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Tactical Performance and Resilience Certificate Program

The Texas A&M University–Commerce Tactical Performance and Resilience Certificate Program provides exam preparation resources and instruction for those interested in earning the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s NCCA-accredited Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator® TSAC-F® certification. It also includes full support, professional resources, and professional development opportunities for those interested in becoming a tactical strength and conditioning coach.

Those who complete this certificate program and earn the NSCA TSAC-F® certification will be prepared to successfully 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. They will also be prepared to conduct needs analyses and physical testing sessions, design and implement safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs, and provide general information regarding nutrition.

NSCA CEUs will be awarded to all participants who are currently NSCA-certified and complete this certificate program.

While participating in the certificate program, participants will learn:

  • NSCA TSAC-F® certification material (alongside self-learning through reading)
  • Concepts of in-field testing applications
  • Considerations for successful program development and implementation
  • How to access professional resources from practitioners in other scopes of practice.
 

The course work is divided into 4 courses

  1. Basics of Tactical Strength and Conditioning

    Students will explore concepts of biomechanics, muscle anatomy, adaptations to exercise, bioenergetics, and nutrition as it applies to the tactical athlete.

  2. Injury, Illness, and Disease within the Tactical Population

    Students will observe the current health status of professionals that work in firefighting, law enforcement, and military settings. Students will also explore current areas for concern and potential risk factors for injury, illness, and disease in a tactical setting.

  3. Testing and Evaluation of the Tactical Population

    Students will explore different methods of assessing the physical fitness and current fitness status of tactical professionals and learn the in-field application considerations of those assessments.

  4. Programming and Training Methodology of the Tactical Population

    Students will learn physical fitness training methodology that results in transferable skills to job-related tasks of the tactical athlete. Students will also learn proper methods of exercise instruction and cueing of movements, programming considerations for strength and conditioning programs, and programming or instruction modifications based on personnel abilities and available resources.

Coursework focuses on textbook curriculum, in-field application discussions, current practitioner expertise sessions, in-field demonstration videos, and certification exam preparation.

Course Schedule

Registration Deadline: Oct. 25, 2021
Course Availability: Nov. 1, 2021 - Dec. 17, 2021
Courses Available: 1,2,3,4

Registration Deadline: Jan. 3, 2021
Course Availability: Jan. 10, 2022 - Feb. 25, 2022
Courses Available: 1,2,3,4

Registration Deadline: Feb. 28, 2022
Course Availability: Mar. 7, 2022 - Apr. 22, 2022
Courses Available: 1,2,3,4

Registration Deadline: Apr. 25, 2022
Course Availability: May 2, 2022 - Jun. 17, 2022
Courses Available: 1,2,3,4

All students are required to complete Course 1 in order to complete the remaining courses. Course 1 & 2 can be completed concurrently.

Courses will be taught in a 7-week format, 1-2 / 3-4 rotation, where two courses are taught per 7-week session

*ALL courses (courses 1-4) available for this 2nd 7 week time block.

Course Costs

Course 1: $250
Course 2: $250
Course 3: $250
Course 4: $250

Total Cost for Courses 1-4 $1000

Additional Required Materials (Payable to NSCA)

Exam Registration: $300.00 per student
Textbook: $99.00 per student
NSCA Membership: $130.00 or $70.00 (Professional or Student)

How to Register for Courses 1-3

Step 1. Purchase an "NSCA Student Membership" or an "NSCA Professional Membership"

*Note, you will be prompted to "Create a Free NSCA account" to complete the purchase.

Step 2: Purchase the NSCA Essentials of Tactical Strength and Conditioning textbook

Step 3: Enroll in Courses

How to Register for Course 4

Step 1. Log into your www.NSCA.com account

Step 2: Click TSAC-F Exam Registration to purchase the NSCA TSAC-F® Exam.

Step 3: Enroll in Course 4

Step 4: Schedule and take your NSCA TSAC-F® Exam date within 120 days after purchasing it. If needed, you may file an Exam Extension for a $100 fee by emailing exams@nsca.com .