Education Recognition Form


For further assistance, please contact:
Linda Aaberg
linda.aaberg@nsca.com
1.800.815.6826 Ext. 164

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The NSCA Education Recognition Program (ERP) recognizes regionally accredited academic institutions for their educational programs that have met, and continue to meet, educational guidelines recommended by the NSCA. ERP recognitions are good for three years and schools are eligible for renewal following this three-year period.

Three Separate ERP Programs:

I. The ERP Strength and Conditioning Program

This program recognizes colleges and universities that offer at least a Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in strength and conditioning. 

Strength and Conditioning Application (PDF)

II. The ERP Graduate Studies Program

This program recognizes colleges and universities that offer at least a Master’s degree related to strength and conditioning and/or sport performance. There are two related levels of recognition available – applied curriculum and research curriculum. Schools can apply for either level of recognition, or both. 

Graduate Studies Application (PDF)

III. The ERP Personal Training Program

This program recognizes colleges and universities that offer two and four-year educational programs in personal training. 

Personal Training Application (PDF)

To download applications and obtain specific program details, please use the tabs found at the top of the page.

ERP Benefits

The exceptional benefits that schools receive as ERP recognized schools include:

  • $25 discount on the CSCS and/or NSCA-CPT exam registration fee for students
  • $25 will be provided to the academic department for each NSCA student exam registration
  • A searchable listing and link to your school’s program on the NSCA’s Website
  • Listing in the NSCA Bulletin, a member-only newsletter that is distributed to Professional and Associate Members, featuring your school’s distinction in the ERP
  • NSCA Recognition Logos to highlight your school’s achievement; for use on school-approved forms, documents, or recruiting materials
  • A matted certificate for display of the ERP distinction at your school
  • Up to three complimentary career postings (graduate assistantships, internships, faculty positions, etc.) on the NSCA.com Career Resources page for the three-year recognition period 

NEW - Exam Prep Live Clinics

FEATURING THE NEWEST BENEFIT TO CURRENT ERP SCHOOLS - EXAM PREP LIVE!

The NSCA now offers the opportunity for ERP schools to host an Exam Prep LIVE Clinic, which is designed to provide students a review course containing the most relevant CSCS and NSCA-CPT exam content. Not only does this provide students an added opportunity to prepare for the NSCA exams, but this also provides a revenue opportunity to the hosting the school. 

As an ERP School, you will also receive:

  • Preferred Exam Prep Clinic approval
  • A discounted Exam Prep Clinic rate for students
Please click here for additional information about Exam Preparation and the opportunity to host an Exam Prep Live Clinic.
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As a student at an NSCA ERP school, you have access to exclusive privileges that have been put in place to help you reach higher in your career. Explore the opportunities offered to you below. 

NSCA Student Membership

$65 a year for full-time undergraduate and graduate students 

A membership gives you unmatched access to resources, connections and opportunities that help advance your passion to improve athletic performance and fitness.

Learn more about NSCA Student Membership! 

Certification Exam Registration Discounts

$25 off CSCS and/or NSCA-CPT exams 

The program director of your school has the codes you will need to enter upon registration. Please reach out to him/her to receive your code(s) or Contact Us

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Exam Prep LIVE Discounts

Special, discounted registration rates at each event 

The Exam Prep LIVE events are designed as a study aid, with hands-on portions and direct interaction with industry professionals – perfect for every type of learner.

Find an Exam Prep Live event! 

Cash Back for your School

$25 for your school’s department for each exam registration 

The program at your school has gotten you this far, why not let us give back a little, on behalf of you and your successes?

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General Information and Requirements

The NSCA ERP Personal Training Program recognizes colleges and universities that offer two and four-year educational programs in personal training.  

  • Both two and four-year colleges/universities are eligible to submit their curricula for consideration.
  • This recognition is good for three years.
  • Schools must have a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) or NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT), who is a full-time employee involved in the educational program as a member of the teaching faculty. The CSCS or NSCA-CPT does not have to be a full-time faculty member, but must teach a minimum of one class per academic year from the ERP required Curriculum.
  • The program does not have to be classified as a major, a minor, a sequence, or a concentration. It does, however, have to be a formalized area of study.
  • Schools must be regionally accredited.
  • A $500 administrative fee is due with each application, which is the only fee during the three-year period of recognition.
  • Schools are eligible for renewal following the expiration of the three-year period of recognition for an additional $500 fee for the next three-year period.
  • Additional documentation such as syllabi is required along with the completed application.
Download Personal Training Application

Personal Training Programs

Follow links below to find out more information about each program. 

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 and Conditioning Programs

General Information and Requirements

The NSCA ERP Strength and Conditioning Program recognizes colleges and universities for recognition of their undergraduate educational program in strength and conditioning.  

  • The educational program must be a part of a curriculum that offers a baccalaureate degree.  
  • This recognition is good for three years.
  • Schools must have a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), who is a full-time employee involved in the educational program as a member of the teaching faculty. The CSCS does not have to be a full-time faculty member, but must teach a minimum of one class per academic year from the ERP required Curriculum.
  • The program does not have to be classified as a major, a minor, a sequence, or a concentration. It does, however, have to be a formalized area of study.
  • Schools must be regionally accredited.
  • A $500 administrative fee is due with each application, which is the only fee during the three-year period of recognition.
  • Schools are eligible for renewal following the expiration of the three-year period of recognition for an additional $500 fee for the next three-year period.
  • Additional documentation such as syllabi is required along with completed application.
Download Strength & Conditioning Application

Strength and Conditioning Programs

Follow the links below to find out more information about each program. 

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Graduate Studies Program

General Information and Requirements

The NSCA ERP Graduate Studies Program recognizes colleges and universities for recognition of their graduate program in strength and conditioning. There are two levels of recognition – applied curriculum and research curriculum. Schools can apply for either level of recognition, or both.   

  • The program must be part of a curriculum that offers at least a Master’s degree, with a specific major or concentration related to strength and conditioning and/or sport performance.
  • This recognition is good for three years.
  • Schools must have a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), who is a full-time employee involved in the educational program as a member of the teaching faculty. The CSCS does not have to be a full-time faculty member, but must teach a minimum of one class per academic year from the ERP required Curriculum.
  • Schools must be regionally accredited.
  • A $500 administrative fee is due with each application, which is the only fee during the three-year period of recognition.
  • Schools are eligible for renewal following the expiration of the three-year period of recognition for an additional $500 fee for the next three-year period.
  • Additional documentation such as syllabi and research abstracts/journal references and resume/vitae of teaching faculty, are required along with completed application.

Graduate Studies Programs

Follow links below to find out more information about each program. 

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Training Application
Download Strength and
Conditioning Application
Download Graduate
Studies Application


Print the document and return the hard copy with the original signature to the NSCA offices.

Your application must include:

  • $500 administrative fee
  • Syllabi along with any supporting materials as needed 

Applicants will be notified of approval/non-approval by February 15 or July 15. 

Postmark deadlines are January 1 and June 1.   

Mail Applications to:

National Strength and Conditioning Association
Educational Recognition Program
1885 Bob Johnson Drive
Colorado Springs, CO  80906