The NICA Coach Licensing Program strives to ensure that coaches are sufficiently knowledgeable so as to have a positive impact on NICA student-athletes.  The Professional Development requirements are intended to educate NICA volunteers, both new and experienced, in the industry best-practices for a wide range of topics. A number of formats are provided to allow the greatest opportunity for participation.

Leaders’ Summit Online Courses Credentialing Tests
Primary training seminar, including NICA On-the-Bike Skills Training, Risk Management, and NICA Student-Athlete Coaching Philosophy Positive Coaching Alliance online coaching program, TrueSport Coaching Education, & CDC’s Heads up on Concussion in Youth Sports Risk Management, NICA Student-Athlete Coaching Philosophy, & CDC’s Heads up on Concussion in Youth Sports

Leaders’ Summits

The annual Leaders’ Summits, hosted by each NICA League, bring together all coaches—both new and experienced—to develop skills and knowledge, share strategies, and build community. These conferences promote a holistic approach to coaching that creates an environment in which young people can grow and thrive, and are the best opportunity for new coaches to become acquainted with the best practices of coaching NICA student-athletes.  Click here for more information.

Self-report Leaders’ Summit attendance to your coach license in the NICA Pit Zone.

Leaders’ Summit attendance is a level 3 licensing requirement.  The first time a coach attends a Leader Summit credit is applied to the licensing requirement. Any time a coach attends a subsequent leader summit, that attendance can be applied to CEU’s.

Non-NICA Courses

If you feel you have taken a class that might qualify for NICA CEUs, please self-report to your coach license in the NICA Pit Zone.  If it does qualify, NICA Coach Licensing will update your License Status in the Pit Zone.  If we have any questions, we will follow up via email.

REI Outdoor School
REI and NICA have teamed up to offer NICA coaches the opportunity to earn CEUs for REI’s mountain bike skills instruction and bike maintenance programming. Various regions will have different programming options available, so check out the link below for classes near you. Bike skills instruction focuses on on-the-bike skills and takes place on local trails. These programs can last anywhere from 2 hours to a full day. Bike maintenance programming typically takes place at REI stores with qualified technicians serving as instructors.

To find your nearest REI Outdoor School programming, click here and look for programming with the “NICA CEU Eligible Programming” link.

Online Courses

NICA has partnered with a number of organization to offer the necessary curriculum needed to meet your desired level of licensing.

Positive Coaching Alliance

NICA has partnered with the Positive Coaching Alliance ( which offers two “Double-Goal Coach” interactive online webinars to NICA Coaches.  

  • DOUBLE-GOAL COACH®: Coaching for Winning and Life introduces PCA’s Double-Goal Coach model and provides an in-depth review of the three principles around which it is built: Honor the Game, Fill Emotional Tanks, and Re-define “Winner”. 
  • DOUBLE-GOAL COACH®: Culture, Practices & Games is the ideal follow up course.  Top coaches and athletes help you create a team culture of excellence. Specific sections of the course focus on how to create dynamic practices and strategies for getting the most from your athletes – as players and as people — before, during and after the game. Coaches who complete the course are equipped to build a team culture that provides an environment for athletes to thrive, love their experience with sports, and channel their energy into reaching their potential.

Each course is offered at a discounted rate of $12 with the NICA membership discount codes.  Please fill out the Coach Benefit Request Form for these discount codes. Each completed course qualifies for 1.5 CEUs.

TrueSport® Coaching Education
NICA has partnered with USADA and TrueSport to provide coaching education that is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE). TrueSport’s coaching education is an online, self-guided learning platform empowering coaches – the most significant influencers in young athletes’ lives – with the knowledge and resources to cultivate, champion, and uphold the rich promise and highest potential of sport. The program includes three brief, distinct modules that work together to comprise TrueSport Coaching Certification, and utilizes engaging and interactive instructional tools. It promotes the principles of TrueSport and the renewal of the true spirit of athletic competition through instruction on:

  • developing a coaching philosophy and ethics;coach_clipboard3
  • effective communication and problem-solving techniques with athletes and parents;
  • drug-free sport (performance-enhancing substance prevention);
  • responsibility for sound nutrition and healthy training habits; and
  • supplement and energy drink awareness.

The full three-module course is $49.95, but is offered to NICA members for only $25.00. Click here for the Three Course Bundle, apply ‘Nicacoach18’ in the coupon area at checkout so that the discount is applied.  After completion of the webinar, please upload TrueSport Coach Certificate to your coach license in the NICA Pit Zone.  Each module is worth one (1) CEU.

CDC: Heads Up Online Training Course
Concussions might be an injury you as a coach will come upon.  As part of the NICA Coach License Program we now require all coaches complete the CDC’s Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports annuallyThis is a free, online course available to coaches, parents, and others helping to keep athletes safe from concussion. It features interviews with leading experts, dynamic graphics and interactive exercises, and compelling storytelling to help you recognize a concussion and know how to respond if you think that your athlete might have a concussion. Once you complete the training and quiz, upload completion certificate to your coach license in the NICA Pit Zone.

Click here to take the course.

Contact Coach Licensing if you have any questions. Once you complete the tests, upload a screen shot of your results to your coach license in the NICA Pit Zone.