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, CEUs are calculated as 0.1 per hour, with a maximum of 2.0 for any single event.

Attend NSCA Events

Attend and NSCA conference or clinic.

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Events by NSCA-approved providers

Attend an event by one of NSCA's approved CEU providers

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Other Live Events

Content at the event must be relevant to NSCA certifications

Category B

Earn CEUs in Category B by completing quizzes for NSCA webinars and Strength and Conditioning Journal (SCJ) articles. NSCA members receive the SCJ bi-monthly, and each issue contains an article with an accompanying quiz. Additionally, you can earn CEUs for activities like authoring an article or presenting at a conference. Authors and presenters for NSCA journals and events will have their CEUS recorded automatically.

NSCA Quizzes

NSCA journal and video quizzes | CEU value varies

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Participation as a speaker or panelist at clinics, conferences, etc. | 1.0 CEU per hour of presentation, 2.0 CEUs maximum per presentation (Teaching academic courses does not qualify for CEUs 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. | Refer to the recertification grid in Candidate handbook for CEU values.

Get Published with the NSCA

Volunteer & Committee Work

Serve as a volunteer leadership position | NSCA State/Provincial Director or a member of an NSCA committee, SIG Executive Council, or the Board of Directors.

Volunteer Opportunities

Category C

Category C CEUs include renewing your first aid certification, approved internships and Exercise Science-related college coursework.

First Aid Renewal

0.5 CEUs | 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

Completing courses related to exercise science/personal training. CEUs are only awarded for grades of ā€œCā€ or better, and are calculated as 0.3 CEU per quarter hour, or 0.5 CEU per semester hour. 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).

Non-academic Internships

Internships must be at least 150 hours and strength & conditioning or personal training related. Refer to Certification Handbook for a list of acceptable content | 2.0 CEUs

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USADA Coaches Advantage Quiz

USADA's Coaches Advantage quiz covers the latest anti-doping knowledge.

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Category D

Earn CEUs in Category D by earning an additional NSCA certification, and completing quizzes that accompany certain Associate Publication (NSCA CoachPersonal Training Quarterly, and TSAC Report) articles. You can also earn 1.0 CEU for earning additional non-NSCA certifications, but they must be NCCA accredited programs.

Personal Development

Any activity completed to keep current with the strength and conditioning and/or personal training fields that do not fall within another category. Examples include reading NSCA books or journals | 0.5 CEUs per year

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Online Journal Quizzes

NSCA Online journals or associate publication Quizzes | 0.1 CEU each

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Home Study Courses

Home Study Courses by a NSCA-approved provider, not pre-approved courses do not count for CEUs

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Additional NSCA Certifications

Earn an additional NSCA Certification | 3.0 CEUs each

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Earning an NCCA-accredited Certification

The certification must be fitness, sport, or exercise nutrition-related and CEUs will only be awarded for initial certification date | 1.0 CEU

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