U.S. Figure Skating appreciates the cooperation and understanding of all members to help implement these minimum requirements to ensure that the environment in all U.S. Figure Skating programs is as safe as possible for all participants. This will help give parents the highest degree of confidence that their children are not only receiving good care and proper instruction but are safe from improper conduct.
1. U.S. Figure Skating Full Membership (either through a member club or as an individual)
2. Successfully pass the annual background screen
3. Verification of current coach liability insurance
4. Completion of CER Courses
5. 5. Additional requirement - PSA Membership if coaching in qualifying competitions only
1. U.S. Figure Skating Membership
If you would like to register/renew your membership through a club, contact your club membership chair or club office.
You can also register/renew as an individual member. Individual memberships can be secured through U.S. Figure Skating Online or by calling Member Services at 719.635.5200.
2. Register for Annual Background Screen
All coaches must complete the U.S. Figure Skating registration requirement in order to be allowed to instruct/coach at the following sanctioned activities:
- International competitions on behalf of Team USA
- Developmental International competitions
- Qualifying and nonqualifying competitions
- Test sessions
- All performances including ice shows, exhibitions, recitals and carnivals
- Any other sanctioned club activities (including club ice)
U.S. Figure Skating has established a working relationship with the National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI), which will provide comprehensive background screening services. NCSI is one of the leaders in providing background screening to youth-serving organizations. U.S. Figure Skating has worked with NCSI to ensure that this process is convenient, secure and confidential. The process for screening is simple and generally takes about five minutes. When U.S. Figure Skating receives a "green light" from NCSI and has verified liability insurance, the registration process will be finalized, and a U.S. Figure Skating coaches registration card will be issued. In addition, the coach's name will appear on the list of registered coaches available on the U.S. Figure Skating website.
To complete the registration, you will need the following:
- If you have a membership number from U.S. Figure Skating, please visit the Members Only site to begin the coaches registration. NOTE: You will need your membership number and password.
- If you DO NOT have a membership number OR have not had a U.S. Figure Skating membership in the last two years, please contact Member Services and type "COACHES REGISTRATION ID" in the subject line and include your name in the body of the email.
To complete the background screening, follow the link on the coaches registration form. You will need the following:
- Social Security number (highly secure)
- Name history - past five years
- Address history - past five years
- U.S. Figure Skating membership number
Review of background search findings: Should an applicant contest a U.S. Figure Skating decision to deny participation as a coach in U.S. Figure Skating activities based on a "red light" finding from the background search, the applicant has the right to appeal the decision to U.S. Figure Skating pursuant to a process established by U.S. Figure Skating.
Note: If you are under the age of 18, you do not need to complete the coach registration at this time as NCSI cannot perform screens on persons under 18.
After the registration is complete, please print a temporary registration card and carry it with you to sanctioned events and competitions. The actual registration card will be mailed to you. Treat this as a driver's license; while you may not always be asked to show it, you are required to have it with you at all U.S. Figure Skating events at which you are coaching.
3. Verification of current coach liability insurance
Coaches must show proof of current liability insurance. For more information, click here
4. Completion of Continuing Education Requirement (CER) Courses
U.S. Figure Skating requires all coaches who are coaching at nonqualifying, qualifying or test track competitions and/or test sessions to fulfill a Continuing Education Requirement (CER) beginning this year. This will be done in the form of online or in-person courses, followed by an online test through the PSA online learning system.
- All CER courses are available online through the PSA.
- You do not have to be a PSA member to take online courses.
- CER courses will be also be offered in person at U.S. Figure Skating and PSA seminars whenever possible.
- In order to fulfill this requirement, coaches must pass a 20-question test online.
- Test must be taken online regardless of whether course is taken online or in person at a seminar
- Coaches may take the test without taking a course.
- The tests consist of 20 true/false and multiple choice questions.
- Coaches must score 80 percent to pass.
- Retakes are available.
- CER Fee Structure - Registration fee of $15
- The online U.S. Figure Skating Rules course is free.
- The online Ethics course is free.
- Other online courses cost $25 each.
- Cost includes course and test.
You will find CER courses at skatepsa.com.
5. PSA Membership (if needed)
This membership is only required for coaches at U.S. Figure Skating qualifying competitions and coaches traveling to competitions as part of Team USA. If coaching in qualifying competitions, you must be a current member of the PSA.
Note: U.S. Figure Skating membership is completed separately from the coaches registration. Please follow the above step to renew your membership and follow the steps below to complete your coaches registration found on the U.S. Figure Skating website.