Certification is Important for Swim Coaches

The ISCA Certification System (“Shields & Stars”) aims to standardize and celebrate the achievements of modern swim coaches, rewarding them not only for their athletes’ performances, but for a demonstrated commitment to modern coaching education and their efforts to becoming, day-by-day, year-by-year, a better coach.

In order to receive certification, coaches must maintain their ISCA membership annually and agree to the ISCA Code of Practice.  Please note that only ISCA members can be certified coaches.  Member coaches can also apply for certification updates by filling out the appropriate online forms and submitting them to certification@swimisca.org.  Coaches will receive an ISCA e-certificate and updated e-membership card with successful certification review. (Hard copy membership cards and certificates are available for a small processing fee).

ISCA Certification Shields
Showcase experience and commitment to learning.

ISCA shield - Membership

ISCA Membership

Join the ISCA association.

ISCA logo Bronze Shield


ISCA Core Education completed for 45 ICE Credits.

swim isca logo - silver shield


1.5 Years Of Standing ISCA Membership with 75 ICE Units.

ISCA logo - Gold Shield


1.5 Years Of Standing ISCA Membership with 75 ICE Units.

ISCA logo Platinum shield


6 Years Of Standing ISCA Membership with 230 ICE Units.

ISCA Stars
Showcase Performance

ISCA Star for Drowning Prevention

Drowning Prevention

Certified Lifeguard or Water Safety Instructor.

ISCA Star for Developmental


​Primary Developmental Head Coach or Swim School Supervisor.

ISCA Star for Age Group

Age Group

​Primary Coach with 5000 FINA points in a season using 15 individual swimmers (aged 13 & Under) in one event each.

ISCA Star for Senior


​Primary Coach with 14,000 FINA points in a season using 10 individual swimmers in up to two events each

ISCA Star for Laureate


​Primary coach of an Olympic swimmer with a 900+ point swim, or 16,200 FINA points in one season using 10 individual swimmers in up to two events each.

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