Looking for a new career in fitness or nutrition?

Earn your Personal Training or Nutrition Certification online, at home and on your own schedule. Students typically graduate within 8-10 weeks with the knowledge, skills and confidence to start their new full-time or part-time career.

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Personal Training

Personal Training

Turn your passion for fitness into the lucrative and rewarding career you've always wanted by becoming an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer.

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Nutrition

Nutrition

Gain the knowledge and skills to build a career in the exciting and growing field of nutrition coaching by becoming an ISSA Certified Nutritionist.

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Specializations

Specializations

Become a well-rounded coach with ISSA Specialization Courses that prepare you to support various clients of all ages and interests.

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College

College

Invest in yourself and expand your credentials with a fully-accredited, 100% online Associate's Degree in Exercise Science from ISSA.

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How ISSA Certification courses work

  • 1

    Get Instant Access and Start Studying Right Away

    Study online or with the included textbooks. With 1-2 hours of studying per day, most students finish in just 8-10 weeks. Feel free to study at your own pace.

  • 2

    Complete Quizzes and Test Your Comprehension

    We offer multiple online practice quizzes throughout the course to completely prepare you for the final exam and for real life coaching.

  • 3

    Take the Open-Book, Untimed Final Exam from Anywhere

    You read that correctly - the final exam is online, open-book, untimed, and can be completed over multiple sessions! You can even go back and change any answer, at any time, before you submit your exam. If you don't pass the first time, we even allow you to re-take the exam.

Why over 300,000 students choose our certification courses:

  • Online Access

    Study your course materials anytime, anywhere

  • Ongoing Support

    Phone support, a business guide, free trainer website after your exam, and continuing educational courses

  • Up-to-Date Materials

    Stay current with updated guides, workbooks, forums, labs & more

  • Study on Your Time

    Up to 8 months to complete; most students finish in 10-12 weeks

  • Trusted Experience

    "The Trainers' Trainer" for over 30 years and available in over 92 countries

  • Untimed, Online Open Book Exam

    The final exam is online, open-book, untimed, and can be completed over multiple sessions

Distance Education Accrediting Commission

Accreditated education

The ISSA is accredited by the DEAC, and is the first and only fitness organization in the U.S. accredited by a federally recognized agency.

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Meet our experts

Our authors are highly respected leaders in their fields. Thanks to their contributions, you'll find real-life applicable material in every single ISSA course.

Dr. Thomas Fahey

Dr. Fahey is an author of over 21 books and 500 articles pertaining to Exercise Science, a current Professor of Exercise Science at Chico State University, and a former collegiate All-American in track and field.

Dr. John Berardi

Dr. Berardi is the founder of Precision Nutrition, a professor, author, and world renowned nutrition expert whose work has been featured in publications and conferences around the world.

Sara Fleming, MS

Ms. Fleming is a Strength and Conditioning Coach to several nationally and world ranked powerlifters and weightlifters, and is the author of ISSA’s Specialist in Group Fitness course.

Dr. Karl Knopf

Dr. Knopf has authored 20 books on topics related to senior fitness and water exercise, and served as the Director of the Fitness Therapy Program at Foothill College until his retirement in 2013.

Josh Bryant, BS, MFS, CSCS, PES

Mr. Bryant is a best-selling author, trainer of top-ranked powerlifters and figure competitors, and as a competitor has won several national and world powerlifting titles.

Hear how ISSA has helped students like you

I learned so much about what it takes to be a trainer. The program covers tons of information, but it was manageable and very useful and relevant.

Keila Lounds

When it came to being a trainer there wasn't any sugar coating. It was laid out for what it is in the real world in what is to be expected of you as an ISSA professional.

Richard Petersen

Don't be shy to live your dream and as I did, become yourself, become trainer.

Jordi Ciprin

Of my now 25 coaching certifications, I was super impressed with how in-depth and thorough the ISSA SSC is.

Christopher Romano

My experience with ISSA was amazing. I was so impressed with the online self-study program and how it was organized. I was equally impressed with the staff support, knowledge and integrity!

Yvonne Roth

ISSA offers lessons of real-world cases and the insights of professionals.

Ilona Kinney

I am so overly emotional and proud that throughout these last 12 weeks of insane studies and working all the time; I finished. I can't wait to see how ISSA helps me better myself and everyone around me.

Brittany Marsh

I feel I can give my best to my clients and continue to further my education so I can give them the most up to date and relevant information.

Lundyn Wyllie

I would recommend ISSA because this association has figured out the right mix for an extremely good learning experience while working through the process of acquiring certification.

Mark Pyles

With the textbooks, interactive essay questions and written assignments, along with the Course Guidebook, ISSA sets you up for success.

Kelly Collar

ISSA has remained to be among the leaders of the fitness industry and is still an organization that is nationally recognized and has a good reputation.

Karin Singleton

I was so overwhelmed at first but chatted with a master trainer on the website and they gave me some wonderful study tips that built my confidence back up. I actually finished a month early.

Evette Wrinkle

Lifetime benefits that come with all ISSA certifications

  • Free professional website

    All ISSA members get a free website to build a business and support their clients online. Five pages of professionally designed, easily editable, fully hosted content is included. Choose from nine designs and put your best face forward online!

  • College certifications available

    Take your knowledge to the next level with our Associate Degree Program in Exercise Science based on real world, in-the-trenches health, fitness, nutrition, sport, and prevention.

  • Unlimited educational support

    All ISSA students have access to unlimited educational support. If you have questions about the course materials, our on-staff professors can guide you through. This support continues even after you earn your personal trainer certification.

All ISSA certifications count as credits towards our Associates Degree in our College

Turn your passion for health and fitness into a degree. We have designed all of our certifications to count towards credits in the ISSA College towards your Associates Degree in Exercise Science. Get certified today and check out the ISSA College to see if a degree with us is in your future.

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Is ISSA right for you?

Thinking about becoming a Personal Trainer or an ISSA Certified Nutritionist? Get your Free Evaluation Kit today and take your first step towards making money doing what you are passionate about. The kit includes:

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  • Readiness quiz: Is a career in Personal Training right for me?
  • 5 Step plan to becoming certified
  • Job opportunities

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