Consumer Information Disclosure

Name of Institution: International Sports Sciences Association

Office Addresses:
1015 Mark Ave
Carpinteria California 93013

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


Year Founded: 1988

First Accredited: 2009

Re-Accredited: 2013

Next Scheduled Review: 2018

President: 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 - 651-642-0533

Participation in Funding Programs:

Tuition Assistance is available to all Active Duty, Active Guard/Reserve, and military and civilian personnel of the Army National Guard, through the Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES), which qualifies active duty military personnel for tuition reimbursement.

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


The International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) 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.

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

Institutional Goals

Institutional Objectives

Institutional Outcomes

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

7. To support faculty scholarship, teaching excellence, and service to the ISSA, community and professional activities
8. To support faculty leadership in the development of contemporary curricula
9. To promote student learning by utilizing best instructional practices


10. To focus on helping one student at a time.
11. To focus on student success in daily studies, preparation and testing (competence)
12. To promote an organizational culture that respects open communication, job ownership, and teamwork between all divisions; Public, Education and Professional.
13. To encourage sharing the impact that a healthy active and productive lifestyle creates on all people and society at large.
14. To expect ethical behavior and integrity in all staff actions.
15. To support professional advocacy in working with external constituencies


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

Growth and Innovation

17. To search out and embrace change and innovation in processes that enhances educational outcomes
18. 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.
19. To provide visionary educational models that address student learning needs


20. 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
Fitness Therapy
Specialist in Fitness for Older Adults
Youth Fitness Trainer
Specialist in Sports Conditioning
Specialist in Performance Nutrition


Self-paced Individual Certificate Courses
$599.00 + S&H

Guided Study Certificate Courses
$925.00 + S&H

Degree Courses
$185.00 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 courses:
Achieved their learning goals: 90%
Would recommend the school to a friend: 95%
Were satisfied with their studies: 93%

Performance Indicators

Degree course:

This program is new. Therefore, the number of students who graduate, the number of students who placed, or the starting salary you can earn after finishing the educational program are unknown at this time. Information regarding general salary and placement statistics may be available from government sources or from the institution, but is not equivalent to actual performance data.

Normal Time for ISSA's AS Degree in Exercise Science is 3 years (36 months). 150% of Normal Time for the program is 4.5 years (54 months). The program began in April 2011. The first opportunity to query the inaugural cohort at 150% of Normal Time will be in October of 2015.

Current class completion rate within program 93%

Certificate courses:

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

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?

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 08/13/2015 Authorized
Alaska 07/23/2014 Authorized
Arizona 11/10/2014 Not required
Arkansas 10/30/2015 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 08/31/2014 Not required
Hawaii 09/15/2014 Exempt
Idaho 11/12/2014 Not required
Illinois 08/29/2014 Authorized
Iowa 11/13/2015 Authorized
Indiana 11/20/2014 Authorized
Kansas 10/18/2016 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 09/21/2016 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 n/A Pending
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 09/29/2014 Not required
Pennsylvania 7/1/2016 Authorized
Rhode Island 11/11/2014 Not required
South Carolina 08/26/2014 Not required
South Dakota 11/17/2014 Authorized
Tennessee 10/14/2014 Not required
Texas 08/27/2014 Exempt
Utah 07/22/2014 Exempt
Vermont 11/19/2014 Not required
Virginia 09/03/2014 Not required
Washington 09/22/2014 Not required
West Virginia 12/17/2014 Not required
Wisconsin 08/19/2014 Not required
Wyoming 05/16/2016 Authorized

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