The NSCA Education Recognition Program (ERP) recognizes and distinguishes schools with programs that contain approved and standardized strength and conditioning or personal training curricula. Acknowledged programs are designed to prepare students for the NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer® (NSCA-CPT®) or NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) certifications.

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The ERP is the first step in laying the foundation to ensure classroom excellence. With a purposefully designed education, students can look forward to long-term professional success after graduation. The ERP seeks to support this journey through the proper certifications, professional development, and industry connections that can only be found through the NSCA. 

Student Benefits

The NSCA is opening doors for every step of a successful education and career. Students who attend an ERP-recognized program, gain valuable career benefits from grants and internships to discounts, resources, and more.

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Directory of Recognized Programs

View our complete list of schools with programs carrying the NSCA ERP seal of approval. Search for undergraduate and graduate strength and conditioning programs, or two- or four-year personal training programs.

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Program Benefits

ERP is more than just recognition. Receive exclusive benefits such as exam discounts for students and faculty, program marketing to increase student enrollment, and opportunities to launch your students' careers.

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Pathway to Accreditation

ERP helps strength and conditioning programs start their journey toward programmatic accreditation through the Council on Accreditation of Strength and Conditioning Education (CASCE).

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The NSCA Education Recognition Program (ERP) has been instrumental in helping to increase the visibility and credibility of the undergraduate and graduate programs in exercise science with a strength and conditioning concentration. Coupled with the long history of research in strength and conditioning and NSCA involvement by the faculty, having recognized academic programs has assisted in keeping our course content current and our students well-prepared to take on the challenges of the strength and conditioning profession.
N. Travis Triplett, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA

Appalachian State University

How to Apply for Program Recognition

Earn the recognition your program deserves and demonstrate the credibility your prospective students are looking for. Join the growing list of distinguished organizations with the NSCA seal of approval. The ERP accepts applications from undergraduate and graduate strength and conditioning programs and two- or four-year degree personal training programs. Recognition can be earned in any program or all three.

View the application for specific details and curriculum requirements:

  • How to Apply
    • Qualifications: A full list of required content areas can be found within each ERP program application. Complete the application for the program that best fits your curricula.
    • Applying: Complete and submit the online application and upload any required supporting documentation of course content, such as syllabi. All applications must be in English and include complete information.
    • Deadlines and Notifications: Application deadlines are April 1 and October 1 each year. Applicants will be notified of approval or non-approval by May 15 and November 15.
    • Fees: There is a one-time $500 administrative fee for first-time applicants for the three-year recognition period. Schools applying for recognition for multiple programs will receive a 5% discount for each additional recognition approved.
    • Renewal: Schools that have not allowed their recognition to expire, are eligible for ERP renewal by submission of the application as a renewal program, along with $400 fee for the three-year recognition period. 
  • How to Submit Payment


    • $500 for first time submissions
    • $400 for renewals
    • 5 percent discount for multiple program submissions

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    Your application must include:

    • Completed application with original signatures
    • Syllabi and supporting documentation
    • Administrative fee

    Payment can be processed via Check, Credit Card, Money Order, or Wire Transfer.

    Payable to: National Strength and Conditioning Association

    1885 Bob Johnson Drive

    Colorado Springs, CO 80906



    Submit applications and documentation to:


    Please indicate in the body of the email which method of payment your program will be using to process the administrative fee(s).

  • Contact Us

    For more information, questions, or additional assistance, contact our dedicated staff supporting NSCA Recognized Programs at

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