Coach Certification Requirements

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Coaching Checklist

The following will detail everything that must be completed to be eligible as a coach for the coming season. For the 14U, 12U, and 10U levels, DAYHA is requiring that all coaches, head and assistant, have the first six items completed by November 1 of the current season. 10U coaches are required to have their requirements done by December 15 of the current season.

USA Hockey requires that the online age-specific module be completed before a coach can be on the bench or ice. If the items are not completed, a coach will not be permitted to participate in sanctioned activities until completed.

Step 1

USA Hockey Registration: Annual registration. You will receive an electronic copy of your registration from USA Hockey. Email your USA Hockey # to our Registrar.


Step 2

USA Hockey Background Screen: You must submit a new background screening every two years. If you are unsure if you need to complete it, please ask the Registrar. Please allow for at least two weeks for your background screening to clear. You will not be able to be placed on a roster or coach until the screening is complete. We recommend completing your screening by August 1st to allow enough time for it to clear. USA Hockey has already entered your self-registration ID number on the first page of the screen. You do not need to change this number. 

Step 3

USA Hockey SafeSport Certification: A 90-minute video with tests. This certification is good for 1 season to the date of completion. The SafeSport Training and Refresher Training are each valid for one (1) season beginning on 4/1/19. Safesport is now a yearly requirement and consists of a core course followed by three refresher courses. Every fourth year one must take the core course again.

Step 4

USA Hockey Age-Specific Modules: These modules are available in August. One time requirement per module. Some age groups have been combined. New modules are – 8 & Under; 12 & Under; 13 & Over. For instance, a coach with an existing 10U module would be eligible to coach at 10U without taking the new module. However if the same coach now wants to coach 12U they will need to complete the new 12 & Under module.

Step 5

USA Hockey Coaching Education Program Clinic: This must be completed by November 1 (10U, 12U, 14U) and December 15 (8U) of the current season.  Find clinics here.  CEP courses will be offered in person and virtually. You can take a virtual course offered by any state.

Step 6

Online Concussion Training: Annual certification with no cost. You must have this completed before you can be added to any roster. You will receive a certificate and email confirmation.

CEP Coaching Pathway

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