CrossFit to Release Level 4 Coaching Credential in 2023

November 3, 2022 by
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CrossFit HQ announced they will be offering a CrossFit Level 4 (CF-L4) Coach credential, designed for “the most senior trainers,” starting in the new year.

“Earning the L4 credential will move the coach into a small yet highly accomplished group of CrossFit coaches who have demonstrated excellence and commitment to their craft,” CrossFit’s General Manager of Education, Nicole Carroll, told the Morning Chalk Up.

The details: The CF-L4 will be an in-person performance evaluation that requires no coursework or educational content, Carroll explained.

  • “The evaluation consists of a candidate coaching two workouts and is evaluated across six domains: teaching, seeing, correcting, class management, presence and attitude, and application. The CF-L4 is an evaluation only, and onsite feedback or development is not provided,” she added.
  • Registration for the CF-L4 assessment will open in January 2023, but in order to qualify to take the evaluation, you must be at least 18 years old and, possess an active Certified CrossFit Level 3 Trainer credential, and submit proof of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) training, completed within the last two years.

Some historical context: Between 2008 and 2010, a “small number of people” who passed the old Level 2 and the CCFT exam were awarded a L4 credential, Carroll explained. However, this is the first time CrossFit will be offering a formal Level 4 credential.

  • “The new evaluation has an updated content outline and exam format, and third-party testing consultants have validated the evaluation process. This makes for a better and more rigorous exam but in a more standardized format,” she said. 
  • The release of the CF-L4 makes CrossFit’s suite of credentials the most advanced in the industry,” she stated in CrossFit’s November 3 press release.

The Big Picture: For Caroll, the CF-L4 is a key component in “the professionalization of a CrossFit coach” and in creating more opportunities for senior CrossFit trainers.

  •  “Undoubtedly, advanced credentials lead to greater opportunities for professional recognition, and earning this credential is no small feat. It means an individual has demonstrated advanced coaching abilities through a real-time performance assessment. This is an essential milestone in a coach’s career and one that signals coaching mastery developed over many years. Our trainers need to have the option to earn the CF-L4 as it fuels the advancement of their careers while simultaneously positively impacting CrossFit affiliates, athletes, and the CrossFit community,” she said.

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