Coaching Certifications

NJSIAA Coaching Requirements

CPR/AED/Basic First Aid Certification

NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching Course*

*Coaches who have experience coaching in an NJSIAA high school prior to the 2006-2007 school year will be exempt from this requirement.

NFHS Concussion Course

NFHS Heat Illness Prevention

NFHS Implicit Bias Course

Swimming & Diving Coaches

  • A valid CPR for professional rescuer certificate issued by the ARC or the YMCA.
  • A valid Lifeguard Certificate issued by the ARC or the YMCA.
  • A valid Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Certificate issued by fastswimprogram, the ARC or the YMCA.

Disqualified Coach Requirements

1st time

  • Sit 2 games/1 for football
  • Must complete the NFHS “Teaching & Modeling Behavior” course
  • Must complete above if 3 or more players receive DQ’s

2nd time within 365 days of 1st DQ

  • Controversies Committee Hearing

DOE Certification Requirements (Public Schools Only)

Public school coaches must fall within one of the four categories below.

  1. NJ Teaching Certification
  2. NJ Substitute Certification (60 Credits)
  3. Volunteer Coach
  • Must have one of the certifications above
  • Must complete all NJSIAA coaching requirements
  1. Paraprofessional Aid/Coach
  • Exempt from all certifications
  • Exempt from all coaching requirements
  • Must be under the direct supervision of a certified coach
  • Must not have any direct supervision responsibilities