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.
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);
- Cost of each course is $150.
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.
Certification in Personal Training provides students a solid background in the area of personal training. Courses focus on training principles, nutrition, conditioning and the various aspects of programming.
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The National Coaching Certification Program was designed for coaches who primarily work with youth in community/ recreational programs. All three levels must be completed for certification. This program is designed to help coaches:
- Improve coaching techniques
- Expand their knowledge base
- Earn valuable CEUs
- Stay current with the latest developments in the coaching profession
- Obtain promotions and higher salary increments
- Acquire desired coaching positions
Coaching Certification Level I (4 CEU)
Students must complete the following course in order to receive Level I Certification: CEB 572 Introduction to Coaching. This course provides an overview of important aspects universal to coaching all sports. Topics to be explored include ethics, sports administration, coaching methodology, conditioning and nutrition, injury prevention, immediate care and rehabilitation and sports psychology. The text is embedded in the course and is based upon the United States Sports Academy Coaches Handbook.
Coaching Certification Level II (4 CEU)
To obtain Level II Certification, students must take two sport activity courses. Courses focus on the specific fundamentals necessary for coaching a specific sport. Each course covers skill development, techniques, drills and playing strategies. Program planning, off-season and seasonal play, and program evaluation are also introduced. Each course is worth 4 CEUs. (Students must complete Level I Certification before registering for Level II).
Coaching Certification Level III (4 CEU)
Students must complete the following course in order to receive Level III Certification: CER 511 Sports Performance Enhancement. This course examines the study of human movement and its relationship to sports activities. Methods for analyzing and improving performance are presented. (Students must complete both courses in Level II Certification prior to registering for Level III).