- National accreditation
The ISSA earned accreditation through the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The DEAC is an educational association located in Washington, D.C. The Accrediting Commission of the DEAC is listed by the United States Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.
- Comprehensive Curriculum
The ISSA core curriculum for Personal Trainers covers the broadest range of useful topics including anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, nutrition, supplementation, personalized nutrition programming, flexibility techniques, and sports strength and conditioning for the fitness professional.
- Continual Professional Updates
Each day, new articles appear on the ISSA web site and every week, specific articles for fitness professionals appear on ISSA's Pro-Trainer web site. Members also receive free access to hundreds of health, fitness, and nutrition articles, as well as Medline and five other medical databases.
- Technical Support
ISSA is the only organization that provides you with toll-free phone support while you're studying, and even after you're certified. Our specialists are standing by to assist you, either by phone or online, while you're studying. After you're certified, we're always available to help you with any questions about training your clients.
- Business Support
ISSA is the only certification organization that offers a comprehensive business guide that teaches you, step by step, how to use your ISSA personal trainer certification and turn it into a lucrative business. We also provide, at no charge, counseling and guidance on all the business aspects once you become a personal trainer.
- Flexibility of Study
ISSA's personal trainer certification course is offered through both independent study and weekend seminars. All courses are self-paced, allowing for individual differences in learning abilities.
- Advanced Certifications: Continuing Education
ISSA was the first organization to create specialization within the fitness profession. You now have the opportunity to dramatically expand your client base by becoming a specialist in those areas of fitness that interest you. Added learning opportunities include the following certification and continuing education programs:
- Impeccable Credentials of ISSA Directors
The ISSA's Board of Directors reads like a "Who's Who" of Fitness. Unlike any other organization, ISSA's team of experts have combined literally hundreds of years of true "in the trenches" experience as fitness experts. We are honored to list the following as our team leaders: Dr. Fred Hatfield, Dr. Sal Arria, Dr. Jack Barnathan, Bill Pearl, Dr. Karl Knopf, Dr. E.J. "Doc" Kreis, Dr. John Schaeffer, Lt.Col JK Taylor and Charles Staley.
The ISSA's Personal Trainer Certification is recognized and accepted in virtually every nation in the world, commanding the highest respect and prestige.
- Because You Care
ISSA students are attracted to this profession because:
If you're a caring, giving person, who enjoys staying in shape and helping others, or have experienced a breakthrough in your life through your commitment to fitness, then becoming an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer could be the best decision you'll ever make.
- They enjoy helping and teaching others how to live a fitness lifestyle.
- Because they want to learn the latest information about exercise and nutrition to improve their own health, as well as those they care about.
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