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Athletic Coaching Certification

As per Florida Statute 1012.55(2), each person who is employed and renders service as an Athletic Coach in any public school in any district of this state shall hold a valid Temporary or Professional certificate or an Athletic Coaching certificate.

If you do not hold a valid Temporary or Professional certificate issued by the Florida Department of Education(FLDOE)/Bureau of Educator Certification (BEC), then you must apply for the Athletic Coaching certificate. 

Process to obtain a one-time only three-year Athletic Coaching certificate:

  • Apply and pay online at
  • Submit any documents requested by BEC.
    ***Application will not be processed until all items are received by BEC***
  • Contact the Athletic Director or the Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS)/Athletics Department for the employment process.
  • Clear Fingerprints (not older than a year) and/or employment as a Part-time Athletic Coach

Once the application is processed, BEC will issue an Official Statement of Status of Eligibility (SOE) which outlines the requirements to complete for the five-year Athletic Coaching certificate.  Those include the following:

  • Nine (9) semester hours in athletic coaching (Once employed you may complete the courses through the M-DCPS/Athletics Department for more information at 305-275-3710.)

  • A valid cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) course completion card or equivalent

    Please note/Important:  To continue employment as a Part-Time coach after the expiration of the Three-year Athletic Coaching certificate; you must be eligible for the Five-year Athletic Coaching certificate.

Process to obtain the non-renewable five-year Athletic Coaching certificate:

  • Apply and pay online at
  • Submit evidence of valid CPR card or equivalent
  • Submit official transcripts showing completion of the required nine (9) semester college credit hours in athletic coaching.
    If the courses were completed through M-DCPS/Athletics Department, please request the submission of a CT-115 at 

As per FLDOE/BEC, the five-year Athletic Coaching Certificate is not a renewable certificate. Consequently, each five-year certificate is considered an initial certificate.  Therefore, the applicant must satisfy the specialization requirements that are in effect at the time of each application.


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