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Athlete Development Professional Certification Program

As student-athlete development professionals grow in importance to college sports, it is critical that you possess not just a passion for sports, but consistent, applicable management and leadership skills and relevant business acumen. The Athlete Development Professional Certification Program will provide you with the business skills to work more effectively with college athletes, their families and campus constituents and become a well-respected and valued member of your school’s team.

Athlete Development Professional Certification Program key dates

  • Jan. 24-26, 2019: Program dates (Philadelphia)


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During this program you will:

  • Develop essential management and leadership skills, including critical thinking and decision making, negotiation, influence and persuasion, finance for the college athlete, and crisis and media communications.
  • Hone your personal and professional leadership skills to motivate and engage peers, players, staff and league decision-makers.

This program is a joint venture between the NCAA, the Wharton Executive Education and the National Football League developed in conjunction with the Wharton Sports Business Initiative.


Athletics professionals currently servicing in student-athlete development role or with current oversight of student-athlete development role at NCAA member schools and conference offices are eligible to apply. Selected participants must be present for the entire program and commit to post-program assignments and continuing education.

Upcoming programs

The next Athlete Development Professional Certification Program will take place Jan. 24-26, 2019 in Philadelphia, at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

The only costs to the participants shall be travel cost to and from the program, and hotel incidentals. The NCAA will provide lodging, meals and program materials.


The online application for the Athlete Development Professional Certification Program will open between late Aug. and Sept., 2018 via NCAA program hub. When the application goes live, click here to access the online application, via NCAA Program Hub. [NOTE: Creating a login will be necessary to access Program Hub.]

Contact us

For more information or questions about the Athlete Development Professional Certification Program, please email