NIAAA Certification Process

The Certification Process

STEP 1 – Obtain Program Application

To obtain a program application, you must join the online community. Click here to access our online community page. Log into your online community profile or if you do not have a profile, select Register to create a profile. The certification application can be obtained through the Online Store once you have accessed your profile. If you have any questions, please email at the NIAAA office.

For CAA applicants only: The NIAAA office must be in receipt of the application 30 days prior to the date applicant desires to take the exam.  After the application has been processed, you will receive electronically a packet of additional information including the “Personal Data Form” (PDF) which must be completed and returned to Professional Development Manager. CAA applicants will also receive an examination study guide and sample exam questions.


Complete the “Personal Data Form” (PDF) which provides a systemic method of documenting your educational background and professional experiences. The fully completed PDF is then submitted with proof of completion of required courses and proof of college degree and appropriate processing fee (See Below) to the NIAAA office.

CAA APPLICANTS ONLY: The completed PDF form and copies of LTI course completion certificates must reach the NIAAA office 21 calendar days prior to the date applicant desires to take the exam. Starting December 2011 Photo ID is required to sit for CAA Exam.

Processing Fees NIAAA Member Non-member
Registered Athletic Administrator $75.00 $160.00
Registered Middle School Athletic Administrator $100.00 $185.00
Certified Athletic Administrator $150.00 $235.00
Provisional Certified Athletic Administrator $50.00 $135.00
Certified Master Athletic Administrator $175.00 $260.00


The certification committee will review your PDF to confirm attainment of the minimum number of required credits/criteria. The CAA candidate/applicant will be notified of their qualifying status to sit for the examination along with specifics of the examination location, date and time.  Please note Photo ID is required to sit for CAA Exam. The CAA applicant’s final step is to correctly answer at least 75 of 100 multiple-choice questions covering a broad spectrum of topics relevant to secondary school athletic administration. The CMAA applicant’s final step is the Certification Committee’s approval of a project submitted by the candidate.


The committee will award certification after a candidate has met all criteria for that level of certification. The office will notify each candidate by letter of his or her individual status. Unsuccessful applicants for the CAA may retake the test without charge. Unsuccessful CAA and CMAA applicants may appeal the decision. Each appeal will be reviewed on its own merits. It should also be understood that an appeal does not guarantee a waiver of the prerequisites or a reversal of the original decision.

Use of the RAA, RMSAA, CAA, and CMAA Designation

As a certified athletic administrator, an individual may use the designations of RAA, RMSAA, CAA or CMAA, whichever is applicable, on his or her business cards and all forms of correspondence. Certification is for individuals only. The certification is not to be used to imply that an association, school or school district is certified.

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