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?
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.