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Credential Guidelines

The Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®), the Certified Special Population Specialist® (CSPS®), the NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer® (NSCA-CPT®), and the Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator® (TSAC-F®) credentials should always be presented using a standard format. Please review the guidelines prior to listing the credentials.

Multiple Credential

  • When a person holds multiple certifications, they should all appear after his/her name.
  • Note that a comma follows the person's name, then a space, then the first credential's abbreviation followed immediately by a comma, a space and then the next credential's abbreviation.
  • The CSCS® is always listed first, followed by CSPS®, then NSCA-CPT®, and then TSAC-F®.
    • Example: Jane Johnson, CSCS, NSCA-CPT or Jonathan Jordan, CSCS, TSAC-F

*The registered trademark symbol is not needed when the credentials are listed after a certificant's name.

CSCS Credential

Listing the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) Credential 

  • When the credential is written out, each word except the conjunction "and" should be capitalized. 
    • Example: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist®
  • When the credential is abbreviated, use capital letters with no spaces or periods. 
    • Example: CSCS®
  • When the CSCS® credential is used in a sentence after a certificate holder's name, a comma should follow the credential mentioned. 
    • Example: Jane Johnson, CSCS, spoke at the conference.

*The registered trademark symbol is not needed when the credentials are listed after a certificant's name.

CSPS Credential

Listing the Certified Special Population Specialist® (CSPS)® Credential

  • When the credential is written out, each word should be capitalized. 
    • Example: Certified Special Population Specialist®
  • When the credential is abbreviated, use capital letters with no spaces or periods.
    •  Example: CSPS®
  • When the CSPS® credential is used in a sentence after a certificate holder's name, a comma should follow the credential mentioned
    • Example: Jane Johnson, CSPS, spoke at the conference.

*The registered trademark symbol is not needed when the credentials are listed after a certificant's name.

NSCA-CPT Credential

Listing the NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer® (NSCA-CPT®) Credential

  • When the credential is written out, each word should be capitalized.
  • There are no spaces before or after the hyphen separating NSCA and Certified. 
    • Example: National Strength and Conditioning Association-Certified Personal Trainer®; NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer®
  • When the credential is abbreviated, use capital letters with no spaces or periods. Never split the credential at the hyphen at the end of a line.
  • Never refer to the credential as CPT, always NSCA-CPT®.
  • There are no spaces before or after the hyphen. 
    • Example: NSCA-CPT®
  • When the NSCA-CPT® credential is used in a sentence after a certificate holder's name, a comma should follow the credential mentioned. 
    • Example: Jane Johnson, NSCA-CPT, spoke at the conference.

*The registered trademark symbol is not needed when the credentials are listed after a certificant's name.

TSAC-F Credential

Listing the Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator® (TSAC-F®) Certification

  • When the credential is written out, each word except the conjunction "and" should be capitalized.
  • There is not a hyphen separating Certified and Facilitator. 
    • Example: Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator®
  • When the credential is abbreviated, use capital letters with no spaces or periods. Never split the credential at the hyphen at the end of a line.
  • There are no spaces before or after the hyphen. 
    • Example: TSAC-F®
  • When the TSAC-F® credential is used in a sentence after a certificate holder's name, a comma should follow the credential mentioned. 
    • Example: Jane Johnson, TSAC-F, spoke at the conference.

*The trademark symbol is not needed when the credentials are listed after a certificant's name.

Certification Seals Use

The CSCS®, CSPS®, NSCA-CPT®, and TSAC-F® seals are registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and cannot be used in a proprietary manner without permission from the NSCA Certification.

The following terms are also registered:
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist®, CSCS®, NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer®, NSCA-CPT®, NSCA Certification®, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist®, CSPS®, *D®

Where to Find Certification Seals

The NSCA provides all certificates digital certification seal(s) for each certification cycle that can be used on business cards, websites, and e-mail signatures at no cost. To download them,  LOGIN to your "My Account" and click on the Digital Content button to download.

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