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Accreditation Volunteer Leadership Positions

In July 2018, the NSCA announced an upcoming change to the eligibility rules for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) exam. Beginning in 2030 (target date), candidates will be required to graduate with a Bachelor's degree in a strength and conditioning related field, from a program accredited by an NSCA-approved accrediting agency.

In line with this initiative, the Council on Accreditation of Strength and Conditioning Education (CASCE, pronounced kass-key) was formed to serve the need for programmatic accreditation specifically for strength and conditioning. CASCE has since accepted applications from the first six institutions seeking programmatic accreditation in 2022.

Available Positions

CASCE is formally requesting applications and nominations to fill positions for Peer Reviewers as well as one Practitioner Board Member position.

Applications and nominations are due by the close of business on April 16, 2021.

CASCE Peer Reviewers

Required Qualifications:

  • Experience with accreditation at the regional, national, or specialized/professional level
  • Experience in higher education
  • Ability to be impartial
  • Attendance at Peer Reviewer training to be held at NSCA HQ in Colorado Springs on September 17-19, 2021

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active CSCS Certification
  • Previous experience as a site visitor or peer reviewer
  • Involvement with the NSCA Education Recognition Program (ERP)

Availability:  

  • Able to complete training in September 2021
  • Able to complete assigned program review(s) starting with a review in October
  • Able to travel for a 1½-2 day site visit scheduled between January and March 2022
  • Peer reviewers are appointed for a 3-year period and will be evaluated on an annual basis

Expectations:

  • The time to adequately review a program’s Self-Study may vary  
  • Peer Reviewers are grouped into a team of three, consisting of a Lead, a Member, and a Reader  
    • Those assigned as readers typically will not travel for the site visit but must keep those dates open as a backup traveling team.  
  • All team members can expect 10-13 hours time needed per review, excluding the time for a site visit
  • A typical site visit requires 4-5 hours for review and individual scoring of an institutions Self-Study, 1 hour for consensus call and additional document requests, and 1-2 hours for final report preparation. 
  • Team leaders can expect a few more hours of time for contacting the program director, developing a site visit agenda with the program, and communicating with the CASCE Accreditation Review Committee. 
  • Peer reviewers will be expected to sign a conflict-of-interest form and cannot serve as a peer reviewer for a program that they have consulted for, been employed by, or graduated from.

For more information on the site visit process, please see the CASCE Guide to Accreditation

Compensation:

CASCE Peer Reviewers receive the following honorarium per institution review:  

  • Team Lead - $150
  • Team member -$100
  • Reader- $50

Please note you will not be paid for any part of the onboarding process.

To apply, please submit the following in one email to accreditation@nsca.com by close of business on April 16, 2021.

  • Cover letter expressing interest in the position and willingness to serve
  • Current abbreviated CV or resume
  • Letter of recommendation

If you are passionate about the future of the profession and have the time and ability to serve, we encourage you to apply. To nominate a qualified candidate, please email your nominees name and contact information, along with your reason for nomination. 

Not all applicants will be chosen for the selection round. CASCE will have a continuous need for Peer Reviewers and will conduct periodic calls for applications. 

CASCE Practitioner Board Member:

CASCE is comprised of volunteers who are critical to the success of accreditation for strength and conditioning programs. Board positions are very active with a considerable amount of work to be completed in the next several years. CASCE has one Practitioner Board Member position available. This role will serve a term of three years, and no more than two full consecutive terms. 

Practitioner

3-year appointment

Required Qualifications:

  • Must be a current NSCA member
  • Must hold an active CSCS certification
  • Primary role must be as a practitioner in the strength and conditioning field

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Employer of current CSCS credential holders
  • Experience with higher education, accreditation, or other related activities

To apply, please submit the following in one email to accreditation@nsca.com by close of business on April 16, 2021.

  • Cover letter expressing interest in the position and willingness to serve
  • Current abbreviated CV or resume

If you are passionate about the future of the profession and have the time and ability to serve, we encourage you to apply. To nominate a qualified candidate, please email nominees name and contact information, along with your reason for nomination.

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