Level 3 certification provides coaches with an opportunity to choose their curriculum from a variety of carefully developed and selected resources, collaborate with peers in professional environments, and experience a higher level of coaching content than previously provided in Level 1 and 2 certification, in alignment with the natural development of athletes.

US Lacrosse believes that the end result of Level 3 certification will be coaches who can not only teach previously developed concepts, but are also empowered to create many of their own strategies and teaching methods, ultimately raising the level of play of their athletes.

Level 3 Application

US Lacrosse highly recommends at least three years coaching experience with players ages 15-and-over before beginning the Level 3 certification process.

Coaches with a current Level 2 certification are eligible to progress to Level 3 certification, an exclusive credential that shows dedication to being the best coach possible.

Level 3 Certification Requirements
Level 2 certification plus
 US Lacrosse membership
 NCSI background check
 Level 3 instructional clinic
 PCA "Double Goal Coach 2: Culture, Practice and Games"
 Continuing Education Credits
 Concussion course (NFHS or CDC)

Download Level 3 certification checklist

Steps to Certification

Maintain a current US Lacrosse membership and NCSI background screening
A current membership and background screening maintains a Level 1 or Level 2 CEP certification and qualifies you to enroll in the Level 3 CEP certification program. The criminal background check is based on guidelines from the National Council for Youth Sports, the FBI PROTECT Act and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. FAQ

Note: If you currently have a background screening on record with NCSI, please view our instructions on sharing it with US Lacrosse.

Complete a Level 3 instructional clinic
Clinics are seven-hour, on-site, hands-on training sessions, available annually nationwide from October through March and at the US Lacrosse National Convention in January.

Complete a Positive Coaching Alliance Double-Goal Coach II Workshop
Different from the Level 1 CEP requirement, the Double-Goal Coach II workshop dives deeper into teaching life lessons through sports and striving to win.

Complete an online concussion course through the CDC or NFHS
The Center for Disease Control and National Federation of State High School Associations courses provide important information about preventing, recognizing and responding to a concussion.

Complete six credits of continuing education
Continuing education credits must be earned in theory (3 credits) and tactics (3 credits). All credits must be completed in either the men’s or women’s game.


Once you complete all Level 3 components, send the continuing education tracking sheet to US Lacrosse. Upon verification, you will receive a confirmation email from US Lacrosse.


Level 3 certification is good for four years. To recertify, attend a core-curriculum clinic event (at US Lacrosse National Convention or other site TBD) to reengage with the regularly evolving curriculum. The first Level 3 recertification sessions will be held in January 2017.

In addition, Level 3 certification is contingent upon:

  1. Keeping your membership current by renewing every year. View your expiration date in your US Lacrosse account .
  2. Renewing your NCSI background screening every two years after the first screening. Not sure when to do this? Check your expiration date .

Level 3 Certification Guide (includes FAQ's)