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      Hey everyone, Coach Tyler here and welcome to my ISSA vs ACE article!

      After finishing my article, I am sure you will have a much better idea of which one of these two top certifications is the better choice for you!

      Also, do not miss my ultimate must-read article of the top 5 CPT certifications!

      If you like the ‘vs’ article format, I suggest my articles: ACE vs NASM and ISSA vs NASM.

      Afterward, make sure to check out the ACE website as well as the ISSA website for more information.

      Check out Trainer Academy for the best study materials for either certification.

      The team over there offers an exam pass guarantee and overall will reduce your study time by 50%.

      I recommend that you Take the quiz to find out which personal trainer certification is the best fit for you.

      The menu at the top of this page will answer any question related to personal training that you have.

      If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave me a comment here (I’ll respond within 24 hours).

      Also, visit the home page for the most recent and popular articles.

      No matter which one you choose, I have awesome free study guides for both certifications:

      Let’s jump right in.

      ACE vs ISSA Quick Information

      ACE vs ISSA Quick Information

      This segment will give you basic tips on both ISSA and ACE.

      Both ACE and ISSA are considered general certifications.

      These two have been certifying professional trainers in the fitness and health industry for a while.

      They are both credible organizations alongside a few others.

      Is ACE accredited?

      Yes, ACE is accredited by the NCCA.

      National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) is a non-profit organization responsible for accrediting professional certification programs and Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) is responsible for accrediting distance educational programs.

      These two agencies are well recognized in the United States.

      ACE currently offers two study packages which will cost you $299 and $499 (depending on the respective packages) whereas ISSA usually varies between $599 and $699.

      ISSA only offers one study package for their certification whereas ACE offers two different study packages that cost different amounts and include some degree of different study materials.

      ISSA has a first-time pass rate of approximately 90% while first-time test-takers with ACE pass at a rate of approximately 65%.

      ISSA offers general Personal Training certification courses and also go further into the advance specialization courses comprising of fitness nutrition, exercise therapy, sports nutrition and many more.

      To qualify to write the certifications exam, ISSA and ACE require that you have the following;

      • A current CPR and AED certification
      • You must have a high school diploma or equivalent
      • You must be at least 18 years of age
      • A valid identification

      These are the minimum requirement in the industry unless you are reaching for Master Trainer and Elite Trainer Certification from ISSA.

      The Master and the Elite trainer certifications exams requirements are stricter.

      The overall focus and recognition of ISSA and ACE

      Overall focus and recognition of ISSA and ACE

      What is the overall focus of both certification?

      Let’s find out below!

      ISSA CPT

      You may ask what does ISSA mean?

      ISSA stands for International Sports Sciences Association.

      ISSA trainer certification covers a wide variety of topics within the realm of personal training.

      This makes the certification a good one for beginners.

      The body of knowledge has a pretty general focus on all aspects of personal training.

      I put the ISSA trainer certification in the general category as it covers a wide variety of topics.

      An ISSA Certified Personal Trainer can do so much including helping clients create an exercise program and at the same time design proper nutrition because it is part of their curriculum.

      The study materials contain so much information about good eating habits and good exercise.

      Is ISSA NCCA accredited?

      The answer is No, ISSA is not accredited by the NCCA but by the DEAC.

      The Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) is responsible for accrediting distance educational programs.

      DEAC is also a non-profit organization established in 1926.

      Compared to the ACE certification, ISSA trainer certification digs a little deeper into powerlifting, including the concept of the “strength curve” which is focused on athletic performance.

      They also have an excellent overview of how to train people with special needs, as well as individuals who are focused on weight loss (the most common goal for clients).

      An ISSA Certified Personal Trainer is well equipped for the job of personal training.

      ACE CPT

      First and foremost, what does ACE stand for in the personal training industry?

      ACE stands for American Council on Exercise and this organization has been in the health and fitness industry since 1985 and has certified over 90,000 fitness professionals.

      Like ISSA, ACE is also an excellent certification for people who are starting out with very little – or zero – knowledge about personal training or exercise science.

      This is why I put it in the general category for personal training certifications.

      It covers all the basics and general principles of personal training and as well provides an extensive collection of different exercises that will allow you to design personalized routines for your clients with ease.

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      ACE uses a model called the IFT model which stands for Integrated Fitness Training.

      This model is highly recognized and used throughout the fitness industry as a way to progress clients through a program safely and effectively.

