Running Coach Certification

About the Certification

The UESCA running coach certification is a comprehensive program that is based 100% online via a series of robust training modules. The UESCA running certification was developed by reviewing the latest peer-reviewed sports science journals and through feedback from our seasoned team that includes professional running coaches.

The training modules are comprised of varying learning mediums including text, images and video. Upon registering for the certification, the user has one year (365 days) to take the exam. Studying for the exam is self-paced.

The goal of this certification is to inform and educate individuals on the science behind running and the application of this information.


  • Must be 18 years of age or older at the time of registration
  • Proof of current CPR/AED or lifeguard certification (you may register for the certification without being CPR/AED certified – however you must be CPR/AED certified to take the exam)
  • Access to high-speed internet
  • Ability to view PDF documents via Adobe Reader

What You’ll Find Inside This Certification

The running certification consists of 22 robust online training modules that include videos. The modules represent the latest in research-based sports science and are designed to be an all-encompassing resource for those looking to become certified running coaches.

  • Module 1: You… The Coach
  • Module 2: Skeletal System
  • Module 3: Muscular System
  • Module 4: Energy Systems
  • Module 5: Training Benchmarks
  • Module 6: Biomechanical Assessments
  • Module 7: Running Biomechanics
  • Module 8: Injury and Illness
  • Module 9: Resistance Training
  • Module 9A: Resistance Training Exercises
  • Module 10: Stretching and Myofascial Release
  • Module 11: Client Intake
  • Module 12: Goal Setting
  • Module 13: Periodization
  • Module 14: Training Program
  • Module 15: Training Modalities
  • Module 16: Pacing
  • Module 17: Mental Training
  • Module 18: Sports Nutrition
  • Module 19: Safety
  • Module 20: Running Shoes and Apparel
  • Module 21: Race Preparation and Execution
  • Module 22: Legal Issues

BONUS: Business and Marketing Module

For a detailed course syllabus and module excerpt, click here.

What Others Are Saying

I was a division 1 athlete, studied sports and exercise science for six years. As a high school cross country and track and field coach I am always looking to know more. The UESCA running certification helped me understand the art of running, more so endurance running. The material is easy to understand, whether you have a background in exercise science or not. This exam will prepare you as a running coach and it will definitely push you to think outside the box as a coach, it will make your programs better, and you better as a coach.

Christine Jones

This course is incredibly in-depth, while still being clear, concise, and offering real information I can use daily with a wide range of clients.

Emily McHugh
Certified Personal Trainer, Avid Runner

Being a life long team sport athlete turned runner after college has fostered my love for the human body and what it can achieve. I love learning more about how the body moves and works as I’ve followed my passion of fitness. Studying for the running certification has increased my knowledge and insight further than I thought possible. The training is great for those (like me) who don’t have a medical/physiological background but still gets into the ins and outs of the body and its workings. I feel confident that I can lead runners towards their goals after this training!

Lauren Lorow
Certified Personal Trainer

Popular FAQS

Can I register for a certification if I reside outside the United States?
Absolutely! In fact, about 40% of our purchasers are international. However, it is important to note that rules and regulations noted in our certifications pertain to coaching in the United States via the US governing sport bodies. It is the sole responsibility of the individual purchasing the certification(s) to ensure that the UESCA certification meets any and all legal and regulatory requirements in one’s home country. All UESCA modules are in English.
How long does the course take?
Approximately 22-25 hours
What is the cost?
Does UESCA offer a money back guarantee?
Yes, UESCA offers a 30-day, money back guarantee
Is the test self-paced?
Yes. The test consists of 150 questions and you have one year after registering to take the exam.
Are the modules online?
Yes. In an effort to reduce the price of the certification and save a few trees, all of the modules are 100% online.
Is the testing online?
Yes, a score of 80% is required to pass. One retest is included at no charge.
How many CEU’s are required to maintain the certification?
None. UESCA does not require traditional CEU’s but rather requires coaches to write a science-based paper every two years.
Is there an annual or biannual renewal fee?
No. While UESCA is a for-profit company, we do not believe that requiring in-house CEU’s or renewal fees is the correct method to attain revenue. We believe that annual and biannual fees to maintain a certification amounts to little more than price gouging.
Can I access the modules on my tablet or smartphone?
Yes, our website and modules are mobile-friendly.
Will I be issued a certificate upon successfully passing the exam?
Yes – upon successful completion of the exam, your certificate will be sent electronically, because who wants to wait for snail mail?!

Continuing Education Provider

The running coach certification provides CEU’s to the following organizations:

Our Promise

We are so confident that you will not find a more comprehensive running coach certification on the market, we offer a 30-day, 100% money back guarantee! In fact, prior to purchasing our certification, we encourage you to compare our program and course syllabus to other running educational resources and certifications.
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