certification for youth sports administrators

Online Academy

The Online Academy for Youth Sports Administrators is the primary content and resource location for youth sports administrators who are interested in earning their Certified Youth Sports Administrator (CYSA) credential. This professional development course provides a comprehensive foundation designed to raise professionalism and youth sports knowledge.

The Online Academy is an internet-based training program that includes dynamic content, video presentations, downloadable resources, and more. Once registered, participants review materials and information presented in nine sections. CYSA candidates are provided 60-days to complete the entire certification process. To provide greater flexibility, the Online Academy is presented in a flexible way to allow participants to review the materials (and submit exams) in any order, at any time. ALL candidates must successfully complete the Online Academy to earn the CYSA!

Online Academy benefits:

  • Start anytime from anywhere!
  • A self-paced and flexible learning environment.
  • An interactive web-based training with easy navigation.
  • No software to install, download or run.
  • Log in at your convenience (two months to complete the exam and then continued access for your entire CYSA Cycle).
  • Access to valuable downloadable forms, resources and materials.
  • No travel expenses or time out of the office.
  • Once certified, CYSAs have continued online access to the CYSA Area for your entire two-year CYSA cycle, including the CYSA Forum, the CYSA Share Area, and more.
  • Gain essential information to help improve your programs.
  • Become a leader in your community.
  • Demonstrate your professional commitment to the field of youth sports.
  • Become part of an elite group of professionals that have also earned the CYSA designation!

The regular tuition for the Online Academy is $395. This fee includes all online materials, the exam, a certificate upon completion as well as a polo shirt and continued access to the CYSA Area for the entire two-year initial CYSA Cycle. Also, visit the Special Opportunities Page to learn about the Bonus Webinars that are offered periodically.

Register for the Online Academy


October 27-30, 2021 Onsite Academy at the 20th Annual Youth Sports Congress

December 7, 2021 (Tuesday) Colorado Park and Recreation Association (CPRA) in partnership with NAYS is offering an Onsite Academy (in-person at the Parker Fieldhouse from 9am - 3pm in Parker, CO) followed by the Online Academy access to earn the CYSA! This training will take place the day before the CARA Showcase! Special discounted registration for CPRA members!

Please email academy@nays.org for group and student rates or for any additional information at any time.