Take the NCCPT Certified Strength Training Specialist Exam with no preparatory assistance. No other purchase is necessary. The only prerequisite to taking the exam is that you must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid CPR card.
The Educational Division of the NCCPT has developed study materials to help the student prepare for the exam however, purchasing or studying these materials is not a requirement to sit for the exam. In addition we have provided a list of additional resources to help students prepare for the exam. Open Resources.
This certification is 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.
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.
Exam must be taken within 6 months from the date of purchase, a six month extension is available.
What is included in the package?
For more information, please visit the About the Exams page on our website.
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.