MSCC Certification

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:

  • Active CSCCa member
    Be an active member of the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa).
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC)
    Be Strength & Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC) by the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa).
  • 12-Year Valid Employment History
    Twelve years of valid employment history as a full-time strength and conditioning coach on the collegiate and/or professional-level* must be logged with your account credentials. The employer contact authorization form must be submitted to the national office to allow validation of work history.

    *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.

  • Application fee.
    Payment of a one-time MSCC application fee of $160.00.
  • Conference, dinner, and ceremony attendance
    Finally, all MSCC candidates must be in attendance at the National Conference and MSCC Dinner and Ceremony to receive this award.

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 December 1st. 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.