Open to all athletic administrators with two years of athletic administrator experience in a public or private school setting that serves grades 6-12 and additional qualifying criteria. Through the NIAAA accredited program the candidate must complete
a series of five courses that provide in depth study of skills with a specific focus in athletic administration. Upon completion of the courses the candidate is required to pass an exam which culminates in the bestowment of a credential that
signifies the holder has met specific standards for the job. They will be granted all rights and privileges of a national board certified, Certified Athletic Administrator.
To view a CAA study workshop presented in the spring of 2020, please click here.
Bachelor’s Degree or higher from an accredited institution
Two (2) or more years of experience as an athletic administrator
Employed or retired from a school, school district or state athletic administration association, or state athletic/activities association in such capacity that the administration of interscholastic athletics is (was) among one’s job responsibilities
Completion of NIAAA Leadership Training Courses 501, 502, 503, 504 and 506. College and University course work will not be accepted unless the curriculum incorporates the entire content of the required Leadership Training Course
Obtain the verifying signature of a principal, superintendent or state athletic administrators association executive director
Read and abide by the NIAAA Code of Ethical and Professional Standards
Candidate must provide copy of a course completion certificates before taking the CAA exam, or submit an NIAAA transcript available through the membership portal
Approval of Personal Data Form (PDF)
Successfully complete CAA examination
Take the Test Online
The CAA examination is available for you to take online with a digital proctor. We host the exams through ProctorU and charge an additional $42.50 for this option. Please make sure to indicate that you would like to use ProctorU to take your exam when filling out the personal data form.
Qualifying to sit for the CAA exam requires that you have attained 65 credits through a variety of channels. Download this worksheet before applying for the exam to make sure you have enough credits to qualify.
Did you know the CAA exam is offered all over the country, all throughout the year? Check this calendar to find a location close to you. If you don't see a convenient spot, let us know! We offer a proctored online exam that you can take
from your home or office.
The NIAAA preserves, enhances and promotes education-based athletics through the professional development of interscholastic athletic administrators. As a recognized accredited educational institution committed to leadership programs, resources, and service opportunities, the Association supports the athletic administrator’s effort in providing quality athletic participation opportunities for students.