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?
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.