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    General Information

    NSCA CSCS and NSCA-CPT Exam Preparation Clinics

    The NSCA offers Exam Prep (EP) clinics for individuals preparing for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and NSCA-CPT exams. EP clinics are offered with a 1-day or 2-day options with a blend of classroom lecture and hands-on training. Please select the "Itinerary" tab at the top of the page to view a sample itinerary.

    Increase Your Likelihood of Success

    The passing rate for the NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) exam is 58% and the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) is 63%. The NSCA EP clinic is designed to help individuals understand the most relevant content as it pertains to these exams. Your time is valuable; spend it efficiently by focusing your studies on the most relevant content!

    The NSCA Exam Preparation Clinic provides:

    • An overview of the content and concepts emphasized on the exam
    • Access to the NSCA’s leading education professionals 
    • 1- and 2-day options
    • Key test-taking strategies
    • The NSCA EP Slides book (NSCA EP exclusive, not available for retail sale)
    NOTICE: It is important to understand that this clinic, by itself, is not intended to fully prepare candidates for the NSCA examination. Candidates who are more prepared (have read the Essentials textbook) will have a better experience and increase their chances of conceptually understanding each lecture. Attending a clinic is not required to take the examination.

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    Get started today by taking advantage of the following exam preparation resources:

    CSCS Study Material
    CSCS Exam Content Description
    NSCA-CPT Study Material
    NSCA-CPT Exam Content Description

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    Interested in Hosting an Exam Prep Clinic?

    Colleges and other fitness education providers can apply to host an NSCA Exam Prep (EP) clinic at their location. EP clinic hosts receive PowerPoint slides, NSCA marketing assistance, attendee workbooks, and more. Registration is handled by the NSCA and revenue is split between the host and the NSCA. Host applications are evaluated based on the following qualifications:

    • Combination of certification, education, experience.
    • Requested date, location, and availability of NSCA representative. First-time hosts must present with an NSCA representative. Based on an evaluation from the NSCA representative, the host may receive “approved NSCA EP clinic provider status,” which allows the host to offer the EP clinic multiple times per year without an NSCA representative present. 
    • Access to strength equipment and hands-on training space at the host site. This includes barbells, squat racks, dumbbells, and stability balls.
    • Availability of projection and A/V equipment at the host site
    Application Process
    • Download and submit the EP Clinic Host Application (PDF).
    • If approved, the applicant will receive a contract and presenter application(s)
    • Applications to host must be received by the NSCA a minimum of three months before the event date. 
    • A minimum of 20 registered participants must be reached by three weeks from the event in order to host the event. Maximum numbers depend on facility capacity.  
    EP Host Application (PDF)

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    Upcoming Exam Prep Live Clinics

    CSCS Exam Prep Live Events

    1.5-Day CSCS Exam Prep

    The 1.5-Day CSCS Exam Prep Clinic is a lecture-only program best suited for exam candidates who have an educational background in an exercise science-related field and practical experience in a strength and conditioning setting. The 1.5-day clinic will provide a comprehensive review of the knowledge required and identified in the CSCS Exam Content Outline and provide opportunities to seek clarification of the information presented.

    Mid-Atlantic Regional CSCS Exam Prep Live | View Details
    December 5-6, 2015 | Glassboro, NJ

    2-Day CSCS Exam Prep

    The 2-Day CSCS Exam Prep Clinic is a combination of lecture and practical sessions. Day 1 will cover information specific to the Exercise Science portion of the exam while day 2 will cover the Practical/Applied portion. The 2-day clinic will provide a comprehensive review of the knowledge required and identified in the CSCS Exam Content Outline; opportunities are provided to review exercise technique skills, examine program design, and to seek clarification of the information presented. Practice questions will also be provided and reviewed.

