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How To Recertify

Steps to Recertify

Understanding 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).

NCSF Certification Renewal – 10 CEUs required
CPR (required) 2 CEUs All reputable organizations that offer CPR certifications are accepted
Ethics and Professional Practice (required) 1 CEU Ethical behavior in the workplace, professional business practices, scope of practice, sexual harassment policies etc.
General CEUs (see below for qualifying subject matters) 7 CEUs Seminars, home study, conferences, etc.

Renewing One or more NCSF Certifications

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.

One NCSF Credential Renewal ( ex. CPT or SNS): $85
Two or More NCSF Credential Renewals ( CPT and SNS): $100

Download Recertification Handbook

Qualifying 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
  • College and University Courses
  • Personal Development

*Professionals completing coursework in categories not listed above can contact the NCSF for verification of qualification.

How to Submit

NCSF Recertification Applications will be processed in the order in which they are received, generally within 1-2 business days. Exceptions to this timeline may occur in cases where the application requires a Committee or Board review for completion. For mail in applications, the postmark date on the envelope will be used to determine the status of the application as it pertains to any credential expiration dates.

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