Coaches Certifications Levels

Coaches must be current USA Wrestling Leader Members to take Copper and Bronze certification courses or to have task credits awarded for Silver and Gold certification work.

USA Wrestling recommends a Copper Level Coaches Certification to coach athletes ages 12 and under and a Bronze Level Coaches Certification to coach athletes ages 13 and up.

Copper and/or Bronze coach certifications are required to coach at all USA Wrestling Regional and National Level events based on the age of the athlete you will coach.

Contact your state USA Wrestling Office or the tournament director for the event you wish to coach for info on what certification(s) may be required to coach.

  Copper Bronze
 Coaching Ages 12 and Under  X     All Ages     All Ages  
 Coaching Ages 13 and Older    X   All Ages     All Ages  
 Optional Certification Levels 
    X X
 Cost  $50 $80   Varies     Varies  
 Time to Complete    4 Hours  
  6 Hours  
  Varies     Varies  
 Delivery Method Online Online Hybrid Hybrid


Copper Certification
Designed to coach athletes ages 12 and Younger
Price: $50
4 hours, Online Course

Bronze Certification
Designed to coach athletes ages 13 and Older
Price: $80
6 hours, Online Course

Silver Certification
Designed to provide advanced training, networking, and philosophy development.

Price: Pricing varies
1. 3D Online Coaching Course, $125. Save 10% USAW2015 discount code (Link available in the Silver Task Tracker)
2. Attend a US Wrestling Officials Education Program (OEP) Course. Online Course or a Regional OEP Course, excluding Fargo.
3. Attend a Silver Coaches College (Cost: $350-500 plus travel, etc)
4. Silver Technical Certification (Practice plan and video based on rubric)
5. CPR/AED must be current
6. Book Report, 1 page
Requirements: Wrestling Leader Membership plus Copper & Bronze Certifications.

Gold Certification
Designed for coaches to give back and mentor others through designated tasks.

Price: Pricing varies
1. Coach Apprentice Program (International Trip - cost at or below $4,000)
2. Book Report on "Ego is the Enemy"
3. Teach at a Silver Coaches College (we recommend this as your last Gold task)
4. Publish an article on
5. Mentorship Task
6. Community Service Task
7. 4D Learning or Movie Reflection
8. Periodization Task
9. Host a USA Wrestling Tournament or Coaching Clinic (not a Silver College)
10. Volunteer at USA Wrestling Developmental Camp
11. CPR/AED must be current
Requirements: Wrestling Leader Membership plus Copper, Bronze, & Silver Certifications

*Tasks and requirements subject to change, please following the requirements in the Certification Task Tracker in the Membership system