First, if you are already certified at Levels 3-4-5 via your Athlete Achievement, Education and Experience, nothing changes. No need to do anything!
Beginning Feb. 1, 2018, ASCA now recognizes Education as its own Category!
The three legs of the certification stool have always been EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, and ACHIEVEMENT. On the new certificate, if you have coached an athlete with the required Achievement, it will be shown as the word Performance added to the normal “Level 4 – USA-Swimming.”
*If you gain a Performance Level 3-4-5 certification, you will receive the traditional ASCA blue and gold certificate.
If you do not yet have an athlete at the required Achievement Level, you can still have access to Levels 3-4-5. They will be termed: “Level 3 Education – USA-Swimming” (or whichever level you earn in whatever category you primarily coach.)
*If you gain Education Level 3-4-5 certification, you will receive the new ASCA red and gold certificate.
Requirements for Level 3 Education Category:
Completion of all Five Required Education Courses and 3 Continuing Education Courses of the available list.
Requirements for Level 4 Education Category:
Completion of all Five Required Education Courses and 4 Continuing Education Courses of the available list.
Requirements for Level 5 Education Category:
Completion of all Five Required Education Courses and 5 Continuing Education Courses of the available list.
So, no need to wait for an athlete achievement for access to our upper three Certification Levels. You can access them NOW through meeting the above requirements. This recognizes that you are highly educated coach and should be rewarded as such.
In this way, while you are still working on your athlete achievement levels, you can be recognized for your commitment to your profession through your education. Education is one of the tools on the way to being recognized as a Great Swimming Coach! (Think of it as the brain surgeon who hasn’t done any operations yet, but has completed the highest level of study required to begin doing so.)
Remember there is *NO change to the current 32 year system of Achievement-Based Levels 3-4-5. This is an opportunity for many more coaches to be recognized.
*Important information to know.