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Level 8 - Doctorate Level Qualification






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The mISCP distinction is the highest accreditation available within S&C and Sports Performance. It recognises practitioners with over a decade of professional experience, who are operating at the highest levels of sport.

Andrew Langford, Director of the IUSCA, London, UK 

About Master Accreditation

Welcome to the IUSCA Master International Strength and Conditioning Practitioner (mISCP) certification. This is a formal qualification that certifies the highest levels of competencies within the domain of strength and conditioning (S&C). This Master distinction is reserved for the most experienced and respected practitioners within the field of S&C and Sports Performance. 

To be eligible for the mISCP Accreditation you must have: -

  • a minimum of 10 years' experience in a full-time position (or equivalent) in an S&C, Sports Performance, Sports Science, Researcher, Lecturer, Professor, etc., role.

  • have collated a comprehensive Portfolio of experience, accomplishments, and evidence of continual professional development (CPD)

  • have references available from two coaches/practitioners/administrators


Once you have met these minimum requirements, you will then be asked to present an open webinar for the IUSCA community, covering a topic of your choice.


A final component of the mISCP process is to then attend an online meeting with an IUSCA panel for a discussion regarding your philosophies and achievements.

Satisfactory completion of the course will result in the candidate being awarded a title of Master International Strength and Conditioning Practitioner (mISCP).








I am honored to be part of the mISCP program and be recognised as a leader within the industry.

Ron McKeefery, Head of S&C, University of Washington Football 

Bonus Content

For a limited time only, when you register for our mISCP, you will also receive the following great benefits: 

FREE ACCESS TO IUSCA VIDEO (including over 20 hours of content from leaders in the field such as Brad Schoenfeld, Derek Hansen, Greg Lehman, Ron McKeefery, Lorena Torres, and many more...





All of our courses are accredited by the IUSCA Awarding Committee. As an Accredited International Awarding Body, our qualifications carry global recognition. 

The IUSCA uses standardised course levels, rated on the International Qualification Framework (IQF), to ensure that stakeholders understand the requirements and competencies of suitably qualified individuals. 

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Richard Blagrove, Senior Lecturer in S&C, Loughborough University

It is a huge honour to be awarded with this recognition from the IUSCA, as it acknowledges my contributions to research, coaching, and education over the last 20 years.


Brad Schoenfeld, Professor of Exercise Science, Lehman College

It is an honor to receive this award from the IUSCA in recognition of my contributions as a scientific practitioner in S&C.


Jean-Benoit Morin, Professor in Sport Science, University of Saint-Etienne

I thank the IUSCA for this distinction, and I am very happy that the "research-to-practice" translation work I've been doing over the years is considered as a meaningful contribution to the field of S&C.

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Paul Comfort, Professor in Strength and Conditioning, University of Salford

It is an honor to be awarded the mISCP Distinction in recognition of my contribution to the field of S&C and sports performance over the last 20+ years. The mission and vision of the IUSCA is fantastic and this will help me promote the organization further, along with the other outstanding individuals who have been awarded the mISCP.

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Bryan Mann, Program Director for Strength and Conditioning, Texas A&M University

I am honored to be recognized for my contributions to the field. It seems like when you're working hard, it feels like no one notices. I'm beyond honored for this prestigious recognition, alongside all of the other leading names in the field.   


Ron McKeefery, Head of S&C, UW Huskies

 I am in full support of the IUSCA, creating a global S&C community is something we can all benefit from.  


Joe Kenn, Vice President Performance Education, Dynamic Fitness and Strength 

The mISCP allows me to continue to promote the profession at the highest levels and increase the reach I may have to help and mentor our future generations of performance professionals.

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Liane Blyn, Director of Sports Performance, Arizona State University

I strongly believe in and support the mission and the vision of the IUSCA. It is an honor and a privilege to be part of an amazing community of others receiving the mISCP accreditation

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Brijesh Patel, Associate Athletic Director Athletic Performance, Quinnipiac University

The mISCP gives recognition for what I have done for the field of Strength and Conditioning and what I will continue to do to help the next generation of coaches.

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Andrew Langford, Performance Consultant, IUSCA

It's great to have an international standard for courses and qualifications. This makes it easy for coaches to understand the level they are at, and where they want to be. 

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Rick Franzblau, Assistant AD for Sports Performance, Clemson University

I have high regard for this association as I think the IUSCA has done a tremendous job trying to link universities and students across the world to drive the performance industry towards new heights.  

