The SCA dance coaches’ certification exam is in five sections and is available online.
The first section, “Introduction to Coaching”, is mandatory for all first year coaches and recommended for all previously certified coaches. The “Intro to Coaching” includes a power-point presentation, which can be helpful through-out the remaining exams.
The second section is “general dance” and all dance coaches are required to pass this section to receive certification. There is either All Star or School – complete the exam for the appropriate team(s) you are coaching.
The three remaining sections apply to the three categories currently offered by Cheer Canada and the SCA: Pom, Jazz and Hip Hop. There is either All Star or School – complete the exam for the appropriate team(s) you are coaching. Coaches must only be successful in the category they will be coaching, however the exam will cover all three categories. For example, a pom coach must pass the general exam and the pom exam in order to be certified in pom. It is recommended that all dance coaches certify in all categories, allowing them to coach all disciplines. The $50 certification fee opens all on the exams. Coaches are not required to take additional categories if they are not coaching that category, but they can if they want to. For example, a jazz coach must pass the general and jazz exams, but they can also write the pom and hip hop exams. If that coach passes all exams, they will receive certification in jazz, pom and hip hop.
Please remember to send in documentation for your completion of concussion training, first aid, respect in sport and letter of recommendation (first year coaches) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please review the following documents (most can be found on our website) prior to completing your exams:
- SCA Bylaws
- SCA Judging Policy
- SCA Coaching Certification Policy
- Cheer Canada Dance Scoresheets
- Cheer Canada Performance Cheer Age Grids and Divisions
- Cheer Canada Image Policy
- ALL STAR: IASF Dance Rule Book, Dance Glossary (www.iasfworlds.com)
- SCHOOL: Cheer Canada Performance Cheer (Dance) Rule Book
The SCA requires dance coaches to complete the exams independently. This is because coaches are getting the certification as individuals, and even though coaches may have a partner in coaching, we as an organization need to know our coaches are knowledgeable to coach safely on their own.