ISAK Certification

Are there ISAK certification courses in the USA?

NutriActiva hosts ISAK certification courses in the USA. See our USA ISAK course page.

What is ISAK Certification?

ISAK certification is the global standard to be a certified anthropometrist.  The Level 1 and Level 2 courses are usually 3 full days of instruction and practice.  After the course, the student will have 4 months to complete measurements on 20 subjects. Upon successful review by the instructor, the certification will be granted. 


ISAK Certification Scheme

Level 1 - Technician - Restricted Profile Anthropometrist

Level 1 is designed for the majority of ISAK-accredited anthropometrists who have little on-going requirement for more than the measurement of base measurements and skinfolds... A person who successfully completes Level 1 can demonstrate adequate precision in 4 base measures, 8 skinfolds, 6 girths and 3 breadths and has a basic understanding of the theory of anthropometric applications.

Level 2 - Technician - Full Profile Anthropometrist

Level 2 is designed for those anthropometrists who wish to offer their subjects a more-comprehensive range of measurements, including in 4 base measurements, 8 skinfolds, 13 girths, 9 lengths and heights, 9 breadths and depths and has a broad understanding of the theory of anthropometry and its interpretation.

A certified Level 2 anthropometrist can also be an assistant instructor for Level 1 courses. 

Level 3 - Instructor Anthropometrist

Level 3 is designed only for those anthropometrists who wish to engage in the training and accreditation of Levels 1 and 2 anthropometrists. Like Level 2 anthropometrists, Level 3 practitioners can demonstrate adequate precision in all 43 anthropometric dimensions, but, in addition, have sufficient theoretical and practical knowledge of anthropometry to be able to instruct and accredit Level 1 and 2 anthropometrists.

Level 4 - Criterion Anthropometrist

Level 4 is the most senior level. It recognises many years of experience in taking ISAK-approved measurements, a high level of theoretical knowledge, involvement in the teaching/examining of ISAK workshops or courses, involvement in large anthropometric research projects and a significant publication record in anthropometry. 

How Much Does ISAK Certification Cost?

The cost for each 3-day ISAK certification course is typically around $500-800 USD, plus other potential expenses: 

  • Travel Expenses
  • Required Anthropometry Equipment

Some factors the price range: 

  • Equipment may be included in the course fee 
  • A Level 2 course may be more expensive than Level 1 
  • If it's eligible for continuing education credits

What Anthropometry Equipment is Required for an ISAK Certification Course?

While you may be able to share some of the equipment at the course, you will need access to the equipment after the course for the follow up measurement to complete certification.

How Do I Find an ISAK Certification Course?