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?
I hold certifications with both NASM and ISSA. I looked into getting one of the free websites ISSA offers but they weren’t very appealing. I ended up purchasing a website on my own because it looks so much more professional. Like Martin mentioned, it’s probably not a good idea to base you decision on the website. I would definitely recommend NASM if you are looking to work for a gym. If you are going into business for yourself, ISSA is a good choice because they also include help in business development as part of their course. They are both good certs, but it depends on what direction you are planning on taking once certified.
by now you may have already decided but I still want to weight in. I am certified with both. What I like best about NASM is that all their specialty certifications form a coherent unit with their personal trainer certification and are based on the OPT model.
On the other hand, in favor of ISSA, they are the only certification that ever sent me a lead for a job opportunity.