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Below you’ll find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions, from the cost of personal trainer online certification to  how long your certification is valid. If you need more information, please contact us today!

What type of certifications do you offer?

There are many types of fitness certifications. At ISTA we offer a Personal Trainer and a Fitness Nutrition Specialist certification

Is ISTA recognized? 

ISTA’s Personal Trainer certification is approved as a full affiliate by the NBFE (National Board of Fitness Examiners).

How long are the ISTA certifications valid?

Each certification is valid for two years.

How much is the Fitness Nutrition Specialist Certification?  

Our online fitness nutrition specialist certification cost is $249.00.  This price includes study materials, exercise demonstration videos, and exam!

How much is the Personal Trainer Certification?  

The cost of personal trainer online certification depends on the program you choose. We offer two different online personal training courses for sale: Basic and Elite. You can get a personal trainer certification easily with our choices.

Basic – $299.00  This price includes study materials, and exercise demonstration videos!

Elite – $399.00. This price includes study manual, exercise demonstration videos, practice tests, and flash cards!

Exam Only Option – $199.00. Our online personal trainer course cost includes the exam voucher only!

What if I don’t have my current CPR certification, can I still enroll for the exam? 

Yes, a CPR certification is not required, but highly recommended.

Do you have age requirements for your certifications?

Yes, you must be at least 18 years of age to enroll.

How much time should I allow to prepare for the exam?  

It depends on your education and experience. If you have a background in exercise science and have been working in the field for at least six months, you may only require a few weeks for review. However, if you are just entering the profession you may require one to two months to study and obtain hands-on experience.

What factors will influence how I perform on the exam? 

Your performance will be influenced by your preparation, education, knowledge, and experience, as well as your ability to take a multiple-choice exam.  Keep in mind that the exams are based around the recommended study materials.

Can I see a copy of my exam?  

To maintain the integrity and security of the ISTA exams, exam questions, answer sheets, answers or other source materials will not be released to candidates under any circumstances.

Can I renew early?

Yes, you may renew at any time during your current certification period.  Renewing early does not shorten or change your two-year certification period.

What does ISTA stand for? 

International Strength Training Association

Does ISTA accept online CPR?  


How do I receive my results for the exams?

Exam results are given immediately after the exam is complete.

What happens after I purchase the course?  

After you have chosen and purchased a certification course you will be emailed a link and password to access the study materials, exercise demonstration videos, etc. within 2 business days. At that point you will have 6 months to take the exam.

What is ClassMarker?

ClassMarker is a secure online testing service that ISTA uses for its certifications exams.

What does the exam consists of? 

The Personal Trainer exam consists of 150 multiple choice and T/F questions and you will be allowed 120 minutes to complete the exam.  The FNS exam consists of 100 questions and you are allowed 90 minutes to complete.

What is the refund policy?

All purchases are non-refundable.

Do major Fitness Centers accept ISTA? 

Yes! We have trainers in many of the major gyms.  However, each center is individually owned, therefore we encourage you to contact your local gym.

Is ISTA accepted worldwide? 

Although we have trainers all around the world, due to laws and regulations we cannot guarantee any one country will accept our certifications.

What is MoonClerk?

MoonClerk is a secure payment processing company that allows ISTA to offer payment plans for its customers.

Does ISTA offer payment plans?  

Yes! Depending on the certification you will have the option to stretch your payment from 4-6 months with no interest!

What is the National Board of Fitness Examiners (NBFE)? 

THE NBFE is a highly respected accreditation company for the fitness industry and ISTA is proud to be recognized as a full affiliate of the NBFE.

If I choose the Payment Plan option will I have to wait until I finish my payments before I can begin studying and take the exam?

You can begin studying immediately.  If you take and pass the exam prior to the completion of payments you will need to pay the remaining amount due before you can receive your certificate.

What is ProctorU?

ProctorU is a proctoring service that ISTA has partnered with to provide proctoring services for our trainers.

Will I have to go to physical location to take my exam?

No. You can get a personal trainer certification online.  ProctorU allows test takers to take proctored exams online, from the comfort of their own homes.

Is there an exam fee?

Yes, ProctorU does require a fee to proctor the exams.

cost of personal trainer online certification

The International Strength Training Association has been recognized and approved as a full affiliate of the National Board of Fitness Examiners. NBFE ensures credibility for the fitness industry by setting and maintaining the national standard of practice in our field. For more details, visit the NBFE website.