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Steps to Become a USA Hockey Coach

USA Hockey and the Coaching Education Program require both certification and registration to be eligible to coach. Registration is done online on a yearly basis. Certification is also required. A few basic steps requirements are as follows:


USA Hockey Requirements (Must be completed before participating in any team activities)

Coaching Education Program Requirements (Must be completed by Dec. 31)

  • Find, register and attend the required certification clinic. (Cost is $40 plus any lunch fees if applicable) You can only attend one clinic per season and all coaches start at Level 1. (The coaching clinic season for Levels 1-3 officially runs from September 1 to December 31). Click here to find a clinic.
  • Complete the online age-specific module(s) for the age level of play you are coaching. (Cost is $10 per module) (The online modules are available from September 1 to December 31.) Click here for the modules.

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Note for 2017-18 Clinics

The Coaching Education Program is working on a new clinic registration tool that will debut the summer of 2017. Level 1, 2, 3 clinics cannot be posted until that site is active. Most instructors will not post clinics until August at the earliest.

Any August clinic listed will be locked and is for informational/planning purposes only.

We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Coaching Education Program Certification Clinics

All coaches begin by attending a Level 1 clinic and then progress through the levels year by year.

If your certification is expired, please read the Expired Certification FAQ on the right side of this page.

If you need to transfer or apply for a refund for an upcoming clinic, please read the Refund/Transfer policy on the right side of this page.

All coaches must be registered members of USA Hockey, click on the link on the right side of this page to register before trying to register for a coaching clinic.