NSCA Fellowship Requirements
  • NSCA Fellowship Requirements
    The NSCA accepts submissions to become Fellows of the NSCA (FNSCA). This prestigious recognition is bestowed on those who fulfill stringent criteria. Read on to learn more about how to become a Fellow of the NSCA.
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Fellows are an accomplished group of professionals whose frequent and sustained contributions to the profession have promoted the goals and activities of the NSCA. The purpose of the Fellowship is to promote excellence and leadership within the NSCA by recognizing high standards and extraordinary professional development. Since continued service to the NSCA is essential to the organization's growth, all successful candidates will have demonstrated a long-term commitment to the mission of the NSCA. While service to other organizations and the broader sport science/sports medicine community is recognized, individuals who are applying for NSCA Fellowship must demonstrate a deep and on-going interest in the long-term goals and activities of our organization and are encouraged to provide continued, active leadership service to the NSCA if FNSCA status is awarded. Through an application process, Fellows are awarded the esteemed FNSCA title (Fellow of the National Strength and Conditioning Association). This designation reflects the professional stature of the Fellow and his/her record of valuable contributions to the NSCA.

    How to Apply
    Please complete the online application. You may mail your $100.00 check (made payable to NSCA, referencing "Fellowship Application") to: 1885 Bob Johnson Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80906 or you may call 719-632-6722 ext. 174 to pay via credit card.

    The deadline for application review is March 1.

    Apply to be a Fellow

    To recommend an individual, please use the online NSCA Fellows Recommendation form.

    Important: Before you start to fill out the application, please make sure that you have all the correct, final information available. As this web page does not allow you to save the application once it is filled out, you will be unable to go back and retrieve or edit information once you close the window containing the application. You must print out the application before you close the window or you will lose the information you have entered.

    Please direct all questions to nominations@nsca.com or call 1-719-632-6722 ext. 174.

    The Fellow Review Committee is comprised of five individuals:
    Mr. Dan Wathen, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, FNSCA (Chair)
    Dr. Brent A. Alvar, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D, FNSCA
    Dr. Joan Eckerson, CSCS, FNSCA
    Dr. Andrew Fry, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
    Dr. Nicholas Ratamess, CSCS,*D, FNSCA

    Fellowship Requirements

    Applicants to the NSCA Fellowship program must fulfill certain absolute requirements, listed below.

    checkmark  Shall have earned a master's or doctoral degree from an accredited college or university in kinesiology, exercise science, physical therapy, athletic training, nutrition, physical education, or a health-related field.

    checkmark  Shall have been a NSCA professional member for a total of at least 10 years, including the last five years immediately prior to applying for Fellowship.

    checkmark  Shall have attended at least seven NSCA Annual Conferences in the past 10 years. At least five of these conferences must be the NSCA National Conference & Exhibition. Other annual conferences include the NSCA Personal Trainers Conference, NSCA Coaches Conference (previously NSCA Sport-Specific Conference), NSCA TSAC Annual Training, NSCA International Conference, and NSCA Performance Clinics.

    checkmark  Shall have received a letter of recommendation from two NSCA Fellows.

    checkmark  Shall have submitted a fellowship application that consists of “Absolute Requirements” as well as accrue at least 125 points from the “Professional Contribution Categories."

    checkmark  Shall have paid a $100 one-time lifetime application fee.

    Professional Contributions
    In addition to the “Fellowship Requirements” listed above, candidates shall have demonstrated an exemplary record in the four “Professional Contribution Categories” listed below.

    This requirement must be met by combining points from all of the following four categories to total at least 125 points. The application must also meet the minimum number of points in the first three categories in order to be considered.

