Think it's too early to start talking about December 31st? Think again! When it comes to planning for your continuing education requirements, you can never start too soon. Just think of it as an opportunity to make your 2014 holiday season a little less demanding! This year Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists and NSCA Certified Personal Trainers ("CPTs" for short) will have two options to choose from to complete their renewal process. According to the National Strength and Conditioning Association, CSCSs and CPTs can either opt to retake the certification exam (and pass) then pay the certification fee -OR- opt for continuing education.

The number of hours needed varies based on the original date of certification. If you earned your certification prior to 2012, you must complete a total of 6.0 CEUs or 60 hours of continuing education. If you became certified during 2012, you're required to complete 4.0 CEUs or 40 hours of continuing ed. Finally, if you have recently become or plan to be certified between January 1, 2014 through June 30, 2014, you're required to complete 1.0 CEUs or 10 hours of continuing education. If you receive your certification after June 30, 2014, you are not required to complete any CEUs this year. Your two year renewal period will begin after December 31, 2014.

If you are opting for CE courses, please note that for CPT and CSCS continuing education is divided into four categories. Here they are: Category A) Attending symposia, workshops, conferences and seminars; Category B) Authoring a published work, participation in a panel or public speaking function, passing NSCA quizzes, and NSCA committee work; Category C) Post-certification course work and first aid/AED certification or re-certification; Category D) Earning NCCA-accredited certifications, earning a new NSCA certification, participation in personal development activities and last but certainly not least, HOME STUDY! Below are the current NSCA approved courses for CPT and CSCS continuing education offered at Milestone (and be sure to keep an eye on the Course Catalog as we add new CSCS and CPT courses)!

Once again, depending on your year of licensure, these categories have varying limitations. For example, if you were certified before 2012, then you can only complete 3.5 CEUs (or 35 hours) from Category D, which includes home study courses. Check the NSCA Website for a handy Continuing Education Pamphlet that will provide you with the specifics of each category's related activities and limitations. Practitioners must choose at least 2 of these categories (following the guidelines based on their year of licensure and what that category's own limit provides) in order to qualify for re-certification in 2015.

Milestone Continuing Education has recently earned the proud title of NSCA Approved Provider (L1272)! To learn more about this achievement, read the article here! After meeting the rigorous standards of the NSCA, you can rest assured that the courses offered here will meet their qualifications and exceed your expectations! Starting with our course content, Milestone develops every course using only the latest research and studies from your area of practice. CSCS and NSCA CPTs can expect high quality and relevant topics that will enhance professional knowledge and improve impact with their clients! Each course is offered in two formats: mail order or online! This offers optimum flexibility so they fit into your life seamlessly. And best of all, no travel, hotel or conference registration costs! Best of all, Milestone is also a BOC Approved Provider (P8382), so duly certified CSCS and CPTs can meet their continuing education requirements on all fronts.

Learn more about Milestone CE on our website, or contact one of our friendly customer service representatives (we don't use automated systems, you'll talk to a real person every time you call!) at 1-800-709-8820. For specifics on the four continuing education categories, visit the National Strength & Conditioning Association website.

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