Become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®)

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  • Become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®)
    Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists® (CSCS®) are professionals who apply scientific knowledge to train athletes for the primary goal of improving athletic performance. Learn more about becoming a strength and conditioning coach with the NSCA certification! Visit NSCA.com for more information on strength and conditioning jobs, strength and conditioning internships, continuing education and CEUs.
  • Become an NSCA Certified Personal Trainer

    Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists® (CSCS®) are professionals who apply scientific knowledge to train athletes for the primary goal of improving athletic performance. They conduct sport-specific testing sessions, design and implement safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs and provide guidance regarding nutrition and injury prevention. Recognizing that their area of expertise is separate and distinct, CSCS® consult with and refer athletes to other professionals when appropriate.

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    Register for the CSCS Exam

    Download the NSCA Certification Handbook (PDF), developed to provide certification candidates and certificants with the information needed to earn and maintain certification through the NSCA.

    CSCS® Exam Testing Format

    All NSCA English language exams, within the United States and internationally, are administered by Pearson VUE testing centers.

    After you have registered to take an exam, you will receive an email from Pearson VUE within 2-3 business days. The email will contain instructions on how to schedule your exam. At that time, you will select the date, time and location you wish to take your exam. Exams must be taken within 120 days of registering.

    To locate the nearest Pearson VUE testing center near you, visit PearsonVUE.com/NSCA

    CSCS® Exam Registration Fee  

        Member Rate*     Non-Member Rate 
    Registration Fee   $340     $475
    Retake Fee for Both Sections   $340     $475
    Retake Fee for One Section   $250     $385

    NSCA Members save money when registering for exams. Interested in becoming an NSCA Member? Learn more about membership and how it can benefit you!