NSCA CSCS Certification
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- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
- Prepares coaches to work with athletes and teams
- Bachelor’s degree required
- CPR/AED certification required
- 220-question exam
- 38% overall pass rate
What Is the CSCS? The Gold Standard for Strength and Conditioning Coaches (2024)Author: Lauren Strong, CPT
Pros & Cons
What we like ...
- Highly recognized certification
- Delivers in-depth knowledge of strength and conditioning
- Multiple-choice question exam
What needs improvement ...
- Study materials are separate from exam costs
- Exam must be taken within 120 days of registering
- In-person exam only
- Exam pricing starts at $340
Advanced personal training certification
|Course materials included
In-person at a Pearson VUE testing center
|Payment plan available
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The CSCS program has been the gold-standard in the strength and conditioning community since 1985. The certification qualifies candidates to work with athletes, teams, and other sport-specific scenarios. To sit for the CSCS exam, you must have a bachelor’s degree or higher (or currently be enrolled as a college senior at an accredited institution). The CSCS is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).