Enforcement Certification and Approvals Group (ECAG)

Agent Certification Application Process

Register or Log In to Existing Account in the NCAA Certified Agent Portal (NCAP).

Prerequisites.

To become an NCAA-certified agent one must:

  1. Have a bachelor's degree or if the NBPA has waived its degree requirement and granted NBPA certification to an agent, the NCAA respects that decision and will allow that individual to obtain NCAA certification provided that that the agent remains certified and is in good standing with the NBPA.
  2. Have been NBPA certified and in good standing for at least three consecutive years;
  3. Maintain professional liability insurance consistent with NCAA requirements;
  4. Submit an application and meet all respective deadline.
  5. Agree to operate in compliance with and abide by NCAA requirements.

Registration.

  1. Go to https://web3.ncaa.org/AgentCertification and click the "Register for an Account" button.
  2. Once initial information is submitted about the applicant, the NCAP will automatically send a confirmation email to the address provided at registration.
  3. Agent will activate their online account by clicking the hyperlink in the confirmation email.
  4. Once registration is confirmed, the agent profile will automatically open. The agent must provide some additional information and create a password in order to access the account in the future.

Log In.

Go to https://web3.ncaa.org/AgentCertification and enter your email and password in the "ALREADY REGISTERED" section.

NOTE: Only ONE account is needed. Once an account is created, that same account should be utilized each year.  Contact information can be updated at any time, so agents should NOT create a new account if edits need to be made to the address, phone number or email.

Apply.

Application Dates.

  1. Agents must apply annually in the NCAP.
  2. For 2020, the application will only be available from August 10 to October 10 at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern time).
  3. Deadlines are strictly enforced, but under some unique circumstances ECAG may allow late applications up to 30 calendar days after the closing date of the application, late fees will apply. Failure to apply while the application is available online will require the agent to wait until the application is available the following year.

Information Needed.

  1. Provide information about education, employment, professional licenses and certifications, legal proceedings, professional sports experience, associated personnel and affiliations, services provide and fees.
  2. Disclose any conflicts of interest.
  3. Complete background check. Be prepared to provide driver's license information, details regarding your bachelor's degree (start and end dates, major, college/university name, location), and seven years of address history.

Background Check.

During the NCAA application process, the agent will be redirected to the Sterling Volunteers website to provide additional information in order to complete the required background check.  The agent will need to provide his/her driver's license information, address history for seven years, and information about his/her bachelor’s degree (start and end dates, major, college/university name and location) for the background check to be completed. Therefore, the agent should be prepared to provide that information before beginning the application process.

The disqualifying criteria for the background check can be accessed here: Background Check Information and Disqualifying Criteria.

Once the background check has been processed, ECAG will evaluate each application in the order they are submitted.

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.

NCAA Review.

  1. Once the background check has been processed, ECAG will review the application.
  2. If clarification is needed regarding the agent's submission, ECAG will email the agent and request additional information. The agent will have 10 calendar days to respond in writing via email.  Failure to respond by the deadline will result in a denial of the agent's application. 
  3. If an agent's application is determined to be compliant, ECAG will notify the agent via email of his/her eligibility to take the in-person exam.

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 will be posted on www.ncaa.org/agent-certification soon and will be included in the email notification.
  3. The exam will consist of 50 multiple choice or true/false questions regarding NCAA bylaws on (1) NCAA agents and amateurism rules; (2) NCAA agent certification rules; (3) initial and continuing eligibility requirements; (4) NCAA recruiting and related rules; (5) extra benefits; (6) financial competency; (7) progress towards degree requirements; and (8) academic misconduct.. 
  4. The exam is "open book" but electronic devices will not be permitted.
  5. An agent must correctly answer 80% (40 questions) to pass. If the agent fails to pass the in-person exam, the agent must wait until the next year to try again.
  6. Study materials will be available on the agent certification website at ncaa.org/agent-certification and ECAG will host an in-person review session prior to the exam. More details about the exam will be posted on www.ncaa.org/agent-certification and included in the invitation email.

Returning Applicants - Continuing Education.

Returning applicants are eligible for fulfilling the continuing education requirements instead of the in-person exam, although an in-person exam may be required in a regular rotation. More details about the continuing education requirement will be posted on www.ncaa.org/agent-certification and included in the invitation email.

Certification.

Agents eligible for certification after taking the exam will be notified and required to log back in, upload a photo for the directory, confirm the accuracy of their contact information for the directory, and pay the required certification fee (see below). Once the certification fee is paid, the agent's information will be added to the online directory. Once certification fees are received, the agent will be posted to the NCAA online directory(s). NCAA certification is valid from the date of the agent is added to the director each year until the following September 30th.

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.

Directory.

ECAG expects to be adding 2021 certified agents to the directory as early as December 2020.

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].

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