ISSA Industry Affiliations and Recognition
Accreditation: Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)
ISSA is proud to be accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency, and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Our accreditation assures our students, the fitness industry, and the general public that we, as a distance-education provider and certification body:
- have met certain standards of the U.S. Department of Education and CHEA;
- provide the quality of education we claim;
- operate on a sound financial basis;
- have approved programs of study, qualified instructors, adequate facilities and equipment;
- utilize effective recruitment and admission policies; and
- advertise our courses truthfully.
We believe that a U.S. Department of Education and CHEA-recognized accreditation helps to legitimize the perception of fitness educators by the public, and gives the entire profession more credibility as wellness providers. We also believe that DEAC accreditation is congruent with IHRSA's mission to "protect and promote the health and fitness industry."
NBFE Provisional Affiliate
The National Board of Fitness Examiners (NBFE) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure to the public that qualified fitness professionals who have successfully passed the National Board examination have achieved an approved level of competency in the health and fitness industry. The NBFE promotes the services of qualified fitness professions as a viable means of improving public health. http://www.NBFE.org
GI Bill Approved
The Veterans Benefits Administration provides benefits and services to the veterans and their families in a responsive, timely and compassionate manner in recognition of their service to the Nation. ISSA was approved by the Bureau for Private and postsecondary Vocational Education under contract with the Veteran's Administration. Active military, veterans, and eligible spouses and dependents can now receive reimbursement from the Veterans Administration for testing fees for any of the 10 International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) fitness certification courses. Licensing & Certification code: 4202421.
In the State of California, schools such as the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) must receive approval to operate from the California Bureau for Private, Postsecondary and Vocational Education (BPPVE). The ISSA under title 38 U.S. Code is approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education (BPPVE), as of June 15, 2002. This approval is granted in accordance with the responsibilities delegated to the BPPVE under Title 38, Chapter 36, U.S. Code Sections 3671(a) and 3672(a). On July 1, 2007, the Bureau ceased operations in accordance with a "sunset" provision in the state law.
ISSA continues in operation, and has entered into a voluntary agreement with the California Department of Consumer Affairs. Under that agreement, we continue to comply with all applicable state statutes, rules, and regulations that were in effect as of the close of business on June 30, 2007.
Both houses of the California legistation have passed a bill to replace the BPPVE. This bill will be enacted when the governor signs it. From the time the old BPPVE ceased to operate, ISSA has operated under a voluntary agreement with the state of California which will continue in effect until the new legislation is signed.
California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools
Further, as of October 2, 2008, the ISSA is a member in good standing with the California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools (CAPPS). CAPPS is the only California state association representing a diverse range of Private Postsecondary Schools in California. CAPPS, since 1985, has worked with the State's Governors, Legislature, elected officials and the numerous regulatory agencies that provide oversight to the sector. CAPPS offers strong member services in professional development as well as business and educational advice.
The California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools (CAPPS) is the only California state association representing a diverse range of California Private Postsecondary Schools. CAPPS Member schools include for-profit, non-profit, religious exempt and registered institutions. Our schools also include accredited, non-accredited and approved schools as well as Regionally and Nationally Accredited institutions. CAPPS balances the needs of the entire sector, from small registered "mom and pop" schools to large publicly traded Institutions. CAPPS, since 1985, has worked with the State's Governors, Legislature, elected officials and the numerous regulatory agencies that provide oversight to the sector. CAPPS offers strong member services in professional development as well as business and educational advice.
New York Chiropractic College
New York Chiropractic College assists future doctors of chiropractic achieve their career goals, New York Chiropractic College offers a unique educational program that gives students access to many career possibilities. The mission of New York Chiropractic College is to provide leadership and academic excellence in all our degree granting programs through a commitment to quality education and patient care, research excellence, professional service, and the fostering of lifelong learning for all members of our community. ISSA is approved for continuing education credits for chiropractors through the New York Chiropractic College (NYCC).http://www.nycc.edu
IHRSA stands for "International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association." IHRSA is a trade association serving the health and fitness club industry. IHRSA's mission is to grow, protect and promote the health and fitness industry, and to provide its members with benefits that will help them be more successful.
Better Business Bureau
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) system in the U.S. extends across the nation; coast-to-coast, and in Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico. The BBB's mission is to promote and foster the highest ethical relationship between businesses and the public through voluntary self-regulation, consumer and business education, and service excellence. ISSA maintains a A+ rating with the BBB--the highest possible rating.
Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce
ISSA is a proud member of the Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce, a non-profit organization dealing with local commerce for the Santa Barbara area. Their mission is to foster the economic vitality and quality of life within the Santa Barbara Region.