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CSCS Exam Study Materials

The NSCA has developed a number of optional preparatory materials for individuals preparing for the CSCS exam. 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.

  • CSCS Study Guide | This guide will provide a better understanding of the exam, exam development, exam format, method of scoring, and best recommendations for studying.
  • CSCS Practice Questions | Practice Questions help candidates become familiar with the type, scope, and difficulty of the questions on both sections of the CSCS Certification exam. Each domain can be purchased individually or as a bundle (please contact the products department directly for bundling prices and purchase).  Exercise Science and Nutrition domain questions are Scientific Foundations and Exercise Technique, Program Design, Organization & Administration and Testing & Evaluations domains fall under Practical/Applied.
  • Exercise Technique Manual, 4ed | This book includes links to online videos demonstrating the performance of a variety of free weight and machine exercises.
  • Essentials of Strength Training, 4ed | A great resource for students and practicing strength and conditioning professionals. This comprehensive resource explains the key theories, concepts, and scientific principles of strength training and conditioning as well as their direct application to athletic competition and performance.
    • Individuals can select to bundle the text with the Human Kinetics Online study course that provides a guided reading plan.

CSCS Study Packages

Looking for customizable packages?

You can order the study materials listed above in customized packages for a savings of $20-60. Please contact the NSCA Products department directly for pricing options at 

Additional NSCA Resources

The following are additional resources that can aid in both exam and professional preparation depending upon your educational background and practical experience.

CSCS Exam Prep Live

The NSCA Exam Prep Live Clinic provides exam candidates with study recommendations and a comprehensive review of the most challenging content found on the exam. These clinics are a blend of classroom presentations and hands-on training and can help you narrow your focus of study. Your time is valuable; spend it efficiently by attending a clinic with subject matter experts!

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NSCA's "Guide To" Series - Tests and Assessments; Program Design; Sport and Exercise Nutrition 

These comprehensive texts offer candidates and strength and conditioning professionals more extensive information on the topics as identified. Readers are provided guidelines for converting scientific research into practical application. Books can be purchased individually or as a bundle. 

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NSCA's Sports Performance Series  

The NSCA, in collaboration with top subject matter experts, has developed a series of books designed to provide strength and conditioning coaches research-based recommendations, assessments, analysis, exercises and drills, and programming for a variety of performance factors. The Core; Endurance; Speed; Agility and Quickness; Power. 

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


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