Master the science and psychology of nutrition coaching.

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Deliver life-changing results.

Backed by peer-reviewed science. Successfully tested with over 100,000 clients. Developed by the brightest minds in the industry.

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( Online Course Access )
1 payment
for 12 months
(interest free)

As an ISSA Certified Nutritionist you'll:

  • Have the qualifications and confidence to answer any nutrition question: You'll gain a deep understanding of the science behind nutrition. A Master's level course — without having to go back to school.
  • Gain the ability to motivate clients to make a change: You'll get the psychology and systems that have been real-life road tested with thousands of successful clients.
  • Master your own nutrition: Follow expert advice to hit your personal goals, while becoming an expert yourself.
  • Know exactly what to do as a coach, step-by-step: You'll get 30+ intake forms, assessments, and worksheets - so you can plug and play them directly into your business.
  • Have someone in your corner: You'll have unlimited educational support 24/7. Whether your question is on the science, psychology, or anything in between, we have dedicated nutrition experts available to help with any questions you have.
  • Risk free opportunity: We are so confident that you will be successful and truly love the path to helping others that we offer a money back guarantee.

If you're passionate about health and fitness, chances are you've undergone a personal transformation. Maybe you lost weight, gained muscle, or maybe you've changed your eating habits and finally regained your energy.

But what works for us, won't work for everyone.

When a client asks a question like:

  • "How does keto / paleo / carb cycling work?"
  • "What should change if I'm pregnant?"
  • "How do I gain muscle if I don't want to eat meat?"

The ISSA Fitness Nutrition Certification will help you not only understand science behind the answers, but how to respond to your clients in a way that actually motivates them to make a change.

Get a Master's Level Nutrition Education - without going back to school

It's a University level nutrition course curated from Ph.D. and Master's level nutrition classes taught by the founder of Precision Nutrition, Dr. John Berardi alongside Ryan Andrews, RD. Their methods have been tested with over 100,000 clients and patients and have been validated in 3 peer-reviewed scientific publications.

But instead of spending $40k - $100k for a degree and waiting 4-8 years to graduate, this course delivers the deep understanding you need to coach nutrition, without going back to school.

  • $799: With no-interest payment plans available
  • Enroll anytime: No waiting for random enrollment periods. You can start TODAY.
  • Because of our shared textbook — in partnership with Precision Nutrition: Once you pass the ISSA Nutrition final exam, Precision Nutrition has offered graduates of this course to submit their certificate and pay $299 (plus shipping) to Precision Nutrition to also get a PN Level 1 Certification with no additional testing. (That's right, we share the same course content, but there's no waiting with ISSA. Enroll anytime.) NOTE: This offer is at Precision Nutrition's sole discretion and subject to change.

Meet your instructors: Dr. John Berardi, Ph.D. and Ryan Andrews, MS/MA, RD

Here's a taste of what you'll learn in the course

Click here to see the full table of contents. 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.

  • Unit 1: Nutritional Science
    • Everything from cell functioning to how carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients work
    • What you need to do differently as you exercise more (and how you need to exercise differently when you change the way you eat).
    • How cells work and how nutrition impacts their function.
    • How food is turned into energy that maintains your body, allows you to do work, and is used for repair and recovery.
    • How your body balances the energy you get from food with the energy you spend.
  • Unit 2: Nutrition Coaching Systems & Psychology
    • How to assess your clients real nutritional situation and needs (including assessment worksheets you can take and use immediately).
    • How to effectively approach and coach clients so they can make a lasting change.
    • Behavioral psychology to help your clients stay motivated until they reach their goals.
    • Special client needs: things to consider if clients are pregnant, or have medical conditions.

Top 5 Reasons to Become an ISSA Nutritionist

  • 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.

What You'll Get With This Course

Online Course Textbook

Specialist in Fitness Nutrition is a 479 page book that includes everything you need to earn an ISSA Certified Professional Coach. The course material is continually updated with new information so you can be sure you're receiving the most up-to-date information available. If you would like a printed version of this online textbook, simply select the shipping option at checkout and the book is yours free - you pay only the actual shipping costs to your location.

View Table of Contents

Preview the first chapter

Meet the authors, Dr. John Berardi, PhD and Ryan Andrews, MS/MA, RD

  • 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)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Online Exercise Lab (30+ worksheets)

    You'll have access to 30+ intake forms, assessments, and worksheets - so you can plug and play them directly into your business.

