2020-2021 Professional Coach/Choreographer CER Program Modules
Enrollment is for primary coaches, choreographers, assistant coaches and element specialists who train or instruct one or more skaters or teams participating in any U.S. Figure Skating or member club activities or at U.S. Figure Skating sanctioned events (other than group lessons as part of a Learn to Skate USA program.)
Once you register for the module, you will receive an email with a link to the course.
Completion deadline: June 30, 2020; active through June 30, 2021
Each pre-packaged, pre-priced module ($70.00) contains four individual CER courses (one in each topic area). Choose and complete only one module. Completion of all four topics will fulfill the CER requirement for U.S. Figure Coach Compliance for the 2020-2021 season. A completion certificate will be automatically issued from the e-learning system.
Completing a module after the June 30 deadline will result in a late price of $40.00 per topic area for a total module price of $160. Complete only one module per season, as completing more than one for CER credit per season cannot be refunded.
- The exam is “open book,” and the exams are NOT timed.
- Once the exam is started, it must be completed. Answers will not be saved if the exam is exited before it is finished. The exam will need to be attempted again and will count as one of the three allowed attempts.
- A passing grade of 80% (48 correct out the 60 questions presented) on the module exam is required to earn CER credits for this season.
- In the event that you do not achieve a passing grade, please review the course content before attempting a retry.
- There are three (3) attempts allowed for this exam before a re-registration is required.
Module 1: Course Descriptions
CER ACP 303- Healthy Body Image
CER ACP 303 - Healthy Body Image course give coaches basic information on eating disorders and healthy body image in skating and provides resources to aid in communicating important messages to athletes. Following the completion of this course, coaches will be able to recognize signs of poor body image, unhealthy eating- and body-related thoughts and attitudes, and symptoms of disordered eating and eating disorders; know when and how to direct athletes and parents to appropriate resources when concerning behaviors arise; better support and educate their athletes in developing healthier body image and better self-esteem; and set a positive example and contribute to the creation of a rink environment and skating culture that promote positive body image and athlete health and wellness.
CER ROS 205- USADA, WADA, and Banned Substances
Education is an important pillar of an effective anti-doping program and is the first line of defense in protecting the rights of clean athletes. CER ROS 205: USADA, WADA, and Banned Substances provides extensive anti-doping education to coaches to allow them to help athletes and support personnel understand their rights and responsibilities with regard to the drug testing process. Coaches will learn about: prohibited substances; requirement information for the out-of-competition testing program; the sample collection process details and what to expect during a urine or blood test; dietary supplement awareness; medication information and how to apply for a therapeutic use exemption; results management information; and the general rules and guidelines of competing clean.
CER ETH 405- Directing the Athlete Support Team
CER ETH 405 addresses why a coach should care about team management and discusses the needs of training an [elite] athlete or developing skater. Included in the course content are strategies for assembling and utilizing a support team that will evaluate and assess the training needs of the athlete. Coaches will gain knowledge of how to facilitate a coordinated sport health care program that includes prevention and management of injuries. The course will describe how to create the “dream environment,” strategize the process of managing the team, and explore the chain of command. At the end of the course, coaches will be familiar with the common issues associated with team management and be presented with ideas for possible solutions for common challenges. In addition, an Appendix is included to help decipher professional credentials.
CER SCI 304- Impact Landing Forces
CER SCI 304 will inform coaches of the research done on the impact of jump landings on the athlete’s body. Upon completion of this course, coaches will understand that the high impact of jump landings combined with high daily jump counts makes the skater susceptible to overuse injuries. Further discussion is included in the course of the scientific research related to landing impact in skaters, and specific training methods that can potentially help reduce landing impact. Coaches will learn what they can emphasize with their skaters to reduce the risk of impact injuries.