Coaching Certifications (Must Be Renewed Annually)
    Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in young athletes.  CardiacWise is a free online educational program designed to educate coaches, parents, athletes on the prevention of sudden cardiac arrest in athletes.  This course is approximately 15 minutes in length. Individuals who successfully complete this course will receive a certificate of completion. 
    This course covers the following topics:
    • Understanding Sudden Cardiac Arrest
    • Causes of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Athletes
    • Signs and Symptoms Cardiac-Related Conditions in Athletes
    • Strategies for Preventing Sudden Cardiac Arrest
    Once you have completed the quiz, print out your certificate and provide it to the athletic department to put on file.
    Link to the course:Cardiacwise Certifications
    Sport Safety International has partnered with the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society to offer the ConcussionWise series of educational programs.  These programs have been peer-reviewed and are consistent with the latest science and practical applications regarding the prevention and management of concussion. 
    As a coach, you are responsible for the health and safety of your athletes, and it’s likely that you are aware of the recent focus on concussions in sports. It is important for coaches to understand concussion basics, as well as steps to prevent and properly care for concussions when they occur. ConcussionWise™ PRO is a free online course developed specifically for Pennsylvania coaches by Sport Safety International. At the completion of the course, learners will receive a completion certificate. 
    Once you have completed the course, print out your certificate and provide it to the athletic department to put on file.
    HeatWise (For Fall Sports Only):
    HeatWise is an online program designed to educate coaches and others involved in sports and physical activity on the prevention and management of exertional heat illness.  This course is approximately 20 minutes in length.  Individuals who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of completion. This course covers the following topics:
    • Prevention of dehydration
    • Recognition of dehydration
    • Prevention of exertional heat illness
    • Recognizing exertional  heat illness
    • Immediate treatment/management of exertional heat illness
    Once completed with the course, print out your certificate and turn it into the athletic office to put on file.
    Link to the course: Heatwise Certification 
    PDE Clearances:
    In accordance with Pennsylvania Department of Education regulations, all public school employees who have direct contact with children must have current (not more than one (1) year old) Pennsylvania State Criminal Background (Act 34), Child Abuse (Act 151), and Federal Criminal History Record (Act 114, Fingerprinting) clearances.   
    Act 34: PA Criminal Record History: https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp
    Act 151: PA Child Abuse History Clearance: https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/Public/Home 
    Act 114: FBI Fingerprinting Clearance: https://uenroll.identogo.com
    or by Phone 844-321-2101, SERVICE CODE: 1KG6XN
    Act 168: Sexual Misconduct/Abuse Disclosure: Act 168 PDF Document



    The following continuing educational courses will be required for coaches engaged at a PIAA Member School (Effective July 1, 2016*):

    Core Courses (complete a coaching education course and a First Aid course from either of the two providers below, once completed please submit a certificate or transcript for approval to the PIAA by creating a coaches profile, directions are on PIAA Site)


    NFHS (access info @ www.nfhslearn.com)

    PA online coach link:  http://www.asep.com/asep_content/org/PIAAPSADA.cfm?associate=13977

    *NOTE: All coaches currently employed or engaged by a PIAA member school must complete two courses as provided above no later than June 30, 2018.  Coaches hired after July 1, 2016, will have two years from their date of hire to complete this requirement.