International Certificate in Sports Chiropractic (ICSC)
Below is all the information about the highly-acclaimed and exclusive International Certificate in Sports Chiropractic (ICSC). Sports Chiropractors must complete their ICSC before being selected to provide care at Sporting Federation Games.
In this short 2 minute video, Dr Christine Foss, FICS Education Chair, will take you through the ICSC online learning modules and what is contained in this portion of the ICSC certification.
EXPEDITED PROCESS: A review of the expedited process has taken place to ensure we provide doctors holding a recognised postdoctoral degree with complete educational content in their quest for the ICSC certification. This review considered the education scope and sequence needed to attain the ICSC and the best pathway for doctors to gain all needed content to cover an international certification.
Therefore, doctors will be required to complete the Upper Extremity Live Hands-on Module Course and Module ICSC10 (International Sports Chiropractic) to qualify for the ICSC. At the time of registration for the Upper Extremity course, doctors will automatically be given ICSC10 for no extra charge.
Refer Postdoctoral Recognition for ICSC section below for full details.
Any doctor who enrolled in the expedited process before 1 November 2021 will have until 31 December 2021 to complete the ICSC accreditation. Beginning January 1, 2022, all applications for ICSC will require completion of the upper extremity seminar.
ICSC Program Overview
The International Certificate in Sports Chiropractic (ICSC) program offers an individual chiropractor the credentials required to work at FICS events worldwide. 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 and the World Games.
Eligibility: In order to apply for the ICSC you must fulfil the following criteria:
- Be a qualified chiropractor from a qualified chiropractic graduate from a CCEI or CCE recognised/accredited institution. Click here for accredited programs.
- Undergraduate students in or entering their final year can complete the hands-on seminars and the online learning component of the course.
To achieve the ICSC accreditation**
- Hands-on seminars – Each of the upper and lower extremity seminars is approximately 20-hour. The seminars include the treatment of common sports injuries, joint assessment and manipulation, soft-tissue applications, review of head injuries in sport, and taping.
- ICSC online learning – The eLS consists of ten modules. There are quizzes and a final exam which has a pass mark of 90%
- Working with athletes – You will be required to provide evidence of experience working with athletes in a sporting setting via a logbook, a letter from a high-performance team coach/administrator, or a written case study. For classification purposes: Working with a team of 10-year-old soccer children is NOT considered high performance. Working with a secondary school or club team that competes against other club teams to improve their ranks in a league, etc., counts as high performance.
- CPR You must provide evidence of having completed a CPR qualification, within the last two years.
- Degree evidence: Your application completion submission must have evidence of your chiropractic degree and also license to practice.
**Chiropractors with ICCSP/ ICCSD who would like to update their certification to ISCS, please complete the Head Injury In Sport ICSC Module to fulfil your final requirements
The professional clinical experience must be completed after you have graduated as a chiropractor.
** Ref the postdoctoral recognition section for information on expedite certification.
ICSC Delivery Methods
Online learning (eLS) You can sign up at any stage and complete the program material in any order.
Hands-on Seminars: The faculty for the seminars consists of internationally prominent Sports Chiropractors with extensive experience in treating athletes at international sporting events. FICS facilitate, on average, ten seminars per year in partnership with the NCSC’s in as many different locations around the world as possible. FICS is embracing a combination of a hybrid delivery for the hands-on seminars, with the theory section presented online before hands-on experience.
Postdoctoral Recognition for ICSC
Members who hold a postdoctoral sports-specific chiropractic degree are considered for expedite certification. Members who hold postdoctoral sports-specific chiropractic accreditation may request a review of credentials for consideration of expedite certification. To be recognised by FICS, the content of other degrees, fellowships, or certificates would need to contain specifically the treatment of athletes, assessment of injuries on and off the field of play, concussion protocols, head trauma, facial injury assessment as well as care and imaging of sports injuries. If you are not sure about your degree and what you need to complete for the awarding of the ICSC, send a copy of your degree and transcript to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will assist you with the requirements you need to complete.
