Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Offered through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists® (CSCS®) are professionals who apply scientific knowledge to train athletes for the primary goal of improving athletic performance. They conduct sport-specific testing sessions, design and implement safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs and provide guidance regarding nutrition and injury prevention. The CSCS certification prepares you to work as a strength coach at a high school, university, and other sports settings.
Eligibility and Requirements
Candidates must have a bachelor's degree or be enrolled as a college senior and have a current CPR/AED certification. RHS students should take PEP 3280 to prepare for the exam.
Candidates must pass an exam that will test their knowledge, skills and abilities in two areas of professional practice: Scientific Foundations and Practical/Applied.
Exams are available year-round at testing locations around the US. More details can be found at: https://www.nsca.com/certification/cscs/
Beginning 2030— to be eligible for the CSCS examination, candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree from a program accredited by an NSCA-approved accrediting agency. Degree requirements will focus on strength and conditioning. The current degree requirements for the CSCS exam will remain until Dec. 31, 2029.