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The SCJ is the professional
journal for strength coaches, personal trainers, physical therapists, athletic
trainers, and other health professionals working in the strength and conditioning
Earn CEUs. Browse the list of NSCA approved home study courses and live events.
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The NSCA’s Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach® (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.
There are three levels of RSCC:
1. Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach® (RSCC) – RSCC coaches have two (2) years of experience or more in their field.
2. Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach® with Distinction (RSCC*D) - RSCC*D coaches have 10 years of experience or more in their field.
3. Registered Strength and 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.
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.
Show Your Pride with an RSCC Ring
RSCC*D are eligible to purchase RSCC rings from Jostens. Contact Jill Kotke at Jostens for prices and ordering information.
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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.
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.
A list of FAQs pertaining to the Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach® (RSCC) Program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No, graduate assistantship or internships do not count towards fulfilling the requires years of experience.
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.
Yes. This practice is encouraged.
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.
Completion of the Renewal Course will provide 0.5 CEUs annually towards your CSCS®.
A $25 renewal fee serves to renew your RSCC status until December 2014, and covers the cost to print an updated certificate.
Failure to score 70% or higher will require a second attempt. Please note, each attempt requires a $25 fee.
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.
Your new certificate will be printed and mailed in January. The RSCC Registry will be updated on the website.
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