Accreditation Volunteer Leadership Positions

In July 2018, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) announced that by 2030 (target date) the eligibility for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) examination will require candidates to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in a strength and conditioning related field, from a program accredited by an NSCA-approved accrediting agency.

The development of the NSCA approved accrediting agency (soon to be formally incorporated as the Council on Accreditation of Strength and Conditioning Education [CASCE]) is currently underway and is expected to be fully functional by 2021, with the first program targeted to be accredited in 2022.

The NSCA Special Committee on Accreditation is moving forward with this initiative and is formally requesting applications/nominations for two open Board positions. The intention is for this board, once formally incorporated to become an independent board in the future and be responsible for all accreditation actions.

The Special Committee on Accreditation is also excited to announce a call for positions on two of its standing Committees; the Review Committee and the Standards Committee. The Chair of the Special Committee on Accreditation will appoint members for each of these committees.

Applications/Nominations are due by the close of business on March 31, 2020.

Board Member Expectations

The Special Committee on Accreditation (soon to be CASCE Board of Directors) is comprised of volunteers who are critical to the success of the implementation of the accreditation agency and its processes. Board positions are very active with a considerable amount of work to be completed in the next several years. These positions shall serve terms of 3-years, no more than 2 full consecutive terms. Staggered appointments may be used for continuity purposes.

Available Board Member Positions

Strength and Conditioning Coach (non-educator)
3-year appointment (1 position available)

Minimum Requirements to be considered:

  1. Must be a current member of the NSCA
  2. Must hold an active NSCA CSCS certification
  3. Primary role must be as a practitioner in the strength and conditioning field

Preferred Requirements to be considered:

  1. Employer of current NSCA CSCS credential holders
  2. Experience with higher education, accreditation, or other related activities

Public Member 
3-year appointment (1 position available)

Minimum Requirements to be considered:

  1. Cannot hold a current and active NSCA credential
  2. This person is to represent the public, and therefore, may not be formally associated with a particular strength and conditioning education program or the NSCA

Review Committee Member Expectations

The Review Committee will be a working committee of the Board responsible for reviewing the self-study reports, creating standardized language for the report sent back to the programs and reviewing the program response. This committee will make accreditation recommendations to the Board following review of the program response. Members of this committee will be expected to go through mandatory training. Staggered appointments may be used for continuity purposes.

Available Review Committee Positions

3-year appointments, renewable for 1 additional term (4 positions available)

Minimum Requirements to be considered:

  1. Experience with accreditation (regional, national or specialized accreditation)
  2. Attention to detail

Preferred Requirements to be considered:

  1. Active NSCA CSCS certification
  2. Experience on accreditation board, review, or other accreditation subcommittee
  3. Experience as a site visitor

Standards Committee Member Expectations

The Standards Committee will be responsible for reviewing suggestions regarding the Standards and making recommendations to the Board for possible changes. This committee will be responsible for periodic comprehensive review of the standards, reviewing problematic standards, and soliciting comments from stakeholders regarding the Standards. Staggered appointments may be used for continuity purposes.

Available Standards Committee Positions

3-year appointments, renewable for 1 additional term (3 positions available)

Minimum Requirements to be considered:

  1. Involvement with NSCA Education Recognition Program (ERP) or other accredited programs

Preferred Requirements to be considered:

  1. Experience as a site visitor or committee member for a regional, national, or specialized accreditor
  2. Active CSCS certification

How to Submit an Application/Nomination
To apply, please send a cover letter indicating which Board Position/Committee Position you are interested in serving. State specifically why you believe you would be a good candidate. Please include a current curriculum vitae/resume that outlines your appropriate qualifications and experiences. To nominate a qualified candidate, please email nominees name and contact information, along with your reason for nomination. Please submit all required documents in one email to accreditation@nsca.com by close of business on March 31, 2020.

These are extremely important positions with a considerable amount of work to be completed in the next few years. If you are passionate about the future of the profession and have the time and ability to serve, we encourage you to apply.

Please forward this announcement to anyone whom you feel might be interested in these accreditation leadership positions.

Please check back for future accreditation volunteer opportunities, including a call for Site Visitor opportunites.  

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