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Jed Smith, Director of Strength and Conditioning, University of Northern Iowa 

It truly is an honor to be recognized by a group of internationally acknowledged professionals. This distinction is especially humbling and very meaningful to me as I accurately understand the standards set and quality control that is upheld by the International Universities Strength and Conditioning Association.

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Adam Hermann, Assistant Athletics Director Sports Performance, Northwestern

I believe that the IUSCA provides the international sports performance community with a governing body that our field can be proud of. The mISCP is another step that the IUSCA has provided our community to further validate our profession and the framework for growth and development to continue. I am proud to be associated with the IUSCA and with the mISCP distinction.

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Bobby Fisk, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, NJIT

I believe that the IUSCA provides the international sports performance community with a governing body that our field can be proud of. The mISCP is another step that the IUSCA has provided our community to further validate our profession and the framework for growth and development to continue. I am proud to be associated with the IUSCA and with the mISCP distinction.

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Stephanie Mock, Assistant AD for Sports Performance, University of Pittsburgh

Grateful and honored for the opportunity to collaborate with IUSCA providing opportunities for those internationally. We strive to bring in the top talent no matter what part of the globe they are from.

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Ashley Samaniego, Director of Sports Performance, CSUN

I am honored to be recognized by the IUSCA. This distinction is meaningful as it puts a milestone in my career. We are in a service-type profession and this distinction is a great reminder to reflect on the services I have provided. 

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Michael Hill, Associate Athletic Director of Sports Performance, Georgetown University

The mISCP is extremely important as our profession is not domestic, but rather transcontinental. As Practitioners from all continents, we are all working in the Human Performance profession and face similar challenges and successes. The IUSCA has brought together a platform to collaborate and celebrate those challenges and successes.

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Griffin Waller, Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Performance, University of Portland

I’m honored to hold the mISCP distinction with the IUSCA. They have demonstrated a true passion for elevating the profession through innovation, education, and collaboration. The IUSCA is setting the standard for best practice within the industry and the mISCP accreditation is a distinction I greatly value.

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Stephen Englehart, Director of Strength and Conditioning, University of Colorado

The IUSCA has been excellent in developing the growing area of strength and conditioning (S&C) worldwide. What a great organization to be a part of. To be able to help young men and women worldwide with their development of strength and conditioning has always been a passion of mine. The Distinction award I am receiving is a true honor.

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Glenn Corcoran, Manager of the High Performance Training Centre, Bond University

I am driven to keep improving my knowledge, skills & qualifications within the industry to be the best I can be for myself, the athletes and teams I work with and to Bond University. The mISCP Distinction is another tool in the box that identifies and acknowledges the work, education & commitment to your field by an International Association that is striving to elevate the profile & professionalism of Strength and Conditioning worldwide.

  • Why are IUSCA courses and qualifications right for me?
    Our IUSCA courses and qualifications offer something for everyone. No matter what your role or level of experience within sport science/S&C, you will find an appropriate course or qualification. This includes entry level certifications, such as the Level 2 in Strength and Conditioning, which is the required minimum standard to work in most industry settings, right through to full Accreditation and Master Accreditation, which is appropriate for those with extensive experience within the profession. There is also a range of professional development courses (CPD) covering key topics within S&C, which will help you remain at the top of your profession.
  • What do the IQF Levels relate to? How can I know the equivalent in my country?
    The IQF, or International Qualification Framework is a global classification system to standardise courses, qualifications and levels of education throughout the S&C profession. This enables equivalences to be determined between awarding bodies and countries. All of our courses and certifications are internationally accredited.
  • Who designed the course content?
    All course content has been designed by experts within the field of S&C, sport science, or the relevent course discipline. Qualificaiton standards have been developed in collaboration with the IQF and the IUSCA Advisory Board. Specific courses may also feature expert live tutorial, such as the Training for Hypertophy in Sport course, which has live delivery by Brad Schoenfeld.
  • Are these courses live, online/in-person, or on-demand?"
    Our range of courses and qualifications are offered through a combination of live, online, in-person, on-demand etc. These details are specified within the individual course information pages.
  • We would like to deliver these courses within our organisation for our staff. Is this possible?
    Yes, it is possible to deliver these as part of your organisational required courses. Please contact us for further information at
  • How long will I have access to the material?
    You will have lifetime access to the course material, including all future updates.
  • Are live sessions recorded?
    Yes, all live sessions will be recorded, meaning that you can catch up 'on-demand' if you require.
  • Are the courses accredited?
    Yes, our courses are internationally accredited and regulated on the International Qualification Framework (IQF). This ensures global portability of your certification.
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