The NSCAs Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach® (RSCC) is a designation that signifies that a CSCS® certified coach has demonstrated experience and knowledge in their field. RSCC coaches apply foundational knowledge to assess, motivate, educate, and train athletes for the primary goal of improving sport performance.
There are three levels of RSCC:
1. Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach® (RSCC) – CSCS certified coaches who have two (2) years of experience or more in the field.
2. Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach® with Distinction (RSCC*D) - CSCS certified coaches who have 10 years of experience or more in the field.
3. Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach® Emeritus (RSCC*E) – CSCS certified coaches who have 20 years of experience or more in the field.
The NSCA RSCC Registry is a tool to help employers easily identify and verify that employees and potential candidates have earned the RSCC designation.
The RSCC designation tells me a coach is committed to the profession of strength and conditioning and they not only have the educational base to work with our athletes, but even more important they have at least two years’ experience working in a team environment. - Tom Myslinski, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the NFL’s Jacksonville JaguarsTweet this quote
The CSCS is the credential that signifies you have the CSCS certification. The RSCC is a designation given to strength and conditioning coaches who have the CSCS and a minimum of two years of experience in the practical application of assessing, motivating, educating, and training athletes for the primary goal of improving athletic performance. The designations help inform employers and others that the coach has the educational base and experience needed to work with athletes in a team environment.
If a strength and conditioning coach has trained sport teams for the purpose of athletic performance for two or more years in the NCAA, MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, USOC, or if he/she oversees a high school strength and conditioning program, they qualify. The NSCA will assess each candidate’s status using these criteria. Each candidate is subject to an on-site visit by an NSCA representative to assure the candidate meets the RSCC qualifications.
The Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach program is limited to full-time, designated strength and conditioning coaches. ATCs, Physical Therapists or other medical professionals who are the designated strength and conditioning coach at their school may apply for consideration.
This program is limited to full-time, designated strength and conditioning coaches. Personal trainers or other fitness professionals who work one on one with clients are not eligible for this designation. Personal trainers may qualify for the Recognized Certified Personal Trainer program.View RCPT
Specific areas of liability for anyone that supervises a strength and conditioning program are: 1. Pre- participation screening and clearance; 2. Personnel qualifications; 3. Program supervision and instruction; 4. Facility and equipment setup, inspection, maintenance, repair and signage; 5. Emergency planning and response; 6. Records and record keeping; 7. Equal opportunity and access; 8. Participation in strength and conditioning activities by children; and 9. Supplements, ergogenic aids and drugs.
Previous work experience must be documented and verified, this may be possible by your current supervisor in special circumstances. Please contact the RSCC program representative to apply for special consideration. RSCC@NSCA.com
Individuals serving for two (2) years as a graduate assistant at a strength and conditioning institute recognized by the NSCA as a Graduate Education Recognition Program are eligible for recognition.Graduate Education Recognition Program
You have from December 1st to December 31st each year to complete the Renewal Course.
A PowerPoint document is provided at the beginning of each section to help you complete each five-question section of the course. Reading the PowerPoint document and answering the questions should take less than one hour to complete; however, there is no time limit to complete all 25 questions. You will be able to have the questions and power points open at the same time on your screen. Once you are confident in your answers, submit the questions for grading.
Yes. This practice is encouraged.
There is no time limit. Your quiz is not “official” until you hit the Submit button. If you start the quiz and cannot finish it, you may return later to take it again. NOTE: Your answers will not be saved until you hit the Submit button. If you start the quiz and do not finish, you will have to start over from question #1.
Completion of the Renewal Course will provide 0.5 CEUs annually towards your CSCS®.
A $25 renewal fee serves to renew your RSCC status until December of the year you renew, and covers the cost to print an updated certificate. Except for the RSCC*E you must take the Renewal Course annually.
Failure to score 70% or higher will require a second attempt. Please note, each attempt requires a $25 fee.
Failure to complete the RSCC Renewal Course before December 31st will result in removal from the RSCC Registry. A late option is available for a $15 fee per attempt after December 31st.
Your new certificate will be emailed in January. The RSCC Registry will be updated on the website.