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NSCA CSCS® 2020 Exam Guide

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists® are fitness professionals who apply extensive scientific knowledge to train athletes with the goal of improving athletic performance. The CSCS® exam conducts testing sessions that are sport-specific, designs and implements safe and effective training and conditioning programs, and provides specific nutrition and injury prevention guidance to athletes. The exam consists of two sections: Scientific Foundations (80 questions) and Practical/Applied (110 questions).

Scientific Foundations

– Exercise Sciences (44 exam items)
– Sport Psychology (19 exam items)
– Nutrition (17 exam items)


– Exercise Technique (40 exam items)
– Program Design (38 exam items)
– Organization and Administration (12 exam items)
– Testing, Ongoing Monitoring, and Data Evaluation (20 exam items)

Download the 2020 NSCA CSCS Detailed Content Outline (DCO) here.

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