Training & Certification for Hockey Instructor/Coach
In order to become a hockey instructor or coach, specific training is required. At a minimum, most places of work require individuals to have a bachelor’s degree in fitness or a related field such as exercise and sports science, physiology, kinesiology, nutrition and fitness, physical education, or sports medicine. For those wishing to teach specifically within a school, a teaching degree may also be beneficial. While it is possible to be hired within a high school without a teaching degree, it is highly regarded. Those wishing to become a talent scout will typically have a fitness degree as well as a second degree in sports management. It is also essential for hockey coaches of all levels to be trained in both first aid and CPR, and be at least 18 years old.
Some states require individuals to complete the Coaching Education Program to become both certified and registered as a coach. It is important to research your individual state requirements.