Certification means that you are serious about your profession. It means that you care about your continuing coaching education and your professional preparation. It marks you as a coach who is in the mainstream of the coaching profession, and willing to be examined in the same light as the great coaches around the world. Employers know that the Certified Coach is committed to professional effort, has professional preparation and professional ethics.
In addition, compensation information and access to professionally evaluated positions are available to Certified Coaches. Certification gives you a title you deserve… “Coach John Doe, ASCA Level 3, Age Group.”
Certification also states your credentials precisely and concisely. If you are well educated, but do not yet have the time in service or the opportunity to work with better athletes, it says so. As you gain experience, and then gain the opportunity and are successful in actually producing fast swimming with your athletes, it reflects that. This precision is very important and valuable to those who employ swimming coaches… and hence, it protects you from unfair comparisons with others who write “creative resumes” to apply for jobs. ASCA Certification provides factual information on you to your potential employer.
There are three things analysed in the Certification process. They are: Education, Experience and Achievement. Your Certification shows that you have met the required standard at each Level. The Five Levels become increasingly more difficult. As a benchmark, in the USA Level 5 is composed of the top 2-5% of coaches. Level 4 is the top 5-8% and Level 3 is the upper 15% of coaches. Level 2 requires more “units” of education and experience than Level 1.