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Human Performance, Dance and Recreation achieves NSCA certification

The New Mexico State University Human Performance, Dance and Recreation Department's Kinesiology Program has completed its National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) certification renewal so that its certified students will have better job opportunities after graduating.


Joseph M. Berning, the director of the department's Exercise Physiology Laboratory, said the students who have both their bachelor's degree and NSCA certification will stand out more to employers than those without certification.

"The hiring rates are much higher for those with the certification," Berning said. "It provides the students with another avenue to assist them in professional career development."

He said the certification not only benefits students with job opportunities and discounts off of the prices to take the certification exam, but it also gives the Kinesiology Program more credibility and validity when recruiting or advertising.

This is the program's third time to achieve NSCA recognition because the certification must be renewed every three years. Berning said the process involves the NSCA making sure the program's classes meet set requirements and the teachers are certified.

The NSCA is an international nonprofit educational association which develops and presents the most advanced information regarding strength training and conditioning practices, injury prevention and research findings.

For more information, contact the NMSU Human Performance, Dance and Recreation Department at (575) 646-3660.