Certification Programs

Certification Programs are designed to meet the needs of coaches, fitness leaders, administrators and managers in achieving their desired career goals. The Academy’s Certification programs provide students with a strong foundation of skills and knowledge required for succeeding in the respective disciplines. The Academy has developed sport-specific certification programs for online and onsite delivery. Each certification program consists of six courses worth 4 CEUs per course. All courses are online.

Program Specifics

The following considerations must be fulfilled:

  • Successful completion of all six courses is required;
  • A final grade of 70% or higher in each course is required;
  • Courses may be repeated if a final score of 70% is not achieved;
  • Transfer of credit from other institutions is allowed but courses must be similar in content to Academy certification courses (limit two courses);

Sports Management

Certification in Sports Management provides students opportunities to further their knowledge base in the sport-related areas of business, administration, personnel management, marketing, public relations and facility management/program development. Courses focus on the development of professional sports management skills that are essential to designing and implementing sport-related programs. Completion of the Certification in Sports Management program will give students an internationally recognized certification in sports management. Students must be 18 years of age to register.

CEM 487 Introduction to Sports Security Management: This course examines the concepts, principles, and methods of organizing and administering security management and loss-prevention activities in industry, business, government, and sport venues. Emphasis is on protection of assets, personnel, and facilities. (4 CEUs)

The study of the principles of personnel management including staffing and development of human resources as applied to sport.
The study of basic concepts, theories and organization of administration. The managerial environment, ethics, social responsibilities and strategic management as related to sport are also explored.
A study of sport marketing principles and the elements of the marketing mix. Selected topics include advertising, promotions, pricing, sponsorships, licensing, and market segmentation.
A study of the nature, content and application of public relations in sport programs as related to educational institutions, organizations and associations.
The study of the principles involved in planning, marketing, producing and evaluating sports events and facilities.
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Sports Coaching

Certification in Sports Coaching provides students with the knowledge and skills to help them succeed in coaching at all levels of sport. Courses focus on coaching methodology, sports psychology, conditioning and nutrition, sports medicine, facility administration and program facilitation. Students must be 18 years of age to register in this program. Completion of the Certification in Sports Coaching will give students an internationally recognized certification in sports coaching.

The study of human behavior in sport and exercise settings. The course is designed to provide students with the latest research along with exploring theories of individual personality and motivational behaviors in sports participation.

Designed to provide students with a theoretical base for teaching sport and sport skills with practical application. Includes the development of a coaching philosophy with an emphasis upon ethics in coaching. Also, a review of the impact of contemporary trends and issues on coaching is presented along with a study of managerial skills common to all coaching activities.

The study of the importance of nutrition in the enhancement of sports performance and the prevention of disease.

The study of basic concepts, theories and organization of administration. The managerial environment, ethics and social responsibilities, and strategic management are also explored.

Designed to introduce students to the concepts and principles of skill mechanics, performance analysis, and teaching techniques. The use of technology to enhance sport performance of athletes is also featured.

A study of strength and conditioning as it relates to cardiovascular endurance in the enhancement of performance.

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