Heartland Area Education Agency

Coaching Authorization

Requirements

You must successfully complete the following four courses and concussion training. These courses may be taken in any sequence over any length of time.

  • Theory and Ethics of Coaching
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Physiology
  • Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries

Course Schedule & Enrollment
Our Professional Development catalog lists courses that are currently available including dates, locations, fees, online registration and current enrollment. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and a registration fee must accompany registration.

Printable Registration Form

Graduate Credit Fee
Optional graduate credit fee (additional $100 per credit hour) may be paid at the time of registration or before the last day of the class. This fee is in addition to the course registration fee.

Concussion Training
A concussion training program approved by the Iowa High School Athletic Association or the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union is required and available online at their websites as follows: www.iahsaa.org or www.ighsau.org.

On either site, click on the “Free Sports Concussion Course” link and then click on “Please Login to Order.” On the “Sign In Here” screen, click on “Register Now.” The training is free and takes approximately 20 minutes. Once you complete the training, you will print your own completion certificate.

Application Checklist

A background check and fingerprinting are required for all new applicants for Iowa licensure, including coaching authorization. Please note that there are two options available to obtain your fingerprinting. Upon successful completion of the four required courses, you must submit the document listed below to:

Iowa Board of Educational Examiners Licensure
Grimes State Office Building
400 E. 14th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0146

Fingerprinting and Fee Options:

Option 1:
$137 ($85 application fee + $52 background check fee)

The Board of Educational Examiners (BOEE) encourages applicants to be fingerprinted electronically at its office located at 400 E. 14th Street, Des Moines, IA. This greatly reduces the processing time for issuing the Authorization. Applicants fingerprinted at the Board's office pay a reduced fee of $52 for the background check. Please call (515) 281-3245 for an appointment. You will need to bring the following items to your appointment:

  • Completed Coaching Authorization Application form
  • Official transcripts for all four required coaching classes
  • Certificate of Completion for required concussion training approved by the BOEE
  • Driver's license or passport
  • Check or money order for $137 made payable to the BOEE

Option 2:
$150 ($85 application fee + $65 background check fee if fingerprinting is done at your local police department)

Fingerprint cards and waiver forms may be obtained through Heartland AEA. Send the following documents to the Board of Educational Examiners:

  • Completed Coaching Authorization Application form
  • Official transcripts for all four required coaching classes
  • Certificate of Completion for required concussion training approved by the BOEE
  • Completed fingerprint card (Please contact your local police department to see if an appointment is necessary. There may be a fee charged by the police department. Fingerprinting must be done on the Board of Educational Examiners' fingerprint card available through Heartland AEA.)
  • Completed waiver form (Available through Heartland AEA)
  • Check or money order for $150 made payable to the Board of Educational Examiners

Coaching Authorization Application

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