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TSAC-F Exam Study Materials

The TSAC-F® examination is based upon the critical knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA’s) needed to physically train military, fire and rescue, law enforcement, protective services, and other emergency personnel. These KSA’s are developed following a job task analysis and are used to create the TSAC-F Detailed Content Outline (DCO). To support individuals seeking certification as a Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator, the NSCA has developed a number of optional preparatory materials. These materials are not required nor should they be considered as the sole resources for the exam. The purchase of these materials by exam candidates does not guarantee a passing score.

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TSAC-F Exam Content Description Booklet

This comprehensive information emerges from what is called the TSAC-F Examination Detailed Content Outline (DCO) and was derived from a nationwide job task analysis study of TSAC facilitators. Any concept not addressed on the DCO will not be included on the exam; conversely, any concept listed in the DCO is a potential content area to test a candidate's knowledge. In addition to the description of TSAC-F exam content, this booklet includes study questions that will assist prospective exam candidates to determine their level of preparedness. A comprehensive list of references and other study resources is provided at the end of this booklet if further review is needed.

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Essentials of Tactical Strength and Conditioning, 1st Edition Textbook

This comprehensive resource explains the key theories, concepts, and scientific principles of strength and conditioning professionals working with military, fire and rescue, law enforcement, protective services, and other emergency personnel. Authored by subject matter experts in the field of tactical strength and conditioning, this text was developed to support the learning process of those seeking to work as a TSAC-Facilitator.

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The TSAC-F Exam Prep Online

The TSAC-F Exam Prep Online will provide you with a series of modules that review the knowledge, skills, and abilities most commonly tested on the TSAC-F exam.

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TSAC-F 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 TSAC-F 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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TSAC-F Essential Package

The TSAC-F Essential Package contains the Essentials of Tactical Strength Training and Conditioning, the TSAC-F Online Practice questions, and TSAC-F Exam Content Description booklet. These items describe the content, scope, and distribution of the exam questions.

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TSAC-F Essential Plus Package

The TSAC-F Essential Plus Package includes everything in the Essential Package plus the Exam Prep Online for those who are new to the field or just want all available study materials. The TSAC-F Essential Plus Package contains the Essentials of Tactical Strength Training and Conditioning, the TSAC-F Online Practice questions, and TSAC-F Exam Content Description booklet. These items describe the content, scope, and distribution of the exam questions.

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TSAC Practitioners Course

The NSCA’s Tactical Strength and Conditioning Practitioners Course is a foundational strength and conditioning program designed to provide tactical facilitators with the tools to decrease injury risk and increase longevity and effectiveness of tactical athletes. The course includes 32 hours of classroom and hands-on instruction, a 300-page course manual, exam prep materials and fees, a one-year professional membership, a certificate of completion, and exclusive discounts to the TSAC Annual Training.

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TSAC-F Study Material Comparison Chart

This chart provides a comparison of purchasing options for the study materials available from the NSCA in preparation for the TSAC-F certification exam. This is not a comprehensive list, nor does the purchase of any of these options provide a guarantee of a passing score on any of the NSCA examinations.

NSCA Membership can help you save on exam preparation materials and as well as $135 on the exam registration fee.

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TSAC-F Study Material Comparison A La Carte Essential Package Essential Plus Package TSAC Practitioners Course
Essentials of Tactical Strength & Conditioning Textbook $99.00 $203.40 $428.40 Not Included
TSAC-F Content Description Booklet $27.00 $1200  (includes 32 hrs of classroom & hands-on instruction and a course manual)
TSAC-F Quizzes & Practice Test $100.00
TSAC-F Exam Prep Online  $250.00 Not Included
TSAC-F Exam Registration $435.00 Not Included Not Included
TOTAL $911.00 $203.40 $428.40 $1,200.00
Member Savings  Save $220.00 Save $32.40 Save $77.40  Free 1-year Professional Membership

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