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ICCSP Program               

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ICSSD to ICCSP Certificate Application

The Internationally Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner (ICCSP) program produces a well-rounded individual chiropractor who is qualified to work at sporting events throughout the world. Furthermore, it is the minimum qualification required to be part of a FICS chiropractic delegation at an international event such as regional and world championships, the World Games or the Olympic Games

For information on our ICCSP program, please read below:

Introduction
The ICCSP program
Hands-on Module 1- Lower Extremities
Hands-on Module 2 - Upper Extremities
On-Line ICCSP (eLS)
Eligibility
Those without a Post Graduate qualification
Those with a CCSP
Those with a DACBSP, RCCSS(C) or qualifying Masters Degree in Human Performance, Sports Science or equivalent 
How to apply for the ICCSP 
ICSSD to ICCSP Certificate Application 
Fees
Education Credits
Frequently asked questions

Introduction

FICS's aim is to set an appropriate minimum standard in theoretical and practical sports chiropractic education for chiropractors wanting to develop special competence in the field of sports chiropractic and to be qualified to serve on FICS teams, or teams selected with assistance from FICS,  at international events.

One of FICS primary objectives is promoting high standards of education and practice in sports chiropractic worldwide, in part through the development of postgraduate sports chiropractic programs. 

The ICCSP program

The Internationally Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner (ICCSP) program is a postgraduate certification program with a combination of distance learning (eLS) and two weekend seminars (hand-on modules). The faculty for  the seminars consists of internationally prominent sports chiropractors with extensive  experience in treating athletes at international sporting events.

Hands-on Module 1 - Lower Extremities

A  17 hours  lecture and hands-on program which covers the treatment of common sports injuries of the lower extremities, pelvis and low back, including joint and soft-tissue considerations, taping and rehabilitation.

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Hands-on Module 2 - Upper Extremities

A 17 hours lecture and hands-on program which covers common head injuries and concussion as well as the treatment of sports injuries of the upper extremities, thoracic spine and neck, including joint  and soft-tissue considerations, taping, rehabilitation and return to play guidelines.

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On-Line ICCSP (eLS)

Note: If you have an approved advanced standing because of a prior postgraduate qualification from another source (e.g. Masters degree, DACBSP or CCSP from the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians  FRCCSS(C) from the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada)) the eLS is not required – see below for further details.

If you intend to enrol for the on-line program, it is suggested that you plan ahead and order the required textbook, Hyde & Gengenbach "Conservative Management of Sports Injuries Text, 2nd Edition". This textbook can be ordered through Amazon, Jones & Bartlett, Barnes & Noble, among others.

The eLS consists of four sections with a total of 25 chapters. After most of the chapters, you will be required to pass the chapter quiz. Each chapter quiz must be passed in order to qualify to take the sectional exams. Each sectional exam must be passed in order to successfully complete this portion of the ICCSP.

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In order to apply for the ICCSP you must fulfil certain criteria, please see below

Eligibility:

In order to participate in the eLS and/or in any of the hands-on seminars, you must;

  1. Be a qualified chiropractor from an CCEI recognized accredited school. For the list of acceptable accredited institutions, click on the appropriate link below.
    1. Australia, New Zealand and Asia
    2. Canada
    3. Europe and South Africa
    4. USA
  2. Undergraduate students in their final year can complete ONE hands-on seminar and the eLS. The second hands-on seminar and the practical experience must be taken after graduation.
  3. All requirements must be completed (in no particular order) within 3 years from the date of enrolment.

For those who already have an approved postgraduate sports chiropractic qualification from another source (e.g. in the USA a CCSP or DACBSP from the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians, in Canada a FRCCSS  from the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada), in various countries masters degrees) these qualify you for advanced standing in the ICCSP through recognition of prior learning. For more information please see below.

FICS notifies readers that FICS and the ACBSP are two separate and independent organizations and that the ACBSP does not participate in or endorse FICS educational programs.

Those without a Postgraduate qualification:

  1. Complete the FICS online education program (eLS).
  2. Complete module 1 and 2 (both hands-on seminars)
  3. Provide proof of professional experience:
    Demonstrate practical out-of-clinic experience by documenting at least 50 different athletic injuries and treatments outside your clinic. Or provide a letter in English on a letterhead from a team coach/administrator confirming that you are their team chiropractor for at least one full season. Or write minimum a case study with relevance to sports chiropractic published in a peer reviewed journal or a poster presentation either at one of FICS Symposia or at an international sports science conference (with a peer review process).
  4. Provide current certification in CPR or equivalent credentials in emergency procedures - not more than 2 years old.
  5. Provide current chiropractic licence
  6. Payment of final administration cost after approval of the diploma is received

Those with a CCSP:

Note: No eLS online education required.

  1. Complete one module (either lower or upper extremity hands-on module)
  2. Provide proof of professional experience:
    Demonstrate practical out-of-clinic experience by documenting at least 50 different athletic injuries and treatments outside your clinic. Or provide a letter in English on a letterhead from a team coach/administrator confirming that you are their team chiropractor for at least one full season. Or write minimum a case study with relevance to sports chiropractic published in a peer reviewed journal or a poster presentation either at one of FICS Symposia or at an international sports science conference (with a peer review process).
  3. Provide current certification in CPR or equivalent credentials in emergency procedures - not more than 2 years old.
  4. Provide current chiropractic licence.
  5. Provide CCSP qualifications.
  6. Payment of final administration cost after approval of the diploma is received.

Those with a DACBSP or FRCCSS(C) or qualifying Masters Degree in Human Performance, Sports Science or equivalent.

