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NSCA’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) Enhanced Online Study/CE Course With eBook-4th Edition

NSCA’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) Enhanced Online Study/CE Course With eBook-4th Edition

$318.95 CAD

Product Format

    This course package includes the e-book, Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning, Fourth Edition.

    Certified strength and conditioning specialists (CSCSs) are professionals who apply scientific knowledge to train athletes for the primary goal of improving athletic performance. The CSCS certification is widely recognized as the esteemed credential for strength and conditioning professionals in the United States and increasingly around the world. The National Strength and Conditioning Association and Human Kinetics have jointly developed an online course to help people study for the CSCS examination. NSCA’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) Enhanced Online Study/CE Course works in tandem with the material presented in Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning to offer a practical and efficient method of studying the content assessed on the CSCS exam.

    The course content reflects the weighting and scope of the CSCS exam and has varying levels of recall, application, and analysis learning activities for each primary objective. Featuring over 160 interactive learning activities, this online study course offers scientific knowledge and practical application and pinpoints the information required for preparing for the exam. The content covered relates directly to the on-the-job duties and responsibilities of a certified strength and conditioning specialist, and an end-of-course test evaluates the learner’s content knowledge, mimicking the scope and difficulty of the actual certification exam. Current certified professionals who complete the course and pass the test can earn continuing education units (the number is determined by each organization).

    The course is supplemented by content from Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning, the primary text by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. This text also serves as a valuable professional reference after the course is completed. The course can be successfully completed using either the third or fourth edition of the text.

    The information presented in the course assists exam candidates in the studying process. It should not be considered the only method of preparing for the CSCS exam. Ultimately, it will be each candidate’s academic, practical, and test-taking abilities that dictate the effectiveness of the preparation materials. The information should increase the likelihood of passing the CSCS exam, but it does not guarantee a successful performance.


    Course for those studying for the NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam; continuing education resource for those working with clients and athletes, including fitness professionals and athletic trainers.

    Part 1: Exercise Sciences

    Unit 1: Muscle and Neuromuscular Anatomy and Physiology

    • Understand muscle anatomy and physiology.

    • Understand neuromuscular anatomy and physiology.

    Unit 2: Principles of Biomechanics

    • Understand the principles of biomechanics regarding exercise selection, execution, and sport performance.

    Unit 3: Bioenergetics, Metabolism, and Cardiopulmonary Considerations

    • Understand bioenergetics and metabolism.

    • Understand cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology.

    Unit 4: Physiological Adaptations to Exercise

    • Understand physiological adaptations to exercise.

    Unit 5: Athlete Differences: Anatomy, Physiology, Biomechanics, and Psychology

    • Understand the anatomical, physiological, and biomechanical differences of athletes.

    • Understand the psychological techniques used to enhance training and performance.

    Part 2: Nutrition

    Unit 6: Nutrition Factors

    • Explain nutritional factors affecting health and performance.

    Unit 7: Nutrition and Performance

    • Explain the strategies and results of manipulating food choices and training methods to maximize performance.

    Unit 8: Performance-Enhancing Substances and Methods

    • Explain the effects, risks, and alternatives of common performance-enhancing substances and methods.

    Part 3: Exercise Technique

    Unit 9: Resistance Training Exercise Technique

    • Describe, teach, and evaluate proper resistance training exercise technique.

    Unit 10: Plyometric Exercise Technique

    • Describe, teach, and evaluate proper plyometric exercise technique.

    Unit 11: Speed/Sprint Technique

    • Describe, teach, and evaluate proper speed/sprint technique (resisted and assisted sprinting, speed-strength).

    Unit 12: Agility Technique

    • Describe, teach, and evaluate proper agility technique (forward, backward and lateral movements; turn, transition and stop-and-go maneuvers).

    Unit 13: Aerobic Endurance Exercise Technique

    • Describe, teach, and evaluate proper aerobic endurance exercise technique.

    Unit 14: Spotting Procedures and Techniques

    • Describe and teach effective spotting procedures and techniques.

    Part 4: Testing and Evaluation

    Unit 15: Test Selection and Administration

    • Evaluate the sport.

    Unit 16: Testing and Evaluation

    • Assess the athlete, including training status, physical testing and evaluation, and primary training goal.

    Part 5: Program Design

    Unit 17: Program Selection

    • Determine type of exercise.

    • Complete a movement analysis of the sport, including sport-specific exercises and muscle balance.

    • Evaluate exercise technique experience.

    • Consider equipment and time availability.

