ISSA to Require Certification for Personal Trainer


Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training are necessary skills for fitness professionals. The International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), a southern California based teaching institution and certification agency for fitness trainers, will require all U.S. students who enroll in a certification course after June 1, 2022 to submit a copy of AED certification in addition to Adult Basic CPR. Many U.S. states have passed or implemented legislation making AEDs mandatory in a number of public places, including health clubs. Recently, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Rhode Island, New York, Louisiana, Oregon, Arkansas, Indiana and Washington, DC have passed legislation requiring health clubs to have at least one AED.

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), also known as sudden cardiac death, is when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. This is caused by life threatening arrhythmias in the heart's electrical system. Sudden cardiac arrest is an unpredictable condition that is fatal if not treated within a few minutes and can happen to anyone, anywhere - although people with heart disease have a higher chance of having SCA. Many victims have never suffered from any heart problems. Rapid treatment, within minutes, with the use of a defibrillator can be lifesaving.

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable automatic device used to restore normal heart rhythm to patients in cardiac arrest. An AED sends an electrical shock to the heart that stuns it momentarily, giving the heart a chance to restart normal electrical activity and resume beating effectively.

Automated external defibrillation is a critical step in preventing death from sudden cardiac arrest. AED training is a growing requirement in the United States for employees in fitness and health professions. In compliance, ISSA will require all U.S. students who enroll after June 1, 2022 to be certified in AED training along with Adult Basic CPR. Though AED training is not required for U.S. students who enroll prior to June 1, 2022 or for international students, ISSA strongly recommends that these students seek CPR certification that includes AED training.

Due to ISSA's high standards, online CPR/AED certifications are only accepted from students who have already completed a hands-on practical application CPR/AED class. Documentation acknowledging previous hands-on CPR/AED certification is required for online CPR/AED acceptance.

ISSA allows students to submit CPR/AED certification within 1 year after the successful completion of an ISSA examination. Students who do not submit their CPR/AED within the 1-year time period will be required to retest. A student's ISSA certification is only valid after both successful completion of an ISSA examination and submission of CPR/AED documentation. A completion certificate cannot be issued until all requirements for certification have been met. Additionally, all CPR/AED documentation is subject to verification.

The American Heart Association and Red Cross are two of the post popular providers of CPR/AED classes in the United States. CPR/AED classes can also be found through local gyms, fitness facilities, fire departments, hospitals and YMCA's.

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