ERP Personal Training Program

The NSCA Education Recognition Program (ERP) Personal Training Program recognizes and distinguishes both 2-year and 4-year degree granting academic institutions with standardized, approved personal training curricula that is designed to prepare students for the NSCA-CPT® and the NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) certifications. The program does not have to be classified as a major, minor, sequence, or concentration. However, it does have to be a formalized area of study. A full list of required content areas can be found in the Personal Training Program application.

Personal Training Program Details and Requirements

  • Recognition that meets the minimum requirements within the specified curriculum is valid for three years.
  •  There is a one-time administrative fee of $500 for the first three-year period of recognition.
  •  Schools that have not allowed their recognition to expire, are eligible for ERP renewal by submission of the renewal ERP application for a reduced renewal fee of $400 for the next three years.
  • Schools that have not renewed their recognition and allowed their recognition to lapse may resubmit a complete application for the initial fee of $500. 
  • Schools obtaining recognition for multiple programs will receive 5% off of the fee for each additional recognition approved.
  • The institution applying for recognition must be regionally accredited within the U.S. (or international equivalent). 
  • Institutions with both 2-year and 4-year programs are eligible to submit their curricula for recognition consideration.
  • The institution must have a CSCS or NSCA-CPT who is a full-time employee involved in the teaching of the educational program as a member of the teaching faculty.

How To Apply

  1. Download and complete the form-fillable PDF Personal Training Program application.
  2.  Send one hard copy of the application with original signatures, along with additional required materials, such as syllabi. 
  3. The administrative fee is due with each application.
  4. Applications are reviewed two times per year. Application postmark deadlines are April 1 and October 1 each year.
  5.  Applicants will be notified of approval/non-approval by May 15 or November 15 each year.

 Mail applications to: 

National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
Educational Recognition Program (ERP)
1885 Bob Johnson Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80906

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