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Steps to Become a Hockey Coach

USA Hockey and the Coaching Education Program require both certification and registration to be eligible to coach. Registration is done online on a yearly basis. Certification is also required. A few basic steps requirements are as follows:

USA Hockey Requirements (Must be completed before participating in any team activities)

  1. Register as a member (Player/Coach) of USA Hockey.

  2. Complete the background screening. (Found on MAHA website and some affiliates require approval before you can be added to a roster). Visit to complete the background check.

  3. Complete the USA Hockey Safe Sport Training. (Required every year. Coaches cannot be added to a roster until completed). Visit

  4. Complete the online age-specific module(s) for the age level of play you are coaching. (Cost is $10 per module and only needs to be completed once per age level. Must be completed PRIOR to participating in any team activities and cannot be added to a roster until completed). Visit:

  1. Find, register and attend the required certification clinic. (Cost is $55 plus any lunch fees if applicable) You can only attend one clinic per season and all coaches start at Level 1.

Coaching Education Program Certification Clinic Requirements must be completed by Dec. 31

For more information on coaching certification, visit


Additional Information: 

 Steps 1-4 must be completed prior to skating with the players. If you do not complete these steps, you will not be permitted to participate in any practice activities. 

For 6U on-ice volunteers, Step 5 is optional. All other steps are required before participating in any practices. 

All coaches must provide their current USA Hockey member number to the MHA Registrar prior to participating in any practice activities. 

All coaches must designate a team manager and provide the name to the MHA Registrar and the MHA ACE Director. 

If you have any questions, please contact the MHA ACE Director for more information.