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Coaching Authorization Certificate

A coach is a person who holds a coaching authorization or coaching endorsement from the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners, and who evaluates, assists, or directs student learning of an interscholastic athletic endeavor at a practice session or on the field of competition. The coaching authorization class sequence is offered online throughout the year.

Upon completion of the curriculum, the student shall submit records of credit to:

Iowa Board of Educational Examiners Licensure
Grimes State Office Building
400 E. 14th St.
Des Moines, IA 50319-0147
Phone: 515-281-3245

For additional information, please see the NIACC website: http://niacctrojans.prestosports.com/information/coaching-authorization.

Proof of current CPR certification is required in order to receive the coaching authorization. CPR certification can be earned within the recommended course PEH-140 First Aid or by taking CPR training through a reputable organization. For a listing of CPR courses available through NIACC Continuing Education, please see the NIACC website.


Tuition is based on the number of credit hours and legal residence and is subject to change or modification. To see the current cost per semester hour click here.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Financial assistance is available in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and part-time employment (work study). Students apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information on Financial Aid click here.

Required Courses

PEC-110 Coaching, Ethics, Techniques, and Theory 1 s.h.
PEC-115 Athletic Development and Human Growth 1 s.h.
PEC-122 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology for Coaching 1 s.h.
PEC-127 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries 2 s.h.
Total Hours 5 s.h.
PEC-161 Sports Officiating 3 s.h.
PEH-140 First Aid 1 s.h.