Coaching Certifications/Requirements

Coaching at Letchworth

  • Coaching a sport, at any level, can be an incredibly rewarding experience. 

    There are coaching requirements that must be met for certified teacher coaches, non-teacher coaches, and paid/non-paid assistant coaches.

    Non-teacher coaches and paid/non-paid assistant coaches must be certified through New York State by applying for a license. To apply for a license, individuals need to do so through NYSED’s TEACH online system by clicking HERE

    Additional information can be found in the Coaching vs. Volunteering FAQs below.


    Does the State of New York recognize Volunteer Coaches?   No. The state does not recognize/allow volunteer coaches. However, the state does recognize/allow unpaid Assistant Coaches who are certified.

    What is the difference between what a coach can do and what a volunteer can do and who needs certification?

    The difference between coaching and volunteering is direct athletic interaction with students.

    A volunteer can help at sporting events in indirect ways such as timing, recording stats, and videotaping and does not need to be certified.

    An assistant coach can work directly with students under the direction of the coach and does need to be certified.

Certification FAQs:

  • What do I need to do to become certified?

    This link will take you to a document that outlines the certification process. For questions, clarification, and training opportunities, you can contact the following:

    Tyler King, Director of Athletics

    Phone: 585-493-3511


    Is there a cost associated with becoming a certified coach?

    Yes. Some of the courses as well as the fingerprinting will cost you money as well as an investment in time. Some of the courses are free. Costs are outlined in the link above.

    Is this certification a Letchworth Central School District rule or is it state law?

    It is New York State Education Law. The only additional district requirement is the Concussion Protocol Training.

    Can the district help me with the training?

    Yes. We will periodically provide the First Aid and CPR/AED training and can assist you in finding the other courses. Most can be taken online.