ISSA Elite Trainer and ISSA Master Trainer Package Review 2019

ISSA Elite and Master trainer package review

Hey everybody, Coach Tyler here and welcome back to yet another PT Pioneer review. This time I have something a little special for you.

In this article, we’re going to take a deep dive into not one, but two certifications. Both these certs come from ISSA. And it’s more like certification packages because they come with more than one certification.

The certifications we will be looking at are more accurately described as certification packages. These being the ISSA Elite Trainer and ISSA Master Trainer packages. You can check out the elite trainer package and master trainer package from the ISSA site here.

Both of these come with multiple certifications. The goal is to give trainers the option to specialize and diversify at the same time, thus boosting career options and earning potential in a big way.

Also, don’t forget to check out my article on the top five personal training certifications as well as my free ISSA study guide and practice test.

Since you’re here, I’m going to assume you are already interested in ISSA, and perhaps one of these packages. If not, then I strongly recommend you take this quiz and see for yourself which certification would be best suited to your vibe and career goals.

I also have a full review of the ISSA CPT and their nutritionist certification, which are the cornerstones of the Elite and Master Packages.

Get 3 certs for 1 with the ISSA Elite Trainer Program ($1,400 of savings).

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Now, let’s get on with it, and dive into the worlds of the ISSA Elite and Master Trainer.

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What’s the Big Idea Behind the Elite and Master cert.

What's the Big Idea Behind the Elite and Master cert.

Like I said earlier, these two certifications give you as a trainer the option to both diversify, as well as specialize.

“But Tyler, it’s impossible to do both,” you say. Well, just looking at the way these packages are structured, you’ll see what I mean.

Let’s take a look at the Master Trainer package first. This package comes with 6 sub-certifications! 

That means you have an understanding and specialization in 6 key areas of fitness, but because of the multi-focus approach, it also means you can adapt and diversify.

For example, in one of the units of the standard CPT text, you will deal with training the elderly. There is an entire specialist certification with a focus on training the more senior members of the population. 

This means you have both the ability to specialize but also to diversify and cross-pollinate training concepts between different sub certifications.

The aim with this is also to bring a new tier of professionalism to this new age of online personal training certs, a domain where ISSA stands at the pinnacle.

The Elite Trainer and the Master Trainer have major differences between them. Let’s look at them in detail

ISSA Elite Trainer vs Master Trainer, What’s the difference.

Both ISSA Elite and Master Trainer packages come standard with a CPT+Nutritionist cert combo. From there, you begin to see the difference.

While Elite has CPT+ Nutrition and a third additional specialization of your choice, the Master package is the same but instead of just one specialization, you get to pick 4!

ISSA Elite Trainer

As mentioned, the ISSA Elite Trainer package is a 3 cert package that includes 

ISSA’s Elite Trainer program is aimed at helping you achieve your average trainer career goals while also giving you the chance to focus on an area of interest or experience.

The big idea is to decide what you want to specialize in, then use the foundational knowledge of the CPT and Nutritionist certs as a backbone to a more dedicated approach towards what you’ve decided to specialize in.

An example of how you could fully utilize the Elite Trainer Package would be by combining the general approach of the CPT with a focus on nutrition, then using what you learn from the Nutritionist certification and streamlining it into a Bodybuilding Specialist scenario where you become a bodybuilding nutritionist.

You could just get a specialized certification, without the foundational grounding of the two staple certs, but that won’t do you nearly as much good unless you have vast existing knowledge and experience. You need to be able to handle the basic setting in the fitness world before you can become laser-focused on any one aspect.

So in a nutshell, the course material preps you the best possible assessment, training and motivational approach with a general population plus the added advantage of focusing on one specialized population group.

According to ISSA themselves, these are the top 4 reasons to become an Elite Trainer:

  1. Launch yourself from a general understanding into a more specialized field as a PT
  2. Increase your earning potential by increasing your accolades and honing in on a niche
  3. Gain new grounding and expertise in new and interesting fields
  4. Become an influential and motivational figure in your industry.

ISSA Master Trainer

To be a Master Trainer, you must run the standard gauntlet of the CPT and Nutritionist cert as well as not one, not two, not three, but four specialization certifications.

This is what I was talking about being diverse and focused at the same time. 

With the master trainer package, you are able to leverage yourself into multiple trainer roles, positions, and career options.

This will open you up to incredible revenue potential with the insane boost in your credentials. 

You also have the freedom to get very creative and develop an entire fitness empire around a specialized training system with elements borrowed from all aspects of your education. You can also carve out a very unique niche with high demand and very little competition.

