Graduate Certificate

Strength and Conditioning

Prepare for the NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification with a Graduate Certificate from Concordia-Chicago. Apply today.

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Application Deadline: March 6, 2024
Classes Start: March 11, 2024

Strength and Conditioning Certificate Program Details

The Strength and Conditioning certification was designed for current practitioners, aspiring strength and conditioning coaches, personal trainers and athletic performance coaches. Students will study topics such as strength and conditioning theory as well as gain the skills and knowledge to develop a strength and conditioning philosophy of their own. Not only will students be prepared for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam they will learn how to apply strength and conditioning principles and fine tune their programming skills.

Institutional Accreditation

Concordia University Chicago is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to award baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees.

Industry Certification

This program prepares individuals for the National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) exam.

Strength and Conditioning Certificate Career Outlook

Graduates go on to serve in a variety of capacities in fitness, wellness, sports management and leadership careers. Many of our students pursue careers in exercise science such as:

  • Athletic Performance Coach
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Sports Performance Specialist
  • Speed & Strength Coach


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Admission Requirements


Explore the foundations of strength and conditioning as established by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Design and critique strength and conditioning programs based on NSCA guidelines. Designed to prepare students interested in becoming Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA. Prerequisite: B or higher in AES-6020 or AES-6040, and AES-6030 or AES-6045, and AES-6050, or division chair consent.

Identify and implement the dynamics and training principles of strength and power development based on appropriate research. Replaces: AES-6820. Prerequisite: B or higher in AES-6810.

Development and implementation of a strength and conditioning program through a case study with a member of the community. Justify your programming selection and assess program success. Prerequisite: B or higher in AES-6820 or AES-6830.

In-depth exploration and analysis of advanced topics in strength and conditioning. Evaluation of current industry trends and practices. Creation of personal strength and conditioning philosophy. Prerequisite: B or higher in AES-6820 or AES-6830.

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Start Date

March 11, 2024

Deadline to Apply

March 6, 2024

Cost Per Credit