NYS Public High School Temporary Coaching License (TCL)

All individuals who wish to apply for a coaching position in a NY State public high school and do not hold a current NYS teaching certificate must obtain a Temporary Coaching License (TCL) in the sport they wish to coach. This TCL is sport specific and must be renewed each year until a Permanent Coaching License is obtained.

Step 1: Apply for a sport specific Year 1 Temporary Coaches License TCL on the NY State TEACH website:
http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/teach/
Link to step-by-step directions for applying for your TCL:
http://www.nassauboces.org/cms/lib8/NY01928409/Centricity/Domain/48/Coaching/COACHING_APP.pdf

Step 2: Complete all of the courses below;

  • First Aid for Coaches
  • CPR
  • Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse Certification
  • School Violence Prevention and Intervention (SAVE) Certification
  • DASA Training

CPR and First Aid Courses offered by Nassau County BOCES:
http://www.nassauboces.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=582
Child Abuse/School Violence/DASA course offered by Nassau County BOCES:
http://www.nassauboces.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=109

Step 3: Fingerprinting Clearance
Call the BOCES office 516-396-2488 to make an appointment.

Step 4: Print and fill out the TCL Cover Sheet. There are two pathways to permanent certification – BUT BOTH PATHWAYS ARE THE SAME FOR THE FIRST TWO YEARS OF TCL’s. Pathway 1 involves taking three classes in years 3, 4 and 5 of the Temporary License. Pathway 2 involved taking online NFHS courses in years 3, 4 and 5, but also requires an internship that must be approved and signed-off on. Either way, you do not need to worry about this in your first two years of having your TCL, you can decide later.

Step 5: Applying to a school district for a coaching position. You will submit to the school that you are applying, a packet that includes:

  • TCL Cover Sheet completed with all information
  • First Aid for Coaches Certificate
  • CPR
  • Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse Certification
  • School Violence Prevention and Intervention (SAVE) Certification
  • DASA Training
  • Receipt of Fingerprinting
  • Receipt from the TEACH website that you paid for the correct TCL – sport specific.

Step 6: The school district will then issue a Superintendent’s Statement and send all paperwork to the state or regional office for review.

Step 7: Hopefully, your paperwork in complete, your license is issued and you get the coaching position!

Use this webpage as a reference for all TCL information, http://www.nassauboces.org/Page/579

Feel free to call me with any questions with the process,
Mike Frazer
516-564-5556