Strength and Conditioning Certification

Everything you need to know to improve strength, speed, agility and coordination for athletes. If you’ve ever wanted to work with professional and NCAA sports teams, your next step is getting your Strength and Conditioning Certification.

Get exactly what you need to be the go-to trainer for elite athletes:

  •  The top 11 tools of the Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  •  Advanced assessment tools and capabilities
  •  Specific program design by sport and position
  •  The psychology of the athlete and the psychology of the champion
  •  Optimal nutrition and supplementation for long term health and performance
  •  Qualify yourself for employment as a Strength and Conditioning coach within the NCAA with ISSA’s Level II Certification and a Bachelor’s degree

Strength and Conditioning 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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Strength and Conditioning Certification

Sports are big business-profitable for athletes and individuals who prepare athletes for competition. Professional and amateur athletes at all levels -- from grade-school club teams to the National Football League -- need the assistance of expert personal trainers to excel at their sports.

  • 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.


Bone, Joints and their Motions, Muscles and their actions


Metabolism, The Pulmonary System and Exercise, Cardiovascular Physiology, Muscle Physiology, Temperature Regulation, Exercise and the Environment, Obesity and Body Composition


Measuring Fitness: Strength, Power, Endurance, Speed, and Agility, Increasing Sports Power through Skill Development and Video, Calories used During Exercise


Principles of Training and Adaptation, Endurance Fitness, Muscle Strength, Exercises for the Chest and Shoulders, Developing the Arms, Developing the Abdominal Muscles, Exercises for the Upper, Middle, and Lower Back, Exercises for the Lower Body, Jumping and Plyometrics, Flexibility, Power and Speed, Designing Training Programs


Football, Basketball, Baseball and Softball, Swimming, Track and Field, Golf, Bodybuilding, Soccer, Weightlifting and Powerlifting


Nutrition for Health and Performance, Ergogenic Aids: Drugs and Supplements


Sports Psychology for the Personal Trainer


Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries

What's included in this program

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Hardcopy and Online Main Course Text

Strength and Conditioning is a 615 page book that includes everything you need to earn an ISSA Strength and Conditioning 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 Strength and Conditioning 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.


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