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.

As a counselor, you are charged with knowing the basics to provide accurate information on athletic recruitment to students. With this updated e-learning module, you will:

  • understand the role of the NCAA and other major college athletics organizations (now 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.

Packed with easy-to-understand information, interactive modules, tools, and step-by-step guides, the course consists of six online learning modules, and is worth 3 continuing education (CE) credits.

What does this course offer?

  • Comprehensive, online learning. This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the student-athlete advising process in a convenient, self-paced, online format.
  • Short, on-demand modules. Participants will log into the learning management system to complete the short, topic-based modules on their own schedule and at their own pace. Each participant will have six months to complete the course.
  • Completion certificate. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a completion certificate from NACAC.
    • *Participants are granted access to course materials for 6 months from time of registration. To receive a professional certificate, complete coursework must be submitted prior to expiration of course access.*
  • 3 CE credits. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be eligible to receive 3 hours of continuing education credits.

What topics will be covered?

Topics that will be covered in this course include:

  • 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: Preparing for Deciding and Committing

Who should take this course?

This course is for secondary school and independent counselors who advise student-athletes as they navigate the college admission process.

Parents of student-athletes would also benefit from this course as they will be supporting their child throughout the admission process as well.

What is the time commitment?

Course participants should plan to spend approximately 3 hours completing the course in its entirety.

What is the cost?

The cost per person to register for this course is:

  • $60 for NACAC members
  • $110 for nonmembers

Save 20% per person when registering as a group of four or more! If your office would qualify for this discount, contact customer service for a promo code prior to registration.

PLEASE NOTE: As of August 1, 2023, all requests to switch cohorts, extend course access (by 1 month) or changes to course registrations will be subject to a $50 processing fee per person/per course. No refunds will be processed.

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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.