Coaching Certification

Certified Teacher Coaches

Those who hold a valid NYS classroom teaching license, or those who hold a valid certificate in pupil personnel, and who wish to coach, please see page 4 of the Guidelines for the Coaching Requirements. A useful help list for Certified teacher coaches can be found at this link. An additional link with options of NFHS pathway is here.

Please note: those who hold a valid Teaching Assistant certificate must still apply for the appropriate coaching certificate in TEACH.

Applicants for Coaching who do not hold certification as a teacher or administrator: Please see this useful Handbook for non-teacher coaches with requirements and procedures.

Volunteer Coaching

Anyone providing instruction/guidance to a student athlete must hold NYS Certification. Volunteer Coaches are held to the same requirements as a paid coach in order to obtain their certification. Many Districts are concerned with entering the Superintendent’s Statement for a Volunteer Coach. This link provides information on entering the Superintendent’s Statement in TEACH.

Additional Information

Since the State no longer prints and mails teaching/coaching licenses that have an expiration date, it is advised that you print your own proof of certification/licensure and put it in your play book, stats book or somewhere else to provide the proof should you be asked for it. Click on Proof of Coaching Licensure, enter the required info, then find our record. Do a print screen (there is a key on the keyboard that will say PrtSc, click on that) open a word document, change the orientation to landscape, place the PrtScn image in the word document, enlarge as needed, then print that page.

Please be sure to check the list of accepted First Aid and CPR courses, to assure you have taken (or have registered for) one that will be accepted for your license.

Not all First Aid and CPR courses are acceptable for coaching certification. When you register for your course, be sure to state that it is for coaching certification. Material covered in class may differ from those taught for cafeteria workers, bus drivers, teacher aides or other areas where First Aid/CPR is required. Also confirm that the card will read exactly as is listed on the list of accepted First Aid and CPR courses. The American Red Cross Standard First Aid course is NOT APPROVED for the First Aid requirement for coaching certification. Many coaches make the mistake of taking this course without referring to the list! If you have completed a course that is not listed as approved by NYSED, you must re-take the course from an approved course/provider prior to the issuance of your license/certificate.

Verification of Completion of an American Red Cross First Aid or CPR/AED course for Coaching licensure. ALL American Red Cross cards/certificates must have this form submitted by the instructor in order for the State to assess the correct format and timing of the course completed for coaching certification. If this form is not on file when your cards are received by the State, the reviewer will reject the card and indicate the requirement as “not met.” The form must have the certificate name EXACTLY as printed on the certificate issued. If they do not match, the certificate will be rejected. 

It is wise to bring the American Red Cross Verification form with you to your first class for the instructor to fill out, as there have been instances where the coach has been charged an additional fee to have the paperwork completed after the class is over!

Cards that expire before or mid-season in the coaching term will not be accepted.

If the district you coach in has subscribed to COSER 506, you may be eligible to take the Basic Life Support courses offered through TST BOCES. These courses are the ones that are through an approved agency that uses the course outlines and time requirements set by SED, therefore approved for the CPR and First Aid requirements. Check with your Athletic Director for the date/time your District has scheduled the classes.

When you apply for your certificate, some of the fields may show as “met” with a check mark next to it, while others will not show as met, even though you have submitted the appropriate documentation. Do not be alarmed if you encounter this with your file. Some fields (including First Aid and CPR) must be manually tripped to “met” by the evaluator. Always send a copy of your First Aid and CPR cards showing a current/valid date directly to the BOCES Regional Certification Office (RCO).

Support documentation for your coaching applications for those coaching in a local district must be sent to:

Mary Kay LaLonde
TST BOCES 555 Warren Rd. Ithaca, NY 14850
**All documents must have your DOB and the last 4 digits of your SSN written on them prior to submission.

Documents may be sent via the inter-school “bus mail,” via US Mail, scanned and sent as an attachment to or delivered in person.

TST BOCES Coaching Course Offerings

TST BOCES Adult Education provides the required Coaching classes on a rotating schedule. Pre-registration is required for each class – Contact the Adult Education office at 257-1561.