SCCC Certification Process

The most comprehensive certification of its kind and the most specific to the field of strength and conditioning coaching, the SCCC (Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified) certification identifies individuals who possess the knowledge, skills, techniques, and expertise necessary to be an effective strength and conditioning coach on the collegiate and professional level.

On February 18, 2014, the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) granted accreditation to the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa) Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC) Certification for demonstrating compliance with the NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. NCCA is the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. The NCCA Standards were created in 1977 and updated in 2003 to ensure certification programs adhere to modern standards of practice for the certification industry. CSCCa joins an elite group of over 120 organizations representing over 270 programs that have received and maintained NCCA accreditation. More information on the NCCA is available online at or by calling 202-367-1165.

To be eligible to take the SCCC Certification Examination, an individual must be a currently practicing, full-time, strength and conditioning coach on the collegiate or professional level, or a student preparing to become a full-time strength and conditioning coach on this level. Our goal as an association is to identify, educate, serve, and prepare those individuals who want to be solely full-time strength and conditioning coaches of collegiate and professional athletic teams. Dual certification in other fields is not permitted in order to protect the integrity and value of the SCCC Certification and the profession of full-time collegiate and professional-level strength and conditioning. The various positions of strength and conditioning coach, sport coach, athletic trainer, physical therapist, teacher/researcher, personal trainer, etc., are each so broad and vast in scope that it is impossible to be effective and competent in more than one of these professions simultaneously. Each of these professions has its own organization and certification, designed specifically to meet its unique needs. With its certification process, the CSCCa is providing a door, through which only those individuals who want to be full-time strength and conditioning coaches on the collegiate and professional level can pass. We hope to send a message to all institutions that a full-time strength and conditioning coaching position is extremely important and should be provided at every institution with an athletic program.

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Certification Exam Dates
Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 - Fort Worth, TX

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 - Orlando, FL

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 - Fort Worth, TX

SCCC Certification Statistics
The chart below contains information regarding SCCC Certification Activities, including the pass/fail rate, for the 2012 - 2016 SCCC Exams.

SCCC Certification Activities Chart