Certified CrossFit Coach

Eligibility Requirements


The Certified CrossFit Coach (CCFC) performance evaluation is a one-day assessment of a trainer’s ability to coach CrossFit. Candidates will coach two workouts and be evaluated across six domains and 14 subdomains. This is not an instructional or educational course; it is an evaluation only. Successful candidates earn the designation of Certified CrossFit Coach (CCFC), which is the highest credential CrossFit offers to trainers. This evaluation is for experienced trainers who have been coaching CrossFit in a group setting for several years. The successful candidate is comfortable coaching a group of athletes of varied and unknown skill levels and abilities through any number of movements common to CrossFit.


Candidates must maintain a valid and active Certified CrossFit Trainer (CCFT) credential.

Candidates must possess a current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate. The following certificates are accepted:

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers
  • BLS Healthcare Provider Instructor
  • CPR/Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for the Lay Responder
  • CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer
  • CPR for Professionals
  • Healthcare Provider CPR
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT ) and Paramedic Certifications
  • International certificates recognized by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR)

All other certificates will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Note: Only certificates that include AED instruction in the curriculum will be accepted.

Ongoing maintenance of CPR training is required every two years, and proof of a current certificate may be requested by the CrossFit Certification Department at any time.


CrossFit raters will evaluate each candidate using the following six domains:

  • Teaching: The ability to clearly and accurately communicate the essential elements of each movement.
    • The information is clear and complete, and movement demonstation is effective.
    • The information is provided in an organized, succinct, and clear manner.
  • Seeing: The ability to discern sound from unsound movement mechanics and identify both gross and subtle faults.
    • Movement faults are identified in static positions.
    • Movement faults are identified in dynamic movement.
  • Correcting: The ability to facilitate optimal mechanics for any level of athlete within a training session; the ability to make a tangible, visible difference for more efficient, effective, and safe movement.
    • Tangible and visual differences are made so static positions more efficient, effective, and safe.
    • Tangible and visual differences are made so dynamic movements more efficient, effective, and safe.
    • Effective communication and prioritization are used to make noticable improvements.
  • Group Management: The ability to organize and manage small group training sessions to optimize flow and participant experience.
    • Time is effectively managed in order to run a successful class within a 1-hour period.
    • Optimal communication and organization allow for effective coaching of all athletes within the class.
  • Presence and Attitude: The ability to create a positive and engaging learning environment for any athlete.
    • All athletes are engaged and rapport is developed in order to create an enjoyable class environment.
    • Athletes are provided with empathy and respect to keep the class positive and engaging.
  • Application: The ability to maximize the safety, efficacy, and efficiency of results while coaching others.
    • Threshold training is applied effectively in order to balance technical improvements and relative intensity.
    • Athletes are scaled appropriately based on skill level or physical abilities.
    • There is an appropriate use of warm-ups and cool-downs.