Personal Trainer Certification

Everything you need to know to become a great personal trainer in an easy-to-follow 10-week guided-study program with unlimited support from your own student success team.

You’ll learn the practical day-to-day skills you need to excel as a Personal Trainer and much more:

  •  The Components of Anatomy and Muscle Structure
  •  How Movement Is Controlled by Muscle Structure
  •  How to Assess Client Health and Exercise Needs
  •  How to Create the Best Exercise Programs for Clients
  •  The Big Picture of Nutrition and Coaching
  •  How to Help Special Populations (Seniors, Youth, etc.)
  •  How to Build and Grow your Personal Training Business

Personal Trainer Certification

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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
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You'll find a job as a personal trainer:

We promise 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. (Verification required)
  • 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.

Personal Trainer Certification

The Certified Fitness Trainer program is designed to equip graduates with the practical day-to-day skills necessary, as well as the theoretical knowledge needed to excel as a personal trainer serving the general public. Along with the necessary exercise science foundation, the distance education program covers client assessment, program design, basic nutrition, and sports medicine along with business and marketing skills.

  • Study at your own pace with flexible, online learning to fit your busy schedule.
  • Pass your certification exam online wherever you're most comfortable.
  • Enjoy unlimited educational support from your team who loves fitness too!
  • Rest easy with great customer support before, during and after your certification.
  • Take pride in knowing ISSA is nationally accredited by the DEAC.
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OnTrack Guided Study

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


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!

Here's what you'll learn

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 keys elements of:


Partner gyms post jobs for ISSA graduates on our Student Portal.

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 Personal Trainer Certification. 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.

How the Personal Trainer 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 an 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.


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