What does it mean to be a certified athletic administrator?

Certification means different things to different people. For some, it is an opportunity to have an edge to advance in your career. To others, it is a vehicle for continuing education requirements to be met or to advance in salary. For others, it may be an internal motivation for achievement…to step up to the plate and to lead by example in building your career and setting yourself apart from the competition by establishing for yourself a comprehensive plan for self-improvement.

Illinois Professional Certification

Professional certification in Illinois and throughout the country can be attained thorough the NIAAA at four levels. These are:
The NIAAA Certification Program is a voluntary professional service to athletic administrators with various levels of experience. An athletic administrator may earn certification as a Registered Athletic Administer (RAA), Registered Middle School Athletic Administrator (RMSAA), Certified Athletic Administrator (CAA) and/or Certified Master Athletic Administrator (CMAA). Less experienced athletic administrators, and /or master coaches may choose to make themselves more marketable with the RAA/RMSAA designation. More experienced athletic administrators may wish to earn the designation of CAA by combining the NIAAA Leadership Training with professional growth opportunities and services. Finally, through additional leadership training coursework, education, experience and leadership as well as the development of school/community based programs, an athletic administrator may qualify to attain the designation of CMAA. It is important to note that the certification is for individuals only and according to the NIAAA “does not imply that an association, school, or school district is certified”.

The implementation of four levels of NIAAA certification affords every athletic administrator with a ‘Blueprint” for achieving professional growth through a systematic, progressive process of developmental experiences.

Additional information is listed below on the entire NIAAA certification program and process for applying. If you have additional questions after reading through everything, feel free to contact me:

Tina Woolard, CMAA
IADA Certification Coordinator
Grayslake North High School
847-986-3171 or twoolard@d127.org

About IADA
The mission of the Illinois Athletic Directors Association is to take a leadership role in athletic issues to enhance the educational process for student athletes.

To improve athletic understanding and relationship throughout the high schools of our state and nation.
Message From IADA President
As the President of the IADA, I want to thank you for all that you do for the student athletes of your schools.  We all know the time and effort we put into our positions.  We come from small schools, large schools, middle and high schools; but no matter what, we all share in a common goal, and that is to provide the best educationally based athletic program for our students.

Dan Jones, IADA President
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