The ISSA Master Elite promises some amazing opportunities if you take advantage of them of course. These include the following:

  1. Become a known figure and present yourself to a wide audience with the might of ISSA behind your name
  2. Become known as an opinion and knowledge leader in the fitness community
  3. Have the freedom to work with a vast array of population groups, training scenarios, and locations
  4. Expect a significant rise in income potential and business growth opportunity.

As an ISSA Master Trainer, you are a full spectrum professional. You are able to weave your expertise through so many different fields of understanding, you can be considered a fitness guru in a sense.

Whether it’s the Elite or the Master Trainer Package you go for, the main thing you’ll want to do is make sure you get the right specialization(s) for you.

To help you with that, we are going to take a look at each of the 11 certifications that are available under either ISSA Elite or Master Trainer.

ISSA Certifications and Specializations

ISSA CPT

Let’s start with the basics, the ISSA CPT. this is the bread and butter of ISSA, and I highly advise you to start with this before anything else ISSA related.

The CPT course gives a good foundational grounding for work and knowledge as a personal trainer. It covers all relevant health and fitness topics in an informative, but easy to grasp way.

The textbook and course material is split into 31 units shared across 6 sections

The 200 questions multiple-choice exam is a unique challenge in that it tests your understanding rather than just your memory. Don’t let the 90% pass rate fool you into thinking the standard is low.

ISSA makes it their point to help the information sink in and stay in.

The ISSA CPT has an incredible suite of study materials if you’re wondering. I do have a free study guide and flashcards you can also take advantage of. 

If you ask me though, I highly recommend the Training Academy ISSA materials. This stuff is second to none.

The ISSA CPT will cost you $799 (including free nutrition cert) which is a great deal if you ask me.

You can check out my full ISSA CPT review here. for exam prep, I have an ISSA FAQ exam article, an ISSA exam prep article as well as my free study guide you should definitely check out.

ISSA CPT Study Materials

The study materials you will get with the ISSA CPT are:

  • Online textbook
  • Study Guide and workbook
  • Exercise lab access
  • Audio and video lectures
  • Practice exams
  • Section quizzes
  • Final exam
  • Business support

ISSA Nutritionist

The ISSA Nutritionist certification is the second component that comes standard with either the Elite or Master Trainer package.

In fact, if you check out the ISSA site, you can’t really get the nutritionist cert on its own. It comes as a package deals

with the CPT or as a foundational component of the Elite and Master packages.

Maybe this is to try and keep the nutritional knowledge in-line with the core training principles ISSA promotes

Whatever the case, your focus here is nutrition. 

The ISSA Nutritionist certification comes with a fairly comprehensive textbook. It is split into 17 units divided into two study sections.

These units include

  • Introduction – Nutrition: The big picture
  • Unit 1 – Cells
  • Unit 2 – Through the GI Tract
  • Unit 3 – Energy Transformation and Metabolism
  • Unit 4 – Energy Balance in the Body
  • Unit 5 – Aerobic and Anaerobic Metabolism
  • Unit 6 – Macronutrients
  • Unit 7 – Micronutrients
  • Unit 8 – Water and Fluid Balance
  • Unit 9 – What It Means To Be a Good Coach
  • Unit 10 – The ISSA Nutrition Coaching Methodology
  • Unit 11 – Nutritional Levels
  • Unit 12 – Working with Level 1 Clients
  • Unit 13 – Working with Level 2 Clients
  • Unit 14 – Working with Level 3 Clients
  • Unit 15 – Special Scenarios
  • Unit 16 – Business 101 for Fitness and Nutrition Pros
  • Unit 17 – Continuing Ed for the Coach

Topics range from the basic understanding of nutrition, all the way to the biochemistry of food, dietary habits coaching and the business of nutrition.

It’s definitely a robust take on the world and science of nutrition, an aspect of personal training that’s often overlooked, despite nutrition being the most pivotal aspect of attaining client goals. Check out my full nutritionist review here. Also, I have an article on the top nutrition certifications in the industry which would be very helpful to read. If you are serious about becoming a nutrition coach, check out my article on how to become one.

ISSA Nutritionist Study Materials

The study materials you will get with the ISSA Nutritionist are:

  • Online textbook
  • Study Guide and workbook
  • Exercise lab access
  • Practice exams
  • Section quizzes
  • Final exam

ISSA Transformation Specialist

As the name suggests, the ISSA Transformation Specialist certification is designated for those trainers who want to help their clients achieve significant body composition transformation goals.

