1. Required Coaching Education Program Levels (for all coaches (head and assistant).

  1. 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 3, except that coaches of only 8U or younger players may remain at Level 1 or other certification level, even if expired, 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 3 is achieved, periodic renewal [as outlined in Paragraph (c) below] is required for coaches who have not achieved Level 4. Coaches of national tournament bound teams (Tier I 14U, 15-year-olds only, 16U and 18/19U and Tier II 16U and 18/19U) must complete Level 4 in their first season of eligibility, regardless of expiration date. Coaches who attain Level 4 certification are not required to attend any further certification clinics but must adhere to the age-specific requirement as outlined in Paragraph (b) below.
  2. 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.
  3. Coaching certification at Level 3 is valid for two (2) seasons, as indicated by the expiration date.

    A coach whose Level 3 is due to expire must take the online Level 3 Recertification Track 1 curriculum or they may move up to Level 4. Level 3 Track 1 Recertification is valid for two (2) seasons.

    A coach whose Track 1 Level 3 recertification is due to expire must take the online Level 3 Recertification Track 2 curriculum or move up to Level 4. Level 3 Track 2 Recertification is valid for two (2) seasons.

    Coaches whose Track 2 Level 3 Recertification is due to expire must attend a Level 4 clinic prior to the expiration of their Level 3 Recertification.
  4. Previous/Expired Certifications:

    Coaches with any expired certification will retain their previous certification levels provided the certification can be verified. Coaches will enter the certification system at that previous level and be subject to the certification guidelines as outlined above.

EXAMPLE: Years of Coaching Certification Requirements

Year 1 (ex: 2011-12) Level 1 clinic + age-specific component

Year 2 (ex: 2012-13) Level 2 clinic + age-specific component if not previously taken for current age level

Year 3 (ex: 2013-14) Level 3 clinic (expires Dec. 31, 2015) + age-specific component if not previously taken for current age level

Year 4 (ex: 2014-15) No new Level certification required but can attend a Level 4 clinic + age-specific component if not previously taken for current age level. Level 4 Required for Tier I and II National Bound as per paragraph a above.

Year 5 (ex: 2015-16) Complete the online Level 3 Recertification Track 1 (expires Dec. 31, 2017), or attend a Level 4 clinic + age- specific component if not previously taken for current age level

Year 6 (ex: 2016-17) No new Level certification required but can attend a Level 4 clinic + age-specific component if not previously taken for current age level

Year 7 (ex: 2017-18) Complete the online Level 3 Recertification Track 2 (expires Dec. 31, 2019), or attend a Level 4 clinic + age- specific component if not previously taken for current age level

Year 8 (ex: 2018-19) No new Level certification required but can attend a Level 4 clinic + age-specific component if not previously taken for current age level

Year 9 (ex: 2019-20) Must attend a Level 4 clinic + age- specific component if not previously taken for current age level

Year 10 and beyond: No new Level recertification required after Level 4 but must complete age specific component if not previously taken for current age level. Coaches are highly encouraged to attend a continuing education course every two years.