Plus Bonus Support After Your Exam...

  • 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!

  • 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.

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1 payment
for 12 months
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What graduates are saying:

  • As I started the course, the details started to enlighten me. There came the changes in food and changes in me. Now I can proudly help others and identify immediately where they lack. Amazing course.
  • I can now make suggestions to my clients about how to adjust their meals. They've gotten much better results.
    — SILA J
  • Having an ISSA certificate helps my credentials. I have started my business and am learning as I go.
    — JOSH R
  • The way I originally envisioned my business has become more developed by the broadening of my perspective through this course. I feel much more confident in myself.
    — RONALD R
  • This material has allowed me to start my business and help two clients eat to achieve their goals.
  • I was constantly tired and fatigued, but after what I learned from the ISSA Fitness Nutrition Certification, I have much more energy, and I have even gained 17 lbs to reach my personal goals.
    — TREVOR R
  • It is much easier to explain nutrition to my clients. I feel much more confident.
  • Having the Fitness Nutrition Certification shows that I am serious. I fully believe you can't out-exercise a poor diet. Fine tuning a clients fitness level to a better fitness level is so satisfying. Helping people be healthier and stronger is why I am a personal trainer.
    — JAMES C
  • So far working on the certification has already helped me have two job opportunities.
    — ASHLEY M
  • It makes me stand out from the rest of the trainers where I work. Now, I will be able to answer any nutrition questions showing potential clients that I will be able to help them get the results they want in a healthy and safe way.
    — JEAN L
  • Now, I can actually explain the keto diet to someone and exactly how food is being processed and what is happening in the body.
    — ASHLEY M

How the ISSA Fitness 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 12 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.

  • 2

    Take the ungraded quizzes

    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.

  • 3

    Take the final exam

    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.

Frequently Asked Questions

This course is for anyone who wants to feel confident in their ability to coach nutrition and help their clients get better results. Whether you're just starting out as a wellness professional, personal trainer, or fitness instructor — or you're well into your career and looking to expand — our course is designed to give you the knowledge and systems to successfully coach nutrition and deliver incredible results to anyone you work with.

The course is split into two different units. Unit 1 covers the science of nutrition. Unit 2 covers how to coach and get your clients great results, including working with athletes, the psychology of behavior change, and even motivational interviewing.

Click here to view the Table of Contents

Preview the first chapter

If you can dedicate 3-5 hours to completing a chapter per week (reading the textbook, filling out the workbook questions, and taking the corresponding chapter quiz). It will take roughly four months. You have 12 months to take the exam, and are allowed a free two month extension if something pops up and you need more time.

Yes! If you reach out to our support team, they can set you up with a payment plan.

The final exam is open book and untimed. It consists of the following types and number of questions:

  • True/False: 48
  • Multiple Choice: 246
  • Matching: 56
  • Long Essay: 1
  • Informational Gathering & Assessment: 11
  • Case Study: 1

There are also ungraded quizzes after each chapter to test your knowledge and to give you a sense of how well you're retaining the information. By the time you reach the final exam, you'll know exactly how well you've been doing, so you can take the exam with confidence.

If you don't pass the first time, you get to retake it again at no extra charge. After the first two exams, additional exams costs $49.

We're available Monday through Friday, 5am - 6pm PST, and Saturday 6am - 3pm PST to answer your questions. Or you can chat with us now.

If you're waiting for the "right time" — read this

How many of us hear our loved ones say they'll start working out and eating healthy after the holidays? Or after their job stress slows down? Or once the kids go back to school?

We know that there's no perfect time to start. We know that the first step taken is always taken at the right time, no matter what life tells us.

The same is true for taking charge of our careers and lives. If we wait until our jobs, families, and lives are perfect — we'll never start.

There's no better time to start than now. And in less than four months, you could have the credentials to start a career that you're excited to wake up to and have the skills to truly transform the lives of your clients and the people around you.

If not now, when?

Take the next step towards a fulfilling career!

Enroll Now

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Purchase of ISSA test-prep materials is not an eligibility requirement for the Certified Personal Trainer exam nor does it guarantee a passing score. To purchase the ISSA-CPT Certification Exam, click here.

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