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PAADS Professional Level Certificate Programs

PAADS has developed a Professional Level certificate program for aspiring athlete development specialists, offered in partnership with universities which have joined PAADS as Educational Partners. The PAADS Professional Level certificate program is based on key Content Areas which PAADS has identified as comprising the baseline knowledge and skill set for the entry level or junior athlete development specialist. These include:

  • Sport Ethics
  • Fundamentals of Sport Sciences & Medicine
  • Sport Research
  • Psycho Social Intervention & Referrals
  • Sport Management
  • Sport Media and Public Relations
  • Sport Law
  • Fundamentals of Personal Finance
  • Career Transition

An individual will be able to obtain this certificate through one of the following tracks:

University Curriculum Track: An individual desiring to obtain a certificate through this track must successfully complete a PAADS-approved course of study aligning with the Content Areas, within an undergraduate or graduate sport management or similar degree program at a university which is a PAADS Educational Partner.

University Continuing Education Track: An individual desiring to obtain a certificate through this track must successfully complete a PAADS-approved program which includes session aligning with the Content Areas, as delivered within a continuing education or similar program by a university which is a PAADS Educational Partner.

PAADS is currently seeking universities to partner with PAADS in offering this program. For more information about the program, please contact Tom Livengood, PAADS Education Committee Chair, at or (727) 729-9723, or Duncan Fletcher, PAADS Executive Director, at


University of Florida: MS in Sport Management with PAADS Certificate

If you’re interested in pursuing leadership opportunities in the field of sport ― whether in the collegiate, professional, or amateur arena ― the University of Florida’s online Master’s Degree in Sport Management can help you reach your professional and academic goals. The online program is a perfect fit for those looking to have an impact on the “behind-the-scenes” facets of sport, exploring critical aspects of the essential administrative functions that keep athletes on the field and drive a successful organization.

An effective mix of comprehensive curriculum shaped by expert faculty who are active in research and the convenience of online learning, earning an online masters degree in sport management offers a unique opportunity to working professionals. The program examines the fundamental skills and competencies required for success in many areas of sport management, with courses that explore:

  • Finance For Sport Organizations
  • Sociological Principles Of Sport
  • Risk Management And Legal Issues Relating To Sport
  • Sport Marketing
  • Research And Evaluation Methods
  • Athlete Training And Development
  • Psychology And Physiology Of High-Performing Athletes

The program’s required coursework offers a great deal of flexibility, allowing students to complete a professional internship or advanced practicum to fulfill their electives. Additionally, if you’re interested in pursuing opportunities in athletic training, the program offers a specialized concentration in athlete and performance development that can be completed in lieu of the elective requirement. The concentration also qualifies students to pursue a certificate  through the Professional Association of Athlete Development Specialists (PAADS).

Apply Today!