National Strength and Conditioning Association
The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is a nonprofit professional organization dedicated to advancing the strength and conditioning profession around the world. The NSCA advances the profession by supporting strength and conditioning professionals devoted to helping others discover and maximize their strengths. We disseminate research-based knowledge and its practical application by offering industry-leading certifications, research journals, career development services, and continuing education opportunities. The NSCA community is composed of more than 45,000 members and certified professionals who further industry standards as researchers, educators, strength coaches, personal trainers, and other roles in related fields.
Conferences and clinics-the coaches conference in January focuses on training the high school, collegiate and professional strength coach. The nsca national conference in July includes sessions covering all aspects of strength and conditioning, plus presentations of original research by top scientists. The personal trainers' conference is held in the fall and offers two days of cutting-edge techniques and theories of personal training. The tactical strength and conditioning conference held in the spring focuses on training first responders. The nsca performance clinics are coaching education courses. Each clinic covers the theory behind a specific aspect of training and also provides hands-on and practical sessions throughout the event. The nsca also offers regional conferences and state/provincial educational meetings that are held locally throughout the year. These events are organized by nsca volunteer strength and conditioning professionals.
Certification and exam services-the nsca's certified strength and conditioning specialist (cscs) and nsca-certified personal trainer (nsca-cpt) are the first nationally accredited certification programs in the fitness industry. Awarded only after passing a rigorous and challenging exam administered by an independent examination service, the credentials are widely respected and internationally recognized. Having received the full approval of the national commission for certifying agencies (ncca), the credentials are regarded as the credentials of distinction among fitness professionals. In 2012, the nsca released two additional credentials, the certified special population specialist (csps) and tactical strength and conditioning facilitator (tsac-f). Tsac-f received the approval of ncca in 2014 and csps will go to the ncca in 2018 for accreditation approval.
Membership-the nsca is an international nonprofit membership/education association founded in 1978. Evolving from a membership of 76, the association now serves over 25,000 members in 72 countries. Drawing upon its vast network of members, the nsca develops and presents the most advanced educational material regarding strength training, conditioning practices, and strength and fitness research findings. Unlike any other organization, the nsca brings together a diverse group of professionals from the strength and conditioning, fitness, sport science, athletic training and allied health communities. Through the nsca these individuals collaborate in the pursuit of achieving the mission of the nsca: to support and disseminate research based knowledge and its practical application to improve athletic performance and fitness.