Looking to take your career in health and fitness to the next level?

Earn a specialization from the ISSA, at home and on your schedule. A specialization provides you with a deeper expertise in specific populations (e.g., youth, seniors) or areas of interest (e.g. bodybuilding, group exercise). The ISSA offers many different specializations that allow you to become an expert in your desired interest areas so you can stand out in your field. We are constantly adding new specializations in an effort to provide you with ongoing educational opportunities.

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Benefits of Getting a Specialization

  • Stand out with a certification that is specific to your client or gym needs
  • Become a credible expert in your area of choice
  • Receive CEUs from ISSA that are credited to your CFT recertification
  • Most credits count towards an ISSA Associates Degree in Exercise Science

ISSA Specialization Courses

Bodybuilding Specialist

This distance education course covers training, recovery, motivation, and nutritional strategies to prepare the personal trainer to work with bodybuilders.

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Senior Fitness Certification

By the year 2030, the number of Americans over the age of 65 will grow to over 63 million. This group now constitutes the fastest growing segment of our population...

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Strength & 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...

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Specialist Sports Nutrition

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 ...

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Transformation Specialist

As a Transformation Specialist you will be armed with the skills and techniques required to truly coach and influence behavioral patterns as they relate to your clients physical, mental ...

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Corrective Exercise Specialist

The ISSA's Corrective Exercise Course will help you learn how to identify and correct the most common movement dysfunctions that you are likely to see in a wide range of clients.

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Specialist in Group Fitness

This distance education course will show you how to use your knowledge and experience as an ISSA certified fitness trainer to design and lead safe and effective group training sessions...

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Exercise Therapy Certification

According to the American Sports Data Company Inc., numerous employment opportunities are opening up in facilities for health & fitness professionals who have a...

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Youth Fitness Certification

Dr. Hugh D. Allen stated in USA Today that 30 million of today's youth will die of heart disease as adults. Additional health problems have all been linked to childhood...

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CPR / AED / First Aid

Once enrolled, you will complete a online self-paced, interactive, multi-media training course. The online course takes approximately 30-60 minutes to complete...

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Hear how ISSA has helped students like you

...it was the most comprehensive program with a solid foundation in all the aspects of nutrition that I needed for my practice.

Molly Edwards

The best part of it all is I was able to study at home and I can't begin to tell anyone how thorough the course that the ISSA has for becoming a personal trainer is.

Charles Poole Jr.

What I loved the most about the ISSA course was that the textbook was very interesting, the quizzes and final exam were thorough tricky, and challenging, and of course the time flexibility for me was priceless...

Roni Ghanem

Hear how ISSA has helped students like you

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

Katie Santoro

This institution has been key in my development as a personal trainer and also instrumental in me being able to take my passion and turn it into a career.

Emmanuel Robinson

The ISSA courses are wonderful. I love being able to work at my own pace. They have so many certifications to choose from. ISSA has really helped take my career to the next level.

Tanya Feliciano

Not only was the program extremely informative, but the final exam was challenging and really put what I had learned to test.

Chelsea Mitchell

The ISSA Personal Trainer course explained every chapter very clearly and covered so many areas of health, nutrition, and fitness.

Susan Umstatter

What I loved the most about the ISSA course was that the textbook was very interesting, the quizzes and final exam were thorough tricky, and challenging, and of course the time flexibility for me was priceless...

Roni Ghanem

ISSA helped me transform my own life aside from teaching me how to help others.

Maria Luz Andrea Kjærnet

ISSA is the best place to get your personal training certification. The amount of detail put into the workbook and textbooks is amazing and I can honestly say I was blown away.

Jonathan Morgan

I am extremely happy with the course material and the support staff at ISSA was always there to assist me whenever I had a question with either course.

Christopher Poli

I have stayed recertified with ISSA because it holds high standards to its trainers and is a highly recognized organization.

Krista Johnson

ISSA provides its students with relevant science in health-fitness-wellness information and strategies to succeed in our growing and competitive industry.

Clyde Mealy

I have been training this 13-year-old girl and it's been more than 8 to 9 months. Her parents were extremely happy about her body language, and she has improved a lot in endurance/stamina.

Shoeb Iqbal

How ISSA specialization certification courses work

  • 1

    Get Instant Access to Your Online Course

    Study online or with the included hard-copy textbooks. With 1-2 hours of studying per day, most students finish in just 12 weeks. Feel free to study at your own pace - you have up to 12 months to complete the course

  • 2

    Test Your Knowledge with Online Quizzes

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

  • 3

    Take the Open-Book, Untimed Final Exam from Anywhere

    You read that correctly - the final exam is online, open-book, untimed, and can also 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.

  • 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 12 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

Take your personal trainer career where you want it to go!

We offer the following options to level up your personal trainer career. Leveling up your career to become an industry expert, earn more per hour from gyms and clients and expand your knowledge to more specialized types of clients.

LEVEL

1

Most Popular

LEVEL 1

Most Popular

Personal Trainer Certification (CPT)

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The Certified Personal Trainer has the practical day-to-day skills needed to excel as a personal trainer serving the general public.

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  • Client assessment
  • Program design
  • Basic nutrition
  • Sports medicine
  • Business & Marketing skills
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LEVEL

2

LEVEL 2

Certified Coach

The ISSA Certified Coach not only has the skills and knowledge to be a personal trainer but also has completed a specialization in fitness or nutrition. As an ISSA Specialized Coach, you will be able to better support clients on their journey to achieving their goals, while you take your career to the next level.

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  • ISSA Certified Nutritionist
  • Bodybuilding Certification
  • Corrective Exercise Certification
  • Exercise Therapy Certification
  • Group Fitness Certification
  • Senior Fitness Certification
  • Specialist Sports Nutrition Certification
  • Strength & Conditioning Certification
  • Transformation Specialist
  • Youth Fitness Certification
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LEVEL

3

LEVEL 3

Elite Trainer (E-CPT)

Take your career to the next level, increase your hourly rate with gyms and / or clients. An Elite Trainer has successfully completed the Certified Personal Training (CPT) course, the Transformation Certification course and has shown proficiency in a specific population or modality by completing any one of the following certifications:

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  • Bodybuilding Certification
  • Corrective Exercise Certification
  • Exercise Therapy Certification
  • Group Fitness Certification
  • Senior Fitness Certification
  • Specialist Sports Nutrition Certification
  • Strength & Conditioning Certification
  • Transformation Specialist
  • Youth Fitness Certification
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LEVEL

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LEVEL 4

Master Trainer

Become a leader in the fitness industry by becoming a Master Trainer. This best-in-class credential will not only earn you more money but will also help you stand out as a leader in personal training. In order to become a Master Trainer, you must complete your Certified Personal Training (CPT) course, the Transformation Certification course and complete any four of the following certifications:

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  • Transformation Specialist
  • Strength & Conditioning Certification
  • Corrective Exercise Certification
  • Bodybuilding Certification
  • Group Fitness Certification
  • Exercise Therapy Certification
  • Senior Fitness Certification
  • Youth Fitness Certification
  • Specialist Sports Nutrition Certification
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ADDITIONAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES:

Personal Training

Continuing Education

Continue your quest to be the best by keeping up on the latest information in your field.

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Recertification

Stay current and up-to-date by maintaining your active status.

Recertification courses

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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