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Old 02-23-2011, 03:15 PM   #1
Gareth Rees
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Hi guys,
I am pleased to say that today I finally got confirmation that I passed my NSCA CSCS exam with an 81% (Section 1), and 82% (Section 2), and my question to you all is...

1) Are any of you CSCS accredited too?
2) Do you believe the CSCS is as prestigious as the NSCA would lead you to believe?
3) If you are CSCS accredited, what new opportunities opened up for you, and was it worth it?

Add your own questions if you feel they are valid...

(p.s. I remember reading in Greg's book that this is one of the only organisations and certifications that he bothers to update)
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Old 02-23-2011, 06:10 PM   #2
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I am a CSCS, and I think it's almost worthless unless you need it to get a S&C gig for training athletes. Very few CE's offered by the NSCA are worth anything to me.

I haven't looked much into it, but I've heard good things about NASM.

There's also an organization that is run out of the UK and recently arrived in the U.S. that is probably the best of them all in terms of content/knowledge base, but it's not yet well known in the states. I can't remember the name of it, but it's run out of a university that is well known for sports science.
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Old 02-24-2011, 09:11 AM   #3
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There's also an organization that is run out of the UK and recently arrived in the U.S. that is probably the best of them all in terms of content/knowledge base, but it's not yet well known in the states. I can't remember the name of it, but it's run out of a university that is well known for sports science.
I am actually from the UK myself (Wales to be specific), which organization are you talking about? Is it the UKSCA (though I don't believe that's run from a University), as it's better than NSCA in some ways that it's very practical and hands on? If it's not, then I'd be very interested to hear which one you're referring to.

Did you need it for whatever it is that you're currently involved in? I'm not actually sure of how much use it'll be to me in the UK as it's predominantly an American accreditation, and UKSCA accreditation will definately be of more value for now.
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Old 02-24-2011, 04:00 PM   #4
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Here you go. Steven Plisk actually wrote a chapter in the NSCA's CSCS textbook, but I think he recently disassociated himself from the organization.

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Andy Mclean wrote: what is the best route into S&C
in the US? What qualification do you believe will open the most doors?
What qualification do you believe is actually worthwhile from a
developmental view point.
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Andy,

In my opinion you now have the gold standard right there in your back yard: the
UKSCA's Accredited S&C Coach program.
www.uksca.org.uk

The Center of Excellence for Sport Science & Coach Education @ East Tennessee
State University, directed by Meg Stone, hosts the exam each year at its annual
Coaches & Sports Science College.
www.sportscienceed.com
The event has quickly gained recognition. The credential should continue to do
so as well. The folks who develop and administer it are doing things right.

Having said all that - S&C here in the USA is an interesting scene. There are
some very good coaches and programs, but the noise is out of control. That's not
making it easy to find a best route for finding jobs.


Best regards,

Steven Plisk
Excelsior Sports
Shelton CT
www.excelsiorsports.com
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Andy Mclean wrote:
Interesting that Meg and Mike Stone are running a UKSCA test over there. If I
were to apply for a job in the US with the UKSCA certification how do you think
that would be received?
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Andy,

As the UKSCA continues gaining recognition among S&C professionals, hopefully it
is already highly valued within the field and continuing to gain respect.

As for what employers are looking for, that's tough to say.Unfortunatelyit seems
to be a crapshoot. With so many belief systems and 'certifications' available -
some reputable, many not - there's a little bit of everything.


Regards,

Steven Plisk
Excelsior Sports
Shelton CT
www.excelsiorsports.com
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