Bronze Certification


To earn a copper or bronze certification online through USA Wrestling, once a coach has a current USA Wrestling Coach Membership, they will need to:

From the log-in page at 

Select “Go to Memberships”

Click on the name of the coach in your account that will take the course

Add the course to your shopping cart

Pay/check out

The link for the course you purchased is sent to the email listed on the coaches profile within one hour. Please ensure the email address is correct before purchasing a course.

You’ll have 21 days to complete the course (from the time of payment).

Failing one section two times will require a 7 day waiting period to retake, repayment of the full course fee, and starting the course over.

Proof of Certification: 

Updated membership cards and certificates go out in 6-8 weeks to the address on your profile.

Once we add the certification to the coach’s profile (about 2-3 business days) they will be notified via email to the email on their coach profile

WE DO NOT EXPEDITE CERTIFICATION TO PROFILES: If a coach takes the course and we are not able to process it in time, they can take the automated course email they receive at the end of the course as proof of certification.

The USA Wrestling Bronze Certification is a comprehensive coaching education program for coaches, parents and volunteers who are committed to expanding their knowledge in the art and science of our sport. Bronze Certification is the first of a three part advanced coaching education program followed by Silver and Gold Certifications.

Coaches from youth, high school, collegiate, and elite international coaching levels. The focus is on developing and sharing knowledge of the Sports Sciences, Sports First Aid, Ethics, Goal-Setting, Periodization, Evaluation, Admin and Wrestling Techniques, Strategies and Tactics. This course is specifically designed for coaches with athletes age 12 and up, who desire to understand all key aspects of coaching.

Please note that this certification is required to coach at most national level USA Wrestling National and Regional events. Please check tournament schedules for minimum certifications as they may vary from event to event.  Event schedules are available by visiting:

Participants must be a current member of USA Wrestling and must have a successful background check completed before attending the clinic.  Please allow 7-10 days for background checks to be completed before attending a certification course.

Copper Certification is not a pre-requisite for the Bronze, however it is a valuable tool for coaches that do not have advanced formal coaching education or wrestling experience.

Bronze Certification Course attendance at a 5-6 hour clinic (or online webinar) plus self study of the USA Wrestling Coach's Guide to Excellence (3rd Ed) and a test. These clinics are designed to emphasize group interaction whenever possible, facilitated by a USAW approved instructor. Curriculum design includes 40 Standards broken into 8 Modules as follows:

  • Module 1 - Philosophy and Ethics
  • Module 2 - Safety and Injury Prevention
  • Module 3 - Physical Conditioning
  • Module 4 - Growth and Development
  • Module 5 - Teaching and Communication
  • Module 6 - Sport Skills and Tactics
  • Module 7 - Organization and Administration
  • Module 8 - Evaluation

Bronze Clinic Instructors:
All instructors must be current USA Wrestling coach members and Bronze (if approved by the State or National offices), Silver or Gold Certified coaches. 

To apply to host a USAW Bronze Clinic, please contact your state director or state NCEP manager for approval. Materials can be obtained by contacting the NCEP Manager at USA Wrestling ( Please note that State Chairpersons will be notified of all clinics within their state.

Instructor Resources (provided by USAW NCEP Manager):

            1. Bronze Course Instructor's Guide

            2. Bronze Course Instructor's Video (optional for classroom assistance)

            3. USA Wrestling's Coaches Guide to Excellence

            4. Freestyle/Greco-Roman Wrestling Syllabus for instruction of techniques and
               tactics (optional)

Course Materials for Participants (provided by USAW NCEP Manager):

            1. USA Wrestling's Coach's Guide to Excellence (2nd Ed)
            2. Participant’s Workbook
            3. Testing materials

The materials for the technique and tactics portion will include the use of USA Wrestling's Folkstyle, Freestyle and Greco-Roman Core Curriculum. All course materials must be purchased through USA Wrestling’s NCEP Manager.

Test Scoring:
Test results must be submitted either by the course instructors or by individual participants.  These forms can be submitted in one of three ways:

            1. Faxed to the USAW National Office at 719.598.9440 (Attn: NCEP Testing   
            2. By email to: NCEP Manager at

            3. By mail to: USA Wrestling, NCEP Testing Center, 6155 Lehman Drive,
               Colorado Springs, CO 80918.

Clinic Sites and Dates:
USA Wrestling will coordinate with the State Associations a minimum of 1 clinic per state per year. Times and dates are up to the discretion of the state associations and certified instructors. Clinic times and dates may be published in USA Wrestling publications and on our website at:

Online Course Option:
Bronze Level Online Coaches Course ($80, good for life, you have 21 days from the date of payment to complete the course, your hard card arrives 3-4 weeks after completion of the course)

To take the Bronze Certification, a coach must be a current coach member with a current approved background screening and paid annual coach member fee. The cost of the online bronze course is $80. To obtain your link to the online course, please Click Here .

1. Ensure you’ve completed your 2017-18 coach membership annual renewal (this year it requires SafeSport certification (free), back ground check ($15 and is good for two membership years) and annual coach membership fee (fee varies by state).
2. In your membership profile, select “Add online bronze course to cart.”
3. Check out and pay for the course.
4. The bronze course link will be delivered within one hour to the email address on your membership profile (please ensure your email address is correct).
5. You’ll have 21 days to complete the course.
6. We add the certification to your profile in 2-3 business days of completion. Cards are sent 6-8 weeks after completion.
7. If you need proof of your certification sooner than the 6-8 week window (but after the 2-3 day window for processing), you can click “Print Card” at the bottom of your membership page and it will print your membership card and certification.
8. If you need proof of certification in less than the 2-3 day window, take the automated email you will receive at the end of the course to the tournament director along with your current membership card and photo ID for proof.

Click Here for more information on how to register online

Please contact Mike Clayton at 719.598.8181 if you have questions regarding the online course. 

Bronze certs take 3-4 weeks to mail them to you but if you need it sooner, Coaches can print their annual membership card and it will reflect their highest coach certification listed on their profile:

Course Fee:
Clinic fees are determined by the host of the clinic and generally range from $50-75. Some clinics provide additional technicians and instructors and may charge more based on additional services.


Participants scoring at or above an 80% will be Bronze Certified Coaches in the National Coaches Education Program and will receive their Bronze Certificate and Bronze Coaches Card by mail. Please allow 3-4 weeks for processing and delivery of these awards. Certifications can be printed directly off the USAW membership site at:

Bronze Certified Coaches receive a certificate and either a Bronze coach's shirt or hat.

The Bronze Certification contains 15 contact hours (5 hours in person or online instruction, 1 hour examination, 9 hours recommended reading in the course text). 10 contact hours equates to 1 Continuing Education Unit credits.