In order to achieve body composition goals, a transformation in mindset is also required

That’s why as an ISSA Transformation Specialist you will be tasked with using the knowledge and understanding you gain not only to instruct but to motivate and influence coach behavioral change and fostering of transformative habits relevant to your client’s goals and needs.

This takes into account everything such as:

  • Nutritional habits
  • Exercise habits
  • Mental health
  • State of mind
  • Level of motivation and discipline
  • Daily routine and obligations (work, school, family)
  • Goals and perceived outcomes
  • Specific needs, strengths, and weaknesses

A transformation specialist becomes more than a fitness coach, they become a life mentor. That’s because you’re dealing with physiology and psychology in equal parts.

As a Transformation specialist, you’ll be equipped to:

  • Pinpoint signs of change.
  • Describe the manifestations of each stage of change for client assessment
  • Understand the fundamentals of motivational interviewing.
  • Define the skills used during motivational interviewing
  • Correctly apply motivational interviewing to influence change in clients
  • Design strength-based program that incorporates elements of flourishing.
  • Characterize the five components of positive psychology.
  • Incorporate specific skills to move the client from surviving to thriving.
  • Describe ISSA’s “In” Phase.

The ISSA Transformation Specialist goes for $799 stand-alone.

ISSA Transformation Specialist: Study Materials

The study materials you will get with the ISSA TS are:

  • Online textbook
  • Study Guide and workbook
  • Exercise lab access
  • Practice exams
  • Section quizzes
  • Final exam

This one is great for weight loss focused on clients and women post-pregnancy for example. It’s also a great component to the next one I’ll be looking at, Corrective Exercise Specialist.

ISSA Corrective Exercise Specialist

One of my favourite fields in exercise science is corrective exercise. 

Helping people fix what’s wrong before it could potentially get worse is more important than helping people achieve superhuman performance or to look like superheroes.

To each their own, but to put it in simple terms, the ISSA Corrective Exercise Specialist aims to help you recognize the typical movement dysfunctions and deviations in a diverse array of population groups from the sedentary office worker to an elite level athlete.

People don’t often know what’s wrong until it’s too late (injury or loss of normal function). Even if they do, they don’t really know what to do about it.

That’s where you step in with the Corrective Exercise credentials you will have the courtesy of ISSA.

Make sure to check out my article that goes over the top corrective exercise specialist certifications in the industry. Including the ISSA CES and NASM CES.

According to them, here are some of the things you will gain through the Corrective Exercise Specialist program:

  • Know your legal and ethical boundaries as a fitness trainer vs those of a medical professional when it comes to treating and dealing with dysfunctions and deviations in the human body
  • Describe the structure and biomechanics of the skeleton and musculoskeletal system
  • Describe how the nervous system is built and operates
  • Explain the join systems and their corresponding muscles and connective tissue arrangements
  • Describe how movement occurs in respect to normal biomechanics
  • Explain 4 essential steps towards client preparation
  • Describe the necessity of motivation, client feedback, and training potential
  • Describe the steps in an exercise movement analysis
  • Describe the steps necessary for reinstating structural alignment from head to toe
  • Explain the best corrective exercises relevant to typical movement dysfunctions.

This is a great specialist cert not only for a lucrative career but also as a way to contribute meaningfully to society. The ISSA CES will cost you $799

ISSA Corrective Exercise Specialist: Study Material

The study materials you will get with the ISSA CES are:

  • Online textbook
  • Study Guide and workbook
  • Exercise lab access
  • Practice exams
  • Section quizzes
  • Final exam

ISSA Specialist in Group Fitness

Training a sizeable group of people is way different from a one on one situation. Firstly, it can be both frustrating and intimidating. 

Secondly, it’s much harder to keep tabs on form and technique while also taking safety into consideration. Imagine a whole gang of hyped-up gym rats all going through an intricate movement sequence?

That’s why training groups of people requires it’s own specific form of training. And for that very reason, ISSA brings you the Specialist in Group Fitness certification.

This is one of, if not the most versatile certs you can get out of the specialist bunch. That’s because group fitness can be applied to almost all training modalities and across many population groups.

As a group fitness instructor, you will be equipped with the ability to manage groups of people and pinpoint dysfunction, deviation, and loss of form in the blink of an eye.

You will also learn the art of group psychology and ways of subtly establishing dominance and leadership above the obvious fact that you are the coach in charge.