FICS acknowledges the following for expedite ICSC requirements
- Masters of Sports Science and Rehabilitation degree
- Fellow of the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Science (Canada)
- Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (USA)
- Diplomate in Sports Chiropractic (USA)
- IFEC Sports Chiropractic Program, (France)
REVIEW EXPEDITED PROCESS: A review of the expedited process has taken place to ensure we provide doctors holding a recognised postdoctoral degree with complete educational content in their quest for the ICSC certification. This review considered the education scope and sequence needed to attain the ICSC and the best pathway for doctors to gain all needed content to cover an international certification.
Therefore, doctors will be required to complete the Upper Extremity Live Hands-on Module Course and Module ICSC10 (International Sports Chiropractic) to qualify for the ICSC. At the time of registration for the Upper Extremity course, doctors will automatically be given ICSC10 for no extra charge. Review the full completion requirements on the FICS education website for full details.
Summary: Participants holding an accepted postdoctoral degree will need to complete:
- FICS Upper Extremity Seminar
- ICSC online learning ICSC10 International Sports Chiropractic.
- Provide evidence of working with athletes in a sporting setting.
Additional evidence required at the time of completion:
- CPR or equivalent credentials – not more than two years old;
- A copy of transcript or diploma from your accredited chiropractic institution;
- Current chiropractic license and copy of your diploma.
ICSC Program Cost
CURRENCY NOTICE: Stripe Financial services company is the credit card facility that FICS use within their shop to accept credit card payments. All courses, seminars, and events are advertised in USD. All credit card payments attract a 1.3% surcharge to cover the credit card charges and are in addition to the course fee.
Members who would like to undertake a direct bank transfer can reach out to email@example.com and we will raise an invoice with bank transfer details on it.
Members’ discounts are offered from time to time and will be listed in the FICS shop.
- Online Learning, ten modules – 2,500 USD
- Bundles are available for smaller financial outlay. The bundles are groups of two courses at a time for $500 USD per bundle. (5 bundles = same outlay as if you brought the full 10 upfront)
- **Upper Extremity Hands-on Seminar – starting at 500 USD
- **Lower Extremity Hands-on Seminar – starting at 500 USD
- Expedite Pathway (ref postdoctoral recognition section) as per the price of module ICSC01 and ICSC10 (as listed in the FICS shop https://fics.sport/shop-course/) plus a $65 USD administrative fee payable at the time of final review.
** pricing of the seminar varies depending on the location and the hosting country. Members and Student pricing is offered at all seminars.
Student discount: Students can reach out to FICS or the Student Commission for a 20% discount code. The hands-on seminars all have student prices advertised at the time of registration. Students will be required to provide evidence that they are enrolled student in a Chiropractic Program and in their last year of study or within the first year of graduation.
Documentation - ICSC Completion
Once you have all your evidence together, it’s time to send this to us via email firstname.lastname@example.org. FICS will undertake the necessary checks and verification of your evidence. Please allow up to three-four working weeks for a ruling.
Full course documents:
- Download and save your els digital completion certificates for each module.
- Attach a copy of your upper and lower seminar completion certificates.
- Your practical experience working with athletes. ****Ref format notes in the example provided.
- Provide a copy of current certification in CPR or equivalent credentials in emergency procedures – not more than two years old.
- Copy of transcript or diploma from a CCEI accredited chiropractic institution.
- Current chiropractic license/registration
Expedited process documents:
- ICSC E-Learning – Complete the International Sports Chiropractic – Module ICSC10
- ICSC E-Learning – Evidence of concussion update in last two (2) years.
- Candidates must provide a transcript from another provider, along with the completion certificate.
- If you choose to do this with FICS you need to complete ICSC01 E-Learning – Head Injury in Sport.
- Evidence of your practical experience working with athletes
- CPR or equivalent credentials – not more than two years old;
- A copy of transcript or diploma from your accredited chiropractic institution;
- Current chiropractic license and copy of your diploma.
Note: From 1 January 2022 Completion of the Upper Extremity Seminar will encompass the head injury module
Example of Letter - Working with Athletes
***Evidence of working with Athletes. The below example is for a letter outlining your practical experience with athletes.
Please consider the following if you choose to provide a letter for your Evidence instead of a training log.
