Performance Enhancement Specialist

Everything you need to know to improve strength, speed, agility and coordination for athletes. This ever expanding field can open several possible career paths for you in personal training so you need to arm yourself with the knowledge and credentials to succeed. Make you dream of working with professional or amateur athletes a reality today!

Why choose an ISSA certification over others?


  1. ISSA is the most accredited – Your training will meet the highest standards, be widely recognised, and put you ahead of the competition to get a job or start your own business.

  3. ISSA are the best rated and reviewed – Others who have gone before you can attest to the quality of the course and have taken the time to voice their satisfaction, thus reinforcing that the ISSA certification will take you to the top of your game.

  5. ISSA are the fastest growing – The word is spreading that this is the personal training certification that yields the best results. The best time to get started is always now.


Online self-paced content

Complete in 12 months or less

Taught by industry leaders

Exclusive modules you won’t find elsewhere

Obtain 4 Certificates!
ISSA Personal Trainer Certification
HMA Coaching with Purpose
HMA Fiscal Fitness
HMA Practical Preparation

Apply now for our September 2021 intake
(Upcoming Practical Workshops: 18-19  &  25-26 Sept)

Places are strictly limited

Choose $1750 upfront or 4 payments over 4 months

What You'll Learn From This Course

Our course material is continually updated so you can be sure you’re receiving the most accurate and up-to-date information available.

  • Apply the principles of metabolism, muscle anatomy, biomechanics, training, and adaptation to create a periodised conditioning program for an athlete based on starting fitness level and sport-specific goals.
  • Describe the components of human tissues including bones, joints, and muscle fibres.
  • Describe the musculoskeletal system, body mechanics, and body musculature in relation to exercise and movement.
  • Identify energy systems and which system is activated by particular activities.
  • Explain how the pulmonary, cardiovascular, and musculatory systems respond to exercise. Measure and classify body composition for athletes.
  • Properly assess, monitor, and evaluate an athlete’s fitness level and progress toward goals.
  • Describe exercises intended to increase endurance, flexibility, strength, power, and speed.
  • Design sport-specific exercise programs for athletes.
  • Identify the sports psychology principles and techniques that assist athletes in achieving the mental preparedness necessary for optimal performance.
  • Apply the principles of basic nutrition and supplementation as they pertain to athlete’s health and fitness goals.
  • Identify the causes of overtraining and injury and incorporate injury prevention into the training program.
  • Identify the situation(s) when it is necessary to seek out a doctor’s assistance with exercise design and/or injury needs.

Your New Career in Performance Enhancement Starts Here

Sports have risen to a massive platform. There is big money that requires a large support staff. By getting your Performance Enhancement Certificate, you will gain the tools, knowledge and credentials to enter this powerful and highly valued career. Professional and amateur athletes at all levels — from grade-school club teams to the National Football League — need the assistance of expert personal trainers to excel at their sports.

  • Study at your own pace with flexible, online learning to fit your busy schedule.
  • Pass your certification exam online wherever you’re most comfortable.
  • Enjoy unlimited educational support from your team who loves fitness too!
  • Rest easy with great customer support before, during and after your certification.

Tailored Study Options


Study your way at your convenience

Everything you need to learn is all online in text, audio, and visual formats. Whether you need to study on-the-go in between a busy schedule, or quietly in the comfort of your own home, you can learn in a way that best suits your needs.


Live webinars, workshops and support

Our highly qualified team will guide you in a series of live webinars, workshops, and Q&A sessions to reinforce the online material to cement your knowledge and understanding of the course material. By combining the theory and applying it in practice, you receive the clarity and confidence you need to hit the ground running and succeed.


Certified at home

Take the final exam from home – no need to go to a testing centre. Eliminate the hassle and stress of travelling to a testing centre and testing in a unfamiliar environment. Complete the test in a comfortable and familiar place where you can perform your best on the exam.


How the ISSA Performance Enhancement Works


We know that balancing your studies with an already busy schedule can be a challenge, which is why we designed a flexible, self-paced online course schedule that allows you to study when, where, and how often you’d like.

