OSAA Coach Education
NFHS Coach Education Program
Requirements in Order to Coach High School Athletics, Cheerleading and Dance/Drill in Oregon:» AD/Coaches Certification Requirement
» Certification through NFHS Coaches Education program (one time requirement) - NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching Course
» Online Concussion Management Class (required annually) - NFHS Concussion Management Course
» NFHS Guide to Heat Acclimatization and Heat Illness Prevention Course (required every other year) - NFHS Learning Center (free course)
» Online Steroid Training and Assessment Class (required once every four years) - ODE Steroid Training and Assessment
» **Cheerleading and Dance/Drill Coaches Only** Spirit Safety Clinic (required annually)
» First Aid/CPR Certification (per school district policy)
How to search to determine who is certified?
Certified through ASEP PRIOR TO August 1, 2007 (Sorted by last name)» ASEP Certified List
Certified through NFHS AFTER August 1, 2007» Check status here
NOTE: All ASEP-certified coaches will be grandfathered into the new NFHS Coaches Education Program and are not required to take this course.
Rule 1.2 (Excerpt from OSAA Handbook)
1.2. Athletic Director and Coach Certification. The high school principal shall be held accountable for verifying that athletic directors and coaches of all sports sanctioned by OSAA, plus Cheerleading and Dance/Drill, have been certified in the following areas prior to assuming duties as an athletic director or coach. EXCEPTION: Any emergency exception must be authorized in writing by the OSAA. See Executive Board Policies, “Certification – Athletic Directors and Coaches” for additional information.
a) NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching – The OSAA requires that athletic directors and coaches must achieve a passing score on the test included with the NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching course (http://nfhslearn.com/courses/61001). This is a one-time requirement.
b) Concussion Recognition and Management Training – The OSAA and Oregon State Law (ORS 336.485) requires that athletic directors and coaches receive training to learn how to recognize the symptoms of a concussion and how to seek proper medical treatment for a person suspected of having a concussion. The NFHS’s Concussion in Sports – What You Need to Know free course (http://nfhslearn.com/courses/38000) satisfies this requirement. This training is required annually.
c) NFHS Heat Acclimatization and Heat Illness Prevention – OSAA requires that athletic directors and coaches must achieve a passing score on the test included with the NFHS’s A Guide to Heat Acclimatization free course (http://nfhslearn.com/courses/34000). This is an every other year requirement.
d) Anabolic Steroids and Performance-Enhancing Substances Training – The OSAA and Oregon State Law (ORS 342.726) requires that athletic directors and coaches receive training on identifying the components of anabolic steroid abuse and use and prevention strategies for the use of performance-enhancing substances. The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) hosts the training and assessment on their website at ODE Steroid Training and Assessment. This training is required once every four years.