Becoming a Strength and Conditioning Coach

If you are looking for a career as a strength and conditioning coach or looking to add strength and conditioning services to your existing practice, then becoming a UKSCA Accredited Strength & Conditioning Coach (ASCC) is a vital career step.

The UKSCA was established to set professional standards for S&C coaches in the UK and most employers in sport now stipulate ASCC as a job requirement.

Getting into Strength & Conditioning

The ultimate goal of many aspiring S&C coaches is to work in a professional team or with elite athletes. The jobs advertised on the jobs page of our website will give you an indication of the skills, experience and qualifications required for these roles and will help those aspiring to work in this environment to plan their career development.

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Becoming a UKSCA Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach (ASCC)

The agreed standards of knowledge and skills required are defined by the ASCC Competency Document and individuals should read this, in conjunction with the Assessment Day Guidelines, to fully understand what is required to become an accredited coach. You can then create a personal development plan to bridge your gaps in knowledge, skills and experience through self-directed learning, more formal education/qualifications, engaging with UKSCA workshops, shadowing experienced coaches and/or gaining more practical coaching by working with a range of athletes.

The fee for the assessment process is £250 for Associate members and assessment days run throughout the year across the UK. Assessment places are limited and you can check availability of the scheduled assessment days and book your place through the Assessments section of this website or by calling the office on 0345 300 8078.

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Developing as an Accredited S&C Coach

Continued Professional Development (CPD) is a well-recognised and valued component of maintaining and developing knowledge and skills within a profession. As an association keen to support its members and generate a culture of development within our professional sphere, the UKSCA has developed a CPD Model for Accredited members.

The level of CPD activity required is based on a credits scheme, whereby credits are awarded for activities that will develop the specific coaching skills, knowledge and understanding of the professional and also those which will further the professional field or support its representative body in the UK (the UKSCA).

In order to maintain Accredited member status, every 2 years, members will be required to submit a copy of their CPD log which will detail the activities undertaken. Full details can be found in the Accredited Members' CPD Model.

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UKSCA's S&C Trainer

In response to demand from early-career S&C coaches and associated professions such as sports coaches, physiotherapists and PE teachers, the UKSCA has worked in partnership with CIMSPA to develop a new professional standard - the S&C Trainer. This is based on the skills and knowledge covered in our Foundation workshop which has been running for over 10 years and through which over 4500 people have progressed. In late 2020 the UKSCA will be launching a new qualification the Certificate in the Foundations of Strength and Conditioning (S&C Trainer) which builds on the existing Foundation workshop. Graduates of this qualification will be able to join CIMSPA and UKSCA as S&C Trainers and this new professional standard will enable high-quality S&C training to be delivered to a wider audience.