A-Volunteers (Coaches, Unified Partners, Chaperones)






A-Volunteer Information (Coaches, Unified Partners, Chaperones):

“The wise coach develops not only the fullest physical potential in his charges, but also those capacities and habits of mind and body which will enrich and ennoble their later years.”
(Geoffrey Dyson speaking to the 19th session of the International Olympic Academy, Greece 1979)

The roles that Special Olympics New Mexico A-Volunteers play come with great responsibility. Our A-Volunteers may play the role of teacher, role model, chaperone, caregiver, friend, counselor, Unified Partner and of course coach.

Our A-Volunteers impart to our athletes a plethora of sports skills and competitive spirit. They also help build character and assist in our athletes’ development as productive members of society.  These values define the Special Olympics movement.

Start here:

First and foremost all A-Volunteers (who have prolonged contact with Special Olympics athletes) must complete and pass a mandatory background check. There is no cost to you in completing the background check, and you will find the form included in the Certification Progression below. 210ad4u

Links to all trainings in the Certification Progression are included below.

Special Olympics New Mexico Certification Progression

A-Volunteers (Coaches, Unified Partners, Chaperones)


Assistant Coach, Unified Partner, and Chaperone
(Entry Level Requirements)

•       Class A Form/Complete Background Check (Good Deed Code: 210ad4u)

  •       Special Olympics General Orientation Quiz 

  •       Protective Behaviors Training and Quiz

  •       Concussion Course (Assistant Coaches and Unified Partners)

Level 1 – Certified Coach*
(Core Coaching Knowledge)

Traditional Special Olympics Certification Progression:                              

•       All Assistant Coach requirements

•       Coaching Special Olympic Athletes – Online course via Human Kinetics Coach Education or in person training conducted by a Program approved trainer

•       Sport Specific Course – Online or through a Multi-Sport training or a Governing Body training

Unified Sports Certification Progression:

•     All Assistant Coach requirements

•     Coaching Unified Sports – Online via the Special Olympics Learning Portal or through a Program approved trainer * after signing in, if the Unified Sports training does not appear in your “My Learning” select it from the catalogue pull down menu

•    Sport Specific Course – Online or through a multi-sport training or a Governing Body training

The * indicates: The level required for Head Coaches attending USA National Games in the specific sport being coached

Level 2 – Certified Coach**

(Advanced Coaching Knowledge)

  •       All Level 1 requirements

  •       Principles of Coaching Course – In person training conducted by a Program approved trainer

The ** indicates: Level required of Head Coaches attending World Games.

You can print the Certification Progression here

SONM Certification Progression Coach and A Volunteer