CEU Categories

Learn about the various categories of CEU opportunities the NSCA will accept. The categories exist to ensure individuals gain knowledge in a variety of ways.

Understanding CEU Categories

The purpose of continuing education is to require that certified individuals stay abreast of evolving knowledge and skills in the profession, and to promote the ongoing competency of those certified.

In general, CEUs are based on the number of contact hours (or actual clock hours) undertaken to complete an activity or event. However, not all CEU activities are based on actual clock hours. There are exceptions, such as college or university courses, where 1 semester credit hour equals 0.5 CEU and 1 quarter credit hour equals 0.3 CEU. 

Refer to the table below to determine the number of CEUs required. You must obtain CEUs from at least two categories. For more details download the Recertification Policies & Procedures 

Before 2018 6.0 5.5 4.0 5.5 3.5
During 2018 4.0 3.5 2.5 3.5 1.5
During 2019 2.0 1.5 1.0 1.5 1.0
January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2020 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
July 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Category A


Earn CEUs in Category A by attending a variety of educational events such as conferences, clinics, workshops, and symposia. Attendance at NSCA events will be recorded for you automatically. For other events,  pre-approval is not rrequired, however the sessions must fall inside the scope of practice for your certificaton. CEUs are calculated as 0.1 per hour, with a maximum of 2.0 for any single event.

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Category B

NSCA Quizzes

Passing an NSCA Strengthand Conditioning Journal and/or conference video quizzes will earn you 0.2 CEUs for each quiz that is passed. (some CEU values may vary). CEUs will be automatically reported for you.


Participation as a speaker or panelist at clinics, conferences to earn 1.0 CEU per hour of presentation, 2.0 CEUs maximum per presentation.  (NOTE: Teaching academic courses or presenting at certification preparation courses offered by organizations other than (1) NSCA or (2) other NCCA-accredited certification programs does not qualify for CEUs).

Speak At an NSCA Event


Earn CEUs by authoring or co-authoring articles, abstracts, books, etc. You can earn 1.5 CEUs for NSCA publications,1.0 CEU for peer-reviewed journals, 0.5CEU for all others, 1.0 CEU perpublished abstract, 1.5 CEUs per published chapter, 3.0 CEUs per published book. NSCA publication CEUs are added during the month that the article is published in an NSCA publication. Please note that CEUs are not applied for articles that are published ahead of print.

Get Published with the NSCA

Volunteer & Committee Work

Serve as a volunteer leadership position, such as NSCA State/Provincial Director, a member of an NSCA committee, SIG Executive Council, or the Board of Directors. 0.5 CEUs per year will be automatically recored after 1 full year has been served.

Volunteer Opportunities

Category C

First Aid

Earn 0.5 CEUs by becoming certified or recertified in First Aid. Popular providers include: - American Heart Association - Red Cross - EMS Safety Services, Inc - National Safety Council *CPR/AED certification renewal does not qualify for CEUs

Post-Certification College Coursework

Earn CEUs by completing courses that fall with in the scope of practice of your certification. CEUs are only awarded for grades of “C” or better, and are calculated as 0.3 CEU per quarter hour, or 0.5 CEU per semester hour ( maximum of 2.0 per course). Refer to Certification Handbook for a list of acceptable content (Teaching academic courses does not qualify for CEUs. Courses must be started after 1/1/2018 or the certification date, whichever date is the latest, and completed before 12/31/2020).


Earn 2.0 CEUs for completing a non-academic Internships of at least 150 hours and strength & conditioning or personal training related. Note: All activity must fall within the scope and/or be consistent with the DCO for the NSCA certification held.

Learn About NSCA Internships

USADA Coaches Advantage Quiz

Earn 0.2 CEUs for passing the USADA's Coaches Advantage quiz that covers the latest anti-doping knowledge. This will be automaticly reported for you, however if you pass the quiz for another organizations requirement you can send in the certificate of completion to have it added for you.

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Category D

Personal Development

Personal Development includes any activity completed to keep current with the strength and conditioning and/or personal training fields that does not fall within another category. Some examples of activities include reading journals, magazines and books, listening to podcasts, completing a home study that is not pre-approved, participating in self-improvement courses, etc. You can report 0.5 CEU per year of the reporting period that you are certified.

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Home Study Courses

Earn CEUs by completeing home study courses by a NSCA-approved provider (CEU values vary). Courses not pre-approved can be reported as personal development.

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Additional NSCA Certifications

Earn 3.0 CEUs by obtaining an additional NSCA Certification.

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Earning an NCCA-accredited Certification

Earn 1.0 CEUs for additional certification related to fitness, sport, or exercise nutrition-related that are NCCA accredited. CEUs will only be awarded for initial certification date.

View NCCA Accredited Certificaitons
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