Dr. James Hesson, professor of exercise science at Black Hills State University recently completed National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) recently to complete the process of becoming recertified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
The NSCA has two certifications: specialist and personal trainer. There are only five individuals in the state of South Dakota who have earned both certifications. Recertification requires earning Continuing Education Units (CEU's) every year. There are four categories in which CEU's must be earned and in each category there must be a certain amount of CEU’s to complete each year.
The Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist is the only training and certification to be nationally accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and has been nationally accredited since 1993.
In order to qualify an applicant must fulfill the NSCA requirements including: attending strength and conditioning or personal training workshops, conferences, or seminars; serve as a committee member for NCSA; host an exam on request; serve as a speaker or panelist at clinics or conferences; author/co-author an article, book, or book chapter; be certified in First Aid or Emergency Medical Technician; and complete a home study course.
Hesson earned his doctor of education degree at Brigham Young University in 1980. He has been weight training continuously since 1960 and teaching the subject since 1964. He has taught men and women of all ages, from beginners to elite athletes. He has been a professor in the division of physical education and health at BHSU since 1990.