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Coaches Information

Coaching Requirements

Contact your associations registrar BEFORE proceeding to verify that you will be coaching or volunteering.  All association registrars MUST be notified of any applicant prior to any registration process.  Failure to do so could result in the association seeking reimbursement of associates registration fees.

Step 1: Register as a Coach with USA Hockey

Must register and obtain membership confirmation with USAH every year. Cost $56.

Step 2: Background Screen - Check with your local Registrar to see if you need to do this first before proceeding

Required every 2 years. All coaches, volunteers, referees, team managers, locker room monitors, billet families, board members, must Submit Consent to Screen BEFORE having any access to kids on-ice or off-ice! **Check with your local Registrar to see if you need to be screened before proceeding with this.

Step 3: SafeSport Training Module

All coaches, volunteers, referees, team managers, locker room monitors, billet families, board members, must have completed USA Hockey SafeSport online module BEFORE having any access to kids! SafeSport Modules are valid for one year. Refresher course available.

Step 4: Age Specific Modules

Must complete Age Specific Module for level you are coaching PRIOR to on-ice or off-ice coaching activities or contact with players.

Step 5: Check your Coaching Education Program (CEP) level using this link to see if you need to take a class.

View your CEP level and expiration date. Use the below link to sign up for a coaching clinic. Example: If your Level 2 expires Dec 31st of this year, you need to take a Level 3 clinic. CEP's must be current by December 31st of each year.

Helpful Information and Links

Link: Steps To Become a USA Hockey Coach

Information on certification guidelines and info on obtaining your Level 1, 2, 3, 4. All coaches begin by attending Level 1 clinic then progress through the levels year by year.

Link: SafeSport Training Module

All coaches, volunteers, referees, team managers, locker room monitors, billet families, board members, must have completed USA Hockey SafeSport online module BEFORE having any access to kids! SafeSport Modules are valid for one year. Refresher course available.

Link: Age Specific Modules

Must complete Age Specific Module for level you are coaching PRIOR to on-ice or off-ice coaching activities or contact with players.

Link: List of USAH Coaching clinics available

Search for a clinic near you.

Coaching Education Program Requirements 2021-22

(1) Required Coaching Education Program Levels for Ice Hockey

All coaches must have the required certification level by January 1 of the current season, unless earlier deadlines are established by the district and/or affiliate. 

All coaches must complete the online age-specific modules PRIOR to participating with their team. 

(a) All coaches must enter USA Hockey's Coaching Education Program at Level 1, and must continue their education with a coaching clinic each year until, at a minimum, they achieve Level 4. Coaches of only 8 and Under players should remain at Level 1 until such time as they are coaching any older age level of play. 

A coach may attend only one (1) certification clinic per year. 

Once Level 4 is achieved, coaches will need to complete 5 credit hours of continuing education within each subsequent three-year period [as outlined in Paragraph (c) below].

(b) In addition to the training in paragraph (a) above, coaches must also complete online age-specific training modules specific to the level of play they are coaching, if they have not already taken that module. This requirement applies to all coaches at all levels, 1 through 5. Coaches may complete more than one age-specific module in any given season. 

(c) Effective in the 2021-22 season, coaching certification at Levels 4 and 5 is valid for three (3) seasons, as indicated by the expiration date. Before the expiration of their level, coaches must accumulate 5 credit hours of continuing education by either taking Level 5, or by attending other USA Hockey continuing education clinics. The USA Hockey clinic listings will indicate all continuing education offerings and the credit value of each. The Coaching Education Program retains the responsibility for defining continuing education credit values, including clinic or online course work.

(d) Grandfather Clause
For those coaches who received Level 4 or Level 5 PRIOR TO January 1, 2021, only coaches of Tier I and Tier II teams are required to do continuing education as required in (c) above. 

(e) Previous/Expired Certifications
Coaches with any expired certification will retain their previous certification levels provided the certification can be verified. Coaches may re-enter the certification system at that previous level and be subject to the certification guidelines in (a) through (c) above.

(2)  Evidence of Level

It is the responsibility of the local association to identify those coaches who do not meet the certification requirements. All coaches have until December 31 of the current season, or earlier date as established by the district and/or affiliate, to attend a USA Hockey coaching clinic. All coaches must complete the online age-specific modules PRIOR to participating with their team. Prior to the start of all games throughout the season all coaches are required to indicate their current certification status on the scoresheet, regardless of their certification level. All coaches (except for juniors) must legibly print their USA Hockey Coaching Education Program (CEP) card number, their CEP level (levels 1-5), their online age-specific playing level module and the year their CEP level expires. Beginning January 1 of the current season, prior to the start of each game, all coaches present are required to sign the designated area of the scoresheet in order to verify the accuracy of the player roster, as it appears on the scoresheet, for that game.

 (3) Penalty and Enforcement
Any coach not in possession of these certification requirements will be ineligible to coach for the remainder of the season. Districts and/or affiliates are required to uphold this penalty. It will be the responsibility of the local association registering the team to enforce the national policy.