Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator® Exam Prerequisites
  • Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator® Exam Prerequisites
    Become certified to train tactical athletes with the NSCA's Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator® (TSAC-F®) certification. Candidates must be at least 18 years old and hold a high school diploma or an equivalent. Learn more about the prerequisites to sit for the TSAC-F® exam.
  • Certification will not be granted until ALL of the eligibility requirements have been met. Candidates have one (1) year to submit documentation demonstrating completion of all eligibility criteria. Exam results become invalid if acceptable eligibility documentation is not received within one (1) year of exam date.

    TSAC-F candidates must fulfill all the following prerequisites:

        Be at least 18 Years Old
        Hold a High School Diploma or equivalent
        Hold a current CPR and AED Certification

    Current CPR/AED Certification

    Registrants must have a current Emergency Cardiac Care (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) certification card. Documentation does not need to be send IF indicated during the exam registration process that a valid CPR/AED certification is held.

    Individuals that do not have current CPR and AED certification can still register and take the TSAC-F exam; however, a copy of valid CPR and AED certification must be received within one (1) year of exam date. 

    The NSCA Certification will accept any adult CPR and AED certification obtained by attending a CPR and AED course that meets the following criteria: 

    1. Must have a hands-on training component (certification through a course completed entirely online will not be accepted); and 
    2. Must include a skills performance evaluation.

    Examples of accepted CPR and AED certification include:

    - American Heart Association (Heartsaver)
    - Red Cross (including Blended Learning First Aid/CPR/AED Program)
    - EMS Safety Sevices, Inc
    - National Safety Council
    - St. John Ambulance

    Although no formal post-secondary course work is required, candidates are expected to understand the fundamentals of biomechanics, training adaptations, anatomy, exercise physiology, program design guidelines that pertain to the unique needs of law enforcement, fire and rescue, and military and special operations.

    Certification will not be granted until ALL of the eligibility requirements have been met. Candidates have one (1) year to submit documentation demonstrating completion of all eligibility criteria. Exam results become invalid if acceptable eligibility documentation is not received within one (1) year of exam date.

    Send supporting documentation to:

    1885 Bob Johnson Drive
    Colorado Springs, CO 80906
    FAX: 719-632-6367 (copies of CPR/AED only)
    Email: exams@nsca.com