ASCA Certification Requirements – Career Development Coaches

Career Developmental Coaches Access to the Upper Levels of Certification

Education and Experience (E&E) / Developmental

Career Developmental Coaches are among the most important coaches in our country. A career developmental coach is:

  • One who has spent 10 year or more in a multi-level program.
  • Where they are NOT the head coach.
  • They are NOT responsible for “fast swimming.”
  • They develop an athlete and then pass them along to the next coach in the system.

Under certain conditions, we want to recognize these coaches for their contributions:

Level 5 Not available for E&E / Developmental Coaches.

Level 4 E&E / Developmental

  • Must accrue 15 years in position.
  • Must have taken all required course work ASCA Level 1 through 5.
  • All of that time must have been spent in a multilevel system, where your job was not to create fast swimming, but good developmental work.
  • Your Head Coach must support your application with a letter supporting those facts.

Level 3 E&E / Developmental

  • You must have been actively coaching for a full ten years (120 months).
  • You must have taken Education Courses through ASCA Level 1 through 4.
  • All of that time must have been spent in a multilevel system, where your job was not to create fast swimming, but good developmental work.
  • Your Head Coach must support your application with a letter supporting those facts.

Attaining High School Levels 3-4 (NISCA)

NISCA Level 4

  • Same as ALL below,
  • But a minimum of 15 years of High School coaching required.

NISCA Level 3

  • Be a Current Member of NISCA and ASCA.
  • A minimum of 10 years of high school coaching required.
  • Meet all requirements of Level 3 without achievement.
  • Academic Degree from a four year institution.
  • Demonstrate 5 years of service to the community through Learn to Swim, Aquatic Directorship; etc.