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The SCJ is the professional
journal for strength coaches, personal trainers, physical therapists, athletic
trainers, and other health professionals working in the strength and conditioning
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April 15-17, 2014
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* TSAC-Approved Program currently providing evidence-based knowledge and assessments that align with the NSCA’s and the TSAC Program’s national standards and guidelines.
The Tactical Strength and Conditioning (TSAC) Program is an
educational program designed specifically to optimize mission/job performance
for tactical athletes and tactical facilitators.
Since 2005, the program has been achieving that
goal through a combination of cutting-edge research, proven training methods
and field experience, leading to reduced injury risks and increased strength,
power, speed, agility, and aerobic and anaerobic fitness.
The NSCA together with leaders in SWAT, special operations forces, conventional military, law enforcement, and fire and rescue developed this program with one goal in mind – provide the highest level of physical training possible to those who serve and protect our country and local communities.
The way heroes train should be the
highest priority. And at the NSCA’s TSAC Conference, it is.
TSAC Conference is the most
comprehensive event available for military, law enforcement, and fire and
rescue training, all in one location. It
brings together the key elements needed to build a strong, foundational
knowledge for training tactical athletes, including scientific exercises and
techniques backed by years of research and evidence-based principles.
of the industry present on their field-related expertise, and share the safest
and most effective methods for strategic implementation of procedures.
Developing a substantial training toolbox is made easy with hands-on sessions
and specialized tracks geared toward military, law enforcement, and fire and
rescue. The unique learning
opportunities are endless, so you’ll want to be there.
Learn more about the 2014 TSAC Conference
The purpose of this course is to educate attendees on proper exercise techniques
and training strategies which can be implemented immediately on tactical
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This is a three-day, customized course that can be held at a
site or facility of your choice, designed to target the specific needs of your
unit or department. It provides the
latest evidence-based training techniques for tactical operations presented by industry
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Colorado - June 13-14, 2014 - Learn more
Washington, DC - September 19-20, 2014 - Learn more
All NSCA conferences and events are subject to changes in location and date; as well as possible cancellation without notice.
The TSAC Report is is an online publication specific to the techniques and
demands required for training tactical athletes. Articles are written by a wide variety of
experts in tactical training and research and are all panel reviewed.
Report contains columns dedicated to three main areas of the tactical
population including military, law enforcement, and fire and rescue. The publication is available to Associate and Professional members of the
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Interested in writing for the NSCA TSAC Report? Download the Author's Guidelines or email
the NSCA Publications Department at email@example.com.
The NSCA currently offers an Exam Prep Online for individuals preparing for the Tactical Strength and Conditioning-Facilitator (TSAC-F) certification exam. Enrollment in our Exam Prep Online will provide you access to a series of modules that will review the knowledge, skills, and abilities most commonly tested on the NSCA exams.Purchase Exam Prep Online
The demand for personnel who are properly trained and specialized in tactical strength and conditioning is growing. Find the latest TSAC job openings.
If you’re a tactical athlete actively looking to find someone qualified to write an exercise program specific to your job’s physical demands, then use the “Find a Certified Trainer” tool to locate one near you. This tool is also great if you’re looking for a career within the field and need to find a certified professional to shadow or network with. Find a TSAC Facilitator.
Interested in learning more about TSAC directly from the field? Take a look inside the careers and background of coaches and facilitators currently working in the TSAC field. Our From the Field one-on-one interviews provide exclusive information and insight. Read From the Field.
The NSCA has been publishing research-based articles for many years. Peruse through our NSCA Classic collection for strength training and conditioning research and exercise techniques that are TSAC-related and still remain relevant today. Read NSCA Classics.
The scope of this distinct certification is to apply
scientific knowledge to physically train military, fire and rescue, law
enforcement, protective services, and other emergency personnel to improve
performance, promote wellness, and decrease injury risk.
The exam and certification were developed by a
committee of subject matter experts. The
experts came from all disciplines within the protective services to not only
develop, but also test and confirm each exam question.
Interested? Learn more about the TSAC-F or register to take the exam.
The NSCA's Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator’s Reference Guide eBook is now available as a study tool for candidates seeking to earn the
The book targets the most comprehensive information needed when
preparing to transform the way tactical athletes train, including:
Only the most TSAC-relevant content was selected to ensure a concise study aid for the exam. The NSCA’s Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator’s Reference Guide not only provides candidates with information for the exam but also increases their knowledge of safe and effective practices in tactical strength and conditioning.
