In order to remain certified, the NSCA requires that each certified individual maintain current CPR/AED certification, complete Continuing Education Units (CEU), and pay a recertification fee every three years. A two- to three- year recertification cycle is common practice among certification organizations in the fitness industry. A three-year recertification period was chosen for NSCA certification programs to ensure that certificants keep their knowledge of industry trends, technology, and laws/regulations up-to-date.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

At this time, there are no plans to make any changes to the recertification process or requirements. But we are closely monitoring the situation and will update the website in the future should there be any change.

Have questions about Recertification? 

To help you navigate the NSCA recertification process, we have compiled the following resources:

  • FAQ PAGE | to answer common questions
  • HOW-TO-VIDEOS | to show you have to navigate your account and report CEUs
  • Q&A WEBINAR | A recorded webinar that reviews the process and CEU requirements

If you can't find an answer with these resources, e-mail your questions to


2018 - 2020 Reporting Period

We are currently in the 2018-2020 recertification period, and the deadline for CEU reporting for all certified individuals is December 31, 2020. All CEU activities must be completed between January 1, 2018 (or certification date, whichever is later) and December 31, 2020. Below is a table to determine how many CEU's you are required to report based on the certification date.

DEADLINE | December 31, 2020


Cover of Recert Policies and Procedures

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Original Certification Date

Total CEUs Required Category A 
Category B 
Category C
Category D 

Member Recertification Fee (per credential)

Non-Member Recertificaiton Fee (per credential)

Before 2018* 6.0 5.5 4.0 5.5 3.5 $65 $90
During 2018* 4.0 3.5 2.5 3.5 1.5 $55 $80
During 2019* 2.0 1.5 1.0 1.5 1.0 $45 $70
1/1/20 to 6/30/20 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 $35 $60
7/1/20 to 12/31/20 0.0 - - - - - -

*CEUs must be earned from at least two categories.
†Only CEUs earned after 1/1/18 qualify.
‡Only CEUs earned after the date of certification qualify.

Category A

Attendance at clinics, conferences, seminars, workshops, symposia, and live streamed events, provided that the information falls within the scope and/or is consistent with the DCO for the NSCA certification held.

Category B

Category B includes NSCA Committee Work, NSCA Quizzes, Presentations and Publications.

Category C

CEUs that fall under Category C include renewing your First Aid certification, Internships, and Exercise Science-related college coursework.

Category D

Earn CEUs in Category D by completing preapproved home studies, completing Personal Development, earning NCCA-accredited certifications, and earning additional NSCA certification(s).

Other options for becoming recertified:

Retake The Exam (In Lieu of Reporting CEUs)

You may choose to retake and pass the appropriate certification exam, before the December 31, 2020 deadline. (Please contact the NSCA if you are choosing this option -

Please note that this option is for individuals who are currently certified, and will not be reporting CEUs before the December 31, 2020 deadline.



Individuals with expired certifications may petition NSCA for reinstatement of their certifications at any time. Reinstatement will be granted upon fulfillment of the following conditions:

  • All CEUs must have been earned within each missed reporting period(s). CEUs cannot be "made up" after the missed reporting period has passed.
  • Presentation of documentation that all required CEUs were earned sine the last successful recertification, and earned in accordance with the requirements of the recertification policy in effect at that time. 
  • Verification of current CPR/AED certification
  • Payment of reinstatement and all related recertification fees of previous recertification period(s).

If reinstatement is granted, certificants will maintain their initial certification date. Certificants who are denied reinstatement may appeal to the Certification Committee. The Certification Committee will review appeals at the Committee’s next scheduled meeting and render a final decision. 

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