Important SCCC Info & Upcoming SCCC Exam Opportunities

December 2019 SCCC Written Retake Exam

Thank you to all December 2019 SCCC test candidates for getting in all requirements in a timely manner! Candidates should all receive an automated email from PSI (the CSCCa’s computer-based testing company) to register for a specific date, time, and location for the written exam. All candidates are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible in order to secure the best test date and location. The testing window runs from December 1 – December 31. Please feel free to contact the CSCCa National Office at 801.375.9400 or if you have any trouble signing up for the SCCC Written Retake Exam!

Spring 2020 SCCC Exam:

The application for the Spring 2020 SCCC Exam is also now available on the CSCCa website.

The following is a list of deadlines for the Spring 2020 Exam:

  • Application: Friday, February 21, 2020
  • Code of Conduct: Friday, February 21, 2020
  • Practicum Waiver: Friday, February 21, 2020
  • Membership Dues: Friday, February 21, 2020
  • Certification Fee: Friday, February 21, 2020
  • Internship Completion Verification Form: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
  • Verification of Bachelor’s Degree: Friday, February 21, 2020
  • Practicum Fee: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
  • CPR/First Aid/AED: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
  • Program Design: Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Important SCCC Certification Requirement Changes and Updates

With the new testing cycle beginning, the CSCCa would like to announce changes to the SCCC Certification requirements. These changes were made after careful deliberation with the Certification Commission and are outlined below.

Updated Study Resources for SCCC Candidates: Effective Immediately

The CSCCa textbook, “The Professional’s Guide to Strength and Conditioning,” is now available! This is an excellent study resource for SCCC candidates. Please see the Message from the Executive Director in this issue for more information.

In addition, the Proper Exercise Techniques page on the CSCCa website, which provides important information for SCCC candidates preparing for the certification exam, has been updated. This page provides links to videos and descriptions of strength training exercises. These updated videos and instructions will be the standard by which SCCC candidates will be evaluated beginning with the 2020 SCCC practical certification exam administration.

First Aid Requirement: Effective Immediately

While hands-on courses are ideal and strongly recommended, effective August 1, 2019, First Aid Courses are no longer required to include a hands-on portion. Please be aware that this change does not affect the CPR/AED requirement. CPR/AED MUST include a hands-on portion, and courses completed solely online will not be accepted.

Background Education Requirement: Effective August 1, 2024

Effective August 1, 2024, all first time SCCC Candidates will be required to have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited institution and have received academic credit on their official transcripts for the following courses (5 TOTAL):

  • Anatomy & Physiology (2 classes)**
  • Exercise Physiology (1 class)
  • Biomechanics or Kinesiology (1 class)
  • Nutrition (Sports Nutrition Preferred) (1 class)

Note: Classes titled as “Introductory” are not accepted; standalone labs do not count as one of the required classes, and acceptable courses must be worth 3+ credit hours

** Example: Anatomy and Physiology I and II (Both Classes), or Human Anatomy (One Class) and Human Physiology (Another Class)

Notes for Mentors:

  • All CSCCa-approved mentors must utilize the updated Proper Exercise Techniques page on the CSCCa website during CSCCa-approved practicum/internships to ensure that SCCC candidates are properly prepared for the practical exam. Any questions or concerns should be addressed to the CSCCa National Office.
  • If you have changed schools or institutions since becoming an approved mentor, please email the National Office with this information to verify that you are still eligible to be a CSCCa Approved Mentor. More information regarding which job titles/positions are eligible to serve as CSCCa Approved Mentors is provided on the CSCCa website. It is extremely important that we keep the list of CSCCa Approved Mentors up-to-date to provide accurate information for those individuals searching for an approved internship.
  • If you would like a copy of the most recent version of the CSCCa Mentoring Booklet (Updated Fall 2018), please contact the CSCCa National Office and provide an updated mailing address.
  • If you will have interns this fall who are going to sit for the SCCC Spring 2020 Exam who need forms (i.e., Practicum Waiver, Internship Completion Verification Form), please email the National Office at , and we will provide you with a PDF copy of the forms. Please be aware these are also available in your Mentoring Booklet. You are encouraged to make copies as the mentoring booklets are to be used for multiple candidates.

Any questions regarding any of these changes or updates should be directed to 801.375.9400 or

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