Recognizing the increasing importance of professional development for those with the expanding role of an athletic administrator of secondary education, the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) has established a voluntary national certification program for athletic directors. This program identifies a certifiable level of experience and expertise in the administration of interscholastic athletics. Individuals who attain these levels and complete the certification processes may then claim the designations of Registered Athletic Administrator (RAA), Registered Middle School Athletic Administrator (RMSAA), Certified Athletic Administrator (CAA) or Certified Master Administrator (CMAA).
Program Objectives -
To promote professional standards, practices, and ethics;
To encourage self-assessment by offering guidelines for achievement;
To improve performance by encouraging participation in a continuing program of professional growth and development;
To identify levels of educational training essential for effective athletic administration;
To foster professional contributions to the field;
To maximize the benefits received by the school community from the leadership provided by certified athletic administrators.
Benefits to Certification -
Develop a sense of personal and professional certification
Demonstrates a commitment to excellence in the profession
Provides growth of professional kenowledge and expertise
Enhances the perception of the profession
Increases the potential for employment opportunities or incentives
Participates in a natioinally registered certification program.
Quick Look at Certification Requirements -
The NIAAA Certification has expanded to include four levels and is now linked to the Leadership Training Program Courses.
For more information please refer to the links below.
Instructions for Certification.doc
December 2013 listing of Certifications and LTI completions