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

In-Depth Review

What Is the CSCS? The Gold Standard for Strength and Conditioning Coaches (2024)

What Is the CSCS? The Gold Standard for Strength and Conditioning Coaches (2024)

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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

Product Summary


Course type

Advanced personal training certification

Course materials included


Exam type

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).