ISSA Personal Training Reviews: Is This a Good Cert?
The ISSA Personal Training Certification has been around since 1988. It was actually one of the first certifying programs in the fitness industry.
ISSA (International Sports Science Association) has several certifying courses with no residency requirements and has established itself as an online education center for the fitness industry. When you get certified as a Personal Fitness Trainer with ISSA, you don’t actually have to go anywhere to take the Exam. It is done all online, which makes it easy if you are in a rural area or distant country.
Dr. Frederick Hatfield is the President of ISSA. He won the World Championship three times in the sport of power lifting and goes by the nickname, Dr. Squat. He has been in and around the industry for decades and is a leader for ISSA. (Source: ISSA Complete Fitness Manual)
The ISSA Personal Training Certification covers all aspects of general fitness that you need to work as a personal trainer or fitness instructor.
The Personal Training manual you receive is ISSA’s Complete Guide to Fitness written by Dr. Frederick Hatfield, President of ISSA.
The Complete Fitness Guide Covers:
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Kinesiology and Biomechanics
- Health and Physical Fitness
- Program Development
- Injury and Disease
All of these categories are the basics you will need to become a Personal Trainer!
ISSA Personal Training Reviews
- You don’t have to get your exam proctored, it can be done at home
- As far as certifications go, it is considered ‘easy’ by some (Great for taking the exam, but bad for getting a job)
- Great customer service and are very eager to help
- It is not accepted as a primary certification by most corporate gyms
- Most people know it is an easy exam and the certification itself is not highly regarded in the industry
- They do not offer many continuing education options
- It is hard to get a job if this is your only Personal Trainer Certification
When I spoke to ISSA about their personal trainer certification, their service representatives were eager to get me ISSA certified. However, there was one problem…None of the Gyms accepted their certification!
For example, I could get a job at one of the Big Box Gyms but I would have to immediately get Ace Certified within 90 Days!
Some of the gyms that did accept ISSA as a certification, but only as a secondary certification to Ace.
And that was very frustrating!
Related Post: Ace Personal Trainer Review: Will I Get Hired?
Getting Hired as a Personal Trainer
The number one thing to consider when getting you Personal Trainer Certification is:
Will I get a job?
As an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer, you will eventually get a job. However, in my opinion (based on experience), getting a job will be more difficult.
ISSA has a great program, and is a quality certification. However, it just doesn’t compete with the partnerships of the Ace Programs like:
The Growth of the Fitness Industry
The fitness industry is growing and the demand for personal trainers is skyrocketing. In the US we somehow have an Obesity epidemic and a Skinny Jeans fad at the same time. With the power of Certified Personal Trainers we can help make that epidemic and fad meet somewhere in the middle.
Baby Boomers are retiring in droves and that market has the money and desire to pay for Personal Training. Do you want to be the one to train them?
Get Certified Today
ISSA was a great certification for me, but with the challenges I had getting hired I would have gone with a different personal trainer certification.
Do you want to get hired right away? Read my review of the Ace Personal Training Certification here!