Registered Strength and Conditioning Coaches

Registered Strength and Conditioning Coaches

  • Welcome to the RSCC Program!

    The NSCA’s Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach® (RSCC) Program is a registry of individuals who have demonstrated experience and knowledge in their field. RSCC coaches apply foundational knowledge to assess, motivate, educate, and train athletes for the primary goal of improving sport performance.

    The RSCC Program encourages high standards of professional practice and responsibility. This is why we have updated the requirements to be part of the RSCC Program as of July 1st, 2017. Please check the "How to Apply" tab before completing the online application.


    “Schools should hire qualified coaches that have been trained to develop athletes safely” – Dr. Tom Osborne, former Nebraska Athletic Director and former Nebraska Head Football Coach

    There are three levels of RSCC:

    1. Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach® (RSCC) – RSCC coaches have two (2) years of experience or more in their field.

    2. Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach® with Distinction (RSCC*D) - RSCC*D coaches have 10 years of experience or more in their field.

    3. Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach® Emeritus (RSCC*E) – RSCC*E coaches have 20 years of experience or more in their field.

     Need to upgrade to the next level of RSCC? Email rscc@nsca.com for the upgrade form. 

    View the Registry Here 

    Learn More About RSCC

    RSCC coaches at all levels conduct sport-specific testing sessions, design and implement safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs, provide guidance (or advice) for athlete nutrition, injury prevention or reconditioning.


    Coaching Awards

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    Did you know? To be eligible for one of the NSCA’s Annual Coaching Awards, nominees must hold a current RSCC designation. Learn more about the NSCA Coaching Awards


    Recognizing that their area of expertise is separate and distinct from the medical, dietetic, athletic training, and sport coaching fields, Registered Strength and Conditioning Coaches (RSCC, RSCC*D or RSCC*E) consult with and refer athletes to these professionals when appropriate. 

    The Path of Career Excellence illustrates the building process that underlies the RSCC distinction.

    Qualifications for Registered Strength and Conditioning Coaches

    There is a $100 application fee for all RSCC and RSCC*D applicants For RSCC*E applicants, there is no fee. All requirements must be fulfilled before you apply. 
    • Applicants must maintain a current NSCA Membership. 
    • Applicants must achieve and maintain the NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) certification. 
    • Bachelor’s degree in exercise science or related field to strength and conditioning such as the "Scientific Foundations" domain of the CSCS® examination content description. Experience and certification may be considered in lieu of an exercise science (or related field) degree. 
    • Applicants must have a current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification 
    • Applicants must have employment as a full-time, designated strength and conditioning coach for two (or more) years in a professional team setting, college/university, high school (private sector experience may qualify, based on review), or two years as a graduate assistant in strength and conditioning at an institute recognized by the NSCA as a Graduate Education Recognition Program
    • Applicants must submit an affirmation letter detailing their strength and conditioning experience. This letter must be signed by a supervisor for each job position in consideration towards the RSCC, RSCC*D, or RSCC*E experience requirement. The NSCA will conduct a formalized assessment of the candidate’s practical and applied employment experience. By signing the RSCC application, the supervisor acknowledges that the candidate has demonstrated and conducted sport-specific testing sessions, designed and implemented safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs, and has the experience to be recognized with the Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach distinction. Download this affirmation letter template for your convenience.
    • You must maintain a minimum of 2 NSCA approved Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) per year as a strength and conditioning professional. 
    • The RSCC*D (Distinction) has the same requirements as RSCC, except 10 or more years of experience as a strength and conditioning coach. 
    • The RSCC*E (Emeritus) distinction has the same requirements as RSCC, except 20 years or more of experience as a strength and conditioning coach. There is no application or renewal fee for the RSCC*E.   

    Questions? Contact us at rscc@nsca.com 

    Online RSCC Application

    The 2017 RSCC Renewal Course will be open from December 1 - December 31.

     Access Course

    After December 31, you may still purchase the course by paying an additional $15 processing fee on top of the $25 registration fee, for a total of $40 until June 30.

    Course Instructions

    To prepare for the renewal quiz, please review the five RSCC Renewal Course videos and accompanying PowerPoint slides. You must pass the quiz by answering 18 out of the 25 questions correctly. If you pass, you will earn 0.5 CEUs toward your CSCS. Once you have logged in and paid the fee, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with a link that will take you to the quiz.

    Thank you for renewing as RSCC, and good luck!

    RSCC Program Frequently Asked Questions

    A list of FAQs pertaining to the Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach® (RSCC) Program.

    RSCC Renewal FAQs

    Is the RSCC different from the CSCS?