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The NSCA currently offers an Exam Prep Online for individuals preparing for the Tactical Strength and Conditioning-Facilitator (TSAC-F) certification exam.
Enrollment in our Exam Prep Online will provide you access to a series of modules that will review the knowledge, skills, and abilities most commonly tested on the NSCA exams.Purchase Exam Prep Online
A list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) pertaining to the Tactical Strength and Conditioning Program (TSAC).
Yes, you can. Anyone is welcome to take part in the program; however, the program is geared toward those who are actively administering exercise to those in the military, law enforcement, fire service and first response.
What does the TSAC Program offer?
TSAC program currently offers the Tactical Strength and Conditioning
Facilitator (TSAC-F) certification, the NSCA
Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator’s Reference Guide, an annual
TSAC Conference, TSAC Facilitator’s Courses, TSAC Outreach Facilitator’s
Courses, an online publication called the TSAC Report, and a national job board search. Keep a look out for our new live and online exam prep courses in 2013!
Where can I search for current tactical strength and conditioning jobs?
Access Career Services through the membership tab at the top left hand corner of the NSCA web site, and a link to the Job Board can be found on the right side of the page under “Career Services.” Or you can follow this link: Job Board.
How do I sign up to receive the TSAC Report?
receive the Full TSAC Report, you
must be at least an Associate Level member with the NSCA. The Public
TSAC Report, with approximately half the articles for each issue, is
available without an NSCA membership. Both Full and Public versions are
available through NSCA’s website.
How can I submit an article to the TSAC Report?
submit an article to the TSAC Report,
please refer to Author's Guidelines or email the NSCA Publications Department
What is the difference between the TSAC Conference and the TSAC Facilitators Course?
TSAC Conference is intended to present new research and training concepts to
those in the tactical field (both facilitators and operators), whereas the TSAC
Facilitator’s Course is designed to educate an individual on the specifics of
administering exercise to tactical individuals.
TSAC Facilitator’s Courses are currently on hold until 2014.
Can I host a private TSAC Facilitator’s Course or Outreach Facilitator’s Course for my unit or department?
we do offer closed Facilitator’s Courses that are geared at the needs of your
department or unit. The fee starts around $9,500 US but varies depending on
group size and travel costs. Please contact TSAC@nsca.com) for
Will I receive CEUs for the TSAC Conference/TSAC Facilitators Course?
You will receive 2.0 CEUs for attending the TSAC Conference or a TSAC
Facilitator’s Course in their entirety (.8 for only one day). This is
consistent with the current NSCA CEU structure of 0.1 CEU per hour of
attendance, or 1.0 CEU per presentation hour if you are a presenter who holds an
Can I use those CEU’s towards a different certification?
The CEUs can be used towards NATA/BOC. You will need to request a certificate
of attendance through the Conference Department to use to petition the CEUs
towards anything else other than that.
Is there a certificate of completion that comes with the TSAC Facilitator’s Course?
we no longer supply a certificate of completion for the TSAC Facilitator’s course
unless it is specifically requested. If you need a certificate of completion
for any reason please contact our Conference Department (800.815.6826 ext 204).
As the NSCA continues to build the TSAC Program to its
fullest potential, it will develop more tools to help change the way tactical
athletes train. These items are
currently not available, but continue to check back for further updates on
release dates and new opportunities.
The Essentials of
Tactical Strength and Conditioning is being designed to be the most
comprehensive textbook available for tactical facilitators and tactical
athletes. A collection of industry-leading authors, coaches, and practitioners
have been brought together to compile a complete scientifically-based,
practical approach to training tactical athletes.
The TSAC-F exam prep is a supportive tool that will help to draw a wide array of job-specific factors together along with current knowledge of strength and conditioning. The exam prep incorporates material provided in the TSAC-F Reference Guide e-book and concludes with a short end of course practice exam. This course is not considered to be a stand-alone resource for the TSAC-F certification. It is designed to be used in conjunction with the TSAC-F Reference Guide e-book. The TSAC-F Reference Guide e-book is available for purchase at humankinetics.com. You will be directed to the link once your purchase is complete.
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