      It has a strong emphasis on endurance training (cardiorespiratory) and functional training which allows you to reach a huge market of people looking to lose weight.

      Overall, both of these certifications are great for beginners, especially those who intend to work with clients seeking to lose weight or get active again after a long stretch of minimal physical activity.

      Find out the average personal trainer hourly rate before you take up this career and the best personal trainer courses you are qualified for before finally taking the steps to become a personal trainer.

      Check out the official video from ACE:

      I have to give a slight edge to ACE certification though due to the IFT model which I think is slightly better for program design for a wide variety of clients.

      The Winner for certification focus is ACE

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      Popularity and Industry Recognition


      To me, the ISSA certification is recognized as a better international certification.

      It has certified over 200,000 people in approximately 91 countries in the world.

      You can take this certification test online, so no matter where you are in the world you will be able to get certified with ISSA.

      Almost every single gymnasium will accept the ISSA Trainer certification.

      Although there are some exceptions where employers do not accept certifications that are not accredited by the NCCA.

      In any case, you should ask your potential employer what certifications they accept before choosing one.

      The ISSA certification is accredited by the DEAC (formerly the DETC) which is recognized as a very credible accreditation agency.

      In my eyes, both the DEAC and NCCA are equal in terms of how legitimate they are as accreditation agencies.


      The ACE certification is definitely one of the most highly recognized certifications in the industry.

      I have personally never talked to an employer that does not accept the ACE CPT.

      From the ACE website, they state that they have certified approximately 90,000 individuals in the health and fitness industry.

      Some of the top employers for ACE-certified individuals are 24-hour Fitness, Crunch Fitness, Anytime Fitness, and many more.

      Here is a snapshot for the last 12 months of Google trends popularity test between the ISSA certification and the ACE certification.

      ACE vs ISSA - Let's see which one you should choose in [year]! 5

      Both certifications have similar trends in terms of which months they are popular.

      Overall the ACE certification is much more searched compared to ISSA.

      The winner for popularity/recognition is ACE

      ACE vs ISSA - Let's see which one you should choose in [year]! 6

      Info on the study materials and price

      price and study materials

      Here, I’ll reveal the different study packages and the cost implication of choosing any of the certification.

      ISSA certification review:

      The ISSA certification cost is on the average except for the advanced specialization courses.

      ISSA offers only one certification package costing $799, plus a free nutrition course.

      The package includes textbooks, additional materials online for studying, and the actual test.

      Occasionally, they do have sales campaigns when the cost of the certification package drops to only $499.

      This is only on rare occasions, though.

      Check here for the current price on ISSA.

      The package comes with a hard copy of the textbook, a study guide for the textbook, practice quizzes and exams, and exercise reference guide, access to an online student forum, access to their online exercise lab and unlimited support from ISSA fitness professionals.

      The textbook they provide is over 759 pages long and contains an extensive collection of exercises and examples.

      Regarding the strategy for taking this test, you should know that the test is an open book.

      I think that the online exercise lab is cool because it shows you 250 animated exercises so that you can see how to perform the exercises perfectly in a three-dimensional view.

      Also, having access to fitness professionals whenever you have a question is very helpful too.

      It’s also cool to note that ISSA is one of the only certifications that offer a hard copy of their textbook with their cheapest package.

      Lots of other certifying agencies only offer a PDF version unless you pay additional fees.

      It’s essential to highlight and mark important information as you study, so you can easily reference it later when you’re taking the test.

      Make sure not to pass up my free ISSA study guide and practice test here.

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      The ACE certification cost way lesser than ISSA.

      They provide two certification packages to select from.

      It can also be cheaper if you choose the least expensive option which is only $299 (prices change, see the current price).

      This option is called the ACE Basic Study package.

      This option includes the textbook in e-book format, practice exams, access to ACE study coaches, the study manual in e-book format, the ACE Academy elite, access to personal training resources and of course access to take the test.

      The other option, which is more expensive, include additional study materials.

      The Plus study option includes a hardcopy of the primary textbook, a hard copy of the study manual as well as access to the Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals.

      This option costs $499 in total.

      If you are the type of person that likes to highlight stuff or have a hard copy of the textbook, this is the package for you.

      This package also comes with the addition of the fitness math online course which basically goes over the difficult to understand concepts such as your VO2 maximum, energy expenditure concepts or body composition.

      If math is not your strong suit, this is the package for you.

      Overall, the prices between ACE and ISSA are almost identical.

