Coaching Permits

The Pupil Activity Permit is required for a student activity program that involves athletics, routine or regular physical activity or activities with health and safety considerations.


  1. Complete the National Federation of State High School Associations fundamentals of coaching class (A one-time training required of all coaches verified by school district).
  2. Successful completion of an approved CPR training course. You must have a current, valid certificate (verified by school district).
  3. Complete one of the following first aid for coaches trainings:
    • Ohio Department of Education Approved Pupil Activity Program
    • Medical License: (M.D., D.O, D.C., R.N., EMT, A.T.C.)
    • Nationally approved programs: Approved Red Cross (First Aid Health and Safety for Coaches) or American Sport Education Program (Sport First Aid - Fourth Edition), or National Federation of State High School Association (First Aid for Coaches or First Aid Health and Safety for Coaches).
    • College or university coursework completed within the past three years related to first aid training or athletic training.
  4. ​Complete one approved course on concussion training through the Ohio Department of Health website:Both courses are free of charge, and may be completed online in about an hour. Print out your certificate of completion and upload a copy with the pupil activity permit online application.
    • ​NFHS training program “Concussion in Sports – What you Need to Know”
    • National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention program “Heads Up – Concussion in Youth Sports Online Training Program"
  5. Have a current BCI and FBI background check on file at ODE.

Additional Information

First Aid Program Providers

This informational packet and application are for individuals or organizations who are seeking to become approved to offer first aid/first response programming for coaches pursuing a pupil activity permit.

Last Modified: 1/2/2014 3:46:13 PM