Health Sciences

Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator Certification Course (TSAC-F)


The Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator program was developed in collaboration with the National Strength and Conditioning Association, which administers the TSAC Facilitator certification exam. The scope of the program is to teach theoretical and practical strength and conditioning information as it relates to working with “tactical athletes” including military, fire and rescue, law enforcement, protective services, and other emergency personnel. Students will learn to conduct needs analyses, physical testing practices and will study the design and implementation of safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs. After the course, students will have the opportunity to take the certification exam and become a TSAC Facilitator, which will qualify them to work as a strength and conditioning coach for tactical athletes. One of the benefits of this course is that the TSAC Facilitators Certification can be achieved prior to graduating from the MSSM program.

The Masters of Science in Sports Medicine (MSSM) program at Armstrong is currently one of 10 graduate programs in the United States to be included in the NSCA’s Educational Recognition Program (ERP) and is proud to be one of the first programs in the country to offer this advanced course to our students. The TSAC-F course will become a required course in the Strength and Conditioning focus area within the MSSM program, replacing SMED 6080 as a required course (SMED 6080 will become an elective).

Garth Spendiff, an expert in the field of tactical strength and conditioning, teaches Armstrong’s TSAC course. Spendiff was instrumental in developing the TSAC program with the NSCA and is recognized nationally for his expertise. Spendiff previously served as the Chief Combatives and Physical Training Instructor for the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division and has 10 years of experience teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Exercise Physiology, Nutrition, and Health at both Armstrong State University and Georgia Southern University. He currently serves in a full time position as an Exercise/Work Physiologist for U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Federal Law Enforcement Center in Brunswick, GA.