Personal Training + Nutrition Certification: Become A Total Fitness Expert

We’ve combined the #1 rated Personal Training Certification with a Fitness Nutrition Certification written by the #1 fitness nutrition coach so you can master the art and science of being a complete Personal Trainer

You’ll earn three certifications in one package with Personal Training, Fitness Nutrition and Nutrition Coaching certifications. You’ll learn:

  •  Get the results your clients want from their workouts.
  •  Uncover the truth about your client’s diet and exercise.
  •  Recognize the connection between what we eat and our physical and emotional experiences.
  •  Use coaching and motivation strategies unique to each client.
  •  Keep people progressing until they reach their goals.

Fitness Nutrition Coach Program

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  • Study at your own pace
  • Up to 6 months to complete
  • Online exam at home
  • Unlimited educational support
  • Amazing customer support
  • Nationally accredited

About Fitness Nutrition

After 30 years in the fitness industry, we’ve learned that without nutrition and dietary knowledge supplemented with implementation skills, it is impossible for professionals to get their best results with clients - leading to personal and professional dissatisfaction. But with effective nutritional knowledge and skills, you will feel confident, competent, and credible. You can offer advice that you know is right and get the results you and your clients want. Knowing how to coach nutrition effectively is the key to helping people get the results they deserve.

The ISSA Certified Fitness Nutrition program is based on the same foundation that has delivered impressive results for nearly a hundred thousand fitness professionals and their clients.

The lead author, Dr. John Berardi, is perhaps the #1 expert in the field with 20+ years of success working with everyone from Olympic gold medalists to professional athletes down to recreational exercisers and people just hoping to get started in their journey to better health.

Unlike many other certifications, this isn’t a program full of abstract theory and text book science that doesn’t work in the real world. Instead, it’s useful knowledge that’s client-tested, scientifically proven, and constantly updated based on the latest data and research with trainers, coaches and their clients. It gives you what you need to start making a difference today with your clients and their food habits.

How The Nutrition Coaching Certification Works

Introducing the ISSA Certified Coach Program. Here’s how it works:

  1. Study and become Certified as a Personal Trainer by taking and earning the ISSA Personal Fitness Training Certification as the core requirement
  2. Choose, study and earn your specialization certification from the list below and gain your ISSA Coaching Certification credentials including certificates and wallet ID cards.

After completing both courses, you’ll have a level of knowledge and accumulated skills to differentiate yourself from ordinary personal trainers. You’ll also have earned the title of Certified Coach in the area of your new expertise.

Successful professionals in the medical and health communities need specializations to grow their practices and their impact in the world. As a personal trainer you can grow your practice and attract more clients at higher rates by demonstrating your knowledge, skills and abilities.

The career opportunities that you will open up by becoming a certified fitness and nutrition coach allow you to gain more clients, earn more money and help people in important new ways.


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Fitness Nutrition Coach Program

Save $600 + Free Shipping
when you enroll today!


List Price


1 Payment


or monthly
  • Study at your own pace
  • Up to 6 months to complete
  • Online exam at home
  • Unlimited educational support
  • Amazing customer support
  • Nationally accredited

What's included in this program

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Hardcopy and Online Main Course Text

Fitness - The Complete Guide is a 759 page book that includes everything you need to earn an ISSA Fitness Nutrition Coach Program. The course material is continually updated with new information so you can be sure you're receiving the most up-to-date information available.

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Online and Home Study Exam

ISSA's certification exam solidifies your proficiency as a fitness professional. Choose a paper-and-pencil exam or utilize our secure online testing portal. One No-cost Retest (if necessary)

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Study Guide and Workbook

This handy reference guide walks you through the course unit-by-unit, allowing you to gain a better understanding of personal trainer concepts.

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Online Student Forum

Our online forum is where you can post client or business challenges and receive guidance from our on-staff Master Trainers and members of the ISSA family worldwide.

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Marketing and Business Guide

ISSA's step-by-step guide to developing a profitable business. This business guide will help you take your first steps after receiving your personal trainer certification by providing you with valuable business advice to advance your personal training career.

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Online Exercise Lab (250 animated exercises!)

