Registered Strength and Conditioning Coaches

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    Welcome to the RSCC Program!

    The NSCA’s Registered Strength and Conditioning Coaches (RSCC) Program is a registry of individuals who have demonstrated experience and knowledge in their field. RSCC coaches apply foundational knowledge to assess, motivate, educate, and train athletes for the primary goal of improving sport performance.

    The RSCC Program encourages high standards of professional practice and responsibility.


    “Schools should hire qualified coaches that have been trained to develop athletes safely” – Dr. Tom Osborne, former Nebraska Athletic Director and former Nebraska Head Football Coach

    There are three levels of RSCC:

    1. Registered Strength & Conditioning Coach (RSCC) – RSCC coaches have two (2) years of experience or more in their field.

    2. Registered Strength & Conditioning Coach with Distinction (RSCC*D) - RSCC*D coaches have 10 years of experience or more in their field.

    3. Registered Strength & Conditioning Coach Emeritus (RSCC*E) – RSCC*E coaches have 20 years of experience or more in their field.

    All RSCC coaches from Division 1 schools are contained in their own registry.

    RSCC Renewal is coming up! Click on the RSCC Renewal tab for more information.

    View the Registries:

    RSCC Registry | RSCC*D Registry | RSCC*E Registry | D1 Coach Registry

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    RSCC coaches at all levels conduct sport-specific testing sessions, design and implement safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs, provide guidance (or advice) for athlete nutrition, injury prevention or reconditioning.


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    Did you know? To be eligible for one of the NSCA’s Annual Coaching Awards, nominees must hold a current RSCC designation. Learn more about the NSCA Coaching Awards


    Recognizing that their area of expertise is separate and distinct from the medical, dietetic, athletic training, and sport coaching fields, Registered Strength and Conditioning Coaches (RSCC, RSCC*D or RSCC*E) consult with and refer athletes to these professionals when appropriate. 

    The Path of Career Excellence illustrates the building process that underlies the RSCC distinction.

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    Qualifications for Registered Strength and Conditioning Coaches

    There is a $100 application fee for all RSCC and RSCC*D applicants. There is no application or renewal fee for RSCC*E applicants. All requirements must be fulfilled by the application date. Please only submit complete applications.
    • Applicants must maintain a current NSCA Membership. 
    • Applicants must achieve and maintain the NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) certification. 
    • Bachelor’s degree in exercise science or related field to strength and conditioning such as the "Scientific Foundations" domain of the CSCS® examination content description. Experience and certification may be considered in lieu of an exercise science (or related field) degree. 
    • Applicants must have a current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification 
    • Applicants must have employment as a full-time strength and conditioning coach for two or more years in professional sports or at a college/university. High school and private setting experience may qualify, based on review. 
    • Applicants must submit an affirmation letter detailing their strength and conditioning experience. This letter must be signed by a supervisor for each job position in consideration towards the RSCC, RSCC*D, or RSCC*E experience requirement. The NSCA will conduct a formalized assessment of the candidate’s practical and applied employment experience. By signing the RSCC application, the supervisor acknowledges that the candidate has demonstrated and conducted sport-specific testing sessions, designed and implemented safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs, and has the experience to be recognized with the Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach distinction. 
    • The RSCC*D (Distinction) has the same requirements as RSCC, except 10 or more years of experience as a strength and conditioning coach. 
    • The RSCC*E (Emeritus) distinction has the same requirements as RSCC, except 20 years or more of experience as a strength and conditioning coach. There is no application or renewal fee for the RSCC*E.   

    Questions? Contact Aubrey Watts at aubrey.watts@nsca.com

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    The 2014 RSCC Renewal Course is No Longer Available for the Regular Price of $25.

    The 2014 RSCC Renewal Course is no longer available for the normal price. You may still sign up for the renewal quiz by paying an additional late fee of $15, for a total cost of $40.

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    Course Instructions

    Review the RSCC Renewal Course videos and accompanying PowerPoint slides in preparation for the quiz. You must pass the quiz by answering 18 out of the 25 questions correctly. If you pass, you will earn 0.5 CEUs toward your CSCS.

    Once you have logged in and paid the fee, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with a link that will take you to the quiz.

    RSCC Program Frequently Asked Questions

    A list of FAQs pertaining to the Registered Strength and Conditioning (RSCC) Program.

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    Is the RSCC different from the CSCS?

