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​RRCA Coaching Certification Program

Since 1998, the RRCA Coaching Certification ​Program ​has provided a baseline of education for individuals seeking to become an RRCA Certified Coach. The goal of the program is to create a national community of knowledgeable and ethical distance running coaches to work with runners at all​ ages and abilities. Find an RRCA Certified Coach.

RRCA Certified Coaches
volunteer with their local running clubs, coach clients one-on-one, and coach training programs for groups of runners working towards a common goal such, as completing a 5k, half marathon, or marathon.

RRCA Certified Coaches
work with runners and emphasize the use of intelligent training plans that are based on a scientific body of knowledge and designed to help a runner achieve their goals, while minimizing the risks of injuries.

The RRCA Coaching Program offers ​educational opportunities that includes a Level I and Level II curriculum and certification process for interested coaches. 

The RRCA Coaching Certification Level I Course is an in-person ​course designed to accomplish​ our ​goal of educating coaches so they may direct training programs for their RRCA member running clubs. We believe all RRCA Level I Certified Coaches volunteering in their running clubs have the knowledge needed to ​coach runners in their communities.

The Level II curriculum and certification process ​provides for a deeper understanding of the scientific, psychological, competitive, and managerial aspects of working with individual clients and training groups. 

The Level II ​certification is open to all RRCA Level I Certified Coaches in good standing who have been certified for a minimum of one year. The Level II certification process is designed for coaches seeking to enhance their knowledge or reinforce concepts learned in Level I​.


RRCA Coaching Certification Level I Process

RRCA Coaching Certification Courses are scheduled at selected locations throughout the year. We work with representatives from RRCA member running clubs, events, shoe stores, and corporate members to host official RRCA Coaching Certification Courses during the year. The RRCA uses a systematic process to certify our coaches as follows:

Continuing Education Credits
The American College of Sports Medicine’s Professional Education Committee certifies that this offering meets the criteria for 16.0 credit hours of ACSM Continuing Education Credit. The American Council on Exercise certifies that this offering meets 1.4 CEU for ACE Continuing Education Credit. Upon completion of the RRCA Coaching Certification requirements, you must email coaching@rrca.org to obtain CEC certificates for ACSM or ACE credits.


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