Requirements to Coach in PIAA Member Schools Information

The following links provide access to all the necessary clearances and educational requirements for all paid or volunteer coaches to coach at a PIAA-member school:

PDE Required Background Clearances (must be completed once every 60 months):

  1. FBI clearance (ACT 114) -
    (This is the Cogent site required to be used by Department of Education - this clearance must be done online)

Click here for the Cogent Fingerprint site locations

       In completing the FBI clearance, there is an area that requests “reasons” – the answer is school districts.

Approximately 4 weeks after getting fingerprinted, you will receive your Cogent results in the mail.  These materials are to be provided to the school

  1. PA State Police clearance  (ACT 34) -

        In completing the PA State Police clearance, the “reason” is employment 

3.   Department of Human Services clearance (PA Child Abuse)  (ACT 151) -

              **Once at this site create an individual account**

In completing the Child Abuse History clearance, under the application purpose, check the box titled, “School Employee Governed by Public School  Code”.   

**The PA State Police clearance and the Department of Human Services clearance can be printed and mailed to those depts.  

Click here for the printer version of the PA State Police clearance.

Click here for the printer version of the Department of Human Services clearance.


PA Department of Education Required Training Courses:

A coach must complete a course under each heading, annualy, prior to holding practice with their students:

Concussion Training Course (must complete either of the two courses)

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Training Course

PIAA Coaching Education Requirements:

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 below):


NFHS (access info @

ASEP (access info @ Human Kinetics)

  • Coaching Principles (fee depends on instructor)
  • Sport First Aid (fee depends on instructor)

*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.

Additional Accepted Coursework:

  • PIAA will be accepting of college level courses for either the coaching and/or first aid requirements.  (Example courses are Principles of Coaching or Fundamentals of Coaching).  A coach must upload a copy of the transcript indicating satisfactory completion of the course(s) to the PIAA Website for credit. 
  • PIAA will be accepting of American Red Cross and American Heart Association First Aid training for the first aid requirement.  Please upload a copy of card to your coaches profile.
  • PIAA will be accepting of SafeSchools Training for Coaching Education as long as your school or school district has purchased SafeSchools Training for ALL STAFF.  Listed below are the modules needed to satisfy the Fundamentals of Coaching and First Aid Requirements.
    Fundamentals of Coaching Coursework:
    Athletic Liability, Conflict Management: Managing the Angry Parent, Title IX and Gender Equity in Athletics, Hazing, Steroid and PED Awareness in Athletics, Emergency Operations Planning: Building the Plan, Emergency Operations Planning: Implementing the Plan, Sensitivity Awareness, Conflict Management: Student-to-Student, Diversity Awareness: Staff-to-Student, and Online Safety: Cyberbullying
    First Aid Coursework:
    First-Aid, Sport Supervision & Safety, Heat Illness Prevention, Student Drug and Alcohol Abuse, AED, and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

    Once completed, coaches will receive TWO certificates for all modules completed through SafeSchools Training. One certificate will be for the Fundamentals of Coaching coursework and the other will be for the First Aid coursework. Please contact your SafeSchools Account Manager to set this up. These certificates can then be uploaded to their Coaches’ profile for approval by the PIAA.

For coaches that have not already completed college level courses and are interesting in taking those courses for continuing education, please use the link below for current course offerings:

Link to additional college level coursework which will satisfy this requirement.

Directions for creating a coach profile and uploading course requirements to the PIAA website for coaches:

To use the coaching credentialing system - visit our website:;

Click “login” (the gold box in top right corner of your screen).

Click the “Coaches” tab.

If you have not previously used the coaches’ credentialing portal, you will need to create a new user profile by clicking “Register” and following the steps to create a new user – (Note: school, official, or other logins used in our system are not useable for the purpose of coaching education). 

Once you have created a profile, the Coaching Education System becomes available.

  • In the first section, select each school which you are affiliated.  Multiple schools may be selected if affiliated with more than one school.  Simply begin typing the school name, and the system will match all available schools.
  • In the second section, “PIAA Education Requirements”, upload certificates of completion or a transcript to support completion of the required coaching and first aid required courses.  Note, if submitting a course other than an NFHS or ASEP approved course, type in the name of the course you are submitting. 

NOTE: One submission must be made for each course requirement.  A single transcript cannot be uploaded once to satisfy the requirement for coaching and first aid.  They must be uploaded separately.

Please do not submit concussion or cardiac coursework in this section.  That information may be upload under section 3 “Optional School Education”, but should not be uploaded under section 2.

  • In the third section “Optional School Education”, a school may require coaches to upload additional information at their discretion.  Please check with your athletic administrator to see if you are required to submit any items in this location. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jennifer Grassel, PIAA Assistant Executive Director in the PIAA Office at (717) 697-0374, or (800) 382-1392.