    Experts in the strength and conditioning, medical, dietetic, athletic training, and sport coaching fields are all encouraged to have the CSCS® certification. In addition, strength coaches are encouraged to join the NSCA Registry of Strength and Conditioning Coaches (RSCC, RSCC*D or RSCC*E). The Registry is separate and distinct from the medical, dietetic, athletic training, and sport coaching fields by recognizing professionals who are employed full-time as strength and conditioning coaches in either the scholastic, collegiate or professional levels. These coaches have a minimum of two years of experience in the practical application of assessing, motivating, educating, and training athletes for the primary goal of improving athletic performance. The RSCC conducts sport-specific testing sessions, designs and implements safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs, and provides guidance (or advice) with regard to sport nutrition, injury prevention or reconditioning.

    Does a strength and conditioning coach (RSCC) need to work at a school or with a professional team or can a strength and conditioning coach (RSCC) work in the private sector?

    If a strength and conditioning coach has trained sport teams for the purpose of athletic performance for two or more years in the NCAA, MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, USOC, or if he/she oversees high school strength and conditioning program, they qualify. If the candidate's primary goal is training to improve fitness or appearance they may not qualify. The NSCA’s Coaching Committee will assess each candidate’s status using these criteria. Some coaches training at private centers will be approved in the application process. Each candidate is subject to an on-site visit by an NSCA representative to assure the candidate meets the RSCC qualifications.

    Is the Registry for athletic trainers?

    The NSCA Registry of Registered Strength and Conditioning Coaches is limited to full-time strength and conditioning coaches. ATCs, Physical Therapists or other medical professionals who are the strength and conditioning coach at their school may apply for consideration.

    What are the areas of liability for a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach?

    Specific areas of liability for anyone that supervises a strength and conditioning program are: 1. Pre- participation screening and clearance; 2. Personnel qualifications; 3. Program supervision and instruction; 4. Facility and equipment setup, inspection, maintenance, repair and signage; 5. Emergency planning and response; 6. Records and record keeping; 7. Equal opportunity and access; 8. Participation in strength and conditioning activities by children; and 9. Supplements, ergogenic aids and drugs.

    What if I am unable to get an affirmation letter from a former employer?

    If your current supervisor can vouch for your previous employment they must vouch for it in the letter of affirmation, however please reach out to Aubrey directly for this special consideration.

    Does my graduate assistantship or internship count towards the required years of experience?

    No, graduate assistantship or internships do not count towards fulfilling the requires years of experience.

    How long will the RSCC Renewal Course take to complete?

    A PowerPoint document is provided at the beginning of each section to help you complete each five-question section of the course. Reading the PowerPoint document and answering the questions should take less than one hour to complete; however, there is no time limit to complete all 25 questions. You will be able to have the questions and verbiage files open at the same time on your screen. Once you are confident in your answers, submit the questions for grading.

    Can I refer to the Renewal Course PowerPoint Chapters when taking the quiz?

    Yes. This practice is encouraged.

    Is there a time limit? What happens if my computer shuts down while taking the quiz?

    There is no time limit. Your quiz is not “official” until you hit the Submit button. If you start the quiz and cannot finish it, you may return later to take it again. NOTE: Your answers will not be saved until you hit the Submit button. If you start the quiz and do not finish, you will have to start over from question #1.

    Are there any CEUs available for completing the RSCC Renewal Course?

    Completion of the Renewal Course will provide 0.5 CEUs annually towards your CSCS®.

    What does the RSCC Renewal Course cost?

    A $25 renewal fee serves to renew your RSCC status until December 2014, and covers the cost to print an updated certificate.

    What is the passing score for the RSCC Renewal Course?

    Failure to score 70% or higher will require a second attempt. Please note, each attempt requires a $25 fee.

    What happens if I do not pass the RSCC Renewal Course before 12:00 AM December 8?

    Failure to complete the RSCC Renewal Course before December 8 will result in removal from the RSCC Registry. A late option is available for a $15 fee per attempt after December 7.

    What happens once I complete the RSCC Renewal Course?

    Your new certificate will be printed and mailed in January. The RSCC Registry will be updated on the website.

    Key Health and Safety Resources for the Strength Coach   

    These health and safety resources are designed for RSCC coaches to stay abreast of key areas for strength and conditioning, and to allow to to design and implement safe and effective programs for their athletes.  

    "The Inter-Association Task Force for Preventing Sudden Death in Collegiate Conditioning Sessions: Best Practices Recommendations" - Download PDF 

    "The Inter-Association Task Force for Preventing Sudden Death in Secondary School Athletics Programs: Best Practices Recommendations" - Download PDF

    "Recommended Job Listing: Head Strength and Conditioning Coach" - Download PDF 

    "Best Practices Developed to Address Heat Illness in Fall Sports" - Download PDF