The State of New York requires coaches to hold a current CPR/First Aid certification.
Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Section 135.4 (c) (7) (i) (c) and Section 135.5 The University of the State of New York THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT :
Regardless of the experience or teaching certificates a person may have, State
Education Law, Article (6), Section 3001b, requires that a person appointed as a coach
of an interschool athletic team must hold valid first aid skills and knowledge certification
(minimum of 12 hours initial training, valid for 3 years); and adult CPR certification
(minimum of 4 hours training, valid for 2 years). Training courses are conducted by the
American Red Cross, American Heart Association, National Safety Council, and New
York State Education Department approved agencies. First Aid and CPR certification
must be approved prior to the first day of practice. The equivalent requirements such as
sports medicine and athletic training courses are discussed later in these guidelines. In
addition to the first aid certificate, all coaches of interschool teams must meet part or all
of the course requirements in a pre-service and/or in-service program. Which
requirements apply to the individual coach depend upon the nature of the sport to be
coached and the coach’s previous experience, training and basic teaching certificate.