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NCSF's Certified Strength Coach credential has earned accreditation from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).


National Council on Strength & Fitness

“I have been involved in strength and conditioning for almost thirty years at both the Division I and Professional level. This is the most relevant information I have seen to help an athlete reach their potential”Jay Sabol, Miami Heat.

The National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF), a leading certification body for exercise professionals, is pleased to announce the organization’s Certified Strength Coach credential has earned accreditation from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

The NCSF Certified Strength Coach (CSC) program validates the competency of qualified candidates for jobs in the Strength and Conditioning profession. The CSC distinction is recognized as high level qualifying criteria for employment in high schools, colleges, and professional organizations as well as health clubs internationally. The CSC credential ensures strength and conditioning professionals have the necessary skillset to perform and instruct advanced training assessments and techniques for athletes of all ages. From instructing corrective exercise to Olympic weightlifting, the NCSF Certified Strength Coach can effectively develop sport and position-specific training regimens to maximize outcomes and carryover for improved athletic performance.

“The NCSF is proud to offer legitimate credentialing options for exercise professionals,” states Dr. Brian Biagioli, NCSF Executive Director. “The Certified Strength Coach will provide distinct recognition for those working with athletes and performance enthusiasts. This is an important addition to help legitimize the field and will certainly provide administrators, coaches and parents with piece of mind that exercise professionals holding the NCSF certification have been properly vetted by a strict uniform standard. The CSC brand provides immediate recognition of those capable of safely and effectively performing the tasks defined within the scope of practice of a professional strength coach.”

The NCCA accreditation ensures the Certified Strength Coach credential complies with broadly recognized objectives and benchmarks for certifying bodies to achieve, and by which they operate, thus safeguarding stakeholder interest.

Learn more about the Certified Strength Coach credential

About the NCSF

The National Council on Strength and Fitness is a member-driven, education and accredited credentialing organization for exercise professionals. The NCSF provides valid certification and advocacy for exercise professionals, and promotes community health and public engagement in physical activity.

With over 1,000 test facilities servicing 83 countries, the NCSF is a global leader in professional credentialing. The organization is devoted to developing qualified professionals for the fitness industry and promoting physical activity worldwide.

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