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 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.
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.