It is a USA Hockey and DYHA policy that only properly registered coaches may be on the ice and bench with
the players. There are a few basic steps that need to be
Register as a member of USA Hockey (Cost currently is $40)
Comply with USA Hockey Screening policy and abide by USA Hockey coaching Ethics Policy
o Complete screening, based on requirements, at beginning of season by going to
www.CHCHOCKEY.org and go to “Coach/Volunteer Screening” tab.
Find, register and attend the required certification clinic. You can locate clinics at
www.USAHOCKEY.com and go to the “Coaches” tab to locate clinic dates and locations. You can
only attend one clinic per season. The coaching clinic season for Levels 1-3 officially runs from
September 1 to December 31; Level 4 clinics are typically held from April to August with some
districts holding them as late as September/October. See detailed certification requirements
below. See Coach Certification FAQs below too.
Complete the online age-specific module(s) for the age level of play you are coaching. (Cost is
$10 per module) The online modules are available from September 1 to December 31. See
detailed module requirements below.
Must attend the required clinic and complete the necessary online age-specific module(s) by
December 31 of the current playing season to continue coaching on January 1.
Complete SafeSport Training before season begins. Go to www.USAHOCKEY.com and go to the
“Saftey” tab and “Training”. Retain the SafeSport training certificate.
Coaching level evidence: All USA Hockey coaches will possess a USA Hockey Coaching Education
Program card. On each game scoresheet, you must print your USA Hockey Coaching Education
Program (CEP) card number, your CEP level (levels 1-5), your online age-specific playing level
module and the year your CEP level was attained.
Helmets must be worn on the ice by coaches during all practices
DETAILED CERTIFICATION and MODULE REQUIREMENTS
All coaches must have the required certification level by January 1 of the current season.
(a) All coaches must enter USA Hockey’s Coaching Education Program at Level 1, and must
continue their education with a coaching clinic each year until, at a minimum, they achieve Level
3. EXCEPTION: Coaches of 8U or younger players may remain at Level 1 or their current level. A
coach may attend only one (1) certification clinic per year (not including age-specific
requirements). Coaches who do not coach in continuous years must re-enter the program at the
next level when they resume coaching responsibilities. Once Level 3 is achieved, periodic
renewal [as outlined in Paragraph (c) below] is required for coaches who have not achieved
Level 4. Coaches of national tournament bound teams (Tier I 14U, 16U and 18/19U and Tier II
16U and 18/19U) must complete Level 4 in their fourth season of coaching. Coaches who attain Level 4 certification are not required to attend any further certification clinics but must adhere to the age-specific requirement as outlined in Paragraph (b) below. (b) In addition to the training in paragraph (a) above, coaches must also complete online agespecific training modules specific to the level of play they are coaching, if they have not already taken that module. This requirement applies to all coaches at all levels, 1 through 5. Coaches may complete more than one age-specific module in any given season. (c) Coaching certification at Level 3 is valid for two (2) seasons, as indicated by the expiration date. A coach whose Level 3 is due to expire must take the online Level 3 Recertification Track 1 curriculum or they may move up to Level 4. Level 3 Track 1 Recertification is valid for two (2) seasons. A coach whose Track 1 Level 3 recertification is due to expire must take the online Level 3 Recertification Track 2 curriculum or move up to Level 4. Level 3 Track 2 Recertification is valid for two (2) seasons. Coaches whose Track 2 Level 3 Recertification is due to expire must attend a Level 4 clinic prior to the expiration of their Level 3 Recertification. Coaches must complete the online recertification program in order to recertify their Level 3 certifications. Attending a clinic or workshop is no longer valid for recertifying any certification level.