Important SCCC Info & Upcoming SCCC Exam Opportunities

Spring 2020 SCCC Exam:

FINAL REMINDER: We are excited about the upcoming SCCC Certification Exam. The written portion of the exam is offered through computer based testing at testing centers across the country. The application for the Spring 2020 SCCC Exam is available on the CSCCa website. The CSCCa must receive an exam application and a $360 (member), $470 (nonmember) certification fee no later than Friday, February 21, 2020, for all individuals who wish to sit for the 2020 SCCC Certification Exam for the first time. Separate pricing for retest candidates who are only taking one portion of the exam is available. There will be no exceptions to this deadline!

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

The CSCCa strongly encourages candidates to submit all requirements as early as possible. Early submission of requirements will increase the likelihood that candidates will be able to schedule their written exam at the time and location of their choice. Practical exam testing groups are also assigned as requirements are received, so early submission of requirements will decrease candidate waiting time at the practical exam.

Please note that the deadlines listed above indicate the day by which the CSCCa must receive requirements, not the date by which requirements can be mailed or requested. Please be sure to order official transcripts, take CPR/AED/First Aid courses, and mail checks early with time to spare to meet the deadline! Please use particular caution in registering for CPR/AED/First Aid courses. It can take several weeks or even longer to receive certification cards and certificates from certifying organizations.  Please ensure that you register for a course at least 6-8 weeks before you wish to receive your certification card or certificate.

The practical portion of the SCCC certification examination will be offered prior to the start of the conference on Wednesday, May 6, 2020.  As a reminder, all SCCC candidates are required to take BOTH portions of the exam.  Candidates with a minimum of 12 years in the field, however, are not responsible for fulfilling the practicum/internship requirement. If you wish to sit for the Spring 2020 SCCC Certification Exam and have been a full-time strength and conditioning coach on the collegiate and/or professional-level for 12 or more years, please contact the CSCCa National Office with any questions or concerns.

In preparation for the SCCC certification examination, please visit the CSCCa website for recommended areas of study, study resources, and additional study tips.  An SCCC Candidate Handbook is also available on the website.  These can all be found under the “Certification” tab. Please contact Laekyn, SCCC Coordinator, at 801.375.9400 with any questions or concerns regarding SCCC Certification.

Important SCCC Certification Requirement Changes and Updates

With the new testing cycle, 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 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 that these forms 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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