Sports Nutrition Certification

Be the expert who truly improves your client’s and athlete’s performances by combining well-designed training programs with performance nutrition. Rise above unbelievable diet and supplements claims with an objective, evidence-based Sports Nutrition Certification.

Become the Sports Nutrition and Supplementation Expert with:

  •  A Guide to Food and Sports Supplements: Getting the Nutrients You Need
  •  Athlete’s Guide to Effective Fat Loss and Muscle Gain
  •  Enhancing Performance with Carbohydrate Loading and other key strategies
  •  Special Concerns of Athletic Females and special populations
  •  Putting It All Together: The Athletic Performance Improvement Formula

Sports Nutrition Certification

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  • Study at your own pace
  • Up to 12 months to complete
  • Online exam at home
  • Unlimited educational support
  • Amazing customer support
  • Nationally accredited
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Sports Nutrition Certification

ISSA’s Specialist in Sports Nutrition (SSN) program prepares personal trainers to expand their practices into the specialized area of sports nutrition. Trainers learn how to optimize client performance by combining well-designed training programs with performance nutrition.

Please note: The information provided in this course is for general educational purposes only. The material is not a substitute for consultation with a healthcare provider regarding particular medical conditions and needs. Be sure to check the statutes in your state regarding the nutrition information that non-licensed individuals are able to dispense.

  • 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.

Here's what you'll learn

Our course material is continually updated so you can be sure you're receiving the most accurate and up-to-date information available.

Nutrients And Athletic Performance From A To Z

Nutrition: The Vital Link To Super Performance, Nutrients: An Overview, Carbohydrates and the Athlete: The Ultimate Performance Fuel, Proteins and Amino Acids, Lipids and the Athlete: Energy and Growth Factors, Water and Oxygen, Vitamins, Minerals, Metabolite and Botanical Ergogenic Supplements, Guide to Food and Sports Supplements: Getting the Nutrients You Need

Anatomy and Metabolism Determine Nutrient Needs

Anatomy of an Athlete: Cells, Tissues, and Systems, Digestion and Absorption, Body Composition and Metabolism

Fine Tuning Your Performance

Fitness and Performance Nutrition Approaches, Athlete's Guide to Effective Fat Loss and Muscle Gain, Enhancing Performance with Carbohydrate Loading, Special Concerns of Athletic Females, Drawing Your Clients Or Athletes Into A Performance Lifestyle, Putting It All Together: The Athletic Performance Improvement Formula

What's included in this program

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Hardcopy and Online Main Course Text

Specialist In Sports Nutrition is a 300 page book that includes everything you need to earn an ISSA Sports Nutrition 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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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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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 Sports Nutrition 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 hardcopy final exam.

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3. Take the Open-Book, Hardcopy Final Exam

The final exam can be taken from the comfort of your home. 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.