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Die IUSCA ist stolz darauf, anbieten zu können  ein Goldstandard  Internship Endorsement-Programm, das  stellt die Qualität der Lieferung und Best-Practice-Standards sicher.  

Was ist Endorsement?

Anerkennung ist Anerkennung  und Genehmigung durch eine externe Stelle, die nachweist, dass bestimmte Kriterien und Standards erfüllt wurden.  

Die IUSCA hat eng mit akademischen Institutionen und professionellen Partnern zusammengearbeitet, um diese Standards zu entwickeln, und alle Anträge werden von unserem Bestätigungsgremium bewertet, das sich aus Branchenexperten zusammensetzt. 

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Structure of the IQF

Developed following the landmark academic paper published by the International Universities Strength and Conditioning Association, The IQF uses a standardized rating system, modelled after the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) and Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which categorizes qualifications into levels from 1 to 8.


These levels correspond to different stages of education and professional development:

  • Level 1: Foundational learning, equivalent to early school education.

  • Level 2: Basic knowledge and skills, comparable to high school education.

  • Level 3: Intermediate knowledge, suitable for further education or entry-level work.

  • Level 4 to 6: Advanced learning and professional skills, including undergraduate degrees.

  • Level 7: Specialized knowledge for expert professional practice, equivalent to a master's degree.

  • Level 8: Highest level of academic and professional achievement, equivalent to a doctoral degree.


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Read the full academic paper published in the International Journal of Strength and Conditioning

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What is the IQF Independent Regulatory Council (IQF-IRC)?

The IQF Independent Regulatory Council (IQF-IRC) is the authoritative body responsible for overseeing the regulatory framework and ensuring that qualifications within the IQF meet established standards. The IQF-IRC plays a critical role in maintaining the integrity, credibility, and international recognition of strength and conditioning certifications.



Responsibilities of the IQF-IRC:

  • Evaluation and Verification: Assess and verify the qualifications and certifications to ensure they meet IQF standards.

  • Accreditation: Oversee the accreditation of educational programs that align with the IQF.

  • Compliance: Ensure ongoing compliance with regulatory standards through monitoring and audits.

  • Appeals and Disputes: Handle appeals and disputes related to certification and accreditation.

  • Continuous Improvement: Regularly review and update the IQF to reflect industry developments and stakeholder feedback.

Benefits of the IQF-IRC 


For Professionals

Enhanced credibility and recognition of qualifications globally.

Clear pathways for career development and advancement.

Assurance of high standards in education and practice.


For Employers

Easy comparison of candidate qualifications on an international scale.

Confidence in the competence and professionalism of certified individuals.

Access to a larger pool of qualified professionals.


For Educational Institutions

Accreditation that aligns with international standards.

Increased attractiveness to prospective students seeking industry qualifications.

Collaboration opportunities with a global network of institutions.

Get Involved

We encourage all stakeholders, including strength and conditioning professionals, educational institutions, and employers, to engage with the IQF and the IQF-IRC. Your feedback and participation are vital to the continuous improvement and success of this regulatory framework.

Contact Us

For more information about the IQF and the IQF-IRC, please contact us at

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