Become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
If you are looking to find a job as a coach or trainer, becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) will surely fast track your way to the job of your choice. Created in 1985, the CSCS program aims to identify individuals who display knowledge and skill in designing and implementing strength and conditioning programs for athletes that are safe and effective.
The creation of the CSCS program has raised the bar of competence among the strength and conditioning practitioners the world over. To date, 19,500 professionals which include athletic trainers, physical therapists, strength and conditioning trainers, chiropractors, physicians, researchers, educators and coaches, hold the credentials of CSCS. What’s more, CSCS is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and has been nationally accredited since 1993.
In order for you to be able to take the CSCS exam, you must submit an official and original transcript of records of previous academic work which shows that you hold either a bachelor of arts or bachelor of sciences degree from a school, college or university accredited by any of the following: Middle State Association, New England Association, North Central Association, Northwest Association, Southern Association and Western Association.
If you are a college senior, you must show proof that you are currently enrolled in an accredited institution. Also your exam scores and results will not be released until you are able to submit a transcript that will verify that you have graduated from an accredited institution.
The CSCS Exam
The CSCS exam is comprised of two sections that will test your knowledge on Strength and Conditioning.
The first section is the Scientific Foundations section which is composed of 80 multiple choice questions that measure your knowledge on exercise sciences such as anatomy, exercise physiology, bioenergetics, biomechanics, and acute and chronic adaptations to anaerobic and aerobic exercises, and nutrition. You will be given 1 and ½ hours to take this exam. In this section, 58 questions will be on exercise sciences, while 22 will be on nutrition.
The second section of the exam consists of 110 multiple choice questions that are to be answered in 2 and ½ hours. The Practical or Applied section tackles program design, exercise techniques, testing and evaluation and organization and administration. Forty of the 110 questions will be based on a video which will assess proficiency in exercise techniques, functional anatomy and testing procedures. Exercise technique and Program Design will have 78 questions, 10 questions will be on Organization and Administration while 22 will be on testing and evaluation.
As a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist accredited by NCCA, there is no doubt that you would be able to land the job of your choice. You may soon find yourself working with athletes and scientifically creating programs that will improve their performance.
With the growing number of athletes all over the world, it will be comforting to know that you, as a member of the CSCS who was able to make it through the rigorous Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist exam, have an edge over other job applicants.
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