[quote]Dre Cappa wrote:
Here’s the deal. I did the college thing and got my bachelor’s degree in journalism (focus on public relations).
After some bad experiences I’ve realized that field isn’t for me and I want to go back to school for something exercise related. I was particularly interested in a CSCS degree because I want to get into the athletic performance field, maybe some personal training.
For people that have this degree, how long does it usually take and what advice would you give to someone not coming from a kinesiolgy or exercise science field on how to prepare for this?[/quote]
The Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) is not a degree, but rather an advanced - likely, the most advanced - strength coach certification available. In fact, it was the 1st certification to receive national accredidation, and still remains, in my somewhat bias opinion, the best certification to obtain. For more information, go to www.nsca-lift.org. The NSCA (National Strength & Conditioning Association) is the parent association of the CSCS, though the organization established what they call the Certification Commission as a seperate entity, currently headed-up by Thomas Baechle, EdD, though in his forthcoming retirement, Roger Earle will soon take over.
Is an Awesome organization to get involved in if you’re seriously interested in the field of strength training and conditioning. Granted, I’m sure others would say the same about NASM, ACE, etc, etc, but really there is no comparison.
Yes, you do need an undergraduate degree in a related field to sit for the CSCS exam, thus, if you’re solely interested in personal training, the NSCA has an equally nationally accredited NSCA-CPT (Certified Personal Trainer) that, if I recall, requires only that you hold a bachelors degree. Is an excellent exam - I’m a bit biased; I helped w/ the redesign of the test criteria in 2001-2002.
Go to the NSCA website to get more information. If you’re still looking some extra advice, don’t hesitate to send me a PM. - Chris Lockwood,MS,CSCS,PhD Candidate-University of Oklahoma