Benefits of NSCA Membership

Posted by on Jan 5, 2013 in Exam Requirements, FAQs | 2 comments

If you’re visiting this site, it’s probable that you are looking to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.  If that is true, there really is no question that being a member of the NSCA is a smart choice.

Let’s look at the numbers for exam registration:

NSCA Member Early Registration       Registration Cutoff
Exam Registration $260 $295
Retake fee for both sections $210 $245
Retake fee for one section $165 $200
Exam Registration $395 $430
Retake fee for both sections $345 $380
Retake fee for one section* $300 $335


Assuming an early registration, and no-retakes…you save $135 dollars.  The membership for a “Professional” is $120 dollars, the highest price form of membership.  As you can see, becoming a member is already worth it.

On top of that, you save money on exam materials and receive monthly publications from the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research…which at worst you can recycle and at best have some excellent research, if that’s your thing.


  1. Can you get the exam discount with an Associate membership…or is it the Professional membership only?

    • Hey Louis!
      That’s an excellent question…and at first glance I would’ve said that an associate membership would be enough….since on the pricing page it says nothing about the specific type of membership. It just says “membership price”.

      However when you view the “benefits of membership”, reduced pricing is not listed under the associate membership.
      I suspect you need at the very least a student membership to get the reduced pricing. Even still, if you plan on taking the exam the professional membership will result in a cost savings…especially if you buy some exam material.


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