- Format: All letters MUST be in English
- Letterhead: The letter must be on a club or professional letterhead to match the club or person providing the reference. If the letter is from an athlete, the athlete must list their full name, sport, and contact details.
- Team level: Example: National, State, Local) and sport/s.
- Service period and outline of duration (Example: 2021 season, covering training twice a week and game days = on average xxx hours per week.)
- Your skills: To include your teamwork skills;
roles and responsibilities;
communication with athletes; and
position within the team (for example, only Chiropractor or working in a team of XX with another Chiropractor, Physio, Doctor etc.).
- Contact details: To include the person’s contact details to verify the letter and provide additional follow-up if required.
Don’t forget to get the letter signed.
Below is an EXAMPLE ONLY:
preferably letterhead if from a club.
Person Name signing the letter
Full clubs name
Contact details. An email will suffice.
This letter is to confirm that (Your Name) worked on the (Type of sport) medical team for the (event). Dr (your name) was an integral part of the team that worked on the professional (sport) athletes. Dr (your name) demonstrated professionalism, a strong work ethic and an excellent bedside manner and skill set in working in a multi-disciplinary medical tent.
Full name and dates of any events relevant to your letter of support.
- List whether you were a member of the team of multi-disciplinary professional health or the sole medical staff member providing care for a participant athlete/s
- List all job responsibilities you had for the event referred to in this letter of support.
Treatment options include:
- Specific Chiropractic spinal and extremity manipulations
- Soft tissue treatment including Graston instrument-assisted mobilization active release therapy
- Passive, active and resisted stretches and PNF Cryotherapy
- Kinesiology taping
- Soft tissue myofascial release therapies Mechanical soft tissue release
It must be signed by the person submitting the letter.
ICSC - Get started today
All requirements must be completed within three years from the date of enrolment. We know that life gets in the way our best intentions, therefore extensions may be granted in extenuating circumstances.
Start in any order:
- Register for the online learning modules via the FICS courses page
- View seminar schedule to plan your most convenient hands-on seminar. Hand-on seminar schedule.
- Start recording your hours working with an athlete.** You will be required to submit one of the following:
- FICS clinical experience spreadsheet – Download a copy of the Clinical Experience template
- letter from the sporting team you are working with
- A case study working with an athlete in a sporting setting
**To be eligible to be awarded the ICSC, doctors need to provide evidence that they have clinical experiences working with athletes and experience treating and assessing a range of different injuries.
Hands-on seminars. Refer to the hands-on seminar tab for locations.
Contact Us: FICS admin is located in Australia and emails will be acknowledged within 48 working hours email@example.com.
Continual Education Credits
Continuing education (CE), also known as CPD/CEU is required for all Sports Chiropractors working as part of a team at international games.
CE is essential because it ensures you continue to not only expand your thinking but keep you current and expand your networks. CE is an ongoing process throughout a professional’s career. Gaining approval for CE credits for your local chiropractic license will depend on your regulatory board or college’s discretion. All courses come with a certificate of completion listing the hours of learning. Many National Council Sports Chiropractors (NCSC) are working with their local governing body to gain the recognition of FICS seminars and courses. We would encourage you to contact your local NCSC as the first point of contact to enquire what the process is within your country. Some countries have a self-assessment requirement and will provide you with the necessary application to fill in to apply for CE credits.
FICS are forming partnerships to offer you the opportunity to meet the requirements to apply for continual education credits. Keep an eye on the social media channel and this page as we continue to add updated partnerships. It is our vision to expand these partnerships across the world so please reach out to us if you have contacts with your country which we can use to open up a conversation.
United States: We are offering Chiropractors who have their CCSP a unique opportunity to obtain their International Certificate in Sports Chiropractic (ICSC) in the USA! FICS is offering accelerated standing in the ICSC program and continuing education credits for DCs in the following states for ICSC01 Head Injury in Sport (6.5 credits) and ICSC10 International Sports Chiro (2.5 credits). Please note NC has only approved (6 hours ICSC01) (2 hours ICSC10).
