About the ISSA

The ISSA is the world leader in fitness education and delivers comprehensive, cognitive and practical distance education for fitness professionals, grounded in industry research, using both traditional and innovative modalities. Founded in 1988 by Dr. Sal Arria and Dr. Frederick Hatfield, the ISSA now offers 12 fitness certifications and has certified over 200,000 trainers in 91 countries.

Mission

Our Mission

Bring healthy living to everybody in the world through education and community.

Our Vision

Connect 100M people to the power of healthy living by 2030.

Core Values

  • Prioritize Personal Connection
    • We Serve Others
    • We Provide Exceptional Service
    • We Build Solid Relationships
  • Share Wellness
    • We Promote Healthy Living
    • We Have a Reciprocal Relationship with Wellness
    • We Actively Pursue Balanced Lifestyles
  • Grit to Great
    • We are Scrappy and Tenacious
    • We Tackle Obstacles Head On
    • We "Get It Done"
  • Enjoy the Drive
    • We are Results Oriented
    • We Embrace the Sometimes Wild Ride
    • We Have Fun

Accreditations and Affiliations

The IHRSA is a trade association serving the global health club and fitness industry. The mission of IHRSA is to grow, protect and promote the health and fitness industry, and to provide its members with benefits that will help them be more successful. The IHRSA is dedicated to making the world healthier through regular exercise and activity promotion.


The European Register of Exercise Professionals (EREPS) is an independent register of instructors, trainers and teachers working in the European health, fitness and physical activity sector.

EREPS recognises the qualifications and skills of exercise professionals and is an important assurance for the public and employers that their instructor or employee holds the appropriate qualifications to perform their role safely and effectively.

View our Certificate of Accreditation


The National Board of Fitness Examiners (NBFE) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure to the public that qualified fitness professionals who have successfully passed the National Board examination have achieved an approved level of competency in the health and fitness industry. The NBFE promotes the services of qualified fitness professionals as a viable means of improving public health.


Since 1985 the California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools has worked with the State's Governors, Legislature, elected officials and the numerous regulatory agencies to promote high quality education.


The New York Chiropractic College assists future doctors of chiropractic achieve their career goals, New York Chiropractic College offers a unique educational program that gives students access to many career possibilities. The mission of New York Chiropractic College is to provide leadership and academic excellence in all our degree granting programs through a commitment to quality education and patient care, research excellence, professional service, and the fostering of lifelong learning for all members of our community. ISSA is approved for continuing education credits for chiropractors through the New York Chiropractic College.


The Better Business Bureau's mission is to promote and foster the highest ethical relationship between businesses and the public through voluntary self-regulation, consumer and business education, and service excellence. ISSA maintains a A+ rating with the BBB--the highest possible rating.

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

Molly Edwards

During the process of certification, I was able to redesign my fitness approach and started creating my own plans...

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Thank you once again to the staff at ISSA for giving me this opportunity to enroll into your program and making me feel welcome. I can't wait to take you guys on my next fitness journey in life!

Demetri Carter

ISSA never let me down and still continue to support me through my career.

Camilla Uyehara

I say this as a current high school Teacher and Coach. They truly educate you on the various topics regarding human health and physiology and the way it responds to exercise and diet.

Skyler Henson

I definitely recommend the ISSA on-line program to become a certified personal trainer, it's very complete and you get a lot of support along the way.

Rian De La Torre

Their courses work well with my very busy schedule. ISSA's support team has always answered any questions in a timely manner whether it by phone or email.

Bryant Bundick

ISSA is one of the most respected certifications out there and in my opinion the most comprehensive.

Peter Cardona

Thank you for the newest, modern, scientific information, which your course provides.

Miron Shakira

I chose ISSA because it is well known for its business.

Rosana Reyes

Now, I can confidently provide them with knowledgeable fitness information that I have gained from my own fitness journey, and my training provided by ISSA.

Jon Allen

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

Maria Luz Andrea Kjærnet

The course was demanding, and required a lot of work, study and effort but this is what separates ISSA from the rest. I would proudly recommend ISSA!

Rahel Desta

With the knowledge, I've gained from the program. I feel confident to go into the work as a personal trainer now, and to start this phase in my life.

Jamil Karimov

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