Should I Become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)?

Posted by on Jan 1, 2013 in CSCS Prerequisites, FAQs | 1 comment

Certifications for any specialized discipline confer a degree of authority on the subject matter they cover.  In the case of the CSCS – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, you are conveying a number of things:

  • You know the science behind strength and conditioning training
  • You have some basic knowledge of nutritional requirements for athletics
  • You are generally well educated (requires a bachelors degree)
  • You can handle emergency situations (AED and CPR also required)

This gives you a bit of a leg up on some other certifications.  The NASM certification for example, requires no college degree and exam preparation materials cost more.  As part of signing up for the CSCS you automatically become a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Assocaition (NSCA) and receive monthly publications pertaining to the world of Strength and Conditioning.

Coming from a science and math background myself this science-bias plus the monthly publication appeals to me.  If you are like me, and looking for a career change towards the fitness industry then the CSCS might be a great option for you.

Read all of this with a grain of salt, as I am NOT YET certified!  I started this website as a study guide, as I learn about the CSCS and the material it tests for I will write about it here and hopefully it helps you!

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  1. I am a certified NASM trainer , have been for years…looking to do more and expand into a more lucrative and meaningful career in fitness and wellness. I am a cancer survivor and certified in kettle bells , trx…etc, want to look into cscs I have a BA degree in social sciences from Hofstra University. Ive worked at the same health club as a master trainer for over 8 years…..can do and want to do more!!!!! I need guidance please!

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