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NIAAA Certification
NIAAA Certification Program
About the Program

The NIAAA Certification Program is a voluntary professional service to athletic administrators and is based on the premises of continuing education, professional growth and program development in the vocation of interscholastic athletic administration. It recognizes and incorporates the professional development opportunities provided by the Leadership Training Institute. The attainment of professional certification demonstrates the completion of a comprehensive plan for self-improvement that will enhance the ability of the athletic administrator to better serve the school, community and profession. The NIAAA became a member of the National Certification Commission in October 1995 in an effort to stay abreast of information pertinent to the Certification Program on a national scope. On October 26, 2001, the NIAAA Certification Program was granted “full registration” by the National Certification Commission recognizing the NIAAA Certification Program as one meeting the commissions rigid standards of excellence.


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Requirements

The NIAAA offers a variety of certifications to meet your unique needs. Certification with the NIAAA helps to develop a sense of personal and professional satisfaction. It demonstrates a commitment of excellence in the profession and allows for growth of professional knowledge and expertise. Being certified also increases the potential for employment opportunities or incentives. Please view the requirements listed below to determine which certification you currently qualify for.

Registered Athletic Administrator

basic requirements
Bachelor's Degree
LTC 501, 502, 503
Additional requirements
none
  • Member Price: $75
  • Non-Member Price: $160 
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Registered International Athletic Administrator

basic requirements
Bachelor's Degree
LTC 901, 902
Additional requirements
none
  • Member Price: $75
  • Non-Member Price: $160 
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Registered Middle School Athletic Administrator

basic requirements
Bachelor's Degree
LTC 501, 502, 503
Additional requirements
Employed as AD
LTC 504, 700, 701

  • Member Price: $100
  • Non-Member Price: $185
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Certified Athletic Administrator

basic requirements
Bachelor's Degree
LTC 501, 502, 503
Additional Requirements
Employed as AD
2+ years experience
LTC 504, 506
Pass CAA Exam
    • Member Price: $150
    • Non-Member Price: $235
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Certified Master Athletic Administrator

basic requirements
Bachelor's Degree
LTC 501, 502, 503, 504, 506
Additional Requirements

Employed as AD
CAA
LTC 508, 510
LTC 600 - Level (1)
LTC 700 - Level (1)
Elective Courses (3)

Complete Project

    • Member Price: $175
    • Non-Member Price: $260
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Certification FAQ

The RAA and RMSAA are the only designations that do not require experience as an athletic administrator. You only need proof of a college degree.

Proof of a college degree can be a copy of your college diploma, state teaching license or transcripts.

No, the Provisional CAA is for the individual who is an athletic administrator and doesn’t have enough years of experience or credits to apply for the CAA exam. The Provisional CAA is not a designation and expires in three years.

The two most common areas that candidates fail to consider are actually expected job duties and responsibilities of an active AD. They are located in Section III.C –Media and Section III.D.—Speaking Responsibility. Media credits may be gleaned from creating or editing student, coaches or district handbooks, writing articles for publication at the local, regional and state level and maintaining the athletic department website, either at the local, regional or state level. Credits earned for Speaking Responsibilities are gained in preparing and presenting at any event including but not limited to parent meetings, faculty meetings, banquets or special events.

  • Media – Creating or editing student, coaches or faculty handbook that relates to athletic administration; Writing an article for any publication including the high school or local newspaper; Maintaining the athletic department website for your school or state association.
  • Speaking Responsibilities – Speaking at pre-season meetings for students and/or parents;Emcee or moderator at athletic banquets.

 

Send an email to the Professional Development Manager who will forward your request to the Certification Committee for review. Make sure to include:

  1. The course you are requesting to be waived. Remember, only one course can be waived.
  2. An explanation of why you believe it should waived.
  3. If a college course is being used for this request, a course syllabus must be submitted.