To obtain the CFSC certification you must register to the course on our website. Then you will receive by email the access codes to the official American website in order to receive the educational material (in english) to attend the online exam. The success or failure of the test does not preclude the course attendance, but the exam must be passed to obtain the certification.
To become certified it is required that you attend a 1-Day CFSC On Site Training. We believe one of the major omissions of strength and conditioning certifications is the absence of a practical component. Even if you can pass the written exam that doesn’t prove you are a great coach. With the CFSC we require applicants to not only attend an On Site Training, but also that you pass a practical exam at the end of the day.
At the 1-Day On Site Training you will be in a small group (about 12-15 attendees per coach) to mimic how we run our groups at MBSC. We want every person that attends the On Site Training to have a personal experience and the attention necessary to make sure they get the most out of the training. Throughout the day we will breakdown the MBSC program bit by bit and demonstrate our system of progressions and regressions for each movement pattern.
Once the training is complete, each attendee will take a practical exam where they will be tested on their ability to demonstrate and coach the basic movement patterns we use at MBSC. The attendee’s knowledge of the progressions and regressions system will also be tested. CFSCs will be ready for many of the common situations that can occur while training.
Yes, people will fail.
If you can not move properly or demonstrate knowledge of the system, we can not pass you. As mentioned before, the reputation of the CFSC certification is something we hold in a very high regard. To prepare you, we have created a database of step by step videos explaining the coaching cues, the common mistakes, and the progressions/regressions we normally use for a given movement pattern.
While we put a great deal of stress on the practical component of the CFSC, we also have 5+ hours of lectures, a CFSC Manual, and an eBook version of Mike’s, “Advances in Functional Training.” A 50-Question multiple choice written exam has been comprised based on this material. We simply want you to have a clear understanding of the CFSC methodologies as well as how and why we program the way we do at MBSC.
Once you register for Level-2 (keep in mind you must already be Level-1 certified) you will gain access to the educational material on the back end of our website. We have about 5 hours of lecture content, the Level-2 Coaching Manual, and a multiple choice exam based off of that content which must be passed before the event. This allows us to dedicate the whole 1-day on site training to practical education.
In Level-2 we will be building off of the foundation of what our Level-1 CFSCs learned. Focus will be on athlete specific warm-ups, speed drills, medball exercises, plyometics, and of course strength training. The methods we use to coach and demonstrate the olympic lifts at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning is a major focus of both the online content and the practical event. This includes hang cleans, barbell snatch (hang clean grip), dumbbell snatch, and our regressions/lateralizations such as jump squats and kettlebell swings.
Just like with the Level-1 CFSC Certification, we require all applicants to attend an on-site practical event and pass a practical exam at the end of that day. With the Level-2 practical exam coaches will be required to give correct demonstrations and deliver clear and concise coaching cues for all of the movements covered. This includes olympic lifts, single leg squats and plyometrics, kettlebell swings, and more. While this may exclude some from becoming Level-2 CFSCs we believe it is vital to the reputation of the certification and the coaches that do pass to have a high mark to meet.
Not only do we pride ourselves on our required practical component to become certified, we also are proud of our low participant to coach ration. You will never see one coach with a group of 40+ attendees. For Level-2 we have made our groups even smaller with a 10 to 1 participant to coach ration. This assures that each attendee gets the attention and feedback they need to succeed.