The second level of certification offered by the CSCCa is the Master Strength & Conditioning Coach (MSCC), which is undoubtedly the highest honor that can be achieved as a strength & conditioning coach. It represents professionalism, knowledge, experience, expertise, as well as longevity in the field.
Once an individual has been a full-time, collegiate and/or professional strength & conditioning coach for a minimum of 12 years, he/she is eligible to become a Master Strength & Conditioning Coach (MSCC). Those individuals who, in the past, have served in a dual role as a part-time strength & conditioning coach while simultaneously serving in another capacity (e.g. sport coach, athletic trainer, physical therapist, personal trainer, teacher/researcher, etc.), but who are currently full-time strength & conditioning coaches, will not receive any credit for those years toward the 12 year minimum.
In addition, individuals must first meet the following criteria:
Active CSCCa member Be an active member of the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa).
12-Year Valid Employment History Twelve years of valid employment history as a full-time strength and conditioning coach on the collegiate and/or professional level must be logged with
your account credentials. The employer contact authorization form must be
submitted to the national office to allow validation of work history.
Note that positions as interns, residents, graduate assistants, practicum students, and part-time positions,
etc. will not be counted as full-time employment.*
Application fee. Payment of a one-time MSCC $125.00 application fee.
Conference, dinner, and ceremony attendance Finally, all MSCC candidates must be in attendance at the
National Conference and MSCC Dinner and Ceremony to receive this award.
Browse our MSCC directory to see members of each year's class of certified master coaches.
Years in which an individual may have served in a dual role capacity as a part-time strength & conditioning coach while simultaneously serving in another capacity (e.g. sport coach, athletic trainer, physical therapist, personal trainer, teacher/researcher, etc.), will not be counted towards the 12 year requirement, nor will years in which an individual served as an intern, resident, graduate assistant, practicum student, etc.
Those individuals achieving the title of Master Strength & Conditioning Coach (MSCC) will be notified and subsequently recognized at the association's National Conference. They will also be listed on the association's website after induction.
One of the association's goals is to encourage athletic administrators to treat the attainment of the title of Master Strength & Conditioning Coach (MSCC) as the equivalent of an advancement in rank, with comparable increases in status and salary.