      The biggest difference for me is that ISSA gives you a hard copy of their textbook with their package which makes all the difference to me.

      Both have access to fitness professionals if you ever get stuck on the concept.

      Both provide fantastic supplementary study materials as well but ISSA takes the slight edge.

      For the best study materials, check out Trainer Academy.

      Reduce your study time by 50% and get an exam pass guarantee.

      Here’s a link to my free and awesome ACE study guide.

      The winner for study materials/price is ISSA.

      Check out my free study guides, practice tests, and flashcards for both certifications on my site:

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      Info on the tests and recertification

      test and recertification

      Below, you’ll discover the key areas to pay attention to in the test to get a pass guarantee.

      ISSA CPT

      Don’t get me wrong, even though it is an open book, this test is still very challenging.

      The ISSA Personal Trainer Certifications test is online and you can do it in the comfort of your home.

      It has different sections, and you must score 75% or above in all of them to pass.

      The sections include multiple-choice, case studies, and essay questions.

      The consensus is that the case studies section is the hardest part of the test.

      The ISSA trainer online test case studies focus on developing a progressive 12-week routine for two individuals with specific needs or goals.

      This is why it is critical that you spend a lot of time studying routine development, particularly in special populations, if you plan to pass this section of the test.

      The overall pass rate for the ISSA exam is approximately 90% due to the fact that it is an open book test.

      Even if you end up failing on your first time around with ISSA, to retake the test on your second try is absolutely free.

      If you end up failing your second time as well, a minimum fee of $50 will be charged for your third attempt.

      The recertification requirements for ISSA are;

      • You get 20 units of continuing education every two years, this is approximately 20 hours of continuing education.
      • Renew your CPR and AED certification and pay the fee.
      • Pay the certification fee. The fee is $99 to recertify with ISSA.

      If you aspire to be a fitness trainer and this certification interests you, I highly encourage you to check out my complete article that provides more detail.

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      Check out my full review of ISSA here or check out the ISSA website for more info.

      I also have great articles to help those that want to become a personal trainer by strictly studying online and practicing what they see through the online animated exercise videos and live chat with expert fitness instructors.

      You should also consider knowing modern technologies that make personal trainer job easier.

      ACE CPT

      The ACE test is not easy, so you should prepare and study very seriously.

      This is evident in that the pass rate for first-time test takers is only 65%.

      There are several resources you can access for exam preparation.

      One of those resources is the ACE Practice Exam kit, it comes with 750 practice questions and it cost $29.95.

      Overall, there are 150 multiple-choice questions.

      In order to take the test, you need to go to the ACE website and sign up with one of their approved test-taking facilities.

      Most of the test (approximately 70 to 85%) come from the application and analysis section.

      So make sure to study the section extra hard when preparing for it.

      In order to pass, you will need to answer approximately 90 of the 150 questions correctly.

      This equals right around 500 points on their grading scale.

      After you purchase the package of your choice, you will have six months to sign up for a test date and take the test.

      During the test, you will have three hours to finish all 150 multiple-choice questions.

      If you happen to fail on your very first time, the retest fee costs approximately $199.

      So make sure you study hard for your first time around!

      ACE requires you to get recertified every two years and requires approximately 20 hours of continuing education.

      The cost for recertification is $129 for one certification.

      The recertification requirements are the same as that of ISSA even though the fee is different.

      In addition to checking out their website, I recommend you read my complete article on the ACE certification here.

      Find out where you can get less expensive CEUs to get your certifications renewed.

      Overall I like the test-taking process with ISSA due to the fact that they do multiple-choice, short essays, as well as real program design Incorporated in their exam.

      They also have a completely free retest fee as well as a cheaper recertification fee after two years.

      Test your knowledge with my free ACE practice test here.

      The winner for the test and recertification is ISSA

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      Conclusion on ISSA vs ACE

      Having spent time reading this educative piece, I know you have gotten more than you expected to make a decision that will set you in the right path.

      If you need more info on both certifications, kindly drop your questions in the comment section.

      After reviewing the two certifications in the industry, I presume you would ask these questions.

      Is ISSA a good certification or is ACE a good certification?

      The answers to the two questions are yes, depending on what you want from each of the certifications.

      Regarding the actual body of knowledge, I really would recommend either of these certifications for people just starting out in the personal training business with a minimal understanding of exercise science.

      Overall, the winner of this comparison (by a hair) is the ISSA certification! But, the ACE CPT is also a great option.