ISSA and Hyperstrike provide you with an exclusive online exercise lab. 3D animation and three different angles ensure that proper form and technique are a breeze!

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Practice Examination and Section Quizzes

The practice exam and quizzes test your understanding of the materials; so while you're reading you're preparing for the exam at the same time.

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Free Professional Website

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

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Exercise Reference Guide DVD

A video exercise DVD that demonstrates proper form for some of the most common and most effective strength exercises.

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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.

Here’s What You’ll Learn

You'll get the practical day-to-day skills necessary, as well as the deeper knowledge needed to excel as a Certified Fitness Nutrition professional and Coach.

First, with the ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer program (CFT) you'll get the practical day-to-day skills necessary, as well as the deeper knowledge needed to excel as a personal trainer. The program covers client assessment, program design, basic nutrition, and sports medicine along with business and marketing skills.

You'll learn the key elements of:

  • Assessments and Body Composition
  • Anatomy, Physiology, and Biomechanics
  • Fitness Program Design
  • Client-Specific Needs (age, weight, health condition, etc.)
  • Cardiovascular and Strength Training
  • Periodization and Training Loads
  • Flexibility Training
  • Sports Medicine
  • Nutrition and Metabolism

Then, the Fitness Nutrition program covers the core nutritional knowledge, nutrient role and requirements in exercise,, client assessments, Successful program design, and critical coaching skills.

This Fitness Nutrition program is a college-level course which is the culmination of the Masters and PhD courses Dr. Berardi has taught and the research published. When you finish the program, you will have deep nutritional knowledge, the authority to coach it, and the ability to turn what you know into real life results.

Effective nutrition coaching has been the missing piece in health and fitness. In the ISSA’s Fitness Nutrition Course you'll learn the keys elements of:

Nutritional Science

  • Cell Structure and Function
  • Food Intake, Digestion and Absorption
  • Energy Transformation and Metabolism
  • Energy Balance
  • Aerobic and Anaerobic Metabolism
  • Macronutrients and Micronutrients

Nutritional Practice

  • Collecting Preliminary Client Information
  • Evaluating Client Information and Explaining What It Means
  • Offering Nutritional Suggestions and Providing a Nutrition Plan
  • Offering Nutritional Supplement Suggestions
  • Setting Behavior Goals and Monitoring Strategies
  • Making Nutritional Adjustments

You'll find a job as a personal trainer:

The ISSA promises you’ll find a job as a personal trainer or we’ll give you a no-hassle full refund.

Here’s all you need to do:

  • You complete the course and earn your ISSA certification.
  • You apply for a job at three gyms in the USA within 60 days.
  • You meet the gym’s basic requirements (background check, drug test, available to work in the USA).

That’s it. You’ll get a job. And we can even help you find one. Or, we’ll promptly and cheerfully give you all your money back.

OnTrack Guided Study

OnTrack Guided Study structures your course material and helps you complete your certification in 10 weeks or less.

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Multimedia lectures bring concepts to life

Each week, online lectures cover the most important points in your studies, allowing you to understand training principles in a whole new way.

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Weekly tasks help you finish your course on time

Weekly assignments from OnTrack schedule course completion for you. Simply read, watch, write, and test your way to certification!

How the Coaching Certification works

1. Get Instant Access and Start Studying Right Away

Enroll and you will instantly gain access to your online course materials. We will also ship you the hard copies of the textbooks so you can study on-the-go. You have 4 months to complete the course but if you need more time, you can apply for a free 2 month extension. Most students finish the course in 8 to 10 weeks, with an hour or two of studying a day.

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2. Complete Quizzes and Test Your Comprehension

We offer online practice quizzes throughout the course to test your comprehension. Once you complete the quizzes, you'll gain access to the online final exam.

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3. Take the Open-Book, Untimed Final Exam from Anywhere

The final exam is online, open-book and untimed. It can be taken from the comfort of your home and completed during multiple sessions. You can also change and answer, at any time, before you submit your exam. After you pass your final exam we help you plan your next move. We also provide you with a business guide and a free professional website to jump-start your fitness career.


Partner gyms post jobs for ISSA graduates on our Student Portal.
Questions? Call our enrollment advisors for help!


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