Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Featured Certification #4: International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA)

How to Become a Personal Trainer: Certifications the 4th and Final

It’s been said over and over again: there are plenty of great routes to take on the road to becoming a personal trainer. From different certifications to different specialties, would-be trainers have a lot of options to choose from. As fantastic as those options are, we here at FitMeNow know (from experience) those options can make the decision making process a little confusing. Throughout our Certification Series, we’ve hopefully helped clear the path a little by covering three of the most popular personal training certifications available. Today, we are rounding it out with our fourth and final.

Need a refresher on our past fitness certifications? Check out our posts on ACE, NASM and NSCA

Featured Certification #4: International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA)

The International Sports Sciences Association was established nearly 30 years ago with the mission to “inspire each and every student to positively impact the quality of life of each individual with whom they come in contact.” Today, ISSA offers nine different personal training certifications that range from Fitness Nutrition to Master Trainer Certification. With its accredited online programs, ISSA boasts 180,000 students and graduates in 91 different countries.

As you work your way into the personal training field, ISSA may be the choice for you if you’re interested in earning a degree. ISSA actually offers an associate's degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis on Personal Training. The degree's coursework features “trainer-relevant topics, including anatomy and physiology, assessment, program design, special populations, entrepreneurship, management, interpersonal relations, and communication.” With your associate’s degree, you can move onto a bachelor’s degree or other training certifications.

Other ISSA highlights include the Elite Trainer Certifications I and II. These courses allow you to expand your training knowledge quickly and get an ideal jump start in the industry by combining multiple programs into one. Elite I combines the coursework of Personal Training, Fitness Nutrition, and Fitness/Exercise Therapy. Elite II is perfect for those looking to hone specific skill sets by combining Senior Fitness, Youth Fitness, and Strength and Conditioning.

ISSA features a range of program costs, starting from $499 (Personal Training) going all the way to $2,844 (Master Trainer). ISSA does offer military discounts and tuition assistance. According to the ISSA website, up to 100% of program costs may be covered for active duty and retired military. As with ACE, NASM and NSCA, ISSA also requires 20 hours of continuing education to be completed every two years.

*ISSA in not certified by the NCCA. According to their website, "...ISSA chose to seek accreditation from the DETC, as they truly represent the platinum level of accreditation."

Stay tuned for what else FitMeNow has planned to make it easier to become a personal trainer and build a successful personal training business.

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