Total Cost of NSCA CSCS Certification

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in Exam Preparation | 2 comments

So recently I was running down some numbers for the cost of some of my activities, and I thought that I had put together a piece on the cost of getting your CSCS Certification already, but apparently not.  So here is what I compiled.

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Membership Costs,$120
CSCS Test, $260-$295
CPR/AED Certification, $50-100
Book (affiliate link), $78
3 Practice Exams + DVD, $85
Total, $595-645


This puts the cost at somewhere north of $600 depending on the cost of your CPR/AED cert, where you get your book and at what price, whether you register for the test early, paper vs. pencil exam, etc. etc.

I’m assuming throughout, that you don’t have a degree in exercise science.  If you do, then you probably don’t need all this material, and in fact you may be able to take the test outright, or with just studying the book some.

You may be able to find a better deal or package, that has more or less study material than the quick list I made above.  Go ahead and check it out for yourself at the NSCA Store.

The other cost
Is of course, time.  One that I have very little of…but if you’re determined to get the cert or make a career change you will find the time.


  1. Not Bad – It’s the top of the line certification for people who ‘know’… now if only we can get clients to realize the difference between a weekend personal training ‘course’ and what CSCS means!

    • Indeed! The time commitment for a CSCS is so much more..and along with that comes way more knowledge of the science behind S&C.

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