Note: No eLS online education required.

  1. Provide proof of professional experience:
    Demonstrate practical out-of-clinic experience by documenting at least 50 different athletic injuries and treatments outside your clinic. Or provide a letter in English on a letterhead from a team coach/administrator confirming that you are their team chiropractor for at least one full season. Or write minimum a case study with relevance to sports chiropractic published in a peer reviewed journal or a poster presentation either at one of FICS Symposia or at an international sports science conference (with a peer review process).
  2. Provide current certification in CPR or equivalent credentials in emergency procedures- not more than 2 years.
  3. Provide current chiropractic licence.
  4. Provide postgraduate sports chiropractic qualifications
  5. Payment of final administration cost after approval of the diploma is received.

How to apply for the ICCSP diploma

Once you have fulfilled all the criteria you must email the following to the administrative office: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. :

  • A copy of your graduation certificate from an accredited chiropractic program (see above).
  • A copy of your current chiropractic license.
  • A copy of your CPR certificate or equivalent credentials not more than 2 years old.
  • Copies of your hands-on modules certificates.
  • Attach proof of professional experience (please see above).
  • Completed ICCSP application

For more information on the ICCSP program contact the administrative office: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fees:

Online Portion (eLS) Fee only: USD$ 2000.00 (text books excluded)
Upper Extremity Hands-on: Additional cost and pending on the location
Lower Extremity Hands-on: Additional cost and pending on the location
Student Account Closure/Administrative fee: US$ 199.00.
Note: All amounts will be processed in Canadian Dollar equivalence based on the day's USD/CAD exchange rate. FICS is not responsible for international or bank fees charged to your account as a result of these transactions.

For more information, please contact the Administrative office: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Education Credits:

Please refer to your local association as FICS has no jurisdiction over issuance of credits

Frequently asked questions regarding the ICCSP Program

Do I need an ICCSP to participate on a FICS sports chiropractic team at an international event?
Yes, you need to have an ICCSP and be a member of FICS to be selected for a FICS team. This is necessary to assure the games organizers and the athletes that all doctors on the team are properly qualified and experienced, and to promote the professionalism and future of sports chiropractic.

My current chiropractic qualification is a MSc as part of my chiropractic education. Will this Masters degree that give me an advanced standing for an ICCSP?
No, the Masters degree is meant to be different from and in addition to the one you received as part of your chiropractic qualification.

I would like to know how I can use  my CCSP/DACBSP/FRCCSS (Canada)/Masters Degree etc. to get advanced standing for an ICCSP. How do I do this?
You can find this information under ‘Education’.
If you have any questions on whether your postgraduate Masters degree is acceptable please contact FICS: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

I am a chiropractor from an unaccredited school. Can I obtain the ICCSP?
Only graduates from accredited schools can enter our program and obtain the ICCSP. Schools that are candidates pending accreditation cannot enter our program either.

Why can I not use my clinic experience as part of the out-of-clinic experience requirement?

ICCSP chiropractors are meant to be able to work on the field and at international events where imaging and othe paraclinical support may not be available. Also, the ICCSP chiropractors may not have access to instrumental assisted treatment including the chiropractic table hence the need for out-office-experience.

I am not a chiropractor. Can I attend your seminars (without getting the certificate)?
Unfortunately you have to be a licensed chiropractor or a final year chiropractic student from an accredited chiropractic school to participate at our hands-on seminars.

I would like to start on getting my ICCSP. Where can I apply and register for the eLS?
To enter the ICCSP program please contact FICS: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
You can register directly for the eLS by clicking here. Also note the schedule for the required hands-on seminars.

To finish the ICCSP when does the online portion need to be completed by?
We require the full program (including the eLS) to be completed within three years. Note that the passing mark for the quizzes and sectional exams is 80%. If you attain less than 80% in any of the quizzes or sectional exams, you may re-take the failed quizzes/sectional exams after 7 days has elapsed from your first attempt.

Why must the ICCSP be completed within three years?
It is essential that our students receive contemporary knowledge on volatile information such as knowledge on traumatic brain injuries, etc. which is why the educational program needs to be finished within three years. Besides the rather few requirements needed to obtain the ICCSP the three years gives you plenty of time to finish the education program.

How do most chiropractors complete an ICCSP?
There is no right way of completing the ICCSP and you may choose whichever order you find best. It is common that the completion of ICCSP may take up to three years.

Where can I find information on the coming ICCSP hands-on seminars?
Details regarding the coming hands-on seminars can be found on our homepage as soon as we have the information.

How much does each seminar cost?
The seminar fees vary depending on the location. If you become a member of FICS you can enrol our seminars at a reduced fee.

I want to become a member of FICS so that I can attend the seminars at a reduced fee. Where can I find more information on this?
Please go to our “Membership” webpage for more information on how to become a member of FICS.

Is there a way I can prepare for the two hand-on seminars? For example, does the eLS cover seminar material?
The required textbook for the eLS and the eLS material provide useful material for the didactic portion of the topics discussed at our seminars although the seminars are primarily hands on and designed to develop practical skills.
If you have covered the eLS at home you will be more prepared. However, the eLS does direct you to specific chapters in the required text book to prepare you for the seminars. We highly recommend addressing these specific chapters before attending.

I have paid for attending one of the seminars, but I have to leave early before the seminar finishes. Can I still get my certificate?
Only participants that have completed the whole seminar will receive a certificate. You therefore have to be there from start to finish in order to get your certificate. If this is not possible you will have to take the same seminar at another time to get your certificate towards your ICCSP. Please note that the full program has to be completed within three years.