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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 of the role that various training techniques and energy systems play in the proper training of an athlete.

In this course, 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 course, 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. This course includes a voucher that covers the fee of the exam.

6 Months / 70 Course Hrs
Open enrollment

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Purchase College, SUNY

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NCSF Certified Strength Coach (Voucher Included)

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Details + Objectives

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 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 how ergogenic aids and proper nutrition can enhance 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 how to ensure that the people 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.

  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
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Instructors & Support

No instructor

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: OS X Snow Leopard 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. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

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


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Can I register for a course if I am an international student?

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

Does this course prepare for a certification?

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

When can I start the course?

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.

How long does it take to complete this course?

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.

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

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 your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

What kind of support will I receive?

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via email) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

What happens when I complete the course?

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

Am I guaranteed a job?

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.

Can I get financial assistance?

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.

How can I get more information about this course?

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About Certification

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.