    February 2015

    2015 Texas CSCS Exam Prep Live - February | View Details
    February 27-28, 2015 | Corpus Christi, TX

    2015 Connecticut CSCS Exam Prep Live | View Details
    February 28- March 1, 2015 | New Britain, CT

    March 2015

    2015 Wisconsin CSCS Exam Prep Live | View Details
    March 7-8, 2015 | La Crosse, WI

    2015 Louisiana CSCS Exam Prep Live | View Details
    March 28-29, 2015 | Ruston, LA

    April 2015

    2015 North Central Regional CSCS Exam Prep Live | View Details
    April 10-11, 2015 | Bloomington, MN

    2015 California CSCS Exam Prep Live | View Details
    April 17-18, 2015 | Fullerton, CA

    2015 New York CSCS Exam Prep Live | View Details
    April 25-26, 2015 | Hempstead, NY

    May 2015

    2015 Florida CSCS Exam Prep Live | View Details
    May 8-9, 2015 | Port St. Lucie, FL

    2015 Indiana CSCS Exam Prep Live | View Details
    May 16-17, 2015 | Fort Wayne, IN

    June 2015

    2015 Texas CSCS Exam Prep Live - June | View Details
    June 6-7, 2015 | Arlington, TX

    3-Day CSCS Exam Prep

    The 3-Day CSCS Exam Prep Clinic is a combination of lecture and practical sessions. This clinic has been developed for those individuals who do not have a degree in an exercise-related field or who have been out of school for some time. The 3-Day clinic provides 2-days of exercise science lectures followed by a 3rd day in which the Practical/Applied portion of the exam will be reviewed. The 3-day clinic will provide a comprehensive review of the knowledge required and identified in the CSCS Exam Content Outline; opportunities are provided to review exercise technique skills, examine program design, and to seek clarification of the information presented. Practice questions will also be provided and reviewed.

    2015 Colorado CSCS Exam Prep Live - March | View Details
    March 20-22, 2015 | NSCA World Headquarters - Colorado Springs, CO

    NSCA-CPT Exam Prep Live Events

    2-Day NSCA-CPT Exam Prep  

    The 2-Day NSCA-CPT Exam Prep Clinic is a combination of lecture and practical sessions. The 2-day clinic will provide a comprehensive review of the knowledge required and identified in the NSCA-CPT Exam Content Outline, opportunities to practice identifying correct and incorrect exercise techniques, and opportunities to seek clarification of the information presented. Practice questions will also be provided and reviewed.

    2015 Virginia NSCA-CPT Exam Prep Live - April | View Details
    April 18-19, 2015 | Norfolk, VA

    2015 New York NSCA-CPT Exam Prep Live - May | View Details
    May 30-31, 2015 | New York City, NY

    2015 New York NSCA-CPT Exam Prep Live - September | View Details
    September 26-27, 2015 | New York City, NY

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    CSCS 1.5-Day Exam Prep Schedule

    The 1.5-Day CSCS Exam Prep Clinic is a lecture-only program best suited for exam candidates who have an educational background in an exercise science-related field and practical experience in a strength and conditioning setting. The 1.5-day clinic will provide a comprehensive review of the knowledge required and identified in the CSCS Exam Content Outline and provide opportunities to seek clarification of the information presented.

    All NSCA Conferences and Events are subject to changes in location and date; as well as possible cancellation without notice.

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    CSCS 2-Day Exam Prep Schedule

    The 2-Day CSCS Exam Prep Clinic is a combination of lecture and practical sessions. Day 1 will cover information specific to the Exercise Science portion of the exam while day 2 will cover the Practical/Applied portion. The 2-day clinic will provide a comprehensive review of the knowledge required and identified in the CSCS Exam Content Outline; opportunities are provided to review exercise technique skills, examine program design, and to seek clarification of the information presented. Practice questions will also be provided and reviewed.

    All NSCA Conferences and Events are subject to changes in location and date; as well as possible cancellation without notice.  

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    CSCS 3-Day Exam Prep Schedule

    The 3-Day CSCS Exam Prep Clinic is a combination of lecture and practical sessions. This clinic has been developed for those individuals who do not have a degree in an exercise-related field or who have been out of school for some time. The 3-Day clinic provides 2-days of exercise science lectures followed by a 3rd day in which the Practical/Applied portion of the exam will be reviewed. The 3-day clinic will provide a comprehensive review of the knowledge required and identified in the CSCS Exam Content Outline; opportunities are provided to review exercise technique skills, examine program design, and to seek clarification of the information presented. Practice questions will also be provided and reviewed.

    All NSCA Conferences and Events are subject to changes in location and date; as well as possible cancellation without notice.

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    NSCA-CPT 1.5-Day Exam Prep Schedule

    The 1.5 Day NSCA-CPT Exam Prep Clinic is best suited for exam candidates who are looking to solidify their overall understanding of knowledge required to successfully pass the NSCA-CPT Exam. The clinics are a lecture only format and will provide a comprehensive review of the information identified in the NSCA-CPT Exam Content Outline. Opportunities to seek clarification of the information presented will be provided.

    All NSCA Conferences and Events are subject to changes in location and date; as well as possible cancellation without notice.

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    NSCA-CPT 2-Day Exam Prep Schedule

    The 2-Day NSCA-CPT Exam Prep Clinic is a combination of lecture and practical sessions. The 2-day clinic will provide a comprehensive review of the knowledge required and identified in the NSCA-CPT Exam Content Outline, opportunities to practice identifying correct and incorrect exercise techniques, and opportunities to seek clarification of the information presented. Practice questions will also be provided and reviewed.

    All NSCA Conferences and Events are subject to changes in location and date; as well as possible cancellation without notice.