Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)

ISSA is the industry leading first fitness organization in the U.S. that is accredited by a federally recognized agency.

The ISSA is proud to be accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The Accrediting Commission is:

  • Listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized agency
  • Recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
  • Recognized by the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA)

DEAC Accreditation Means Student Protection and Opportunity.

Founded in 1912, the DEAC centers around one goal: student protection.

So what does this mean for you? The Commission verifies on your behalf that we:

  • meet the high performance standards of the U.S. Department of Education and CHEA with approved programs of study and qualified instructors .
  • stand by you, listen and respond to your needs, and support you while you earn your training credentials.
  • protect your investment with refund policies that parallel other accredited colleges and universities.
  • operate on a sound financial basis.

State Authorization

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

Transfer of credit

ISSA courses can be transferred for *college credit.

Military Tuition Assistance

ISSA's accreditation means we are listed with DANTES and our programs are fully approved for Armed Forces TA and Military Spouse Financial Assistance.

A ".edu" domain name

Eligibility for a .edu domain name is limited to U.S. postsecondary institutions that are institutionally accredited by agencies that are approved by the U.S. Department of Education.

IHRSA Recognition

The ISSA has been acknowledged by IHRSA (International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association) as one of the several personal training groups that have achieved accreditation from an IHRSA-recognized accrediting body.

Why not NCCA?

NCCA is not recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to grant accreditation nor are they recognized by CHEA.

NCCA is not recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense and does not qualify programs for Armed Forces Tuition Assistance.

Further, the NCCA does not accredit institutions or educational programs, only examinations. NCCA specifically states that any organization that seeks accreditation of their examination cannot require candidates to take any of their courses, classes, training, or workshops as a prerequisite to sit for their examination.

It is for these reasons that the ISSA chose to seek accreditation from the DEAC, as they truly represent the platinum level of accreditation.

Recognized Accrediting Organizations

The Fundamentals of Accreditation - What do you need to know?

*College transfer credits are determined by individual institutions. Check with your college advisor to see if ISSA courses qualify at your institution.