Welcome to the National Committee for Accreditation of Coaching Education

Welcome to NCACE

The National Committee for Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE) is the premier authority on coaching education in the United States. Operating as a program of the United States Center for Coaching Excellence, NCACE offers accreditation and national recognition to sport organizations and institutions responsible for the preparation of coaches at any and all levels of sport. Our rigorous review process ensures alignment with SHAPE America’s National Standards for Sport Coaches, and that coaches are trained to effectively meet the unique developmental needs of every athlete. Through forward-thinking leadership and our team of expert reviewers, NCACE is uniquely positioned to provide the highest quality, empirically-based guidance for the creation, implementation and evaluation of coaching education programs.


Why Accredit?


Coaching Competence

NCACE promotes and facilitates coaching competence within all levels of amateur sport by overseeing and evaluating the quality of coaching education programs. In addition, NCACE endorses comprehensive standards for sport practitioners, including volunteer, interscholastic, collegiate, and elite coaches. The benefits provided to members through accreditation are many. Read more…

Value of Coaching Education?

Youth Sports Survey

Quality Coaching Education

NCACE recognizes that there is a unique body of knowledge vital to enabling sport coaches to effectively perform their many roles. Formal coaching education programs are a primary tool for transferring such information to new and developing coaches, while also ensuring that practicing coaches acquire and maintain the critical knowledge and skills standards set by their respective organization’s leadership. Read more…