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Agent Certification

In order to represent Division I men’s basketball student-athletes as they weigh their professional prospects and not negatively impact the athlete's eligibility, the agent must be NCAA certified by the Enforcement Certification and Approvals Group (ECAG).

Basic Application Process

To become NCAA certified, an agent must:

  1. Meet all prerequisites.
  2. Create or login to NCAA Certified Agent Portal (NCAP) account.
  3. Submit application to NCAA.
  4. Successful completion of background check;
  5. Payment of nonrefundable application fee.
  6. NCAA review of application.
  7. Notification of eligibility to complete the required education component.
  8. Complete educational component.
  9. Pay certification fee.
  10. Operate in compliance with NCAA requirements.
  11. Re-apply the following year using the same NCAP user account.

For more specific details regarding the application process, see: Application Process Description.

Application Dates

For 2020, the application will only be available from August 10 to October 10 at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern time).

Fees

Application Fees.

At the conclusion of the application, the agent will be redirected to Sterling Volunteers to provide information for the required background check and will need to pay a non-refundable application fee of $250.

Late Application Fees.

Under unique circumstances, ECAG may allow late applications up to 30 calendar days after the closing date of the application, but the application fee will double. The additional $250 will be collected when the certification fee is paid at the end of the process.

Certification Fees.

First Year Applicant - Certification Fees.

Fees are based on the number of calendar days between when the agent pays and the date the notification of eligibility email was sent.

  • 30 days (base) =       $750
  • 60 days (+$150) =    $900
  • 90 days (+350) =   $1,100
  • 120 days (+650) = $1,400
  • 150 days (+950) = $1,700

Not available more than 150 days after the email notification was sent.

REMINDER: If ECAG granted an exception to the application deadline to apply and the application was submitted in the 30 days following the deadline, the late fee will be collected when the certification fee is paid.

Returning Applicant - Certification Fees.

Fees are based on the number of calendar days between when the agent pays and the date the notification of eligibility email was sent.

  • 30 days (base) =       $250
  • 60 days (+$150) =    $400
  • 90 days (+350) =      $600
  • 120 days (+650) =    $900
  • 150 days (+950) = $1,200

Not available more than 150 days after the email notification was sent.

REMINDER: If ECAG granted an exception to the application deadline to apply and the application was submitted in the 30 days following the deadline, the late fee will be collected when the certification fee is paid.

Educational Requirements.

Once the application and background check are determined to be eligible, the agent will be notified that he/she needs to complete the appropriate educational requirement.

First Year Applicants - In-Person Exam.

  1. All first year applicants must take the in-person exam at the NCAA’s Indianapolis headquarters.
  2. The 2020 exam will be scheduled sometime in November. Specific dates and times have not been selected. ECAG is waiting on information in order to schedule the exam based on the 2020 NBA draft dates for the agents' convenience.

Returning Applicants - Continuing Education.

Returning applicants are eligible for fulfilling the continuing education requirements instead of taking the in-person exam. Details about the continuing education program will be added soon.

History.

In 2018 the Commission on College Basketball reported that NCAA student-athletes needed earlier professional advice to determine whether it is in their best interests to declare for the NBA draft or return to college. As a result, the NCAA agent certification program was created. Student-athletes whose basketball season has concluded and who have requested an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee via email at UAC@nba.com may be represented by an NCAA-certified agent and still retain their NCAA eligibility.

Additional Help and Information.

If you have questions, please visit the ECAG FAQ. Additional information is available at www.ncaa.org/agent-certification or you may contact the ECAG at 844/562-6201 option 4 or by using the Email Contact Form [ https://web3.ncaa.org/bbcs/contactForm].