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NCSF Certified Strength Coach

The NCSF Certified Strength Coach (CSC) program will prepare you to sit for the NCSF-CSC exam and to become employed as a strength coach. This educational program 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 of the role that various training techniques and energy systems play in the proper training of an athlete.

In this program, you will learn how to safely and effectively screen and evaluate an individual and to develop a specific, individualized exercise prescription or program based upon their evaluation. You will learn how to properly program, instruct, and spot exercises geared toward athletic performance. This will include drills for speed, agility, quickness, and weightlifting techniques. You will understand the importance of periodization and conditioning for strength and endurance athletes. Upon completion of this program, you will have learned all the necessary content to pass the NCSF-Certified Strength Coach (CSC) exam and to practice safely and effectively as a strength coach.

6 Months / 70 Course Hrs
Open enrollment

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George Mason University

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Learning Method

Instructor-led Self-Paced: Study on your own schedule.

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NCSF Certified Strength Coach

Learning Method

Instructor-led Self-Paced: Study on your own schedule.

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Details + Objectives

Course Code: GES160

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 the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 70 course hours
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
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Performance Assessment and Evaluation

Learn the basics of strength and endurance training. You will learn how to perform a sport analysis in order to develop a fully customized program for any type of athlete. You will also discover how to develop performance assessments and evaluations for elite athletes.


Learn the science behind sport biomechanics. You will discover the variety of training needs for different sports based on specific movements of the body. You will also learn how to integrate corrective exercise into a training program in order to help athletes prevent injury and maintain performance standards.

Sport Metabolism, Nutrition, and Ergogenic Aids

Discover everything you need to know about sport metabolism in order to understand what the athletes you train really need. You will examine nutritional needs and ergogenic aids as means of enhancing athletic performance.

Training Techniques for Athletic Performance

Focus on performance preparation and learn how to plan for the needs of those you train. You will learn foundations and techniques for Olympic weightlifting and consider the theories behind speed, agility, and quickness training.

Advanced Programming for Sport

Examine a variety of considerations for training programming. You will learn how to develop programming suited for optimum performance in any sport. You will also consider periodization methods for athletic training.

Injury Prevention and Return to Competition

Learn the best methods to ensure those you train avoid injury. You will consider the needs of a variety of athletes in preventing injuries and also learn the latest techniques involved in rehabilitation training. You will discover how to quickly and safely return athletes to competition.

Program Details

I.    Performance Assessment and Evaluation
            A.    Introduction to Strength and Conditioning
            B.    Sport Analysis for Program Development
            C.    Performance Assessment for Elite Athletes
II.    Biomechanics
            A.    Sport Biomechanics
            B.    Integrating Corrective Exercise
III.    Sport Metabolism
            A.    Sport Metabolism
IV.    Nutrition and Ergogenic Aids
            A.    Sport Nutrition
            B.    Ergogenic Aids for Sport Performance
V.    Training Techniques for Athletic Performance
            A.    Performance Preparation
            B.    Foundations and Techniques for Olympic Weightlifting
            C.    Theories and Concepts for Speed, Agility and Quickness Training
            D.    Technique and Instruction for Speed, Agility and Quickness Training
VI.    Advanced Programming for Sport
            A.    Considerations for Programming
            B.    Programming for Sport Performance
            C.    Periodization Methods for Sport
            D.    Conditioning for Intermittent Sports
VII.    Injury Prevention and Return to Competition
            A.   Injury Prevention and Return to Competition

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Prerequisites / Requirements


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 meet one of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Hold a current NCSF-CPT certification, or
  • A current NCCA-accredited fitness professional certification, or
  • A college degree (Associate’s or higher), or
  • REPs Level 3 or higher credential (individuals outside the US and Canada), or
  • Must be 18 years or older


Hardware Requirements: 

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

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (We recommend Firefox or Chrome).
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Instructional material requirements: 

  • You will receive instant access to the digital edition of the following textbook:

    • Advanced Concepts of Strength & Conditioning

Certified By

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.

Frequently Asked Questions
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Can I register for programs if I am an international student?

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What if I don't have enough time to complete my program within the time frame provided?

The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of course hours. If after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete your program on time, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee may be charged for an extension.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid. 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.

What happens when I complete the program?
Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.
Am I guaranteed a job?

ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don’t provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Who will be my instructor?
There is no facilitator for this program, however support will be offered through email and phone.
When can I start the program?

This program is open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.

Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

Does this program prepare for a certification?

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

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