International Sports Science Association (ISSA)



International Sports Science Association

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The International Sports Science Association (ISSA) was the first fitness organization in the U.S. to become nationally accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)

Mission: “The International Sports Sciences Association believes that the health and fitness of our society can be significantly improved by our students’ success as health, sports and fitness professionals. Our efforts to stem the tide of poor health and physical decline are multiplied exponentially as our graduates and members disseminate the International Sports Science Association principles and methods to their clients, peers and associates. Our mission is to inspire each and every student to positively impact the quality of life of each individual with whom they come in contact.

As a distance education institution and certifying agency, International Sports Science Association is unconditionally committed to providing the highest quality distance education programs available, advancing our industry as a whole, and developing greater access to career opportunities for those who share our vision of Creating a Stronger, Healthier World.”

Vision: “International Sports Science Association seeks to be recognized as the world leader…
… in providing accessible, quality, advanced fitness education and personal training certification to the motivated, non-traditional learner/professional who seeks to be a leader in the emerging fitness industry-a fast-growing market sector of the global economy…
… for providing new levels of access to motivated, non-traditional students who have not had the opportunity for advanced fitness education and personal trainer certification for reasons of time, money, or geography…
… for innovative use of technology that creates new standards in assessment and achievement of academic excellence…
… for understanding and meeting the changing needs of its students, their clients, and their communities…
… for excellence in student and alumni services and support.”


  • Must be 18 years or older
  • CPR/AED certified
  • Gym experience


  • Study materials and exam cost: $599
Starting Costs Exam Voucher (months) Exam Duration (hours) Cert. Duration (yrs) Starting Recert Fee Hours for recert
ISSA $599 8 N/A 2 $75 20
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