navigate, the content is very educational and flows smoothly, I receive help quickly when I have a question.

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What I loved the most about the ISSA course was that the textbook was very interesting, the quizzes and final exam were thorough tricky, and challenging, and of course the time flexibility for me was priceless...

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ISSA was a great school and has taught me many things about how to do this and the correct ways.

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