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Eligibility for CSC Exam


Eligibility Requirements for the Certified Strength Coach


Eligibility for the NCSF-CSC Examination requires candidates at least 18 years of age and have supporting documentation that demonstrates compliance with one of the following:


A current NCCA accredited certification in Personal Training and possess a high school diploma or equivalent.


An associate’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university in an exercise profession or related field (Exercise Science, Athletic Training, Physical Therapy, Sports Nutrition etc..)




Agree to uphold and comply with the NCSF Code of Ethics and Professional Practices.


Rationale for Eligibility


The rationale for eligibility for the CSC exam was determined by the Certification Exam Development Committee. The determination for eligibility is based on the competency level of the assessment, required pre-requisite knowledge for the content domains and based on other culminating factors including the recommendations by governing boards including the NCAA. The knowledge skills and abilities of a professional Strength Coach exceed that of the entry-level exercise professional. The degree of science required to systematically prescribe training regimens for athletes and make appropriate decisions for safety require foundational knowledge in anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics and basic nutrition. Individuals may meet these pre-requisites through documentation of minimum competency in these areas by passing an accredited exam which tests for these foundations or by earning a college degree that covers these content areas as part of the curriculum.


The content established by the 2011 and 2016 Job Task Analysis demonstrated higher knowledge requirements in several areas of exercise science. This is consistent with the content outlines of other certification programs including the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Association which were evaluated to help identify minimum competency for strength coaches. It is also in line with the requirements of international registers in the UK and Australia which evaluate the baseline KSA’s for strength coaches in the country of register. International mapping exercise for professional standard alignments suggests an appropriate level of competency is necessary for successful completion of job tasks and most employers require these same eligibility criteria for employment.

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