There’s a degree to which I know most people don’t really care about what is going on in an organization. But once in a while, something that is happening has a direct impact on people who are not even affiliated with it. That’s the subject of this post. I’m a big believer in free choice, and I humbly present this issue to do with what you will.
A vote is coming up May 1st to put the NSCA Certifying commission back under the NSCA umbrella. You may have heard something about this over the past year. There are concerns among long-standing members of the NSCA that the certifying commission and its for-profit status has lead to inappropriate spending and unnecessary perks for its members.
These “perks” include flying members out for meetings in Hawaii, paying six-figure “consultation” contracts to retired members, and operating out of a highly overpriced facility.
Most of the money that you pay in membership dues goes to positive places. However, the money that we pay for our certification exams is, in my opinion, and in the opinion of some of the nominees, being poorly spent.
In the upcoming vote, there are several nominees who are interested in bringing the commission back under the non-profit status of the NSCA (it was moved in the early 90s.) The hope is that the funds will be reallocated to scholarships for students and other, more worthy purposes.
All members who agree can vote directly “yes” to both of the proposed amendments, which would bring the commission back under the NSCA.
Some of the nominees in support of this idea are Steve Fleck, who has been involved in the NSCA for longer than any of the other candidates; Mike Nitka, who wants to devote more money to research and grants; John McCarthy, a well-rounded PT with a strong background in strength and conditioning; and Jeff Stout, who has been an active member of the NSCA for years.
Obviously I encourage everyone to make up their own minds based on the information that you have on the particular candidates. However, again, I strongly encourage you to vote “yes” to the amendments. At the very least, I hope you find it interesting. The NSCA is the leader in the field of strength and conditioning and hopefully will be able to further its ability to do so, through research and grants, for a long time to come.