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).
In addition, individuals must first meet the following criteria:
*Note: 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, or private trainer etc.
In order to receive the MSCC title of distinction, an individual must be a currently practicing, full-time strength & conditioning coach of a collegiate or professional athletic team. In order to meet this requirement, the individual must successfully apply for MSCC status within 1 year of active employment as a full-time strength & conditioning coach of a collegiate or professional athletic team. This is to accommodate those individuals who lose their full-time employment status on the collegiate or professional level but who have fulfilled all MSCC requirements. Any questions or concerns regarding eligibility for the MSCC title should be directed to the CSCCa National Office.
Browse our MSCC Directory to see members of each year's class of certified Master Coaches.
Please print and email or mail in a hard copy of the MSCC Application. The CSCCa National Office must receive all MSCC Applications no later than Tuesday, November 2nd. This is earlier than past years as this allows more time to complete the employment verifications. In addition the applicant must have 144 months of verified full-time employment as a strength and conditioning coach on the collegiate or professional level by December 31st prior to the year of their induction. Applications received after the deadline or candidates who do not meet the 144 months requirement prior to the deadline will be considered for MSCC induction the following year.
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.