We believe it is important to provide you with all the tools you need to be a successful Special Olympics Coach. Our athletes love the chance to train and compete and you'll find your coaching experience to be fun and rewarding. We don't know who benefits more, our athletes or the people who coach them!
Coaches must have a current Volunteer Application on file and be at least 16 years of age to become certified. Below is more information about obtaining and renewing certification.
This section provides you with the overall plan for you to become a certified coach.
Click to see a list of currently certified coaches, sorted by County
We play by the rules but some adaptions are made to accommodate the various ability levels of our athletes. By taking the Coaching Special Olympics Athletes (CSOA) Course, you will gain a basic understanding of the scope of responsibilities and expectations required to be a Special Olympics Coach. CSOA also satisfies Coach Education System requirements
For sports without an online Initial Certification, please visit the Find A Program page to locate your local sports contact in your area for more information.
For first-time certifications (or for expired certifications)
Once completed, submit a Coaches Education System Application within 60 days to complete the process and become certified. Only approved courses listed below are reimbursed by SONC with proof of completion and payment.
For renewing a current or recently-expired (within one year) certification.
You must achieve a passing grade and no application is required. You may also re-certify by taking an Initial Certification Course above and submitting an application.
Please click here to view current certification records. The Re-certification quizzes listed below are free.
If you are a certified coach and interested in running a clinic or becoming a clinician, here's how.