CSPS Exam Study Materials

The CSPS® examination is based upon the critical knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA’s) needed to safely and effectively work with special populations. These KSA’s are developed following a job analysis and are used to create the CSPS Detailed Content Outline (DCO). Therefore, the materials developed by the NSCA serve as the primary resources for preparation but they should not be considered as the sole sources for the exam.

NSCA Official Resources

CSPS Exam Content Description Booklet

This booklet provides candidates a job description for the special population specialist and the most current DCO upon which the exam is based. Also included is a basic explanation of the CSPS exam, instructions on how to read and understand the DCO, self-assessment questions, and a list of additional references.

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Essentials of Training Special Populations, 1st Edition Textbook

This is the essential text for those seeking to work with special populations. This comprehensive resource, created by 30 expert contributors in the field, explains the key theories, concepts, and scientific principles of exercise professionals working with special populations.

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CSPS Online Practice Questions

Domain-specific practice questions are available to help candidates become familiar with the type, scope, and difficulty of the questions on the CSPS Certification exam. The questions assist in developing a better understanding of the content and help to assess a candidate’s relative strengths and weaknesses.

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CSPS Essential Package

This study package contains the most common exam prep material used by candidates. Learn more about what's included by visiting the NSCA Store.

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CSPS Study Material Comparison Chart

The resources identified below are those recommended by the NSCA for preparation but are not a comprehensive list of all available materials. NSCA official materials can be purchased individually or within a package.

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CSPS Study Material Comparison A La Carte Essential Package
CSPS Content Description Booklet $27.00 $147.60  
Essentials of Training Special Populations $89.00
CSPS Online Practice Questions $48.00
TOTAL $164.00
Member Savings  Save $22.00 Save $19.80

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