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

The way the course builds up- from a deep theoretical knowledge to practise, proves ISSA provides state of the art material.

Claudio Fray

I am so proud to be part of the ISSA family. When I became certified back in 2011, I never knew how quickly my business would become so successful.

Moji Oluwa

The ISSA is a good foundation for anybody who starts with a certification in personal training.

Belhedi Alaeddine

With the website, blogs and continuing education that ISSA offers I know I will continue to improve as a personal trainer.

Rose Connolly

I use everything I learned on a daily basis whether I am working with a client or talking with co-workers.

Eric Denney

This program encompasses a broad amount of information across the board in physical fitness.

Carmen Maendel

ISSA is one of the most respected certifications out there and in my opinion the most comprehensive.

Peter Cardona

I feel there is always something to learn when it comes to health and fitness so I can trust the ISSA to support me with the information I seek.

Jacob Smith

ISSA has been very professional the whole way through, and the resource materials have provided me with a fresh new knowledge of fitness, nutrition, and health practices.

James Deaton

I could not have imagined a better experience and will be eternally grateful for ALL of the assistance that was given and the compassion shown.

Chermariea Jones

The best part about ISSA, is when you call, you talk to a real person. They are quick to respond, answer all of your questions and help guide you to be successful.

Aftann Taijeron

Fitness is very important to me, and getting the certification makes that better.

Katie Santoro

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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