Coaching Requirements

Background Checks and SafeSport Training


ALL coaches, staff and other persons who have significant contact with players are required to complete the
1) a Background Screen, and 2) the SafeSport training.



Background Screen

Background Screening will be changing for the 2020-21 Season.

Be advised that employer letters will no longer be accepted.

Each coach, all members of his/her staff that that have regular, routine or frequent access to or supervision over ACHA players must complete the background check prior to participating in ACHA events, including practices and tryouts.

Background Screen Links

You must use the links below for your background check. These links will auto-populate the ACHA code for you and tie your background check to your registration.

Coaches: American Collegiate Hockey Association Coaches

Officials: American Collegiate Hockey Association Officials

Volunteers (Managers, Trainers, Staff other than coaches): American Collegiate Hockey Association Volunteers

The new national program begins April 1, 2020, in conjunction with the opening of registration for the 2020-21 season. USA Hockey has selected NCSI to provide its background screening, a company that is the gold standard in the industry.

USA Hockey has had a background screening policy in place since the 1993-94 season. The responsibility to ensure background screening took place was handled through the appropriate USA Hockey Affiliate. That will no longer be the process and instead the background screening program will be handled at the national level using NCSI.

For members who were last screened through their Affiliate after April 1, 2019, for the 2019-20 season, their screens will be valid for the 2020-21 season, and will not need to be screened under the new system until prior to the 2021-22 season. If a member’s most recent screen is from prior to April 1, 2019, the member, if in a position that requires a background screen, will need to be screened under the new system in order to participate in the upcoming 2020-21 season.

All new screens submitted through the new NCSI national screening program after April 1, 2020, will be valid for two seasons. For example, a screen submitted and approved on April 15, 2020, will be valid through the end of the 2021-22 season, which is August 31, 2022.

Background screens through NCSI under the national program will cost $30 for all domestic screens. For international screens (members who have lived outside of the U.S. for six consecutive months in any one country during the past 7 years) the fee in $150. If that country is solely Canada, the fee is $75.



Each coach, all members of his/her staff that that have regular, routine or frequent access to or supervision over ACHA players must complete the SafeSport Training prior to participating in ACHA events, including practices and tryouts. The SafeSport Training is available for you to take right now so you can get a head start on your upcoming season. The training is available at no cost.

The SafeSport Training and Refresher Training are each valid for one (1) season beginning on 4/1/19. .


How to Register for Training

As of January 1, 2018, all relevant individuals who need to be SafeSport certified or are seeking recertification will need to complete the new SafeSport training, which features updated content. 

Once you have completed the Core SafeSport Course, there will be a Refresher Course available for individuals who have previously completed the core SafeSport course and need to recertify. Users completing the SafeSport refresher course will be certified for an additional season.

PLEASE NOTE that you will need your own USA Hockey Confirmation Number or Referee Number and your own email address to access the training.  You can locate your number OR obtain a number here

Click on the following link to register for SafeSport Training:

There are links at the bottom to help you through the process.



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