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.
Sport Coach Certification
Certification in the Coach Education System is achieved in three levels:
- Bronze – Coaches participate in sports clinic or online training.
- Silver – Coaches take the online course, Coaching Special Olympics Athletes.
- Gold – Coaches take the coaching science course, Principles of Coaching.
Take a look at our Certification and Incentive Program for each level’s requirements, incentives and rewards, and what completion of each level makes coaches eligible for.
Young Athletes Coach Certification
All Young Athletes coaches are required to earn certification prior to coaching. Individuals will not be allowed to coach until they have watched the self-guided video, Coaching Young Athletes, and completed the Young Athletes Coach Training Video Questionnaire.
Unified Sports Coach Badge
Add a Unified Sports Coach badge to your certification credential. All coaches can earn this additional recognition by taking the Coaching Unified Sports course.