      Although ISSA is not NCCA accredited certifications, I still feel like it provides the best study materials and learning experience.

      Also, all of the major gyms in the United States accept ISSA as a top-tier certification.

      If you want to drastically reduce your study time, check out Trainer Academy for awesome study materials.

      Either way, both are fantastic and you should have no problem getting a job with either.

      Make sure to check out both sites below so you can get to know these organizations a little bit better before you make your final decision.

      As you start this awesome journey of becoming a personal trainer, I believe that I am qualified to tell you the ups and downs attached to the job of a personal trainer and the future of the fitness industry.

      For those of you who would like to see this comparison in video format, here is the video I made a few years ago.

      Overall, my article is more up-to-date than the video.

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      You should check with your potential employer to see which certification they prefer between ISSA and ACE.

      You should never get a certification that won’t be accepted at the place that you are looking to train, so it is best to ask.

      I strongly suggest that you Take the quiz to find out which certification is best for you if you’re still on the fence about which one to choose.

      As mentioned before, ISSA does have a slight emphasis on power training and athletic performance relative to ACE, so if you are planning on having athletes as the majority of your clients, I would recommend considering the ISSA certification.

      Another proper certification that is great for training athletes is the NASM PES.

      You should also keep in mind that you don’t need to pick just one certification.

      I highly recommend getting multiple certifications, including advanced certifications.

      This will make you a much more dynamic personal trainer with an array of knowledge across many facets of personal training.

      After considering everything, I have to give the edge to the ACE personal training certification because more gyms accept it, they have better study material, and the test is not an open book.

      I prefer tests that are not an open book because it means you have to memorize the material!

      ACE is one of my two favorite certifications with the other one being NASM (read my review of NASM here).

      I hope my look at  ISSA vs ACE helps clear things up for you so that you can choose the certification that is appropriate for you.

      Here are some additional ACE comparison articles that you might enjoy reading: ACE compared with NASM, ACE vs NSCA and ACE vs ACSM.

      Here are some additional ISSA comparison articles as well: ISSA vs NASM, ISSA vs ACSM and ISSA vs NSCA.

      I hope you found this article helpful, and if you have any comments or questions, please submit them in the comment box below.

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      46 thoughts on “ACE vs ISSA – Let’s see which one you should choose in 2021!”

      1. Helo sir,
        I want to become Nutrionist.But don’t know what to choose ISSA or ACE.i have to start from 0 level.as i have done Bachelor of bussines administration degree.plz help.

        1. I think that ACE is a better springboard especially if you would like to get started with nutrition. I was start with their general personal training certification.

      2. Im certified by ISSA as an SSC.I’m from India and people give neither respect nor recognition to the certificate. In spite of scoring 89% in my exams and despite the fact that I have several years of experience I am offered almost the same salary as the other uncertified guys. The problem with ISSA is that since it is an open book test , any and everyone who don’t have good command over English or don’t just want to study, is getting the answers from the representative of ISSA in India. It cost me Rs 31000 to enroll for ISSA and all across the country all that I’m getting offered by gyms are Rs 12000 p.m (max). Some even don’t offer personal training for the first few months. Choosing ISSA was the biggest blunder in my life

        1. I am sorry to hear that. It sounds like there are not too many regulations on who can become personal trainers and what is required in India.

            1. Hey Navneet,
              The retest fee for ACE is usually $199. That is unless you purchase the premier package which comes with a free retest option just in case you end up failing the first time. Good luck with all of your studying

      3. Hey Tyler, real good stuff on your review. Thanks for sharing your experience.

        I check the both websites. Great programs.

        ISSA have the online program and international exam test, also ACE has the same exam test, here in my city in Brasilia/Brasil.

        I only have question if i can take the ACE curse all on-line like ISSA ?
        Also, do you know if this both certification have good acceptance in Canada ?

        1. Hey Kyle,
          With ISSA you can take the exam from your own personal computer. With ACE you need to go into and exam taking facility. I just checked for you and there are five locations in Brazil that you can go to in order to take the computerized ACE exam. In terms of the course itself, yes you can do everything in regards to studying online with the ACE certification. In terms of acceptance in Canada, it really varies from gymnasium to gymnasium but I would think that they would have a very similar acceptance to those in the United States.

