Training Requirements & Links

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All coaches (head and assistant coaches) are required to complete ALL the requirements below in order to coach and for USA hockey to approve a team roster.

Please retain any certificates just in case we need verification. There is no need to forward any copies at this time.

You can check the status of your certifications with USA hockey at the following website:

If your are selected to coach a team for the 2023-24 season, CCYHA will reimburse you for the cost of the background screening, the USA hockey Age-Specific Module and the USA Hockey CEP required to coach for this season. Reimbursement instructions will be sent to coaches upon selection.

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STEP 1: Obtain a USA Hockey number

Registration with USA hockey is required every season and you must have a valid USA Hockey number before you are added to a USA hockey roster. New registrations start on April 1

STEP 2: Create Account in USA Hockey Course System

Log in or create an account in the USA Hockey Course Registration and Certification Course Registration System. This system can be used to check your status for CEP, on-line modules, screening, SafeSport status and be used to register for the USA hockey coaching clinics (next step).

STEP 3: Register for a USA Hockey Coaching Clinic

Coaches must complete a USA hockey coaching clinic (offered by MidAm or USA Hockey) by December 31st. You can only attend one clinic per season and all coaches start at Level 1.

All coaches must register and complete a USA hockey coaching clinic as part of the Coaching Education Program (CEP). Once Level 4 is achieved, coaches will need to complete 5 credit hours of continuing education within each subsequent three-year period (does not apply is you received Level 4 prior to 1/1/2021.


A background screen is required every TWO seasons (not calendar years) and must be completed.

For the 2024-25 season, the cost of the screening must be initially paid by the individual and CCYHA will reimburse. Please complete the reimbursement request for reimbursement. Reimbursement will occur in batches and often occur towards the end of the season.

Background Screen Receipt

STEP 5: Safesport Training

SafeSport is required every season. You must complete all sections. Save your certificate upon completion. No need to submit your certificate to CCYHA unless requested.

STEP 6: Age Specific Module

Coaches must complete the age specific module for the age group (8U, 10U, 12U, 14U and/or 16U) you will be coaching. If you are coaching more than one age group, you will need to complete the ASM for each age group. Save your certificate upon completion. Do not submit to CCYHA unless requested.

STEP 7: Concussion Awareness Training

Concussion training is required every three years and is required by the State of Ohio. Coaches must complete concussion awareness training through NFHS; please do not enroll in similar courses. Please register and complete the ‘Concussion in Sports’ course. Save your certificate to submit to the registrar upon request.

STEP 8: Lindsay's Law

Coaches must review the Sudden Cardiac Awareness information the State of Ohio every year. Ohio law, Revised Code 3707.58, states that coaches of an athletic activity organized by a youth sports organization shall complete, on an annual basis, the sudden cardiac arrest training course approved by the department of health. Coaches must review the Ohio Department of Health's video and SCA Information for the Coach.

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