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International Certificate in Sports Chiropractic (ICSC) On-Line eLS

News updates 4 April 2019

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

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.

The International Certificate in Sports Chiropractic (ICSC) program produces a well-rounded individual chiropractor that 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 regional sporting events, international events such as the regional and world championships, the World Games or the Olympic Games.

It is mandatory to have an ICSC 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. This is what differentiates FICS members from other attending professionals.

The ICSC program is a postgraduate certification program that is a combination of distance learning via an electronic learning system (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.

The ICSC eLS consists of TEN modules. After each module, you will be required to pass a quiz. Each quiz must be passed in order to receive a Module Completion Certificate.  
Print/save each certificate for your records.  The ten modules include:

  1. International Sports Chiropractic
  2. Professional Boundaries
  3. Head Injuries in Sport
  4. Upper Extremity Injuries in Sport
  5. Lower Extremity Injuries in Sport
  6. Spine Injuries in Sport
  7. Sports Rehabilitation
  8. Sports Imaging
  9. Sports Physiology
  10. Special Populations

The pass mark for all quizzes is 80%. If you attain less than 80% in any of the quizzes, you may re-take the quiz after 24 hours has elapsed from your first attempt.  We encourage you to review the material during this 24 hours to assist your success on the second attempt.  If on the second attempt, the score is less than 80%, you may retake the quiz after 7 days has lapsed.  Again, during this time, we encourage you to review the materials to ensure a successful outcome.

If you have an approved advanced standing because of a prior postgraduate qualification from another source (e.g. Masters degree in a sports and performance related field, DACBSP or CCSP from the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians, FRCCSS(C) from the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada)), only the International Sports Chiropractic Module is required to be completed.  The quiz must be passed with a minimum of 80% and you must save your Module Completion Certificate for your records.


In order to apply for the ICSC and participate in the eLS and/or in any of the hands-on seminars you must fulfill the following criteria:

  1. Be a qualified chiropractor from a CCEI recognized accredited school. For the list of acceptable accredited institutions, click on the appropriate link below.

  1. Undergraduate students in their final year can complete the hands-on seminars and the eLS. The Professional Experience must be completed after graduation.
  2. All requirements must be completed (in no particular order) within three years from the date of enrolment.

Note: For those who already have an approved postgraduate sports chiropractic qualification from another source, these may qualify you for advanced standing in the ICSC through recognition of prior learning (see 4.3 and 4.4).

Examples of such qualifications include:

  • USA - a CCSP or DACBSP from the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (ACBSP)*.
  • Canada - a FRCCSS from the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada) (RCCSS(C))
  • Masters degrees in sports and performance related fields (different from and in addition to the one received as part of the chiropractic qualification)**.

 * 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.

** If you have any questions on whether your postgraduate Masters degree is acceptable please contact FICS (see 7.0).

Frequently asked questions:

New Registration for the ICCSP Program

Please note that we ARE NOT taking any new registrations into the current ICCSP program. The new ICSC program is available at 

For the students that are currently completing the online module within the ICCSP program, we will gladly transfer you into the new ICSC online program.

If you wish to receive advanced standing for the modules already completed in the ICCSP program which you already completed, simply inform FICS administration. We will guide you through the requirements to complete the online portion, using the new ICSC curriculum.

If you wish to take the entire online program, even though you have completed some of the old online content, you’re welcome to take the entire program.

There have also been some questions about the three-year deadline.

We know that some of you are trying very hard to keep to this schedule. We do appreciate your efforts. If an extension is needed, an extension can be applied for to the FICS administration and we will consider an extension on an individual basis.

There has been a number of questions in regards to the cost of the program.

 FICS are holding the cost at $2,000US for the first six months of the release of the new ICSC. As of 1 October 2019 the cost of the entire course (10 modules) will increase to $2,500 US in line with inflation. For Non-members the cost of the program will be $3,500 US so we encourage you to register with your local NSCS or register with FICS as an individual member to allow you to apply at the reduced cost. Membership cost if joining an NCSC is $30 and if joining FICS as an individual it is $125 US. 

In closing, FICS and the Education Commission are excited for the new ICSC program! We appreciate your understanding of the complexity of rebuilding such a massive project. It’s only betters FICS and improves our position in sports, worldwide.

All the best in International Sports Chiropractic,

Tim Stark, FICS Chair, Education Commission
Beth Antoine, FICS Fellow, Education Commission


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New Sports Chiropractic Fellow to Upgrade ICCSP – Dr Beth Antoine

August 15, 2017




Congratulations to Dr. Beth Antoine of Northwestern Health Sciences University (NWHSU) in Minnesota, just chosen as the sports chiropractic fellow to be part funded by FICS for the next 3 years.  During this time, working with and supervised by Dr. Tim Stark, Director, Human Performance Center, NWHSU and Chair, FICS Education Commission, Beth will be responsible for literature reviews and other work leading to continuous improvement of the ICCSP online and seminar coursework and assessment.

Qualified as both a Doctor of Chiropractic and an athletic trainer, Beth also has a master’s degree in sports psychology and is completing a second masters in clinical nutrition.  As a sports chiropractic fellow she will also be providing clinical services.  Look for Bethat future FICS seminars and other meetings.  Congratulations Beth, congratulations Tim.


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