It is the mission of the National Council on Strength and Fitness Board for Certification to establish, assess, and promote qualification standards for Exercise Professionals in a continued effort to foster a high level of professional competency and ethical practice, to best serve public interest and safety.
The NCSF carries out this mission by providing subject matter experts and thought leaders for national and international committees and boards. This work is designed to facilitate standards and guidelines and promote effective public policy. The NCSF is dedicated to raising the bar in the fitness industry to protect the public while earning professional recognition for qualified exercise professionals as respected health providers. In addition, the organization is devoted to promoting worldwide health through the safe engagement in routine physical activity. To accomplish these goals the NCSF is a proud participant in each of the following organizations and committees.
The NCSF is a founding member of the Coalition for the Registration of Exercise Professionals (CREP), a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) corporation composed of organizations that offer NCCA-accredited fitness certifications. Coalition members are committed to advancing the fitness profession and earning recognition as a health provider for exercise practitioners by promoting and operating under recognized best practices.
CREP has a volunteer Board of Directors composed of individuals representing member organizations and two non-voting Advisory Directors who represent the Commission for the Accreditation of Exercise Science (CoAES) which accredits two-year, four-year and graduate level programs in Exercise Science, and the NCCA, the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) in Washington D.C.
Through a shared voice, the Coalition brings a unified message to the industry, policymakers and standard-setting organizations to represent health and fitness professionals who have earned an NCCA-accredited health and fitness professional certification. Part of the CREP commitment to professional advocacy and consumer protection is the development of the United States Registry of Exercise Professionals (USREPS), an internationally recognized registry of exercise professionals from CREP member organizations. It serves as a clearing house of professionals vetted against a uniform standard so consumers, employers and regulators can quickly and accurately identify qualified exercise professionals from member organizations.
The NCSF is a lead organization for the National Coalition for the Promotion of Physical Activity (NCPPA). The Coalition is comprised of thought leaders from national health organizations including the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, International Health Racquet and Sports Club Association, National Athletic Training Association and other highly respected organizations. With advisory guidance from the CDC and the President’s Council on Physical Activity, the collective functions with a mission to increase physical activity and awareness. Located in Washington D.C., the Coalition is focused on driving policy to improve access and participation in physical activity for all Americans.
In a quest to optimally serve the exercise professional through competency development and assessment using only valid, evidence-based curriculum, the NCSF has been voted in by the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences as an organizational sponsor for the Committee. The primary role of the CoAES is to establish standards and guidelines for academic programs that facilitate the preparation of students seeking employment in the health, fitness, and exercise industry. A key element for profession-specific academic programs is based on the Job Task Analysis used by NCCA accredited programs for curricular derived outcomes. The secondary role of the CoAES is to establish and implement a process of self-study, review, and recommendation for all programs seeking CAAHEP accreditation.
The NCSF works with the European Health and Fitness Association to promote their mission of getting more people, more active, more often. NCSF is a proud participant in efforts to support the International Standards Council and European Registry of Exercise Professionals (EREPS) to help advance access, safety, and professional responsibility through education, training and testing. Our organizations share a mutual respect and understanding of the importance of international cooperation for developing and promoting professional standards.
The NCSF is an active member on the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE), a professional membership association that provides education, networking, and other resources for organizations and individuals who work in and serve the credentialing industry. ICE is a leading developer of standards for both certification and certificate programs and it is both a provider of, and a clearing house for, information on trends in certification, test development and delivery, assessment-based certificate programs, and other information relevant to the credentialing community. The NCSF participates in committee work on standards-setting for the NCCA, the accrediting body of ICE. The organization works with other credentialing bodies to ensure the standards provide appropriate rigors and align with best practices for credentialing programs.
The National Council on Strength & Fitness (NCSF) Certified Personal Trainer Credential has been reviewed and received accreditation by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the accrediting board for the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. The prestigious NCCA accreditation serves as an external audit to help to ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the public through the evaluation of all facets of the certification program and the organizations that assesses professional competency. The NCCA uses a peer review process to:
- Establish accreditation standards
- Evaluate compliance with the standards
- Recognize organizations/programs which demonstrate compliance
- Serve as a resource on quality certification
Based on sound principles, NCCA standards are optimal and comprehensive criteria for organizational process and performance. The standards used by the NCCA are designed to be broadly recognized, objective, and current benchmarks for certifying bodies to achieve and by which they operate.
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