The purpose of the Master Trainer program is to help students develop a balanced knowledge of fitness and nutrition, and a depth of expertise across many areas of fitness. Completion of the program will prepare students for entry level personal training positions with the ability to pursue either an associate or bachelor’s degree in the College of Exercise Science.
Sessions are 15 minutes or less and held online with one of our friendly enrollment advisors.
Our institution is proud to be accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
I'm so grateful to ISSA for my Associate Degree in Exercise Science. I am the Gym Manager, Strength & Conditioning Coach and CrossFit Instructor at Derby City MMA & Derby City Barbell in Louisville, Kentucky. I transitioned very easily into the coaching role because ISSA prepared me so well. I used to dread getting up and going to my boring office job which I did for 19 years, now I wake up and can't wait to get to the gym. It's not like a job, it’s fun and I love it. Thank you ISSA for helping me turn my professional career into something I love.
The education and experience at the College of Exercise Science has been absolutely amazing. I am proud to have earned my Associate degree and Master Trainer certificate and am excited to continue in the Bachelor's degree program. I can't wait to apply what I have learned to help my clients to lead active, healthy and rewarding lives.
I currently serve on active duty in the United States Marine Corps. I originally began my journey with CES pursuing the Master Trainer certificate. Upon completion, I decided to continue my education and earned my associates in exercise science through CES. Now I instruct at the Force Fitness Readiness Center where we train new Force Fitness Instructors for the Marine Corps. I couldn’t have done it without the College of Exercise Science.
Designated as a Military Friendly School, the ISSA College of Exercise Science works hard to help both active duty service members and veterans achieve their education goals. Our programs are specifically designed to be flexible so you can easily manage your coursework during your service.
Graduates of the program earn the Master Trainer designation plus six individual fitness certifications through ISSA LLC.* Finish the program in as few as two quarters as an accelerated full-time student, or pace your coursework overtime for up to six quarters.
*ISSA LLC is a separate professional certifying organization and is not owned or operated by the ISSA College of Exercise Science.
The ISSA College of Exercise Science is a Title IV school, and our bachelor’s degree program, associate degree program, and Master Trainer certificate program are all eligible for federal student aid.
There is absolutely no commitment and no credit card required. The application is designed as an investment in you — to help you name what you truly want, evaluate all that you juggle, and design your future. Stop and start as needed. Your work is saved as you go. Once you submit your application, a dedicated advisor will be in touch to speak with you about next steps.