    Professional Contribution Categories   Maximum Points
    1. NSCA Publications and Review       50 points
    2. NSCA Professional Presentations   50 points
    3. NSCA Professional Service, Certifications, and Distinctions   50 points
    4. Subjective Contributions to the NSCA   25 points

    Current NSCA Fellows

    1. Dr. Lee E. Brown, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
    2. Dr. Terry Housh, FNSCA
    3. Mr. Juan Carlos Santana, MEd, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
    4. Dr. Joel Cramer, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA
    5. Dr. Jeff Chandler, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA
    6. Dr. Donald A. Chu, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA
    7. Dr. Bruce W. Craig, FNSCA 
    8. Dr. Avery Faigenbaum, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
    9. Dr. Andrew C. Fry, CSCS, FNSCA
    10. Dr. G. Gregory Haff, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
    11. Dr. Jay Hoffman, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D, FNSCA
    12. Dr. Mike Greenwood, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
    13. Dr. William J. Kraemer, CSCS, FNSCA
    14. Dr. Jeff McBride, CSCS, FNSCA
    15. Dr. Dave Pearson, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
    16. Dr. Mike Stone, FNSCA
    17. Dr. Jeff Stout, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
    18. Dr. N. Travis Triplett, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
    19. Mr. Dan Wathen, MS, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA
    20. Dr. Larry Weiss, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
    21. Mr. Bill Allerheiligen, MS, CSCS,*D; NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA
    22. Mr. Boyd Epley, MEd, MSCC, CSCS, FNSCA
    23. Dr. Steven J. Fleck, CSCS, FNSCA
    24. Dr. John Garhammer, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, FNSCA
    25. Mr. John F. Graham, MS, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
    26. Mr. Allen Hedrick, MA, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
    27. Dr. L. Perry Koziris, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA
    28. Dr. Brian Schilling, CSCS, FNSCA
    29. Mrs. Meg Stone, MA, FNSCA
    30. Mr. John Taylor, MS, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
    31. Dr. Patrick S. Hagerman, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA
    32. Dr. William R. Holcomb, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
    33. Dr. Anthony A. Abbott, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA
    34. Dr. Jose Antonio, CSCS, FNSCA
    35. Dr. Richard A. Borden, CSCS, FNSCA
    36. Dr. Jared W. Coburn, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
    37. Dr. Joan M. Eckerson, CSCS, FNSCA
    38. Dr. Robert Newton, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
    39. Mr. Michael Nitka, MS, CSCS,*D, RSCC*E, FNSCA
    40. Mr. Bruno Pauletto, MS, CSCS, FNSCA
    41. Mr. Mark Roozen, MEd, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
    42. Mr. David Sandler, MS, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
    43. Dr. Joseph P. Weir, FNSCA
    44. Dr. William P. Ebben, MSSW, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
    45. Dr. Nicholas A. Ratamess, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
    45. Dr. Patrick L. Jacobs, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
    47. Mr. James Jay Dawes, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA
    48. Dr. Helen M. Binkley, ATC, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA
    49. Dr. Brent A. Alvar, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
    50. Mr. John A. Kordich, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA
    51. Mr. Ian Jeffreys, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, CP, ASCC, FNSCA
    52. Dr. Frank J. Spaniol, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
    53. Dr. Moh H. Malek, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA
    54. Dr. John P. McCarthy, PT, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
    55. Dr. Todd A. Miller, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
    56. Dr. David J. Szymanski, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D, FNSCA
    57. Dr. Margaret T. Jones, CSCS,*D, RSCC, FNSCA
    58. Mr. Chat Williams, MS, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA
    59. Dr. Brad J. Schoenfeld, CSCS,*D, CSPS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA
    60. Dr. Abbie E. Smith-Ryan, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
    61. Dr. Andrew Galpin, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA
    62. Dr. Brian Gearity, ATC, CSCS, FNSCA
    63. Dr. Colin Wilborn, ATC, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA
    64. Dr. Jonathan Anning, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
    65. Dr. David Bellar, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D, FNSCA
    66. Robert Linkul, MS, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, RCPT*D, FNSCA
    67. Dr. Michael Miller, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, TSAC-F,*D, FNSCA
    68. Dr. Douglas Kleiner, CSCS,*D, CSPS,*D, TSAC-F,*D, FNSCA
    69. Mr. Steve Bliss, MEd, CSCS, RSCC*E, FNSCA
    70. Dr. Nicole C. Dabbs, FNSCA
    71. Dr. Lawrence Judge, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT, RSCC*E, FNSCA
    72. Dr. Bryan Mann, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F,*D, FNSCA
    73. Dr. Eric D. Ryan, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA
    74. Dr. Matt S. Stock, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
    75. Dr. Michael Waller, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, FNSCA