NCACE Accreditation

Who We Are

The National Committee for Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE) is the premier authority on coaching education in the United States. Operating as a program of the United States Center for Coaching Excellence, NCACE offers accreditation and national recognition to sport organizations and institutions responsible for the preparation of coaches at any and all levels of sport. Our rigorous review process ensures alignment with SHAPE America’s National Standards for Sport Coaches, and that coaches are trained to effectively meet the unique developmental needs of every athlete. Through forward-thinking leadership and our team of expert reviewers, NCACE is uniquely positioned to provide the highest quality, empirically-based guidance for the creation, implementation and evaluation of coaching education programs.

Our Story

The National Committee for Accreditation of coaching Education (NCACE) is a committee maintained by the United States Center for Coaching Excellence (USCCE), a not-for-profit organization involved in supporting the professions of coaching, coaching education and coach development.  Under its auspices, the purpose of NCACE is to grant accreditation to educational programs that meet or exceed the requirements outlined in the NCACE Guidelines for Accreditation of Coaching Education.  Key to NCACE’s efforts are the National Standards for Sport Coaches.  Originally published in 1995 and recently updated in 2019 by the SHAPE America, the standards provide the basis in which NCACE evaluates the content of coaching education programs.

Why Accredit

The National Committee for Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE) promotes and facilitates coaching competence within all levels of amateur sports by overseeing and evaluating the quality of coaching education programs. In addition, NCACE endorses comprehensive standards for sport practitioners, including volunteer, interscholastic, collegiate, and elite coaches. 

Accreditation

The goal of NCACE is to maximize the availability of qualified coaches for all sport programs. Through a rigorous review process and forward-thinking leadership, NCACE provides the highest quality, empirically-based guidance for the creation, implementation, and evaluation of coach education and coach development programs.

Recognition

The goal of NCACE is to maximize the availability of qualified coaches for all sport programs. We believe this occurs when programs provide curricular content aligned with best practices in coaching.

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