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ISSA CEU's

by Jennifer Finch
(Florida)

I have had my ISSA CFT for almost 4 years and was impressed with their program. I have used SCW conventions to get my 20 CEU's to re certify. This year ISSA reduced the points earned for the classes at SCW from 1-2 down to 0.5 points for every class available. In turn, this means that over 3 very full days of classes and lectures, I only earned 6.5 CEU's rather than the usual 15-20. What this means is that I will have to pay additional money to earn what I need to re certify.

When I called ISSA they stated that the reason was that there is no exam at the end of each class/lecture. I think it is a money spinning thing so you will buy ISSA CEU's. No other cerifying group reduced their points. I am now considering certifying with another group rather than pay an additional $300-500 on top of the recertification costs.

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ISSA Recertification Cost

by Todd Walter

I'm certified through ISSA and just recertified. It only cost me $375 which included the cost of a seminar for the 20 CEUs and $75 recertification fee. I just thought that the $600 recertification cost that you had posted seemed a little high. Didn't know if information like this would be helpful to you. Thanks!

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by: David Daugherty

If you take a ISSA 20 CEU course it comes to about $600.00. The seminar can only be taken once as CEUs. I have elected the DSW Fitness Nutrition course for 20 CEUs at just over $200.00. ISSA offers the same course but maybe better at $599.00. Times are getting tough and I have to budget where I can.

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ISSA Rip-off

by Mavric
(South Africa)

Knew there had to be a catch somewhere ! They cut you off after two yrs if you don't take the CEC "Continuing Education Classes" thats $600+ each two yrs. Or you are not valid. So if somone wants a reference from them and you haven't parted with your $600+ and they call ISSA You're toast !

And it's all in very small print, never mentioned up front. They will do business without me, no doubt. But, for one, I WILL be shouting from the roof tops against ISSA because of this clause. Believe me !

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by: Anonymous

Most respected certs require Continuing Education Units. It's to protect the public.

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by: Anonymous

any legitimate cert requires recertification!!!

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CEU's with ISSA
by: JG

Any certification worth it's salt will have you re-certify or continue your education.

I'm ISSA certified and it is WELL spelled out in their materials that they require 20 CEU's every 2 years.

I'm very pleased with the education I received from ISSA.


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Sorry, but what did you think?
by: Anonymous

Are you saying that you have found a legitimate cert that does NOT require CUE?

I mean honestly? Did you think you would get a cert and then run amok? Research into health and fitness continues, we as professionals need to be aware of new information. It's good for our clients. Any decent cert will require it, it's part of the cost of doing business.

Get over it. ISSA has been an extremely professional group to do business with. You dissing them for sound business practices is silly.

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They told me up front
by: Anonymous

I'm certified with the ISSA and started a year ago studying. They told me about the ceu stuff up font.

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Dont listen to this guy, did not do his homework
by: Anonymous

This is from ISSA:
Your Certification with ISSA must be renewed within two years of your original certification date. After two years, you're required to get 20 contact hours of continuing education units per every 2 years for your re-certification. You can do this by either taking one of ISSA's specialized courses, not only will this complete your CEU requirements but will also give you an added credential or you can take programs that other organizations or colleges offer as long as its an educational program that's in a related field. There is also a $75.00 membership fee every 2 years once you're certified.

E mailed to me from ISSA

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Just Curious
by: FreshStart

I really love the whole enviorment and was just wondering if anyone could let me know what kind of job i could expect to recieve with an ISSA cert.

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Original Poster has an axe to grind
by: Bill

I think the OP has an axe to grind. Maybe he's a competitor...who knows.

On my first visit to the ISSA site, I saw the CEU stipulation. As far as I know, any certifying entity (not just personal training) has continuing education as a part of its program.

Anybody expecting anything different is either naive or wanting a cheap way to go into business.

I am NOT an ISSA member or employee. In fact, I am not associated with them in ANY way.

I am strongly considering their program though. It seems like they really care about you, your education, your success, and your clients. That is pretty cool.

Plus, I've followed Fred Hatfield (Dr Squat) since the early '80s and have always found him to be brutally honest and ethical. That goes a LONG WAY for me.

The only thing that concerns me about the ISSA cert is that it seems a little less widely accepted at gyms.

However, since I'm going in business for myself, I'm not going to be too concerned with that.

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Military - Deployed
by: RFerreira

Not only to all (legitimate) certification courses REQUIRE (CEU's & CEC's), but all professional fields REQUIRE it! Take the medical field for example, would you really want your Doctor to operate on you if he didn't have up to date information? ...and what if s/he went to school 20 years ago and received no continued education since??? Yeah, got me f**'ed up!! If you're in this business to make money, then get out NOW!! Granted, ya gotta make a living, but the practice of 'Personal Training' should be focused on your client and making lifestyle changes... Original post sounds pretty greedy to me... anyway, I'm currently taking the Elite I trainer course with ISSA and read every word on their site 4-5 times! I love this institution, very comprehensive and complete literature. Just have to write up my essays and case studies and I'm done. Just waiting to get back from my deployment to submit all of it. Cheers

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Your wrong!
by: Anonymous

You can renew your certs at a whole lot cheaper then $600. DSW Fitness you can do it in the $200 range for the 20 CEU and Exercise Etc. has deals too, fyi.

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I'm getting re-certified after 5 yrs
by: Anonymous

I took the test some years ago and I do know that you are required to keep up with your cec's and the re-certification is offered at a discounted price. I just called to get my re-cert and even though it's been over 5 years and I'm no longer active with them online, they still allowed me the discount rate to get re-certified.
And I have never had a problem getting hired at a gym and they are accredited.

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Question
by: Anonymous

Are gyms respecting Issa certifications? I know a lot of online certs gyms won't take how's everyone doing with being hired . Also can you revive insurance.

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ISSA
by: Anonymous

ISSA is one of the very best certifications you can have. What idiot would think they can have a legitimate certification with any credibility that doesn't make you stay up to date on the industry. Oh that's right you're from S. Africa. LOL No wonder. AND YES ISSA is accepted by just about all commercial gyms that I've ever come in contact with. I've been in the industry for over 25 years!!!

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People are extremely Lazy
by: Anonymous

your just lazy and dont see benefit in continuing education. Lazy Lazy. Please don't become a personal trainer

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