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Head Coaching Certification Program


Program Overview

The Head Coaching Certification Program (HCC) is a high level, detailed educational experience designed to prepare coaches to assume Head Track and Field Coaching duties. Collegiate Head Coaching and High School Head Coaching Certifications are available. These certifications are made available to assist head coaches and head coaching candidates in their coaching and management skills, to assist in resume building, and to document professional preparation to prospective employers and administrators. The certifications are gained by taking and passing certain identified coursework in the Track and Field Academy. The certifications consist of technical and management components.

Collegiate Head Coaching Certification Requirements

Coursework. Academy Coursework as detailed in the Programs section and Course Catalog must be completed. The individual required courses (with the exception of the HCC) may be undertaken in any order.

3 Years of Formal Coaching Experience. Formal experience is defined as work in a verifiable, paid Track and Field coaching position at an academic institution. Coursework may be taken while meeting the experience requirement, but the HCC may not be taken before the experience requirement is met.

The HCC Course. The Collegiate Head Coaching Certification Course (Course 307). This course must not be taken in advance of the previous coursework.

High School Head Coaching Certification Requirements

Coursework. Academy Coursework as detailed in the Programs section and Course Catalog must be completed. The individual required courses (with the exception of the HCC) may be undertaken in any order.

3 Years of Formal Coaching Experience. Formal experience is defined as work in a verifiable, paid Track and Field coaching position at an academic institution. Coursework may be taken while meeting the experience requirement, but the HCC may not be taken before the experience requirement is met.

The HCC Course. The High School Head Coaching Certification Course (Course 308). This course must not be taken in advance of the previous coursework.

Information for Head Coaching Certification Candidates

Upon successful completion of your coursework, Head Coaching Certification Class (307 or 308), and meeting the experience requirement, a candidate who wishes to receive the Head Coaching Certification should fill out the HCC Application. There is a $25 Administration fee for final processing of the certification and arrangement for shipping the certificate.

For More Information

For additional information about the MEP or related course offerings, contact Mike Corn at mike@ustfccca.org or (504) 599-8903.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why the HCC?
the HCC is the only program of its kind, certifying you as a person who has undergone professional education specifically designed to prepare you for Head Coaching duties.

Why the Academy?
The HCC is a part of the USTFCCCA’s Track and Field Academy. The Track & Field Academy is the only program of its type operated by a coaching organization, with a unique understanding of the challenges and issues coaches deal with in their daily institutional settings.

Does the HCC certify me?
Yes. The HCC grants a genuine certification by the USTFCCCA to coaches who successfully meet all the program requirements. Unlike other programs that offer certificates of completion, this and other Track and Field Academy courses offer true certifications of your skills and knowledge.

Why Should I Be Certified as a Head Coach?
You don’t have too be certified to be a Head Coach, but there are advantages. In addition to the education provided in the process, certification provides evidence of the time, trouble and expense you have invested in professional improvement to Athletic Directors and other hiring agents.

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.

Is the HCC part of a more extensive program?
Yes. The HCC is just one of the programs 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 and Course Catalog sections of this website.

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