NCSF Certified Strength Coach (Voucher Included)

The NCSF Certified Strength Coach (CSC) course will prepare you to sit for the NCSF-CSC exam and to become employed as a strength coach. This educational course will cover all relevant content areas including performance assessment and evaluation, biomechanics, sport metabolism, nutrition and ergogenic aids, training techniques for athletic performance, and injury prevention. You will be able to develop exercise programs for a variety of specific sports and will acquire a deeper understanding...

6 Months / 70 Course Hrs
Open Enrollment
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Course code: GES160

What you will learn

  • Learn how to manage performance assessments for elite athletes and lead their program development
  • Discover the science behind sports nutrition and ergogenic aids for sports performance
  • Learn the foundations and techniques of Olympic weightlifting as well as training methods for endurance sports
  • Discover the theories and concepts for speed, agility, and quickness training
  • Examine considerations for programming for training, sports performance, and rehabilitation

How you will benefit

  • Discover the secrets to achieving and maintaining elite athletic performance
  • Acquire the knowledge you need to pass the NCSF-Certified Strength Coach (CSC) exam and be on your way to a fun, lucrative, and satisfying career
  • Learn how to develop custom exercise programs for a variety of specific sports
  • Understand how to best avoid injuries and learn the latest science and methods behind rehabilitation training

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 70 course hours
  1. Performance Assessment and Evaluation
    1. Introduction to Strength and Conditioning
    2. Sport Analysis for Program Development
    3. Performance Assessment for Elite Athletes
    4. Sport Biomechanics
    5. Integrating Corrective Exercise
    6. Sport Metabolism
  2. Nutrition and Ergogenic Aids
    1. Sport Nutrition
    2. Ergogenic Aids for Sport Performance
  3. Training Techniques for Athletic Performance
    1. Performance Preparation
    2. Foundations and Techniques for Olympic Weightlifting
    3. Theories and Concepts for Speed, Agility and Quickness Training
    4. Technique and Instruction for Speed, Agility and Quickness Training
  4. Advanced Programming for Sport
    1. Considerations for Programming
    2. Programming for Sport Performance
    3. Periodization Methods for Sport
    4. Conditioning for Intermittent Sports
  5. Injury Prevention and Return to Competition
    1. Injury Prevention and Return to Competition
  6. Sport Metabolism
  7. Biomechanics

This is not an instructor facilitated course; however, support will be provided through email, online forms, and phone.


The NCSF-CSC course itself is available to all candidates interested in furthering their education in the field of strength and conditioning. In order to take the NCSF-CSC credentialing exam, candidates must be 18 years or older and meet one of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Hold a current NCSF-CPT certification, or
  • A current NCCA-accredited fitness professional certification, or
  • An associate's degree or higher from an accredited college or university in an exercise profession or related field, or
  • REPs Level 3 or higher credential (individuals outside the US and Canada)


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online. You will receive access to the digital edition of the following textbook:

  • Advanced Concepts of Strength & Conditioning

Please note: You will receive a digital book if the physical book is on backorder.

Yes, this course prepares you for the NCSF-Certified Strength Coach (CSC).

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

Our courses are designed to accommodate various learning preferences. Depending on the course structure, you may get different forms of support. Self-paced courses are designed to be user-friendly and independent, minimizing the need for external support. In courses with instructors, our direct platform support feature includes opportunities for questions, discussions, and remediation, with email and phone support available for select courses. Our student advising team is available to guide you on program requirements and administrative requests, but they do not provide assistance with course content. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary support for success, whether it's through self-paced exploration, direct communication, or guidance from our advising team.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

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National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF)
The National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) advocates for the education and certification of exercise professionals in the United States. The NCSF wishes to promote industry standards in order to foster excellence in the industry and ensure that professionals follow ethical standards. It also seeks to promote public health through exercise intiatives and awareness. The organization's NCCA-accredited fitness certifications are well-known throughout the industry for their comprehensive and robust subject matter, and can assist you on your path to becoming an exercise professional.