ISSA Exam FAQ 2023 - Pass Rate, Costs, and More

Hey everybody, coach Tyler here!

Welcome to the ISSA CPT Exam FAQ page.

You’ve made it this far in the ISSA CPT Exam Prep Study Hub, so you must be serious about your studies.

The purpose of this article is to answer the most popular questions that people have regarding the ISSA CPT and ISSA study materials, and I’ve broken down the following:

Frequently Asked Questions
General ISSA CPT Certification Information
ISSA Exam and Other ISSA Study Material Questions

Don’t forget your copy of the ISSA exam cheat sheet and ISSA study plan.

There’s no better way to prepare!

Also, I highly recommend Trainer Academy for its premium ISSA CPT study materials which reduce study time by 50% and have an exam pass guarantee.

Read my full review of them here and see how you can save $100 on their MVP study system using the code: PTPSUB.

With that said, let’s get straight into it!

ISSA CPT Study Series


ISSA Exam FAQ in Video Form

ISSA CPT Exam FAQ 2023 [ISSA Exam Pass rate, Test difficulty, and Info] ✔️

ISSA Exam FAQ in Audio Form

ISSA Exam Format

ISSA CPT Exam Format

The entirety of ISSA is delivered online, and there is no practical or real-world sit-down component of the final exam.

But why online?

In my perspective, it’s a really great way to deliver this level of education, and our world today is shifting more towards this type of learning.

You might ask what the benefits are, so here are a few:

  • No printing, filing, or storing any paper or hard copy material
  • No worrying about naming and signing everything; you just log in
  • No waiting for postal or courier services for material delivery.
  • Saving on postage and shipping costs
  • No worrying about errors when writing that can’t be corrected
  • The exam is automatically sent to the grading center upon submission
  • Self-paced, flexible study and exam arrangement
  • 24/7 educational support team availability (except holidays)

Now let’s get down to the meat and potatoes of this article, which is, of course, the ISSA CPT exam FAQ all on this one page for your convenience.

PTPioneer’s ISSA Exam FAQ

ISSA CPT Quizzes

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the ISSA CPT final exam.

ISSA CPT Exam Conclusion

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Hopefully, I was able to answer all of your questions and ease all of your concerns about the ISSA CPT final exam.

With a 90% pass rate, it would be hard not to think ISSA was a bit of a strange walk in the park.

The thing is, they have a COMPLETELY different approach to delivering knowledge and skills.

And if you are not sure whether or not ISSA is the right certification for you, then I highly recommend you read my article on the top five personal training programs.

ISSA is a training academy, not a grading system, and from my experience with ISSA, it is designed to progressively train you to build a solid foundational understanding of all things fitness.

Unlike most other certifications that give you a bunch of stuff to learn and then try and see how well you remember it, ISSA aims to help you gain knowledge that you can apply to be your best.

Best wishes on your pursuit to become the personal trainer you’ve always wanted to be!

Tyler Read

Tyler Read, BSc, CPT. Tyler holds a B.S. in Kinesiology from Sonoma State University and is a certified personal trainer (CPT) with NASM (National Academy of sports medicine), and has over 15 years of experience working as a personal trainer. He is a published author of running start, and a frequent contributing author on Healthline and Eat this, not that.

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16 thoughts on “ISSA Exam FAQ 2023 – Pass Rate, Costs, and More”

  1. PTPioneer User

    Thanks for this! I was worried about the time frame so I was postponing taking the exam once I had a free weekend but now it makes it a little easier.

    1. Tyler Read - Certified Personal Trainer with PTPioneer

      Hey Eman,
      I am glad you enjoyed my article. ISSA is a fantastic certification but you should definitely take your time studying so that you can absorb all of the information on exercise science before you take the test. Good luck with all the studying!

  2. PTPioneer User

    Hey there! Great article! I would like to get the ISSA ELITE TRAINER certificate, but before that I want to make sure it will be acreditated in Romania by the work ministry since I intend to get a freelance company (not really a company more likely as an authorized person who does certain services such as a personal training sessions ) I checked everywhere but I can’t find this information. Thank you in advance!

    1. Tyler Read - Certified Personal Trainer with PTPioneer

      Hello Alex,
      all of the information that I put up on my website is geared towards people trying to become a trainer in the United States of America. If you want to know whether a certification is accredited and recognized in any other part of the world, you will need to do some research on your own. I suggest calling up some of these gymnasiums and asking them which certifications they accept and which ones they prefer.

      1. PTPioneer User

        I’m doing Elite personal trainer course from ISSA. But I want to do bachelor degree in exercise science from ISSA college. What’ll you please provide me comprehensive information about that specially about fees. I live in India so I’ve to pay $440 for each credit and to be graduate I need 180 credits it means $440×180= $79200. It is too high to pay I think it is then become world’s most expensive course right.

        1. Tyler Read - Certified Personal Trainer with PTPioneer

          Those calculations cannot be correct. I would definitely contact the international sports Sciences Association to clear up your questions about the specific prices.

  3. PTPioneer User

    Hey there! This is a very helpful article so thank you! But I’d like to know your thoughts about the Bodybuilding specialist course.

    1. Tyler Read - Certified Personal Trainer with PTPioneer

      The bodybuilding specialist is a relatively new certification. Overall, you should definitely start out with a general personal training certification first, and then specialized afterwards. The bodybuilding specialist would be something you would do afterwards.

      1. PTPioneer User

        First off, I’m a big fan; love your style and approach to fitness.
        I am currently preparing for my ISSA PT test. Are you serious that it’s only MC?! Doesn’t that make the test super easy?

        1. Tyler Read - Certified Personal Trainer with PTPioneer

          Thanks for the kind words, yes it is only multiple choice as of this moment. Yes it does make the test easier but to be fair all certifications in the industry follow the same format.

  4. PTPioneer User

    love the articles you post. Hope to get to work with you as soon as im done with the Sports Nutrition test Which has essays.

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