    Unit 18: Program Design

    • Consider training status to determine training frequency.

    • Consider the sport season to determine training frequency.

    • Consider training load and exercise type to determine training frequency.

    • Consider other training to determine training frequency.

    • Use appropriate terminology to quantify and qualify mechanical work.

    • Consider the relationship between load and repetitions.

    • Consider 1RM and multiple-RM testing options.

    • Assign load and repetitions based on the training goal.

    • Determine the variation of the training load.

    • Determine the progression of the training load.

    • Consider multiple versus single sets.

    • Consider training status.

    • Consider primary training goal.

    • Consider strength and power variables.

    • Consider the effects of hypertrophy.

    • Consider muscular endurance variables.

    Part 6: Organization and Administration

    Unit 19: Facility Design and Safety

    • Determine how to design, layout, and organize the strength and conditioning facility.

    • Create a safe training environment within the strength and conditioning facility.

    Founded in 1978, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is an international nonprofit educational association with members in over 70 countries. Drawing on its vast network of members, the NSCA develops and presents the most advanced information regarding strength training and conditioning practices, injury prevention, and research findings.

    Unlike any other organization, the NSCA brings together a diverse group of professionals from the sport science, athletic, allied health, and fitness industries. By working to find practical applications for new research findings, the association fosters the development of strength training and conditioning as a discipline and as a profession.


    Nolan Harms, PhD, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
    Associate Professor of Health and Human Performance
    Chair of the Health and Human Performance Department
    Concordia University
    Seward, Nebraska

    Doug Berninger, MS, CSCS, RSCC
    National Strength and Conditioning Association

    Victor Brown, III, MS, ATC, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
    Ithaca College

    Bill Campbell, PhD, CSCS, FISSN
    University of South Florida

    Scott Caulfield, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D
    National Strength and Conditioning Association

    Donald Chu, PhD, PT, ATC, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA
    Athercare Fitness & Rehabilitation and Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions

    Joel Cramer, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    Jay Dawes, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA
    University of Colorado-Colorado Springs

    Brad H. DeWeese, EdD, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, USATF
    East Tennessee State University

    Andrea DuBois, MS, HSF
    University of Southern California

    Avery Faigenbaum, EdD, CSCS,*D, CSPS, FACSM, FNSCA
    The College of New Jersey

    Duncan French, PhD, CSCS
    University of Northumbria at Newcastle

    Terry Grindstaff, PhD, DPT, ATC, SCS, CSCS,*D
    Creighton University

    G. Gregory Haff, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
    Edith Cowan University

    Trent Herda, PhD
    University of Kansas

    Andrea Hudy, MA, CSCS, RSCC*D
    University of Kansas

    Ian Jeffreys, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, RSCC*D, FNSCA
    University of South Wales

    William J. Kraemer, PhD, CSCS,*D, FACSM, FNSCA
    The Ohio State University

    Rhodri Lloyd, PhD, CSCS,*D
    Cardiff Metropolitan University

    Jeffrey McBride, PhD, CSCS, FNSCA
    Appalachian State University

    Mike McGuigan, PhD, CSCS,*D
    Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

    Sophia Nimphius, PhD, CSCS,*D
    Edith Cowan University

    David Potach, MS, PT, SCS, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D
    Specialized Physical Therapy

    Benjamin Reuter, PhD, ATC, CSCS,*D
    California University of Pennsylvania

    Carwyn Sharp, PhD, CSCS,*D
    National Strength and Conditioning Association

    Jeremy Sheppard, PhD, CSCS,*D, RSCC*E
    Edith Cowan University

    Marie Spano, MS, RD, CSCS, CSSD
    Marie Spano Nutrition Consulting

    Barry Spiering, PhD, CSCS
    Nike Sport Research Lab

    Traci Statler, PhD, CSCS, CC-AASP
    California State University, Fullerton

    Ann Swank, PhD, CSCS, FACSM
    University of Louisville

    N. Travis Triplett, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
    Appalachian State University

    Jakob Vingren, PhD, CSCS,*D, FACSM
    University of North Texas

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 1 review
    Dr. Andriy V. Samokhvalov, MD, PhD, FRCPC, CSCS
    Not very helpful (not really worth it)

    It's a companion course to the book. The textbook is awesome, but the course doesn't add much.
    You can't sit the exam without studying the textbook, the course adds some highlights. Videos are available with the book anyhow. The final test in the course might justify $20-30 or so. Some extras were not useful at all.
    I don't regret taking it, but I would get by without it. Attend live clinic for the same money.