Prerequisite: Coach Introduction Training

The Coach Introduction Training is a two-part, self-guided orientation that lasts about 15 minutes. Part I explains Special Olympics New Jersey’s structure and operations. Part II provides valuable information about the coach role and expectations. The training is required only if the coach would like to earn any level of certification. That said, it is recommended that all coaches complete it.

Coach Intro Training

Sport Coach Certification

Certification in the Coach Education System is achieved in three levels:

  1. Bronze – Coaches participate in sports clinics or online training.
    • View available opportunities on the Events page and filter by Training.
  2. Silver – Coaches take the online course, Coaching Special Olympics Athletes.
  3. Gold – Coaches take the coaching science course, Principles of Coaching.

SONJ also provides certification for coaches that complete the Coaching Unified Sports course.

Young Athletes Coach Certification

All Young Athletes coaches are required to earn certification prior to coaching. Individuals must watch the self-guided video below and complete the Young Athletes Coach Training Video Questionnaire.

SONJ Certified Coach Credential

Coaches that take part in the Coach Education System are eligible to receive a SONJ certified coach credential.

Credentials include a coach’s name and photo. As coaches complete certification courses or trainings, they will receive stickers to add to their credential to signify completion of a course or training.

SONJ Certified Coach Credential Photo Instructions 


For more information on certification or receiving a SONJ coach credential, contact Volunteer Services at