Performance Cheer Coaches’ Certification Information

Certification Pathway

Our performance cheer coaches’ certification process focuses on safety to ensure our athletes receive the best instruction possible and in order to align with the insurance we provide our members.

Certified Coach

The following courses and documentation are mandatory for all SCA performance cheer coaches to be
considered certified:
1. SCA Dance Coaches Online Certification Exams
2. Intro to Coaching Online Exam
3. First Aid training OR Sport Injury Prevention and Care (SIPAC) Workshop
4. Concussion Course (one-time)
5. Respect in Sport Online course (one-time)
6. 50 hours proof of dance instruction experience (letter of reference)

Coaches will not be considered “SCA certified” until documentation is provided proving all requirements have been met. Coaches who fail to complete certification/re-certification will be subject to fines.

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Coaches-In-Training

To qualify to be a coach in training you must be at least 12 years old. All coaches in training must complete the following before assisting in any practices. Respect in Sport, Concussion awareness and the Intro to Cheer online exam. All coaches in training must be accompanied at ALL times by a SCA certified coach. All coaches in training over the age of 16 are limited to 2 years under this program at which time they must become certified under the SCA coaching certification program.

Junior Coaches 

To qualify to be a junior coach you must be at least 14 years old. Junior coaches must become certified under the SCA coaching certification program. Junior coaches may not coach unsupervised above the U8 and Primary age divisions.

Failure to Certify

New SCA coaches/junior coaches (not CITs) who fail to complete certification by December 1st of the current season will individually be subject to a $100 fine for failing to complete their certification in a timely manner. In addition, coaches actively coaching in Saskatchewan without certification will result in coach ineligibility at SCA sanctioned events until certification is completed. In some cases, coaches will be subject to loss of coaching membership. This policy will come into effect July 1, 2021.

Failure to Re-Certify

Certified coaches that consecutively coach for 4 years (ie throughout their certification expiration date) and fail to renew their certification by December 1st of the current season will individually be subject to a $250 fine for failing to complete their re certification in a timely manner. This includes any portion of their certification that can be subject to renewal under the current SCA coaching certification program (updated 2020). In addition, coaches actively coaching in Saskatchewan without certification will result in coach ineligibility at SCA sanctioned events until certification is completed. Coaches will receive 1 email reminder no later than September 1st of the current season to renew their certification, but ultimately it will be up to the coach to track and be responsible for their own certification. Coaches with questions about the status of their certification may email executivedirector@sca.ca for an update at any time. This policy will come into effect July 1, 2021.

First Year Performance Cheer Coaches

First year performance cheer coaches who are new to the SCA must have completed the “Intro to coaching” online exam. In addition, first year coaches must be fully certified (SCA online exam) and must submit 50 hours proof of dance instruction experience (letter of reference, istructor credentials, certificate/degree, etc.). If you are a first-year coach and not the primary coach, you may qualify as a coach-in-training.

Online Certification

Performance cheer coaches are required to complete the SCA Dance Coaches Online Certification Exams. The SCA dance coaches’ certification exams are in five sections and are available online.