Benefits to Accreditation
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. The benefits provided to members through accreditation include:
Specialized accreditation provides external accountability for the quality of your coaching education program. Demand for this type of accreditation is growing in the public domain and the sports industry.
Recognition by an established and regarded third-party organization enhances the reputation of your coaching education program among the public and within sports and coaching education industries.
Through the accreditation process, NCACE ensures that your coaching education program adheres to the characteristics of excellence as prescribed by the National Standards for Sport Coaches. Coaches and their employers, as well as athletes and their parents, need and are entitled to readily identify evidence as such quality.
The art and science of sport coaching is constantly changing. The accreditation process requires internal review thus fueling continual improvements in your coaching education program to ensure that it continues to meet the guidelines set by the National Standards for Sport Coaches.
Accredited programs may use the NCACE logo for promotional purposes, which differentiates your program from the competition and showcases the evidence that your program produces quality coaches who can provide positive sports experiences for your athletes.
Professional accreditation is the process of verifying that professional preparation is of sufficient quality to ensure that those completing such preparation will engage in safe and appropriate practice. Independent certification programs may verify that participants have completed an identified unit of information or developed specific skills, but the certification does not address the quality or appropriateness of the specified curriculum or preparation. Prospective coaches must seek quality, accredited coaching education programs that enable them to understand hiring practices and to meet appropriate certification requirements related to becoming a qualified coach.
Coaches, because of their primary roles as teachers and mentors of athletes, must aspire to achieve high standards and require resources to assist them in gaining necessary skills and knowledge to do so. Based on unprecedented expansion of information that is available to coaches and it is essential that a high standard of care is taken to ensure the health and safety of all athletes. Coaching education programs have the responsibility of ensuring that coaches have the opportunity to develop the appropriate skills, knowledge, and values to function as a coach. The NCACE Guidelines for Accreditation of Coaching Education are intended to provide direction for coach educators and coach developers to design programs that will effectively develop coaches regarding the skills and knowledge that coaches should possess.
Accreditation of coach education and coach development programs seeks to:
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