Who must take a Coaching certification course?
Currently, you must have a current, valid Illinois Teaching, School Administrator, Substitute Teaching, School Psychologist, School Counselor, School Social Worker Certificate or be retired from teaching to meet the IHSA By-Law requirement to coach without going through an IHSA coaching certification program. If you have taken an exam and possess any of the ISBE (Illinois State Board of Education), Certificates noted previously, then you are certified to coach in Illinois and do not need to take a coaches certification course. Normally, teacher’s aids and ancillary staff are not licensed through ISBE and must complete and pass an approved Coaches Certification course.
- Do you have to work as a teacher in the school you will be coaching? No, an Illinois Licensed/Certified Teacher may be hired to coach at any IHSA Member school.
- When you retire from teaching, do you have to maintain your Illinois Teaching Certificate in order to continue coaching? No, retired teachers do not have to maintain their Teaching Certificate and may coach at any IHSA Member School.
If you do not meet the criteria listed above, please follow this link to Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about coaching certification. Link to printable pdf version of Frequently Asked Questions.
Prospective Coaches must select and pass any ONE of the following Coaches Education programs (click link below to be redirected to the website to order your Coaches Education program). The following bundles meet all IHSA By-Law requirements to coach in Illinois. It is up to each individual after reviewing the options below to make their decision on what package best suits their coaching needs.
We now offer e-book versions of the above packages, but in a different format. Instead of a course bundle, a coach can place both e-book courses into the shopping cart, enter a promo code, and receive a discount on their purchase.
- ASEP- IHSA By-Law Exam Online course (this course is a single component only). It is for coaches who have gone through and passed ASEP in another state. This gives them the ability to purchase the last component needed to meet all three IHSA By-Law Coaching requirements. $30.00
- NFHS Certification
You must add to your cart from the NFHS.org Website both of the following: Fundamentals of Coaching (which includes IHSA By-Law Exam) ($69.00) and First Aid for Coaches ($65.00) = $134.00 total
- NFHS-IHSA By-Law Exam Online course (this course is a single component only). It is for coaches who have gone through and passed the NFHS course in another state. This gives them the ability to purchase the last component needed to meet all three IHSA By-Law Coaching requirements. $30.00
Download the IHSA Handbook for use with the IHSA By-Law Exam.