The NSCA Certification Commission is reminding all fitness professionals that beginning January 1, 2007, the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) certification in addition to CPR certification will be a prerequisite for earning the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) and NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer® (NSCA-CPT®) credentials. Previously, only CPR certification was required.


The addition of the AED requirement is a step by the NSCA Certification Commission to ensure all CSCS and NSCA-CPT certified individuals have the knowledge needed to save lives. The NSCA Certification Commission believes that requiring its strength training and conditioning and personal training credential holders to be AED trained can improve the overall safety and credibility of the fitness profession.


By requiring that all candidates have AED certification, the NSCA Certification Commission is leading the way for quality in fitness certification. Although the fitness industry and national safety organizations are not in the position to mandate AEDs in fitness facilities, organizations such as the American Heart Association (AHA) have developed position statements encouraging facilities to implement AED programs. AED programs are of particular importance in facilities with large memberships, in facilities with programs for the elderly and those with medical conditions and at facilities where Emergency Medical Service response time is likely to exceed five minutes.


AEDs are most effective when individuals have the proper training and background in implementing the chain of survival. Employers who hire CSCS or NSCA-CPT individuals who are AED trained can feel confident that the fitness professionals they are hiring have the knowledge to respond appropriately to life threatening emergencies in the workplace.


For more information on the NSCA Certification Commission or the CSCS and NSCA-CPT credentials, please call toll-free 888-746-2378, email or visit


The NSCA Certification Commission, the certifying agency for the National Strength and Conditioning Association, offers two credentials for fitness professionals. The Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) certifications are considered the Credentials of Distinction in the strength training and conditioning and personal training professions. The NSCA Certification Commission is the only fitness-related organization to offer credentials nationally accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) since 1993.



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