This certification also allows you room to be creative and come up with cool and interesting programs. Be sure.

The ISSA SGF is perfectly matched with training youth and senior population groups. So it’s worth considering combining the SGF with one of, or both of those specializations.

Just like the other specialized certs, this one will set you back $799 on its own.

Don’t forget to check out my article on the top group exercise certifications to see if this certification is the right one for you.

ISSA Specialist in Group Fitness Study Materials:

The study materials you will get with the ISSA SGF are:

Get 3 certs for 1 with the ISSA Elite Trainer Program ($1,400 of savings).

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  • Online textbook
  • Study Guide and workbook
  • Exercise lab access
  • Practice exams
  • Section quizzes
  • Final exam

ISSA Bodybuilding Specialist

Bodybuilding or physique training is possibly the second most common client goal after weight loss. After losing body fat, gaining lean muscle is the most common ask you will hear from your average client.

Bodybuilding is an art as much as it is a science, so prepare to get extra motivational and passionate about this one.

Bodybuilding by nature places a heavy emphasis on nutrition, so you will delve deeper into nutrition than you did with the general Nutritionist cert.

What the ISSA BBS will teach you can get even the most hardcore physique competitor stage ready, but more often than not, you will be helping clients out with their summer beach body goals.

Body transformation and hypertrophy are a big business today. This cert is an amazing investment. According to ISSA, the benefits include:

  • Grasp the way in which the  concepts of anatomy and biomechanics can be implemented in program design
  • Implement the optimal resistance training methodologies for maximized hypertrophy
  • Weigh out your clients cardio options as they relate to maximal muscle growth
  • Pinpoint and implement the positive factors that contribute to hypertrophy
  • Recognize and avoid the causes of overtraining and injury
  • Identify the best workouts for increased strength and hypertrophy
  • Apply the relevant nutritional principles (diet and supplements)
  • Understand the effect of exogenous aids such as anabolic compounds, how they can improve results but also pose a health and ethical risk
  • Recognize and implement the necessary psychological principles that can help optimize training and stage prep.

As a stand-alone cert, the ISSA BBS costs $799

ISSA Bodybuilding Specialist Study Material

The study materials you will get with the ISSA BBS are:

  • Online textbook
  • Study Guide and workbook
  • Exercise lab access
  • Practice exams
  • Section quizzes
  • Final exam

ISSA Exercise Therapy Certification

Sometimes people get hurt, and when that happens you need to be prepared to handle the situation your client is currently experiencing.

Depending on the stage of the injury, your role from a therapeutic perspective is to improve function and adaptation while also taking care not to worsen the preexisting condition.

That’s where the ISSA Exercise Therapy Certification (ETC) comes in.

You will be equipped with the knowledge to assist with the rehab of your clients from several injuries and dysfunctions.

One important caveat is the fact that this cert in no way qualifies you as a sports medicine professional, you are advised to work close to your clients existing physiotherapy program as administered by a medical professional or physiotherapist.

The ISSA ETC advantages include:

  • Describe exercise as therapy (rehab) and exercise as a form of injury prevention (prehab) and what fundamental exercises are involved.
  • Define the fundamental role of an exercise therapy specialist as it relates to a client’s goals
  • Discuss the aspects and application of functional fitness.
  • Explain the musculoskeletal system and its biomechanical functions
  • Describe how to manage clients with chronic conditions
  • Learn to identify chronic conditions and how to manage them
  • Design a plan that implements adaptive programming with consideration to chronic conditions.

Findings by the American Sports Data Company Inc state that many career opportunities are developing up in fitness facilities for trainers with a solid background and credentials in Post-Rehab exercise. 

Just under 1,000 medical centers in America have set up fitness facilities with more to come.

This means that the amount of opportunity available is rapidly growing and with it comes to an increase in income potential.

The ISSA ETC goes pretty well with the CES certification. If your passion is in helping people move correctly, then those two are for you.

ISSA Exercise Therapy Certification Study Materials

The study materials you will get with the ISSA ECT are:

  • Online textbook
  • Online student forum
  • Study Guide and workbook
  • Exercise lab access
  • Practice exams
  • Section quizzes
  • Final exam

ISSA Senior Fitness Certification

One of the most lucrative and also expanding population groups to market fitness is senior citizens. That’s because of three things.

For one, the senior population is growing. Statistics show that by 2030, America’s population above 65 will be at around 63million. 

That means you can expect a proportionate increase in the number of old folks at the gym.

