International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) Acquires the National Council of Certified Personal Trainers (NCCPT)

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International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) Acquires the National Council of Certified Personal Trainers (NCCPT); Providing The Largest Number of NCCA-Accredited Fitness Certifications

The International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), a global leader in the personal training certification industry, acquired the National Council of Certified Personal Trainers (NCCPT) recently to broaden their scope of educational fitness training courses to expand their student certification offerings.

“With the current COVID-19 crisis, improving public health is more important than ever,” said Andrew Wyant, President of ISSA. “According to the CDC, chronic health conditions such as obesity and type 2 diabetes are closely linked to higher morbidity rates among those infected. I believe these are largely controllable through diet and exercise and personal trainers are the right people to help.”

“Our goal at the ISSA is to train more personal trainers and fitness professionals with practical and useful tools, education and certification to provide the best fitness programs for their clients.”

The acquisition provides the ISSA with the largest number of National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accredited programs in all of fitness. The 5 NCCA-Accredited certifications added to the ISSA are Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Group Exercise Instructor, Certified Yoga Instructor, Certified Indoor Cycling Instructor, and Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach.

Other courses added to the ISSA are specialty courses include Lifespan Fitness Coaching, Powerlifting, Kickboxing, Flexibility and Weight Management, offering a total of 15 fitness certification programs worldwide.

“The COVID-19 crisis creates a current demand for the public to have trusted fitness professionals they can trust to lead them virtually. The crisis will pass in time and with it will come an even stronger focus on health and wellness” said Wyant. “Once gyms reopen, they’ll be filled with people looking to get back in shape after missing their normal fitness routines. Expanding our field of fitness education programs will fill that gap.”

ISSA is a pioneer in the international personal training certification industry. For more than 30 years, ISSA has been committed to providing the highest quality certification education by merging practical applied sciences with the gym experience and building trust in order to help people achieve their goals.

ISSA has trained more than 300,000 students and placed personal trainers across 143 countries, all while continuing to develop greater access to opportunities that promote a healthier world. For more information on ISSA, visit

About the International Sports Science Association (ISSA)

The ISSA is the world leader in fitness education and delivers comprehensive, cognitive and practical distance education for fitness professionals, grounded in industry research, using both traditional and innovative modalities. Founded in 1988 by Dr. Sal Arria and Dr. Frederick Hatfield, the ISSA now offers 12 fitness certifications and has certified over 300,000 trainers in 143 countries.

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