Frequently Asked Questions
What is the renewal period for recertification?
The recertification period is from November 1st of the preceding year to June 30th of the current year. The early recertification fee is $135 from November 1st to January 31st. The late fee is $160 from February 1st to June 30th. If the recertification fee is not paid by June 30th, on July 1st the certificant is inactive and must pay a reactivation fee in addition to the yearly maintenance fee.
How early may I start the CCSP® Program?
One CCSP® class (no more than 10 percent of the hours of a 100-hour certification course) may be taken while the applicant is still an undergraduate.
How may practical experience hours are needed for the DACBSP®?
Any DACBSP® course beginning after December 31, 2014 will require 250 hours of practical experience. Students enrolled in DACBSP® courses that began before January 1, 2015 will require 100 practical experience hours.
Can I use the ACBSP™ logo on my website or business cards?
No. The ACBSP™ logo is used for official ACBSP™ business. It is not intended for certificant use. The logo is trademarked and improper use is unlawful.
Can I use the titles CCSP® or DACBSP® on my website or business cards?
As long as a certificant remains current with the requirements for the CCSP® or DACBSP®, they may use the marks. If a certificant becomes inactive, use of the marks is prohibited.
When are continuing education units/credits (CEUs) due?
CEUs must be completed by December 31st each year. CPR must never expire.
How do I remain current as a CCSP® / DACBSP®?
The requirements to remain current (active) are as follows:
- Annual certification maintenance fee
- $135 November 1st – January 31st
- $160 February 1st – June 30th
- All continuing education activities must be sports medicine or fitness related and directly related to patient care in order to be accepted by the ACBSP™
- 12 CEUs each year for CCSP®
- 24 CEUs each year for DACBSP®
How many continuing education credits/units (CEUs) must be completed annually?
All CEUs must be completed by December 31st each year.
- CCSP® Requirement: Completion of twelve (12) CEUs every one-year period, January 1st to December 31st
- DACBSP® Requirement: Completion of twelve (12) CEUs every one-year period, January 1st to December 31st
What continuing education courses are accepted?
All continuing education activities must be sports medicine or fitness related and directly related to patient care in order to be accepted by the ACBSP.
Philosophy, Practice Management and Technique courses are NOT accepted. If there is a question regarding acceptable courses, please contact the nation office for assistance.
When and where are the CCSP® and DACBSP® exams given?
Written exams are offered twice each year, once in the spring and once in the fall. The spring exam is usually held in April or May and the fall exam is held in November. The written exams are offered via a remote-proctored, computer-based platform and can be taken from the comfort of your home.
The DACBSP® practical exam is offered once a year in conjunction with the symposium. It is offered only at the symposium location.
CCSP® certification candidates may attempt the exam up to three (3) times and must pass the exam within three (3) years of the date of completion of the qualifying post-graduate education program (CCSP® or MS program).
DACBSP® certification candidates may attempt the written and practical exams up to three (3) times and must pass both of the exams and complete the practical experience (field hours) requirement within three (3) years of the date of completion of the post-graduate education program (DACBSP® or MS program). The candidate must successfully complete the written project requirement within five (5) years of the date of completion of the post-graduate education program.