Coaching Certification Process

Welcome to Atlanta Center Ice and our coaching certification information page. Please review the following information and email if you have any questions.

To start the process, USA Hockey and the Coaching Education Program (CEP) require both certification and registration to be eligible to coach. Registration is done online on a yearly basis. Certification is also required. A few basic requirements are as follows:

All USA Hockey requirements must be completed before participating in any team activities

  1. Register as a member of USA Hockey. (The cost is $46 plus $8 for SAHA affiliate fees). Click here for more information.
  2. Complete the background screening. This must be completed PRIOR to participating in any team activities and you cannot be added to a roster until completed. Click here.
  3. Complete the USA Hockey Safe Sport Training. This is required every year and must be completed PRIOR to participating in any team activities. You cannot be added to a roster until completed. Click here for more information.
  4. Complete the online age-specific module(s) for the age level of play you are coaching. (Cost is $10 per module and only needs to be completed once per age level. This must be completed PRIOR to participating in any team activities and you cannot be added to a roster until completed). To access the modules, go to the USA Hockey E-learning Site and click Coach/Official Login
    • Login
    • Select Coaching e-Learning: Click here
    • Select the module you wish to complete.
    • IMPORTANT NOTE: Previous modules completed are NOT populating in this screen! The modules listed in your profile are the accurate record.
  5. Find, register and attend the required certification clinic. The Cost is $55. You can only attend one clinic per season and all coaches start at Level 1. You can take clinics from April 1-Dec. 31 each season. Click here to locate a clinic. (Coaching Education Program Certification Clinic Requirements must be completed by Dec. 31, 2024)

    Once all this is complete,
  6. Login to your USAH Profile (
  7. Click MY PROFILE —> Coaching Information. This is your current level information.
  8. Please print this page to PDF and send it to me for my records.
  9. Please also complete the Coaching Information Form so we can enter your information in the spreadsheet

Key things you must know for 2022-2023 and beyond

  • If you are a 10U+ coach you must do the next level. A goalie clinic counts as a level upgrade.
  • All Level 3 coaches entering their third year can either re-certify or take a Level 4 course by December 31.
  • Level 4 Coaches, beginning 2021-2022, must do "professional learning" to re-certify in 2024. There are very few coaches that are grandfathered into Level 4; please check your status in your MY PROFILE page to confirm you are listed as 2099 expiration on your license.
  • For more information on Coaching Education Program Requirements visit

All Center Ice Coaches must be certified through USA Hockey:

  • If you will coach 8U you are good at Level 1.
  • If you coach 10U or higher you must progress through level 3 on your certifications. Second year Level 3s need to re-certify or attend a level 4 clinic.
  • Whether you are coaching house or travel, anyone one on the ice or the bench must be up-to-date on their certification. This is a non-negotiable due to insurance. USA Hockey will not cover any incidents where an uncertified coach is on the ice or bench.
  • I know some coaches are frustrated with the coaching clinics, but they are required and do provide consistency in the message we are working to present to our players and parents.