    The RSCC is a key participant communicating and collaborating with sport coaches, medical staff, team officials, administrators, compliance officials (depending on setting), and sports science staff to ensure the health and safety of the athlete. Experts in the strength and conditioning, medical, dietetic, athletic training, and sport coaching fields are all encouraged to have the CSCS® certification. Experienced strength and conditioning coaches working in a team setting are encouraged to become Registered Strength and Conditioning Coaches (RSCC, RSCC*D or RSCC*E). The Registry is separate and distinct from the medical, dietetic, athletic training, and sport coaching fields by recognizing professionals who are employed full-time as strength and conditioning coaches in either the scholastic, collegiate or professional levels. These coaches have a minimum of two years of experience in the practical application of assessing, motivating, educating, and training athletes for the primary goal of improving athletic performance. The RSCC conducts sport-specific testing sessions, designs and implements safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs, and provides guidance (or advice) with regard to sport nutrition, injury prevention or reconditioning in a team setting. 

    Does a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC) need to work at a school or with a professional team or can a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC) work in the private sector?

    If a strength and conditioning coach has trained sport teams for the purpose of athletic performance for two or more years in the NCAA, MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, USOC, or if he/she oversees a high school strength and conditioning program, they qualify. The NSCA will assess each candidate’s status using these criteria.  Each candidate is subject to an on-site visit by an NSCA representative to assure the candidate meets the RSCC qualifications.

    Is the RSCC available to athletic trainers?

    The Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach program is limited to full-time, designated strength and conditioning coaches. ATCs, Physical Therapists or other medical professionals who are the designated strength and conditioning coach at their school may apply for consideration.

    Is the RSCC available to personal trainers?

    This program is limited to full-time, designated strength and conditioning coaches. Personal trainers or other fitness professionals who work one on one with clients are not eligible for this designation. Personal trainers may qualify for the Recognized Certified Personal Trainer program.

    What are the areas of liability for a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach?

    Specific areas of liability for anyone that supervises a strength and conditioning program are: 1. Pre- participation screening and clearance; 2. Personnel qualifications; 3. Program supervision and instruction; 4. Facility and equipment setup, inspection, maintenance, repair and signage; 5. Emergency planning and response; 6. Records and record keeping; 7. Equal opportunity and access; 8. Participation in strength and conditioning activities by children; and 9. Supplements, ergogenic aids and drugs.

    What if I am unable to get an affirmation letter from a former employer?

    Previous work experience must be documented and verified, this may be possible by your current supervisor in special circumstances. Please contact the RSCC program representative (aubrey.watts@nsca.com) to apply for special consideration.

    Does my graduate assistantship or internship count towards the required years of experience?

    Individuals serving for two (2) years as a graduate assistant at a strength and conditioning institute recognized by the NSCA as a Graduate Education Recognition Program are eligible for recognition.

    When do I need to complete the RSCC Renewal Course?

    You have from December 1st to December 31st each year to complete the Renewal Course.

    How much time will the RSCC Renewal Course take to complete?

    A PowerPoint document is provided at the beginning of each section to help you complete each five-question section of the course. Reading the PowerPoint document and answering the questions should take less than one hour to complete; however, there is no time limit to complete all 25 questions. You will be able to have the questions and power points open at the same time on your screen. Once you are confident in your answers, submit the questions for grading.

    Can I refer to the Renewal Course PowerPoint Chapters when taking the quiz?

    Yes. This practice is encouraged.

    Is there a time limit? What happens if my computer shuts down while taking the quiz?

    There is no time limit. Your quiz is not “official” until you hit the Submit button. If you start the quiz and cannot finish it, you may return later to take it again. NOTE: Your answers will not be saved until you hit the Submit button. If you start the quiz and do not finish, you will have to start over from question #1.

    Are there any CEUs available for completing the RSCC Renewal Course?

    Completion of the Renewal Course will provide 0.5 CEUs annually towards your CSCS®.

    How much does the RSCC Renewal Course cost?

    A $25 renewal fee serves to renew your RSCC status until December of the year you renew, and covers the cost to print an updated certificate. Except for the RSCC*E you must take the Renewal Course annually.

    What is the passing score for the RSCC Renewal Course?

    Failure to score 70% or higher will require a second attempt. Please note, each attempt requires a $25 fee.

    What happens if I do not pass the RSCC Renewal Course before 12:00 AM December 31?

    Failure to complete the RSCC Renewal Course before December 31st will result in removal from the RSCC Registry. A late option is available for a $15 fee per attempt after December 31st.

    What happens once I complete the RSCC Renewal Course?

    Your new certificate will be emailed in January. The RSCC Registry will be updated on the website.