  • 1

Get Instant Access and Start Studying Right Away

Access your digital textbook online. With 1-2 hours of studying per day, most students finish in just 8-10 weeks. Feel free to study at your own pace.

  • 2

Complete Quizzes and Test Your Comprehension

We offer multiple online practice quizzes throughout the course to completely prepare you for the final exam and for real life coaching and helping.

  • 3

Take the Open-Book, Untimed Final Exam from Anywhere

You read that correctly – the final exam is online, open-book, untimed, and can be completed over multiple sessions! You can even go back and change any answer, at any time, before you submit your exam. If you don’t pass the first time, we even allow you to re-take the exam.


What You'll Get With This Course


Online Study Guide and Workbook

This online handy reference guide walks you through the course unit-by-unit, allowing you to gain a better understanding of personal trainer concepts.

Online Exercise Lab

ISSA and Hyperstrike provide you with an exclusive online exercise lab with over 250 animated exercises. 3D animation and three different angles ensure that proper form and technique are a breeze!

Practice Exam and Section Quizzes

The practice exam and quizzes test your understanding of the materials; so while you’re reading you’re preparing for the exam at the same time.

Online and Home Study Exam

ISSA’s certification exam solidifies your proficiency as a fitness professional. Choose a paper-and-pencil exam or utilize our secure online testing portal. One No-cost Retest (if necessary).

Online Student Forum

Our online forum is where you can post client or business challenges and receive guidance from our on-staff Master Trainers and members of the ISSA family worldwide.

Plus Bonus Support After Your Exam…

Free Professional Website

All ISSA members get a free website to support their personal trainer careers online. Five pages of professionally designed, easily editable, fully hosted content is included. Choose from nine designs and put your best face forward online! 

Unlimited Educational Support

All ISSA students have access to unlimited educational support. If you have questions about the course materials, our on-staff professors can guide you through.

Who Are ISSA Online Coaches?

ISSA Online Coaches want to be the trainer people turn to when looking for an online training program. They know how to truly market themselves and have the skills to reach new potential clients, while engaging their established client base. ISSA Online Coaches STAND OUT from other virtual trainers because they know how to make their online training business a true success.


What’s Included with the ISSA Online Coach Course?

– 84 Tutorial Videos + 84 Downloadable Professional Templates

– Free Professional Website

– 2 Downloadable Textbooks

– Unlimited Education Support

– Guided and Structured Study

– Learn at Your Own Pace Lessons

– Online Final Exam




    Frequently Asked Questions


    What is required to get my DNA based fitness coach certificate?

    You must meet the following:

    • Submission of all course quizzes
    • A score of 75% or better on all sections of the final examination
    • Proof of current Adult CPR/AED certificate

    Does ISSA offer the ability to take quizzes and exams online?

    Yes, Online testing, for both quizzes and final exams, is the preferred testing method. Online testing saves you the hassle of organizing and photocopying your answer sheets, saves you from a trip to the post office, saves you postage for registered mail, and keeps track of your submissions in your Member Account. What’s more, online testing produces a much faster turn-around time for grading!

    Is there an extra cost to pay it off early?

    No. There are no penalties for paying it off early.

    Can I get a printed copy of the textbook?

    In addition to the free online version of the course textbooks, you can purchase printed copies of our most popular courses. Click here to look for your course and buy the book.

    What do others think of ISSA’s CPT course?

    Don’t simply take our word for the high quality and excellent standard of the course. Find out what others are saying by checking out the staggering number of positive Trust Pilot reviews at https://www.trustpilot.com/review/issaonline.com


    Meet the Instructors

    Eugenio Palmieri

    Eugenio is an experienced entrepreneur and management consultant with over 20 years experience in entrepreneurship, business development and corporate management.

    Through his extensive experience with global organisations in the fitness, financial, and manufacturing sectors he has helped numerous entrepreneurs and organisations streamline their operations, save costs and set growth strategies.

    Eugenio has established one of the first Anytime Fitness clubs in Singapore. He is to date co-owning and operating three successful Anytime Fitness clubs in Singapore.

