RRCA Certification Program

Road Runners Club of America 

Randy is the Director of Coaching Education for the RRCA Coaching Certification program.  See http://www.runtucson.net/coaching/rrca-certification-program for details.

Founded in 1998, the RRCA Coaching Certification course is designed to provide a baseline of education and training for individuals seeking to become an RRCA Certified Coach.  The RRCA Coaching Certification Course emphasizes how to be a successful coach, whether coaching individuals, small groups, or large group training programs such as 5K, half marathon, or marathon training programs.  The certification course focuses on issues specific to road running and racing for adults at all ability levels.
The course curriculum includes 16 hours of lecture, group work, and interactive exercises, including working in teams to build training programs for novice and experienced runners. The two-day certification course is an in-person course followed by a 100-question online exam that will provide immediate results.
RRCA Certified coaches volunteer with their local RRCA member running clubs, coach clients one-on-one, and coach training programs for groups of individuals working towards a common goal.  RRCA Certified Coaches will 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 overuse and over-training injuries.
RRCA Coaching Certification 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.
The process includes:

Attendance at an official RRCA Coaching Certification Course where the RRCA provides a specific body of knowledge on sports science, training methods, coaching fundamentals, and professional conduct and ethics for course attendees
Course attendees must demonstrate they have learned the knowledge and can apply it to coaching by successfully completing the online exam
Verification of valid First Aid and CPR certifications by certified coaches
Certified coaches must agree to abide by the RRCA Coaching Code of Ethics

Once a candidate completes all of the steps required for RRCA Coaching Certification the candidate will receive an official certificate and the RRCA will maintain their information on the registry of current RRCA certified coaches.Another Heading.