          1. hello tyler , i like your article it eplained a lot of things , i have a uestion similar to this i’m from tunisia but i live now in kuwait , is it allowed to have the test here in kuwait ? thank you

            1. I mostly just focus on the most important certifications in the United States since that is where I am from. I do not really have expertise on all of the other countries but I do know that some certifications are valid in Europe and surrounding areas such as the ACE and NASM certifications. I would check with your local gymnasiums that you would like to apply to to see which certifications they accept. That is the most sure way you will know which one to go for.

        1. Hey Aseel,

          Yeah there is nothing wrong with getting another certification. It will only make you a better trainer overall and give you a different perspective on training 🙂

      4. I am a Nurse Practitioner and I am looking into getting my CPT and a nutrition certification. Would possibly like to start my own business soon. Any suggestions regarding which very based on this information?

        1. Hello Jennifer,
          well in terms of both of these aspects, both of these certifications have a nutrition certification and both of them touch upon business aspects in their general personal training certification as well. That being said, ISSA frequently has deals combining a free nutrition certification with their general personal training certification. This is a fantastic deal as you are basically getting a free $500 certification for free when this promotion is going on.

      5. Hi I am muaythai Instructor from India. I want to take a personal training course. I want to know how what is the duration of the ACE course. How much time whill i get to finish the course?

      6. Hey ! Great webpage! Thank you for the comparisons! I was trying to compare all this myself and it was getting quite overwhelming …Haha. So my question for you is which cert would you recommend: I have seen a personal trainer in the past and have some knowledge on personal training from PT and browsing the web, but i am interested to learn for myself the correct way to train to minimize injury and to have the most beneficial workout… And hopefully down the line train others if i am sucessful lol
        Also i live in Ontario, Canada… how do i find out if there are exam facilities for the ACE here?
        After looking at your webpage I am leaning toward ISSA or ACE… right?

        1. You can take the ACSM CPT at many Pearson Vue places in Ontario and it’s higher regarded than both of these other certs.

          1. Hey Jay,
            Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Depending on where you live and what gym owners you are talking to Really depends on which personal training certification is valued the most. ACSM Is a great certification as well!

      7. I m due for ISSA recertification sept 2020 …. however I like the ACE certification ceu courses better …. can I use ACE ceu’s for ISSA recertification?

        1. Hey Darlene,
          It all depends on which certifying agency but for the most part, other certifying agencies do accept the same or similar continuing education. I do know for a fact that most certifications will except getting certified by another organization as legitimate continuing education for their own certification. In terms of the continuing education courses offered by the American Council on exercise, you will have to check with ISSA directly in order to find out. I hope this helps.

      8. What is the difference in ncca credited (ace and nasm) and certified department of education( issa ) do you consider one to be better then the other and why? Thanks for your time

        1. Hey Jeff,
          the biggest differences between NCCA accredited certification such as the American Council on exercise or the national Academy of sports medicine, and certifications that are not accredited by the NCCA (such as ISSA) is that they require their testtakers to take a proctored exam. Meaning that you need to be monitored while taking the exam as opposed to having the test be online or not monitored. This is the biggest difference. That being said, the majority of gymnasiums or employers to accept ISSA as a legitimate certification because they have other legitimate accreditations such as the DEAC. I do know that they are working on getting NCCA accredited as well so that there testtakers could have the option of taking the NCCA accredited version or the online DEAC accredited version. I hope this helps answer some of your questions.

      9. Hey Tyler,

        I am a self taught trainer and already have a great clientele but for some professional reasons, I am planning to take the ISSA or the ACE. Though I feel like ACE has a slight edge, the ISSA Nutrition + Trainer seem more value for money. My question is if there is something similar to the ISSA Nutitionist + Trainer combo for ACE. I mean if I were to do ACE, what nutrition cert would be a good combination for a similar price point or even slightly better, which would you recommend . ISSA PT+Nutrition or ACE +some nutrition

        1. Hey Bomee,
          I have never seen the American Council on exercise couple their personal training certification with a nutrition certification. It is a smart thing to do though as nutrition and training go hand-in-hand. I agree with you that it is great value for the money with the international sports Sciences Association combination. That being said, the American Council on exercise is also a fantastic cert.

      10. Hey Tyler,
        I have just complete my diploma in mechanical engineering.But I want to make future in fitness field.And I want to start from base.i want learn every basic points too with knowledge.nd I don’t have much more .I asked in gym then manager say go with issa but I’m confused between issa or ace for cpt .I checked their books ND I found their is more knowledge in issa (may be I’m wrong).so brother please give your useful thoughts on it.i get combo in issa but scared that if I don’t get job after certification?ND even listen that ace is hard to give.thank you brother.

