ISCA Education FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any achievement or experience requirements for ISCA certification?

No. ISCA certification is based solely upon your successful completion of the required ISCA coursework. Whether you’ve been coaching 8 & under or Olympians for 2 weeks or 20 years, knowledge of science as it directly applies to swimming WILL make you a better coach.

Are there any prerequisites for ISCA Certification?

Any coach with a desire to learn the science of swimming and further their career can earn certification. Some college or an understanding of basic scientific principles is recommended.

Are there group rates available for multiple coaches from the same team?

Because there is such variation in the number of coaches on a team, ISCA does not publish a group rate. Please call or email if you are interested in a discounted group rate for registering multiple coaches from the same team.

Can I earn credits that apply to certification by attending the annual ISCA conference?

No, however you may earn certification or credit towards certification by attending the ISCA Coach Certification program at the annual ISCA conference. After certification is achieved, ISCA conference attendance may be used to meet continuing education unit (CEU) requirements to maintain certification.

Can I obtain a refund?

Yes. Please contact admin@swimisca.com to request a refund if you are not satisfied with any course.

Can I obtain an invoice?

Yes. You may obtain an invoice by requesting it at admin@swimisca.org. You may also print a transaction receipt after your payment has been successfully processed at Checkout.

Can I pay by check?

No. Only credit/debit cards or PayPal are accepted.

Can I purchase a single course?

Absolutely! Please note the only way to receive the discounted rate for the full certification package is by purchasing the certification package. (If you buy all of the courses individually and earn certification, we cannot issue any discount.)

Can I substitute any credits for those required now?

No. None of the required courses for ISCA certification may be substituted with CEUs or previously completed coursework of any kind.

Can I take courses in any order?

Yes. However, you must complete all required coursework to earn certification.

Do I need a PayPal account to buy a course online?

No. You do not need a PayPal account to register and purchase a course online.

Does my ISCA Coach Certification expire?

Yes. Your certification is valid for one year after completion. You may maintain your ISCA coach certification with 3 approved continued education units (CEUs) per year. Examples of approved CEUs are ISCA course credit hours, or annual conference attendance (3 CEUs).

How do I maintain my certification?

You may maintain your ISCA coach certification with 3 approved continued education units (CEUs) per year. Examples of approved CEUs are ISCA course credit hours, or annual conference attendance (3 CEUs).

How do I register for a single course?

Click on the ISCA certification program catalog and select the course/courses you want to buy.  Follow the prompts to complete payment.

How do I register for the entire certification program?

Click on the ISCA certification program catalog and select the catalog item for the complete ISCA Certified Coach program.  Follow the prompts to complete payment.

How does the ISCA certification differ from other swim coach education programs (ASCA)?

The ISCA Coach Certification program focuses on the application of the latest science and technology to swimming. It is research based and, unlike ASCA, does not deal with the social and administrative aspects of running a swim team. Certification specifically designates a knowledge of the science of swimming.

Is there an overall ISCA certification exam?

No. There are short exams throughout the course modules.

What happens if I do not obtain a passing score on any course assessment?

You will have the option to retake the courses until a passing score is achieved.

What is the cost of the program?

ISCA credit hours for individual courses are $60.00 USD per hour. For example, a 3 hour course will cost $180. The certification package is offered at a reduced rate of $400 for 9 hours of required coursework (vs. $540 when purchased individually).

What must I do to earn ISCA certification?

Complete the required courses: BM101, BM102, SP101, SP102, PH101, and PH102. Your transcript will be tracked on the ISCA Education Portal and we will automatically issue your certificate upon completion of the required coursework.

What must I do to earn ISCA certification?

Complete the required courses: BM101, BM102, SP101, SP102, PH101, and PH102. Your transcript will be tracked on the ISCA Education Portal and we will automatically issue your certificate (digitally!) upon completion of the required coursework.

When will I receive my certificate?

Your certificate will be available for download on the Education Portal as soon as you complete the required coursework.

Why will science help me?

An understanding of the science behind swimming will better prepare you to prevent injuries in your swimmers and produce elite athletes. You will also be prepared to answer the “why” questions that athletes or parents may have.

Will I receive a receipt for payment?

You may save or print a transaction receipt after your payment has been successfully processed at Checkout.

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