    His qualifications include:

    • Bachelor of International Business And Management Studies - Rotterdam University, The Netherlands
    • Bachelor of Science in Psychology - Latin American University of Leon, Mexico

    Dr Jon Marshall (Osteopath)

    Educational Background

    • Bachelor of Applied Science (Complementary Medicine)
    • Masters of Osteopathy
    • Masters of Applied Science (Acupuncture)
    • Masters of Strength and Conditioning (Current)
    • Certification in Advanced Occupational Ergonomics, Colorado State University
    • Functional Manual Medicine, Michigan State University, USA (Current)

    Fitness Certifications

    • Clinical Pilates (DMA)
    • Diploma in Contemporary Pilates
    • Level 1 Australian Strength and Conditioning Coach
    • Certified Personal Trainer (American Council of Exercise)
    • Certified Personal Trainer (International Sports Sciences Association)
    • Master Trainer (International Sports Sciences Association)
    • Sports Performance Specialist (American Council of Exercise)
    • Functional Training Specialist (American Council of Exercise)
    • MMA Conditioning Specialist (National Academy of Sports Medicine)
    • Corrective Exercise Specialist (National Academy of Sports Medicine)
    • Bio-Mechanics Method Level 1

    Lecturing experience

    • RMIT University Lecturer (Chinese Medicine), Melbourne Australia
    • RMIT University Lecturer (Osteopathy), Melbourne Australia
    • International College of Osteopathy Lecturer (Osteopathy), Tokyo Japan
    • Founder, Course Director and Tutor of Manual Medicine Australasia


    • Australian Olympic Taekwondo Team Osteopath (Olympic Qualification Tournaments 2011, Azerberjian & New Caledonia; World Junior Championships, Egypt 2012; Olympic Qualification Tournament 2016, Turkey)
    • Founder of Back In Health Osteopathy Australia and Back In Health Osteopathy Singapore


    Filipe Pereira

    Filipe Pereira, PTA Global CPT, NASM CPT, ACE CPT, ASCA CSCS, TBBM L1, has worked in the fitness industry for over 18 years in Canada, Ireland, UK and Asia. He started his career in 2003 in London managing fitness teams, group class studios and rebranding from Holmes place to Virgin Active, worked in senior management roles in Fitness First Asia, supporting its growth and rebranding its image. He is currently delivering advanced coaching for fitness trainers and businesses as well as running Fortitude FPI Personal training studio in Portugal.

    His certifications include:

    • BA in Fitness and Exercise Management by Open university London
    • Issa CPT (Portugal)
    • PTA Global CPT (Portugal)
    • NASM CPT (Ireland)
    • Australian Strength and Conditioning Association Level 1 (Singapore)
    • Active isolation stretching by Aaron Matts (Singapore)
    • Animal Flow L1 (Malaysia)
    • Rehab Express, Essentials and Master Class by Rehab Trainer (Australia)
    • The Bio Mechanic Methods Level 1 (USA)
    • EBFA L1 and 2 barefoot (Singapore)
    • Precision Nutrition L1 (Singapore)
    • Singapore Weight lifting federation L1 (Singapore)
    • British Weight lifting association (London)
    • Les Mills Trainer in RPM, Combat, Pump and Attack

    Filipe has been delivering fitness education for the past 7 years to thousands of new and experienced fitness coaches around the world. Sharing knowledge and experience to best serve the fitness industry has been its true passion and purpose.

    Sean Chin

    Sean Chin has been in the fitness industry for over a decade.

    Currently the Head of Sales and Marketing for multiple Anytime Fitness clubs, he is an individual who strongly believes in creativity and gamification. Together with his passion for fitness, his vision is to make fitness fun and enjoyable. Through HMA, Sean seeks to take the fitness industry to new heights with technology and his expertise. He lives by his quote: “What we fear doing is usually what we most need to do.”

    His certifications include:

    • FISAF CPT (Singapore)
    • TRX certification (Singapore)
    • Kettlebell Certification (Singapore)
    • Muay Thai Certification (Singapore)
    • Crosscore 180 certification (Singapore)
    • Dip. in Multimedia Software Engineering (Singapore Polytechnic)
    Sean was featured by Reuters for his experience as a personal trainer on tackling obesity in Singapore. 


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