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Copper Certification (Minimum) Requirement

By Scott Kluever, WWF State Coach, 01/18/17, 10:30PM CST


Coaches need a minimum of copper certification in order to coach mat-side.

At the 2017 WWF Kids State Folkstyle and Freestyle/Greco-Roman State tournaments coaches will need a minimum of Copper certification in order to coach mat-side.  USA Wrestling Coaches membership is still required as in the past. This is NEW this year. 

Below are the steps to find the online certification on

  • Enter on your computer
  • Click on the menu in the upper left hand corner. When the menu pops up click on certification.
  • Click on Copper Certification
  • At the bottom of the information about copper certification is the online option. Click the online option to begin your certification.

The steps for gaining Copper Level certification are:

  1. Establish an online profile with USAW and obtain your USAW membership ID;
  2. Pass the background check required by USAW;
  3. Purchase your USAW membership; and
  4. Purchase and pass the USAW Copper Level Coaching Youth Wrestling online course offered through this page. * see below for helpful instructions.

Youth wrestling coaches looking to take the Coaching Youth Wrestling online course for Copper Level certification must be a USAW member (by completing steps 1-3 above) in order to purchase and take the online course. This ensures that each coach has met all the standards (including a background check) for becoming a USAW coach.

Please note: The process for becoming a USAW member can take up to two weeks. Be sure to secure your membership well in advance of the time you plan to take the online course for certification. Coaches who are not USAW members and who wait until the last minute (for example, they have a weekend tournament coming up in a day or two) to obtain their certification will likely find themselves ineligible to coach at that event.

* If you've completed steps 1-3 above and are ready to register for the course:
Click on the online course icon in the table below. After you have selected the course, you will need to register with the website by clicking on Sign In at the top of the page. During the registration process, you will be asked to create an ID number. This number is used to track your certification and is different from your USAW membership ID number. After you register, enter your USAW membership identification number in the field provided. If you are not a USAW member, if you have not completed steps 1-3 above, or your membership has expired (annual renewal is required; memberships run September 1 through August 31), you will be denied access to the course and be directed to the membership area of the USAW website. If you have misplaced or forgotten your ID number, or if you feel your ID number is being denied in error, you will need to contact USAW directly (contact information appears below). After you have provided your USAW membership ID number, select Choose and after the screen refreshes, select Add to Cart to start the purchase process. For step-by-step order and course access instructions, including screen shots of what you will see along the way, Click Here.

If you're a coach who has already taken and passed the online course and have questions regarding the status of your Copper Level card, contact USAW. On a weekly basis, Human Kinetics provides USAW with a list of coaches who have successfully completed the online course. USAW then produces and sends each coach a Copper Level card.

USA Wrestling is proud to be a long-time educational partner with Human Kinetics Coach Education and to have the Coaching Youth Wrestling online course accepted as part of the USAW Copper Level certification.

USAW is committed to providing our young athletes with the best possible instruction and sport experience. The role of the coach is paramount to achieving this goal, which is why USAW places such a strong emphasis on coaching education.

USA Wrestling's National Coaches Education Program (NCEP) is a multi-tiered educational program for excellence in coaching the sport of wrestling. It is designed to be an integral component of USA Wrestling's mission to possess the most powerful and comprehensive wrestling program in the world. USAW offers four levels of certification: copper, bronze, silver, and gold.

Contact information
USA Wrestling
Contact: Mike Clayton
6155 Lehman Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Phone: 719-265-3631