Copper 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.



This certification is a basic introduction to the principles of coaching youth wrestling. This certification is required to coach at some levels of USA Wrestling events.  Please check tournament info (or state policies) for minimum certifications as they may vary from event to event.  Event schedules are available by visiting:


Coaches, parents, and volunteers with a focus on coaching young athletes (athlete ages 0-12) to improve skills in recruiting and retaining young people in our sport.


Participants must be a current member of USA Wrestling (requires a successful background check and SafeSport certification - accessed from your membership profile) before attending the clinic.  Please allow 7-10 days for background checks to be completed before attending a certification course. The SafeSport course is free and lasts 90 minutes. It is also accessed from your membership profile. 


Copper Certifications consist of a 4 hour classroom (or online) clinic with testing. Participants will take and complete a certification course online. This course is accessed from your membership profile AFTER you have purchased your annual coach membership. Coach certifications with USA Wresting are good for life - unless removed for disciplinary actions. 

Copper Clinic Instructors:

USA Wrestling NCEP state instructors can facilitate this clinic. To contact someone in your state for clinic sites/dates, please visit  

To apply to host a USAW Copper Clinic, please gain approval from your state leader and contact the NCEP Manager at USA Wrestling ( Please note that State Chairpersons will be notified of all clinics held within their state.

Awards and Continuing Education Credits:

Participants completing the online (or in-person) course will be Copper Certified Coaches in the National Coaches Education Program. The Copper Certificate and a new USA Wrestling membership card showing your Copper Certification will be sent to the address you list on your membership profile. Please allow 6-8 weeks for processing and delivery of these awards. USA Wrestling will update your coach profile with the certification, typically within 2-3 business days. Once we update your profile, you’ll be notified via email that you can now print a membership card online from your profile as proof of certification and membership. Once active, certifications can be printed directly from your membership profile at: (log-in required).

The Copper Certification contains 12 contact hours (4 hour in person or online instruction including testing and 6 hours recommended reading and review of course topics). 10 contact hours equates to 1 Continuing Education Unit credit.

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

Click HERE to view a PDF showing you how to become a coach member of USA Wrestling and how to access courses and membership cards.