Tactical Performance and Resilience Certificate Program

About The Program

Texas A&M University – Commerce Tactical Performance and Resilience Certificate Program provides exam preparation resources and instruction for those interested in earning the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s NCCA-accredited Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator® TSAC-F® certification. It also includes full support, professional resources, and professional development opportunities for those interested in becoming a tactical strength and conditioning coach.

Those who complete this certificate program and earn the NSCA TSAC-F® certification will be prepared to successfully apply scientific knowledge to physically train military, fire and rescue, law enforcement, protective services, and other emergency personnel to improve performance, promote wellness, and decrease injury risk. They will also be prepared to conduct needs analyses and physical testing sessions, design and implement safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs, and provide general information regarding nutrition.


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The program is divided into 4 courses:

Course 1 – Basics of Tactical Strength and Conditioning

Students will explore concepts of biomechanics, muscle anatomy, adaptations to exercise, bioenergetics, and nutrition as it applies to the tactical athlete.

Course 2 – Injury, Illness, and Disease within the Tactical Population

Students will observe the current health status of professionals that work in firefighting, law enforcement, and military settings. Students will also explore current areas for concern and potential risk factors for injury, illness, and disease in a tactical setting.

Course 3 – Testing and Evaluation of the Tactical Population

Students will explore different methods of assessing the physical fitness and current fitness status of tactical professionals and learn the in-field application considerations of those assessments.

Course 4 – Programming and Training Methodology of the Tactical Population

Students will learn physical fitness training methodology that results in transferable skills to job- related tasks of the tactical athlete. Students will also learn proper methods of exercise instruction and cueing of movements, programming considerations for strength and conditioning programs, and programming or instruction modifications based on personnel abilities and available resources.

Coursework focuses on textbook curriculum, in-field application discussions, current practitioner expertise sessions, in-field demonstration videos, and certification exam preparation.


  • All students are required to complete Course 1 in order to complete the remaining courses.
  • Course 1 & 2 can be completed concurrently.
  • Courses will be taught in a 7-week format, 1-2 / 3-4 rotation, where two courses are taught per 7-week session
  • All student must register for TSAC-F Certification exam prior to enrolling in Course 4.



Course 1: $250
Course 2: $250
Course 3: $250
Course 4: $250
Total Cost for Courses: $1,000
Additional Required Costs Materials (Payable to NSCA)
Exam Registration: $300.00 per student
Textbook: $99.00 per student
NSCA Membership: $130.00 or $70.00 (Professional or Student)
Approximate Final Cost (After Purchase of Additional Material): $1,500



Who We Are

Research (assessment, data collection, testing/evaluation) is provided through a collaboration with Texas A&M University – Commerce and it’s ROARHP Exercise Physiology Lab. All research projects are vetted by the Health and Human Performance Research Team, approved by an Institutional Review Board, and conducted in a safe and professional manner.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Texas A&M University Commerce ROAR-HP Lab is to provide a personal, accessible, and affordable educational experience for a diverse community of learners within first responder and tactical populations.We engage in creative discovery, and dissemination of knowledge and ideas, for service, leadership, and innovation, in the interconnected and dynamic world of public service.The mission statement is accomplished by ceaseless industry, fearless investigation, unfettered thought, unselfish service to others, and specialized training and assessment modalities, unique to the first responder and tactical landscape.

Tier 1

Baseline Assessment of Program

a) Observe the effectiveness of a program currently in place or b) Observe different health/performance metrics of personnel and identify potential areas of concern

Potential Testing Methods:

Pre/Mid/Post - assess the effectiveness of any current fitness / strength and conditioning program or justify the addition of a new program

Status "at-a-glance"- annual screening to provide feedback on adjustments to programming, lifestyle, or other interventions

Needs Analysis - observe the unique demands of a specific population, station/dept, or even shift

Tier 2

Intervention(s) & Program Development

Potential interventions could include: 

Strength and Conditioning/Fitness/MobilityNutrition program

Additional curriculum and practice

Education ; TCOLE Courses/Clinics/workshops

Creating new curriculum for further education or bridging the gap between education and application

Tier 3

Full Program & Professional Placement

Tier 3 is the development of a self sufficient and annually replenished program that integrates key professionals into roles that will educate and empower personnel. 

Potential professional placement:

Certifying incumbent or instructing personnel as qualified fitness professionals to assist program

Integrate external/vendor/new SOP as subject matters expert

Integrate use of registered dietician services