FREE ISSA Study Plan, Study Calendar + Blueprint 2023

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Welcome to the PTPioneer ISSA study plan page designed to help you decide on a proper plan and timeframe for your studies in the International Sports Sciences Association, or ISSA, CPT final exam.

The PTPioneer ISSA Study Plan, as the screenshot below shows, will cover 4 of the most common timeframes and allow you to successfully organize your studying efforts.

FREE ISSA Study Plan, Study Calendar + Blueprint [year] 1

Get your copy of the ISSA CPT study plan, and I will also include a Cheat Sheet for the ISSA materials for free in the same email. These help immensely in studying for the exam.

Within this article, I highlight:

ISSA study materials and their average time to master
Downloadable PDFs for visual help with planning your ISSA study calendar
The next steps for studying for the ISSA-certified personal trainer program exam

How long does it take to study for the ISSA exam?

ISSA prep time is entirely up to you, but thanks to Trainer Academy and their premium ISSA CPT study materials, your certification exam prep could be dramatically shortened.

Also, Trainer Academy has a pass rate of 99%.

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Now let’s dive in and look at this ISSA exam schedule I created and suggest using to get the materials down pat!

ISSA CPT Study Series

FREE ISSA Study Plan, Study Calendar + Blueprint [year] 2

How Long Does it Take to Study for the ISSA Exam?

The ISSA certification for personal training is a jam-packed program full of all the main facets of exercise science.

Many people may wonder exactly how long it takes to learn all of the required materials within the ISSA CPT certification. The truth is that it will depend on your knowledge level going in.

If you have zero exercise science experience when starting the ISSA CPT, like many other learners going in, then you should expect to study for 5 – 6 months for the ISSA CPT to ensure you adequately learn all of the important topics of personal training.

On the flip side, if you are already certified in personal training with another organization or if you took college courses in the realm of health and fitness, then you should expect to study about half the amount of time as those without experience.

Given these two different timeframes for study for two different types of people, you should be able to ace the exam in no time by studying your ISSA materials and using this free PTPioneer study series. For others, it can be beneficial to also seek out paid premium materials like those offered by Trainer Academy.

Next, let’s look closer at the Study Plan in this ISSA CPT study series.

Downloadable Study Plan

The picture at the top of the page is an example of what is offered with the PTPioneer Study Plan for the ISSA certification course.

Like what you see?

Just click the button to receive an email of the ISSA Study Plan for free.

And in addition to PTPioneer’s high-quality downloadable PDF Study Plan for the ISSA CPT, you will also receive the amazing ISSA Cheat Sheet to help with your studies, as well.

The PTPioneer ISSA CPT Study Plan is helpful for organizational purposes and you may need this extra visualization tool to complement the other course materials.

So how long is the ISSA studies schedule?

And, how long to study for the ISSA exam would be sufficient to master the material?

Here are the four plans that, in my perspective, are the most common:

  • 4 – Week
  • 3 – Month
  • 6 – Month
  • 1 – Year

These timeframes provide the easiest way to visualize the studying choices and organize the materials to best fit your schedule.

Most people choose to start a plan that lines up with when they plan on taking the ISSA-certified personal trainer exam.

And you can actually search for ISSA test dates and schedule ISSA exam dates that work best for you.

The ISSA fitness trainer exam is accredited by both the NCCPT and NCCA, which are highly reputable certifying agencies in the fitness industry, and highlights your personal training career.

Whereas other certifications, such as NASM, ACSM, and NSCA, have had NCCA accreditation for a while, the ISSA exam has only had this NCCA accreditation recently.

Using the ISSA study guide here, the practice test, cheat sheet, and flashcards will all come together to create an excellent exam prep resource but requires a bit of help organizing at times.

The first and one of the more popular plans is a 4-week or one-month, study plan.

This is ideal for those that may have a fitness certification or other major personal training certification and just needs to see how this one differs from another and catch the highlights in a quick manner.

The 4-week plan also benefits those who are skilled at cramming for the training course exam, but this is not as common.

Next, the 3-month plan is the most popular training program study plan because it offers a good amount of time to learn the material well and study most days of the week.

The 6-month plan is as popular and commonly used as the 4-week plan, but for those who learn at a good pace, but have zero experience with the concepts covered in the ISSA study program.

Concepts include program design, kinesiology, cardiorespiratory and resistance exercise technique, general fitness training, training instruction, applied sciences, bioenergetics, human movement sciences, client relations and behavioral coaching, and professional development and responsibility.

And finally, there’s the 1-year, or 12-month plan, which is the least common but most useful for those with the busiest schedules.

1-year is a long time, but it works for those who have a busy schedule and need more time to learn the ins and outs of the program, or need to obtain continuing education units (CEUs) for recertification or specialization purposes.

Regardless of the plan chosen, sticking to studying is the main concern, and hopefully, these study plans in the downloadable PDF help create good study habits that benefit your future learning.

Furthermore, the Trainer Academy cheat sheet does this even better with a thoroughly detailed study blueprint to organize their premium study content.

They offer premium materials for all of the major CPT certification programs and many exercise science, elite trainer, master trainer, group exercise, powerlifting, and nutritionist certs too.

Study Tips to Maximize Efficiency

The most important study tip you can take away from the ISSA study plan, and this page would hopefully be that creating consistency and habitual efforts will work best in the long run.

Study habits are rare and take time to form and appropriately utilize in your life.

When it comes to learning something for long-term benefits, it is important that you study as much as you can and as often as you can.

3- 5 days a week should be expected for most learners, and 3 really is more of a minimum.

Studying can be done in short bursts, and most of the exercise and sports medicine information spread throughout the textbook and workbook will be optimal for this type of studying.

Flashcards and practice exams within the ISSA CPT Exam Prep Hub here on PTPioneer need to be seen and recognized frequently to aid with the memorization of materials.

Multiple-choice questions and quizzes are great tools for mastering the real thing.

Similar to the ISSA Fast Track program, which offers study guides, access to the ISSA fitness community, and even CPR/AED certification, the PTPioneer study plan and timeframes focus on the idea of frequent and short study sessions most fitness professionals desire.

Fitting a Study Plan to Your Schedule

So how long does it take for the ISSA study plan to work?

As you likely have seen in the free PDF download within this page, there are varied hours recommended per week, as well as different schedules and study goals.

It is important that you choose one that fits your timeframe best, and if none of them are perfect, feel free to start one and shift to another more fitting study plan.

And while the free study guide and materials offered here on PTPioneer are great, studying content from the internet is not always the best quality.

This holds true, especially when compared to paid study systems, like Trainer Academy.

There’s no question that PTPioneer offers good quality practice exams and practice questions, but to ensure you achieve a passing score, then most paid study organizations will offer a pass guarantee or your money back.

News flash, Trainer Academy does exactly this!

This is ideal, especially if you are fresh out of high school or have little to no experience as a personal trainer or fitness instructor.

But what’s next?

Once you have finished with this study plan page, I recommend moving on to the study guide page, which is more of the meat of the materials since it summarizes the most essential information from the text.

The study guide page that follows this study plan is one of four main study materials offered on the site, so you are officially starting to study once you enter that page.

Keep that PDF study plan handy by downloading and printing it, if possible.

See you in my next article!

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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