Gold Certification

Gold Certification, the highest level of certification with the National Coaches Education Program, represents years of education, training, research and a long-term commitment to excellence in the sport of wrestling. 


The Gold Level program is for advanced coaches with extensive involvement within the coaching profession. Coaches must attain international experience with USA Wrestling’s Coaches Apprentice Program or with selection as a staff member of a USA Wrestling age group tour overseas as a key component to Gold Level Certification.


Participants must be a current member of USA Wrestling and must have a successful background check completed before starting the Gold Level Certification.  Please allow 7-10 days for background checks to be completed before attending a certification course. Applicants must be Silver Level Certified to be eligible for the Gold program.


1. Coaches will be required to submit 12 written tasks to the NCEP Manager OR successfully complete the 3 Dimensional Coaching Course linked below (this course counts for 8 of 12 task credits and will cost the coach $115 minus the 10% USA Wrestling discount). 

The 12 required written tasks are based on each of the 8 Modules of the Bronze Certification course and include 40 standards (or topics) to choose from. Contact NCEP Manager, Mike Clayton, at for the full list of topics.


Coaches will prepare written tasks from each of these 8 subject areas: (click here for video instructions on how to write a research task):

            1  Philosophy and Ethics

            2  Safety and Injury Prevention

            3  Physical Conditioning

            4  Growth and Development

            5  Teaching and Communication

            6  Sport Skills and Tactics

            7  Organization and Administration

            8  Evaluation


3 Dimensional Coaching Online Course (counts for 8 written tasks):

The link to the online course is available at:

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Complete the course and provide USA Wrestling NCEP Manager, Mike Clayton, an image of your certificate of completion (including your USA Wrestling Member ID Number) via email to get credits for the course at

Additional task credits may come from the list of tasks below.  Task papers are required for credit in each of the following:


    CPR, First Aid, AED Certification (certificate required - not written task required)

    Leadership role in hosting a USA Wrestling Tournament

    Leadership role in hosting a wrestling summit

    Travel squad leadership

    Hosting a grass-roots clinic

    Video analysis and breakdown of a technical skill or live matches

    Plan long term development of wrestlers (periodization plan)

    Up to 5 Misc tasks can be pre-approved by the NCEP Manager


2. Applicants will be required to present, as an instructor, an area of specialization at the Silver Coaches College. This area will be approved by USA Wrestling's NCEP Manager prior to instruction at a Silver College.

3. All participants are required to have no less than five years of documented coaching experience.

4. The Gold technical certification will be completed by attendance overseas with the USA Wrestling Coaches Apprentice Program or via selection as a staff member on a USA Wrestling age group tour overseas.

Gold Level Technical Certification may be granted as a result of meeting one or more of the following criterion.

                a. Having competed at Senior Worlds or the Olympics in Men’s Freestyle, Women’s Freestyle or Greco-Roman.

Course Sites and Dates:
While there is no formal classroom education for Gold Certification, sites and dates for the Coaches Apprentice Program and Silver Colleges will be determined by USA Wrestling. Contact the NCEP Manager directly for info on these opportunities.

Course Fee:
Any Gold Level Certification fees not covered by USA Wrestling will be the responsibility of the participant and will be outlined upon application.

Upon completion, coaches will have the option of purchasing (at a reduced cost) a special edition Gold Level Certified coaches ring. In place of the ring coaches may choose to receive a Gold Level Certified Team USA warm-up at no cost. Coaches will also have their name inscribed on a plaque of Gold Level Certified Coaches that is displayed at the USA Wrestling National Office in Colorado Springs.

The Gold Certification contains 154 contact hours (56 hours of technical certification with the Apprentice Coaches Program, at a USA Wrestling national camp or pre-approved preparation of a video showing technical proficiency on a particular series of moves, 2 hours required teaching at a Silver College and 12 required task submissions consisting of an estimated 8 hours of research and preparation per task). 10 contact hours equates to 1 Continuing Education Unit credits.‚Äč