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I didn't really know where to post this but this felt like as good of a place as any other.

I want to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, if there is anybody on this forum that can tell me the steps to becoming one and the experience I need it will be greatly appreciated. I do have a college degree and I am going to become certified in CPR. Any help would be great, thanks.




Try that web site. Its all there. I did this earlier this year


Is your degree in an exercise science/ex phys degree? I took the CPT exam and wished I just took the CSCS. Your are going to have to get a basic understanding of ex phy, anatomy, kinesiology, and of course matters of weight training.

The NSCA offers test prep materials. They are kinda pricey, but if you are lucky you can find them on ebay. A good start is to pick up the "Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning" published by the NSCA.


A degree in ES will definately help, but is not required to get your CSCS.

go to www.nsca-lift.org


Krollmonster wrote:
I took the CPT exam and wished I just took the CSCS.

I am a Doctor of Chiropractic and I have both. In the industry, the CSCS is considered the higher profileof the two (look at the top authorson t-nationa nd other training websites. But I know people who failed the CPT first time. The CSCS is much harder than the CPT. The CSCS is for Strength Coaches and the CPT is geared for Personal Trainers (obviously). The CSCS exam is two parts and includes a section on exercise performance (watch a video, answer a question. The CPT was half as long and in my opinion, easier. A abckground in exercise science, anatomy, physiology, nutrition, get all the study materials. If you don't have the educational background, go for the ACE, gat some experience and then go back for the big dog, the CSCS.