Certified Strength Training Specialist

Certified Strength Training Specialist
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NCCA Accredited

Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 1.9 units.

Strength is the major component of all movements and the foundation of all fitness. All fitness goals, specifically sports or performance start with the person’s strength and their ability to apply it.

The program was created by Tom DeLong, MA, RSCC*D, CSCS*D, who is the Director of Science Education for the National Council for Certified Personal Trainers (NCCPT) and the United States Powerlifting Association (USPA). He is a 35+ year veteran of the Strength and Conditioning/Personal Training industry holding a Master's degree in Kinesiology from California State University of Long Beach (specializing in biomechanics of resistance training and program design) and a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and Wellness from Ball State University.

As a competitor, Tom was a multiple state champion and a Master's World Bench Champion (USPA).


This specialization certification was designed to help certified personal trainers, strength coaches and other fitness professionals incorporate and instruct strength training into their field of expertise.

Prerequisites: Must be 18 years or older with a valid photo ID and valid CPR card. Due to the content of this course, a four-year degree in a health and fitness related field and/or a personal trainer certification is highly recommended.

Purpose:The purpose of the Strength Training Specialist (CSTS) credential is to demonstrate that candidates have met established criteria for a Strength Training Specialist established by the NCCPT.

For more information go to the candidate handbook.

If you would like to take your exam at PSI and do not need any study materials, choose CSTS Exam Only. For optional study materials, choose from the packages below.

Compare the Packages

CSTS Packages | Study Materials Exam Only Online
Study Materials*
Online Premium
Study Materials*
Deluxe Package*
Access to Career Advisers

Online Videos

Strength Training Manual - (PDF)

Sample Test (PDF)

Study Guide (PDF)

Strength Training Manual - hard copy

$239.99

$479.99

$499.99

$599.99

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*Packages include one exam attempt, but do not include proctoring fee paid separately to proctor service.

What Can You Expect To Learn?

  • What is strength?
  • The different types of strength
  • The role of biomechanics
  • What is mechanical efficiency?
  • Deeper understanding of flexibility and stretching
  • Assessment basics
  • The sport of weightlifting (as it applies to personal training)
  • How to create a strength program
  • Overreaching, overtraining, detraining and recovery techniques

Exam Information

  • There are no prerequisites to take the exam. The NCCPT recommends that you adequately prepare before attempting your exam the first time. We will even provide you with a list of open resources you can utilize to prepare.
  • You will have 6 months to take your exam, after which a late fee will apply.
  • A government photo ID and a valid CPR card are required.
  • You will be given 120 minutes to take the exam.
  • Retake exams must be purchased separately.

CEUs Accepted by:

Organization CEUs
NCCPT 1.9 CEUs
NESTA 1.5 CEUs

About the Author

Tom DeLong

Tom DeLong, MA, RSCC*D, CSCS*D, is the Director of Science Education for the National Council for Certified Personal Trainers (NCCPT) and the United States Powerlifting Association (USPA). He is a 35+ year veteran of the Strength and Conditioning/Personal Training industry holding a Master's degree in Kinesiology from California State University of Long Beach (specializing in biomechanics of resistance training and program design) and a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and Wellness from Ball State University. His teaching experience includes UCLA Extension (11 years), California Lutheran University (7 years), Wexford University (2 years), CSULB (1 year), and currently holds a teaching position at the United States Sports Academy (USSA) teaching Sport Biomechanics in Thailand and Malaysia. He is also an adjunct professor at the Keilir Institute (Atlantic Center of Excellence) where he teaches Biomechanics and Assessment Protocols. Additionally he has competed in powerlifting since 1979 and has been a professional strength and conditioning coach at several universities.

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