Are you NSCA-certified? Here’s how to properly display your credentials on resumes, presentations, social media, and more.
After your name, list the abbreviation of your highest academic degree (separated by a comma and space). Typically, this is only done with a Master’s degree or higher.
Next, list any abbreviated licensure or non-NSCA certification(s) (separated by a comma and space), such as:
Then, add any of your applicable NSCA certifications in the following order:
Certifications that require a degree or higher eligibility requirements (such as the CPSS and CSCS) are listed first. Always add a comma and a space after each certification when continuing the sentence
Note that you do not need to use the trademark symbol when listing credentials after a certificate holder’s name.
NSCA certifications may qualify for Distinction or *D®, a designation you can earn with additional NSCA CEUs each cycle. If you earn Distinction, display your credentials by adding a comma, no space, an asterisk, and a capital D:
Follow with a comma and a space when listing multiple certifications or continuing the sentence:
While *D is an NSCA trademark, you do not need to use the trademark symbol when listing it after a certificate holder’s name.
List your abbreviated recognitions, such as Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach® (RSCC), after your certification(s).
Lastly, list the abbreviation of any fellowships, such as Fellow of the NSCA (FNSCA).
When writing out your credentials, make sure to use the proper capitalization, hyphenation, and trademark symbols:
All NSCA certification titles, abbreviations, and seals are registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and cannot be used in a proprietary manner without permission from the NSCA.
The NSCA provides all certificate holders with digital seal(s) for each certification cycle that can be used on business cards, websites, social media, and email signatures at no cost.