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Coaching Certification

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:

The text in red indicates a change in requirements from previous years.

NEW FOR 2017-18!!!

Coaching Education Program Online Age-Specific Requirements (Must be completed PRIOR to participating in any team activities and cannot be added to a roster until completed)

  • Complete the online age-specific module(s) for the age level of play you are coaching (Cost is $10 per module and only needs to be completed once per age level) Click here to register for the modules.

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

  • Register as a member of USA Hockey (Cost is $40 plus any affiliate fees if applicable). Click here for more information.
  • Complete the background screening (found on your affiliate website and some affiliates require approval before you can be added to a roster).
  • Complete the USA Hockey Safe Sport Training (required every two years and cannot be added to a roster until completed). Click here for more information.

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

  • Find, register and attend the required certification clinic. (Cost is $45 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 locate a clinic.

Coaching Education Program


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This page serves as the start for all things related to USA Hockey’s Coaching Education Program. Click on any of the menu items to the left to find out more information about that subject.  

  • Rules and Requiements: Outlines the standards all USA Hockey certified coaches must meet. 
  • Coaching Clinics:  Requires a USAHockey.com login (this login is NOT related to your USA Hockey member registration, modules, or level 3 recertification).
  • Age-Specific Modules: Links to the online program for this new CEP requirement  
    • Administered by FlexxCOACH website and requires a FlexxCOACH login.
  • Level 3 Recertification: Links to the online Level 3 recertification. This is NOT the age-specific module 
    • Administered by FlexxCOACH website and requires a FlexxCOACH login. 
  • Online Certification List: Search for a coach’s certification and completion of an online age-specific module, and print a CEP card 
  • Student Coaches: Information on the student coach rules 
  • Coaching Ethics: Links to the Coaching Ethics Code