Education Recognition Program
  • Education Recognition Program
    The NSCA Education Recognition Program (ERP) recognizes and distinguishes schools with standardized, approved strength and conditioning or personal training curricula in undergraduate and graduate settings designed to prepare students for the NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer® (NSCA-CPT®) and NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) certifications.
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    NSCA’S Education Recognition Program (ERP)
    Help Students Reach Higher from Classroom to Career

    The NSCA Education Recognition Program (ERP) is the first step in laying the foundation to ensure excellence for students in the classroom, as well as long-term professional success after graduation. The ERP recognizes and distinguishes schools with strength and conditioning or personal training curricula that prepares students for NSCA certification exams.

    Where does a successful career in strength and conditioning and personal training begin?
    A successful career begins with a great classroom education and is progressed by the challenges, encouragement, and opportunities necessary for future successes. This includes the right certifications, professional development, and networking that can only be found through the NSCA.

    NSCA Recognized Schools
    View our complete list of undergraduate, personal training, and graduate strength and conditioning programs that carry the NSCA ERP seal of approval.

    ERP School Exclusive Benefits
    ERP Discounts and Opportunities 

    Certification Exam Discount
        - A $25 discount off NSCA Certification Exams
    Exam Rebate
        - A $25 rebate will be sent to the academic department for each NSCA exam registration received at six-month intervals, as of August 1 and February 1. If the accumulated rebate is less than $100, no payment will be made until the accumulated amount reaches $100. However, a statement will be mailed regardless if there is a payment due or not. Payments for amounts due under the $100 minimum will only be made at the end of the three-year recognition cycle. A $50 exam discount is available, in lieu of $25 rebate upon request.
    Exam Prep Clinic Discount
        - A $50 discount for ERP students attending an Exam Prep Live Clinic
    Three Complimentary Job Postings
        - A value of $395/posting on the NSCA Career Services web page for ERP schools
    Student Membership Discount
       - Exclusive student membership discount opportunities are available to ERP schools
    NSCA Conference Discount
        - $25 discount off NSCA conference registrations
    Premier Access to NSCA Growth Opportunities
        - NSCA Foundation Grants and Scholarships
        - NSCA Internship Program
        - NSCA Assistantship Program
    NSCA Promotion of ERP Schools
        - A 24 x 20 framed, matted ERP certificate for display
        - A listing on the NSCA website of the NSCA Recognized Schools, including a searchable departmental link for students seeking careers
        - Official ERP logos for use on web pages, forms, documents, or recruiting materials
        - Promotional marketing materials
        - ERP schools featured on display at NSCA Conferences

    Program Directors
    Learn how to become a part of this distinguished list of programs recognized by the NSCA. Find the program that is right for your school:

    Learn more about how attending an ERP school directly benefits students' professional future

    To Apply
    Download the ERP Program Application for the program that best fits your curricula. Application postmark deadlines are April 1 and October 1 each year.

    Mail applications to:
    National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
    Education Recognition Program (ERP)
    1885 Bob Johnson Dr.
    Colorado Springs, CO 80906

    “The NSCA Education Recognition Program (ERP) has been instrumental in helping to increase the visibility and credibility of the undergraduate and graduate programs in exercise science with a strength and conditioning concentration. Coupled with the long history of research in strength and conditioning and NSCA involvement by the faculty, having recognized academic programs has assisted in keeping our course content current and our students well-prepared to take on the challenges of the strength and conditioning profession.”

    N. Travis Triplett, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
    Appalachian State University
    ERP Undergraduate and Graduate Strength and Conditioning Program Director.