Secondly, older people tend to have more time and money for things such as personal training. Younger, more productive members of society tend to be on a tighter budget and would also prefer to just drop in at the gym and follow their own workout routine or join a class.

Lastly, older people are becoming more conscious about their health and fitness than was the case in the past.

Keeping fit in your older years can actually significantly improve health and productivity. Some evidence suggests that with the right approach, exercise can grant a senior client the physical vigor they had 30 years ago.

The other main benefit of exercise in seniors is the independence it allows them to have.

One of the greatest drawbacks of growing older is the increased reliance on others for your basic needs.

With good exercise, natural independence can be prolonged along with a productive healthspan and overall lifespan.

With this certification, you will be able to:

  • Identify the needs and limits of older people when it comes to exercise
  • Design and implement the appropriate type of exercise for older clients
  • Pinpoint and manage any limiting factors or contraindications to training seniors
  • Adopt a program as and when necessary to suit the changing health needs of senior clients.
  • Design programs that are suited to circumstances often associated with senior clients
  • Develop business and marketing strategies aimed at catering to a senior fitness market
  • Identify when the need arises for medical intervention.

Training senior clients are more than just a lucrative business venture. It is also an act of kindness and the giving of a gift to a segment of the population that ordinarily gets more and more isolated with age and time.

ISSA SFC is not just great for trainers. It’s also an amazingly helpful resource for seniors themselves who want to take their health and fitness into their own hands.

Just like the rest of the specialization certifications here, the ISSA Senior Fitness Certification goes for $799 on its own.

ISSA Senior Fitness Certification Study Materials:

The study materials you will get with the ISSA SFC are:

  • Online textbook
  • Online student forum
  • Study Guide and workbook
  • Exercise lab access
  • Practice exams
  • Section quizzes
  • Final exam

ISSA Youth Fitness Certification

On the other end of ISSA’s specialist spectrum, we have the Youth Fitness Certification YFC.

This is a whole different ball game but comes with similar rewards both career-wise and income-wise.

Kids and the youth are natural bundles of energy, and when parents or guardians cant handle the pressure of maintaining a job, household and high energy kids, it’s your turn as a child-friendly trainer to step in and help focus that energy positively, or just find creative ways to deplete it.

But beyond just being a glorified babysitter, a youth trainer can really add value to a young person’s development and long term future.

With the right approach, you could cultivate future pro athletes and become intrinsically linked to their growth and the success it brings.

If you are a trainer with a skill set like a specific sport or discipline, there are fewer things more rewarding than watching a youngling adapt your passion and grow it within themselves.

Training young people with the right mindful approach also helps to clear away from injuries and complications associated with physical exertion and trauma in young people and children.

Kids, up until a certain age are undergoing tremendous physiological transformations, so the type of training you implement needs to take this into consideration.

As a youth trainer, you will learn to:

  • Apply fitness principles that consider pediatric and adolescent developmental needs and limitations as well as the rapid and varying phases of physiological changes that occur in youth
  • Measure body composition based on youth guidelines
  • termine training intensity and methodology based on age-specific guidelines
  • Apply fitness and training psychological principles that correlate with the principles of pediatric and adolescent psychology.
  • Be patient
  • Implement an adaptive training program that takes into account the changes and development prevalent in youth clients.

Training the youth is another expanding market. As professional sports offer more career prospects and as health consciousness for children and youth grows in correlation to a general upswing in health trends, having the ISSA YFC is a definite advantage.

ISSA Youth Fitness Certification Study Materials

The study materials you will get with the ISSA YFC are:

  • Online textbook
  • Online student forum
  • Study Guide and workbook
  • Exercise lab access
  • Practice exams
  • Section quizzes
  • Final exam.

ISSA Strength and Conditioning Certification

If your clients want to take it to the next level, this is it. The ISSA SCC is tailored for high performance.

By applying the principles of power, endurance and how to adapt strength progressively towards sports specific goals, you can give your clients a tremendous boost in performance.

This specialty might be geared for the performance athlete, but in a general sense, strength and conditioning is great for everyone.

For your average joe, the functional boost from a good S&C program can drastically improve the quality of life.

That being said, the true intention with the ISSA SCC is the big leagues.

If your journey sees you working with pro-sports teams and athletes, Then this is the cert you NEED. 

The world of professional sports continues to grow year by year, and with it, the need for quality performance-boosting training. 

The competition is stiff, but with your help, your athlete’s muscles won’t be.

Make your’s and the dream of a city or nation come to life by working with elite athletes.

