NCAA Acknowledges NSCA’s Effort for Raised Certification Standards
  • NCAA Acknowledges NSCA’s Effort for Raised Certification Standards
    The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Acknowledges the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) Effort to Raise the Certification Standards
  • On April 24, 2014, the NCAA passed legislation requiring Division 1 colleges and universities to employ strength and conditioning coaches who possess a nationally accredited strength and conditioning certification. This regulation is significant in raising certification standards in college athletics.  

    NCAA council members voted to require the strength and conditioning certification effective August 1, 2015. This allows current strength coaches who do not have a nationally accredited credential sufficient time to obtain their certification without jeopardizing current employment. The NCAA realizes that retaining an accredited certification requires a continuing education component. This allows coaches to stay on top of the latest, effective and safest training standards for student athletes.

    In response to more than twenty deaths during conditioning since 2000, there is a heightened concern about student-athlete safety around the country. “Having a certification that is accredited guarantees that the strength coach has demonstrated a certain set of skills and abilities to meet the performance needs of their sport teams and athletes,” says Boyd Epley, NSCA Founder. “The Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) certification is the longest standing accredited strength and conditioning certification with more than 21 years of credibility and recognition as the leading standard in the industry.”

    NSCA – The Leader in Strength and Conditioning Certification

    The NSCA set the standard in the strength and conditioning industry in the U.S. and around the world when the CSCS credential was established in 1985 and again in 1993 when the credential became the first to be accredited. The NSCA has a rigorous examination and the most comprehensive process for creating certification exams in the industry.

    • The comprehensive and detailed question sets covered within NSCA exams requires persons to have an intimate and robust knowledge of the coaching profession.
    • This ensures that those who pass the exam have truly developed the educational knowledge and practical expertise to be leaders in the field of strength coaching.
    • The CSCS credential is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).
    • Major League Baseball (MLB) at the MLB, AAA and AA levels requires all of their strength and conditioning coaches to hold the CSCS credential and the Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC) distinction.

    Details can be found in the Certification Handbook available online at

    NSCA – The Education Leader

    The NSCA creates state-of-the-art educational resources and review materials. It bridges the gap between science and application through:

    • Peer-reviewed, top-tier journals
    • Practical-applied papers
    • Periodicals
    • Active information portals

    The NSCA is the only organization that provides cutting-edge information from the laboratory and translates this knowledge into application so that all athletes who are trained by registered strength and conditioning coaches receive the best training practices and advice. All of the NSCA’s publications are:

    • Peer reviewed
    • Scientifically based
    • Practical application centered
    • Empowering members and certified coaches to bridge the gap between science and application
  • Jost

    About the Author:

    Jon Jost, NSCA Board Member and Director of Strength and Conditioning at Florida State University

    In addition to Jost’s responsibilities within the FSU athletic department, he teaches classes in the Sports Sciences Masters program and serves on the Institute of Sports Sciences and Medicine Advisory Board. He has been an NSCA member and CSCS-certified since 1991, serving in many volunteer capacities. Jost has trained more than 40 NFL draft picks, 10 Olympians, appeared in 11 bowl games, and been a member of 10 conference Championship Teams.

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      Un cordial saludo desde Bogotá- Colombia. La NSCA es sin duda la mejor entidad para ser acreditado como entrenador personal. Quiero tener la oportunidad de ir a visitarlos como estudiante interno en Colorado-Springs.

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