NCSF Board for Certification has received re-accreditation through 2020. The NCCA reviews certification programs annually to ensure compliance with the standards and collects specific metrics related to the certificants, examination instruments and the organization’s activities. Then every five-years, all NCCA accredited certification programs are required to go through a complete re-accreditation process to demonstrate compliance with the rigors of proper certification programs. The reason for the standards is to protect stakeholders, specifically the people taking the exam and the consumers and employers who hire them for the specific role for which they have been qualified.
The NCCA is the appropriate accreditation for certification programs and is the recognized body for professions requiring certification for state regulation as seen with Athletic Training, Registered Dietitians, Occupational Therapists, Paramedics, and Nurses. For this reason, the United States Registry of Exercise Professionals (USREPS) uses the NCCA accreditation as the uniform compliance requirement for minimal entry into the internationally recognized registry. If, or more likely, when regulations to become an exercise professional are adopted by a municipality, the registry is already aligned with similar professions currently regulated in most states.