If strength and conditioning certifications are something that interests you, make sure to check out my article on the top strength and conditioning certifications in the industry today. Also, I have a free study guide for the CSCS exam, one of the most prestige just strength and conditioning certifications.

With the ISSA SCC, you will be able to:

  • Use the principles of metabolic activity, biomechanics, respiration, and adaptation to maximize the desired training effect
  • Design programs taking into account how different tissues and organs will interact with training stimuli
  • Describe how the systems of the body coordinate to optimize performance
  • Define the different energy systems and pathways at play and how they can be optimized
  • Evaluate, observe and manage an athlete’s adaptation and progress towards performance goals
  • Identify and implement different exercises for speed, power, strength, endurance, and flexibility
  • Create both general and sport-specific workout programs
  • Describe and implement the psychological aspects of a good S&C program
  • Describe and implement the nutritional aspects ideal for optimized performance
  • Identify and eliminate the causes of overtraining and overreaching
  • Identify and eliminate injury risk.

The ISSA SCC with set you back a standard $799

ISSA Strength and Conditioning Certification Study Materials

The study materials you will get with the ISSA SCC are:

  • Online textbook
  • Online student forum
  • Study Guide and workbook
  • Exercise lab access
  • Practice exams
  • Section quizzes
  • Final exam.

ISSA Sports Nutrition Certification

The ISSA Sports Nutrition Certification SNC is a specialized take on the general nutritionist cert you will be doing with either the Elite or the Master package.

This cert goes in-depth and includes ways to optimize nutritional intake in and around training cycles. 

What dietary ratios are best for which types of physical activities as well as optimal use of supplements

I personally find the sports nutrition cert to be an essential part of any Master Trainer package.

Just like the rest of the specializations on this list, the ISSA SNC goes for $799

Make sure to read my article on the top sports performance certifications in the industry.

ISSA Sports Nutrition Certification Study Materials

The study materials you will get with the ISSA SNC are:

  • Online textbook
  • Online student forum
  • Study Guide and workbook
  • Exercise lab access
  • Practice exams
  • Section quizzes
  • Final exam

Elite Trainer vs Master Trainer Cost

Elite Trainer vs Master Trainer Cost

The cost of the two packages is obviously different. 

The main thing to look at is how much of a saving you’re making by either taking the Elite or Master Trainer package vs just purchasing each individual certification separately.

So as you will have gathered, all the specialist certs go for $799

The Elite Trainer Package goes for a list price of $2,397, which at the time of writing was reduced to $996

The Master trainer package has a list price of $4,794, but is currently, at the time of writing, going for $2, 997.

So let’s crunch the numbers. Say you were to get all the components of an elite package separately. That means a CPT, Nutritionist and one specialist certification.

You would pay $1,598, a steal compared to the list price, but not much of a deal if you consider the current price.

Now let’s look at the Master Trainer package. If you bought all 6 components separately, you would spend $3,995. Again, this is way cheaper than the list price but stacks poorly against the current discounted figure.

So why would they make a bundled package more expensive than purchasing the components? 

I suspect it might be to do with the Nutritionist cert. It is only available bundled with one or more of the other certifications. 

If we make it out to be $799 just like the rest, we find that the list price and the total cost of buying separate certifications is EXACTLY THE SAME!

That means, the list price really isn’t a bundle price, it’s just the total individual cost. In any case, they have deals on each package, so I guess that’s great.

Conclusion

Conclusion

Before we jump into the conclusion, make sure to take the quiz to see if ISSA is the rate personal training certification for you, or if another certifying agency is more your style.

So there you have it, folks, an in-depth breakdown of the Elite and Master trainer packages available through ISSA.

Looking through all of this, I can see the crazy potential for a really great PT career. If you have a very specific focus and don’t want too much on your plate, I would say go for the Elite package.

If you have big dreams and want to have your finger in many pies while also being good at it, I would say go for the Master trainer.

When it comes to the master trainer, try to mix and match the specializations you get so that they best complement each other.

For example, I would get A corrective exercise, exercise therapy, senior fitness and strength, and conditioning bundle and focus on helping out old people.

You could also do something like combining the youth cert with the group training cert, strength and conditioning and sports nutrition, and boom, you’re ready to coach the world’s best little league team.

All resources for all certifications including the final exam are accessible completely online and are 100% self-paced.

And for some extra help with the studies, I suggest you head on over to Trainer Academy and check out what they have for ISSA.

Any other questions or suggestions, just drop me a line in the comments below, I’ll be sure to get back to you within 24 hours! 

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