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. The NSCA does not require, provide, or endorse any specific study guides, preparation materials, or review courses. Candidates who choose to use and/or purchase NSCA preparatory materials are not guaranteed a passing score on certification exams offered by the NSCA.

NSCA Official Resources

CSPS Study Guide/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 comprehensive resource explains the key theories, concepts, and scientific principles of exercise professionals working with special populations. Authored by over 30 subject matter experts, the text was developed to support the learning process of those seeking to work 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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