I am so torn between getting the ISSA cert. and the NASM cert…. I know NASM is more well-known and accepted, however, I really like the idea that ISSA will give you a website. Am I understanding that correctly? How does that work (and how well) and does NASM or any other certs give you a benefit like that?
ISSA is not a certification that I am familiar with. However, I just looked at their website and saw that ISSA members do receive a free website. I’m assuming that you will need to pay a certain “yearly” fee to be a “member” of ISSA to which you would receive the website. For example, I am a member of ACSM. This membership is a yearly fee that I pay in order to receive the benefits of being a member (this is a separate fee from my certification/recertification) . Each organization has its own benefits for being a member so I would check with ISSA and make sure you understand what benefits you receive as a member and what the cost is. It can be a difficult decision when we have to choose one organization over another. My recommendation is to make sure you do your homework and research both organizations well so you can make an informed decision.
I am NASM certified.. My reasoning was basically going with a certification that was NCCA certified, which makes it heavily recognized. ISSA is a good certification too. As far a websites, there are plenty of low cost web sites available. Do you research on other website providers and make a comparison if that is something you really want. Probably just have to decide which one is more important: the recognition of the cert, or the extra stuff that you can possible get by getting a cert.
The biggest differences are that the exam is not third party proctored for ISSA, and ISSA is not NCCA accredited. You might want to double check with the places you wish to work if you decide to go the ISSA route. Some places require or prefer a cert. that is NCCA accredited.
Easter is right. You need to compare the costs of doing a web site, and the hidden costs of the web site for ISSA…. yearly membership, and what other benefits you get from that membership, what happens to the web site if you let your cert lapse, how long does the cert last, and how much does it cost to renew.
The trainers I know whom I most respect have pretty much all had ACE or ACSM or NASM, but that is a small sample size.
I know you are in the decision making process, and I just wanted to throw out one more additional comment (although not on the website front). NASM is NCCA accredited and holds a higher standard in the fitness industry. It is well respected and nationally recognized. I hold ACE certifications, but would also do NASM just because they are so highly regarded in the industry. Just my 2 cents for what it is worth… 🙂
You can do your research on the two and make your decision based on cost, recognition, standards, etc… You will choose the one that is right for you.
Best wishes to you on your decision and endeavor!
Personally, I would not make my choice on the providing of a website. I have not had any involvement with anyone holding an ISSA cert. So, I can’t speak to their programs. I have worked with a number of NASM instructors, NSCA instructors, ACE and ACSM instructors. I have not found any one cert to be superior. The cert does not make the instructor. Character, professionalism, honor, thirst for knowledge, humanity, etc. these things cannot be taught. These things must be lived.
Whatever you decide, I recommend immersing yourself in the profession. Study, learn, and grow in as many areas as you can.