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Program Management Certification

Course Overview

The Program Management Certification Course (PMC) is a 6 hour certification granting course covering all non-technical aspects of Track and Field coaching. Topics included in the course are:

  • Reasonable Care
  • Site Supervision
  • Liability
  • Negligence
  • Professional Preparation and Activities
  • Standards of Conduct
  • Roster Management
  • Academic Monitoring
  • Facility Maintenance
  • Equipment Purchasing and Maintenance
  • Eligibility
  • Budget and Finance
  • Eligibility
  • Scheduling
  • Entries
  • Travel
  • Home Meet Management
  • Planning
  • Practice Administration
  • Communication
  • Teaching Skills
  • Meet Day Coaching
  • Coach-Athlete Relationships at the Meet


The PMC is the only program that provides a true certification for successful completion of its broad based curriculum. The certification is granted for completing coursework and an online examination within 10 days of course completion. The PMC, along with the Track and Field Technical Certification course, comprise the Track and Field Coaching Certification program.

Why the PMC?

The PMC is a part of the USTFCCCA’s Track and Field Academy. The Track and Field Academy is the only program of its type operated by a coaching organization, with a unique understanding of the challenges and issues that coaches deal with in their daily institutional setting. Our curriculum illustrates this understanding.


Tuition for the on-site version of the course is $60 when registering at least 10 days prior to the course. For late and on-site registration, tuition is $75. $20 of this fee constitutes an administration fee and is not refundable in case of a student’s cancellation.


The PMC is taught only by highly respected coaches, who have proven themselves in the coaching field and have extensive experience in the teaching profession. Refer to the course page of this website for information regarding the instructors for the particular PMC course you plan to attend.


Registration for the PMC will be offered online. Select the registration link for the school you wish to attend on the Academy’s Upcoming Course Offerings page. This registration also serves a place reservation, as space is limited and admission is granted on a first come – first served basis.

For More Information

For additional information about PMC course offerings, contact Mike Corn at or (504) 599-8903.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the PMC?
The PMC is a 6 hour certification granting course covering all non-technical aspects of Track and Field coaching.

Who is the organization behind this program?
The Track and Field Academy, and thus this program, are designed and operated by The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The USTFCCCA is an national organization representing over 8,000 Track & Field and Cross Country coaches of various levels.

What is the Track and Field Academy?
The Track and Field Academy is a program administered by the USTFCCCA that offers a variety of certification programs and professional development courses for the Track & Field and Cross Country Coach.

Are there prerequisites for the PMC course?
No, but a very basic knowledge of Track and Field is helpful.

Is the PMC applicable to High School Coaches?
Yes, the course offers a broad based instruction, making it very applicable to the high school setting.

Does the PMC have a test?
Yes, there is an on-line test to be completed in a specified time period following the classroom portion of the course.

Does PMC certify me?
Yes. The PMC grants a true certification by the USTFCCCA to coaches who successfully complete the course and the evaluation. Unlike other programs that offer certificates of completion, this and other Track and Field Academy courses offer true certifications of your skills and knowledge.

Is the PMC part of a more extensive program?
Yes. The PMC is just one of the courses offered by the Track and Field Academy. The program offers multiple courses and certifications, as well as other continuing education experiences for the coach. A complete listing of the courses and certifications offered can be found in the Programs section of this website.

Is the PMC part of a larger Certification?
Yes. The Program Management Certification Course (PMC), along with the Track and Field Technical Certification Course (TFTC), comprise the Track and Field Coaching Certification.

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