        1. Hello there, I definitely understand your concern. The most important thing is that you check around at your local Fitness facilities to see which certification day except. In terms of the information provided, both certifications are excellent and you will get a lot of great information from both. It really just depends on your style end which certification is required in the area that you will be training.

      11. Saeid Naghdali

        Thanks bro for answering all,
        I am highly experienced in this field (Nutrition and personal trainer) currently living in Europe I am looking for two courses that might lift a bit my information and give me a valid certification in world, I find ACE is worth with the offers these days, do you have any offers or comments?
        thank you,

        1. Both certifications are fantastic. Depending on you where you work you should find out which certifications your local gymnasiums accept. Good luck with your personal training career.

      12. This really helped me thank you so much! I have a bachelors in exercise science and I’ve been trying to find nutrition certifications.

      13. Hey Tyler, I’m trying to figure out what kind of personal trainer I might be and hence which cert would be best to pursue using your quiz, but there are multiple choice options which I know are there but are cut off. What do I need to do to access them? I’m using a Chromebook but I also tried using my cell phone and I get the same issue.

        Thank you!

        1. What device are you using? Have you tried to access it on a laptop as well as a phone? Which personal training questions in particular are getting cut off or is it the whole entire quiz?

      14. Lili Bothwell

        HI Tyler,
        I want to become a PT but I also would like a certification in group training. my focus is working with women over 40 who’s body is changing constantly and can’t exercise like a 20 year old. I am more interested in cardiovascular and strength training specially for weight loss and stress release. I am torn between the ACE and ISSA. I am just starting out on this journey and would be so grateful for some guidance. From the article I read, I understand that I have to be CPR certified… I am not currently certified in that, Is this the first step I should take?
        and if so where would I have to go to certify?

        also, I like the fact that it is an open book test and that I can retake it, just in case. I have high anxiety when it comes to test taking.

        Thank you for your response,
        Lili Bothwell

        1. I definitely recommend getting a general personal training certification first such as either one of these two. Afterwards, if you want to specialize more in group exercise training, you can get a specialization certification in that area. That is the route that I recommend you take. Yes you do need a CPR and AED certification to get any one of these certifications. Good luck with your training career.

      15. Hello Tyler,
        I am bodyweight/calisthenics and mobility (Animal Flow/GMB) practitioner. Which cert. do you think is mostly applied on the above? Thank you.

        1. If you were looking for mobility and corrective exercise information and you want to learn more about that I think that the National Academy of sports medicine might be your best option.

      16. Hi. I am confused because I spoke to a rep from ISSA today and she said that their program is NCCA accredited and I looked on the website and it states that you take the free NCCA exam. It also states:
        “ Accreditation:
        The following exams have been accredited by the NCCA: Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), Certified Group Exercise Instructor (CGxI), Certified Yoga Instructor (CYI), Certified Indoor Cycling Instructor (CICI) and/or the Certified Strength Training Specialist (CSTS).“

        Has it changed since you posted the comparison or is it still not the same certification as ACE and NASM offers?

        We are interested in ISSA because of their current deal but want to get a respect certificate.

        1. Hey there, thank you for pointing this out to me. I have been needing a Refresh on my articles for a while. yes, ISSA now has five separate NCCA accredited certifications including their personal training certification. They are definitely one of my top recommended certifications because they have excellent support, great study materials and overall fantastic information. I highly recommend them.

      17. HEY TYLER,

        I have been doing enough research on this topic either which is the best course to be picked up! And according to your article ISSA Is recommend but i see lotta ACE, NASM discussion in the comment section! i’am from nepal and iam into bodybuilding and planing to start online training one o one and also i’am starting personal training! So what could be the best option for me.

        1. Hi Prakash, thanks for reading the article and comment section. Since you’re from a bodybuilding background, I think any of the three would be great options. The ISSA is internationally recognized, so that would be a better option for you seeing as you’re from Nepal.

      18. For your information ISSA NCCA accredited just a month back. It has 3 certifications accredited by NCCA.
        Personal trainer
        Strength & conditioning
        Yoga instructor
        Its as per their website.
        Can you please check the authenticity?
        Thanks in advance

        1. Thanks for pointing this out, I am meaning to upgrade my articles. Yes it’s true they now have multiple NCCA accredited certifications. They are a great choice if you are trying to decide which certification to choose.

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