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Recertification
 
 
 
 
 

Renewing your NCSF Credential

 

Steps to Recertify

 
Step 1Understanding CEUs

Continuing Education is defined as engagement in educational programming that results in the acquisition of new knowledge, skills, or abilities related to professional practice. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are a measure of educational contact time. For most home study and seminar based coursework, 1 CEU equals two hours of educational learning (0.5 CEUs per educational hour).

 
 
 
Step 2Renewing One or more NCSF Certifications
Recertification Fee Breakdown
 

The recertification requirement for renewing multiple NCSF credentials is ten (10) CEUs every two year reporting cycle. All CEUs applied toward recertification MUST have been earned during the most recent two year period of active credential status.

 
 
 
Step 3Accepted CEU Categories (Educational Formats)

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) must meet the criteria set by the NCSF Board for Certification to be accepted as qualifying units. A CEU can qualify toward recertification under a number of different categories. Once the maximum CEU value for a particular category has been met during a two year reporting cycle, no additional CEUs can be earned from that category. It is the responsibility of the NCSF professional to submit 10 qualified CEUs that are in compliance with the recertification requirements. CEUs that do not comply with the defined qualifying criteria may not be applied toward recertification.

 
CEU Category Values
 
All CEU category definitions are available in the Recertification Handbook
 
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Step 4Qualifying Subject Matters
 
Anatomy
Biomechanics
Health Promotion
Exercise Physiology
Kinesiology
Screening
Testing and Assessment
Nutritional Sciences
Weight Management Strategies
Exercise Prescription and Programming
Training Instruction (e.g. Kettlebell, Suspension Training, etc.)
Sport Specific Training
Flexibility Programming
Training Considerations for Special Populations
Yoga
Pilates
Small group instruction
Business Practice and Management
Injury Prevention
 
 
*Professionals completing coursework in categories not listed above can contact the NCSF for verification of qualification.
 
 
 
Step 5How to Submit
 

NCSF Recertification Applications will be processed in the order in which they are received, generally within 3-5 business days. Exceptions to this timeline may occur in cases where the application requires a Committee or Board review for completion. The postmark date on the application envelope will be used to determine the status of the application as it pertains to any credential expiration dates.

 
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