To coach K-12 school-sponsored athletics in Iowa, you must be certified and 18 years or older. Register for classes to meet the state of Iowa requirements. Classes may be taken in the classroom or online.
Certification requires a minimum of 55 contact hours of coursework. Classroom instruction or online certification is available. To receive certification applicants must submit transcripts to the state and pass a background check with fingerprinting before earning certification. Fingerprinting is offered during class, otherwise, please contact your local law enforcement agency to find out if and when they offer fingerprinting services to the public. Applicants under 20 years old, will also need to upload a copy of their high school diploma as a required transcript into the online application.
Coursework completed in the past may be used to satisfy all (or parts of) the Coaching Authorization requirements. To view a guideline as to what types of courses will satisfy requirements for your Coaching Authorization, please visit the Iowa Board of Educational Examiner’s (BOEE) Coaching Authorization FAQ page. If you’d like further assistance with your transcript or if you’d like to have a member of the BOEE review your coursework, please click here.
Licensed Iowa teachers can add a coaching endorsement to their teaching license by taking the required coursework for college credit.
Recertification is required after five years. During the five-year span of your authorization, you need to participate in five renewal activities. These renewal activities must be sponsored or offered by an accredited college or university, Area Education Agency, professional athletic association, the Iowa High School Athletic Association or the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union. Classes, clinics and rules meetings all qualify as renewal activities. Recertification classes are offered online.
Unsure if you need certification or recertification classes?
Use the license checker at http://www.boee.iowa.gov/ and search for a license.