Credential Guidelines
  • 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 Holders: 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.

    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.

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    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.

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    Listing the NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer® (NSCA-CPT®) Credential
    When the credential is written out, each word should be capitalized. Note: 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®. Note: 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.

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    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. Note: 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. Note: 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.

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    Logo Use
    The CSCS®, CSPS®, NSCA-CPT®, and CSPS® 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®

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