ISCA Certification

Why Certification is Important to any Coach

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  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 Membership

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6 Years Of Standing ISCA Membership with 230 ICE Units


ISCA Core Education completed for 45 ICE Credits

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1.5 Years Of Standing ISCA Membership with 75 ICE Units


3.5 Years Of Standing ISCA Membership with 150 ICE Units

ISCA Stars
showcase performance

Drowning Prevention

Certified Lifeguard or Water Safety Instructor.


Primary Developmental Head Coach or Swim School Supervisor.


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.

Age Group

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


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

CORE CURRICULUM Education for Coaches

Biomechanics – B101

Biomechanical Foundations of Swimming (Havriluk)

Sport Psychology – SP101

The “Zone” and Mental Training (Heil)

Physiology – P101

Introduction to Physiology and Swimming (Stager)

Biomechanics – B102

Checkpoints and Cues for All Four Strokes (Havriluk)

Sport Psychology – SP102

Mental Prep for Swim Racing (Heil)

Physiology – P102

The Role of the Heart, Lungs and Blood (Stager)

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