Silver Certification

The USA Wrestling Silver Certification is an optional certification level for coaches who are committed to stretching their professional knowledge of our sport with an open mind. Coaches working on Silver Level tasks will work with the NCEP Manager on practice planning, a 3 day in-person course of on/off mat skills, complete an online course in 3D Coaching, teach a bronze class, gain certification in CPR/AED, and prepare a book report. Tasks may be completed in any order. Some tasks require fees (3D online is @ $110, Silver College costs vary from $295-500 plus transportation). 

Prerequisites and Curriculum (as of FY2019, both Copper and Bronze certifications are required to start/complete Silver certification):

Silver requirements are now listed under your Wrestling Leader (coach) profile in our membership system. After a coach completes both Copper and Bronze certifications, they can click on “Manage” and then “Coach Certifications.” Then select “Manage Silver Tasks.”

Participants must be a current coach member of USA Wrestling (requiring a successful background check and three-part SafeSport certification - both accessed from your membership profile) before attending any clinic (either in-person or online).  Please allow 7-14 days for your background check to be completed before planning to attend a certification course. The SafeSport course is free and lasts 90 minutes. It is also accessed from your membership profile. 

The Silver Certification contains 101 contact hours (24 hours of in person instruction, 5 hours required teaching at a bronze level clinic, 8 hours of technical certification via submitted practice plans and video, CPR/AED certification, and a new book report). 10 contact hours typically equate to 1 Continuing Education Unit credit.


Silver College Dates/Location Info:

            Annual Summer Silver College - TBD, typically at World or Olympic Trial sites (email NCEP Manger for info at

            Annual Fall Silver College - USOTC, Colorado Springs CO (email NCEP Manger for info at

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Awards and Continuing Education Credits:

Participants completing the Silver Certification through the National Coaches Education Program (NCEP) of USA Wrestling will receive a new USA Wrestling membership card (showing your Silver Certification), and a gift of our appreciation that will be sent to the address you list on your membership profile (please allow 8-12 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. 

The Silver Certification contains 101 contact hours (10 contact hours typically equate to 1 Continuing Education Unit credit).

Note: There are no waivers for this task based on previous athletic accomplishments as this task analyzes coaching skills and not athletic proficiency.

Please contact Mike Clayton at 719.265.3631 if you have questions regarding the online course.


Silver Resources

Silver Technical Certification Guide

Bronze Co-Instruction Evaluation Form

Officials Education Program (OEP) Verification Form

Digital Practice Planner

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