This course provides participants with the information they need to advise students who are interested in college athletics.

The basics:

  • Intended audience: Secondary school and independent counselors who advise student-athletes; parents and guardians of student-athletes as they support their child through the admission process.
  • Cost: $60 for NACAC members, $110 for nonmembers.
    • A 20 percent discount is available for offices of four or more participants registering for the same course.
  • Estimated completion time: Three hours.
    • Participants have six months to access and complete the course.
  • Upon completion: Three continuing education credit hours and a completion certificate.

Course description:

As a counselor, you are charged with knowing the basics to provide accurate information on athletic recruitment to students. The Counselor’s Guide to the Student-Athlete Advising Process is an insider’s guide to college athletics that provides all the information you need in one convenient place.  The course consists of seven on-demand lessons packed with easy-to-understand information, interactive modules, tools, and step-by-step guides. With this course, you will:   

  • Understand the role of the NCAA and other major college athletics organizations (including Esports).   
  • Discover how to help your student navigate the admission, decision, and committing process. 
  • Learn about key deadlines, the importance of finding the right college fit, and how to preserve your student’s eligibility.  

Course topics:

  • Lesson 1: An Introduction to the Student-Athlete Advising Process 
  • Lesson 2: National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) 
  • Lesson 3: National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) 
  • Lesson 4: National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and NJCAA Esports 
  • Lesson 5: College Admission Advising & the Student-Athlete 
  • Lesson 6: Understanding Athletic Eligibility 
  • Lesson 7: Preparing for Deciding and Committing 


Register for this on-demand course using the button below:

PLEASE NOTE: All requests to switch cohorts, extend course access (by one month) or changes to course registrations will be subject to a $50 processing fee per person/per course. No refunds will be processed.


  • $60 for NACAC members*
  • $110 for nonmembers

A 20 percent discount is available for offices of four or more participants registering for the same course. If your office would qualify for this discount, contact customer service for a promo code prior to registration. 

*Unsure if you are a NACAC member? You may be eligible through your school or organization’s membership. Contact customer service for more information.


For questions about this course, please email

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5242. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NACAC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.