- In partnership with Northeast College (formally known as New York College): BC, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, IA, ID, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MB, MD, MS, MT, NB, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, PR, QC, RI, SC, SK, UT, VA, VT,WA, WI, WY, Puerto Rico
- In partnership with Life University: AL, NC, VA, SC, GA, FL, LA, MS, TN, TX
Note: USA CE credits calculations – only instructional hours and course creating content are tabulated towards CEU value determination.
European Chiropractic Union: The FICS ICSC Program is part of the Continuing Professional Development events which has been awarded full CPD by the European Academy of Chiropractic.
Each element of the course will have a certificate of completion for the allocated CE credits. ECU is awarding credits for the total course hours to the nearest half-hour.
- Full ten online learning modules = 75 hours (total course time)
- Upper Extremity = 20.5 hours
- Lower Extremity = 20 hours
Note: ECU CE credits calculations – Full course instructional hours, course reading content and exams are tabulated towards CEU value determination.
Refer to their website for information on how to apply for CPD credits CLICK HERE
ICSC - Frequently asked questions
Student discount: Students can reach out to FICS to apply for a discount on the eLS. The hands-on seminars all have student prices advertised at the time of registration. Students will be required to provide evidence that they are enrolled student in a chiropractic program and in their last year of study or within the first year of graduation.
Do I need a Textbook? The required textbook for the eLS is no longer necessary. The eLS system presents the latest and current information. Online learning caters to the individual learning styles and allows FICS the ability to continue to build on our learning platforms catering to the diverse membership. It will enable FICS to update information as new research comes to light and introduce different tools and resources for language functions and hear audio translations.
Do I need an ICSC to participate on a FICS sports chiropractic team at an international event? Yes, you need to have an ICSC and be a member of FICS to be selected for a FICS team working at International games. This is necessary to assure the games organisers and the athletes that all doctors on the team are properly qualified and experienced, and to promote the professionalism and future of sports chiropractic.
Why do I need to do the modules above if I already hold a postdoctoral degree?
A review of the expedited process has taken place to ensure we are providing US doctors holding their CCSP the complete educational content in their quest for the ICSC certification. This review considered the educational differences between the CCSP and ICSC and the best pathway for doctors to gain all needed content to cover an international certification. The Upper Extremity Live Hands-on Module course provides a thorough update of the current concussion protocols as well as other topics needed to bridge the needed content. Therefore, Beginning January 1, 2022, doctors will be required to complete the Upper Extremity Live Hands-on Module Couse as well as Module ICSC10 (International Sports Chiropractic) to qualify for the ICSC. At the time of registration for the Upper Extremity course, doctors will automatically be given ICSC10 for no extra charge. We look forward to you joining us on the field!
Why do I need to do the head injury module every two years?
The study of the effects of head injuries is continually evolving. As we all know, a concussion is common in many sports and recreational activities. If you have completed a head injury module in the last two years, you may apply for advanced standing of this module. If you are using research papers as part of your evidence, papers on impact exposure only do not satisfy the full scope of a head injury review. Research papers need to show an understanding of the assessment of and prolonged symptoms and cognitive deficits in the short term and depression and cumulative deterioration in brain function in the longer term.
Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further questions. We look forward to assisting you and getting you started on your journey.
Not a member? Join FICS
There are 2 ways to become a member of FICS, and one is through individual membership at the cost of CHF 125, the other is via joining a member National Council Sports Chiropractic (NCSC).
FICS has a significant international membership base that includes our 26 current NCSC’s along with several educational institutions and affiliated organisations. By joining your local NCSC you will automatically gain membership with FICS, and therefore before you reach out to FICS with an application of Individual membership why not consider Joining your local NCSC, providing you with the added benefit of attending your local events at your NCSC members rates along with full FICS membership benefits, whilst strengthening your networks within your local region.
FICS individual membership: Download application form
Now is a great time to become a certified sports chiropractor! Take a look at the program and start the journey! We are here to help you through the process and assist you in becoming a specialist in sports chiropractic. Accredited Sports Chiropractic Schools: In order to undertake the International Certificate in Sports Chiropractic (ICSC) with FICS you are required to be a graduate of an accredited chiropractic program or be in your final year of study. Click here for accredited Programs registered with CCEC