Board Policy 6.14 and 6.141: The
individual must hold or earn a valid cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
certificate issued by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross
and must have received training about the dangers of drug use including
Florida Statute 1012.55(2)(a) requires that any person who is employed
and renders service as an athletic coach shall hold a valid temporary or
professional certificate or an athletic coaching certificate. This section of the statute does not apply to a coach who voluntarily renders service AND who is not employed by any public
school district in the state.
Requirements of Current Full-Time Employees
hired as Coaches
If the coach holds a valid Florida Educators
Certification, then no additional certifications are required (other than the
CPR requirement). If the coach does not
hold a valid certificate, then they must hold or apply for an athletic coaching
certificate through FDOE.
Requirements of Community Coaches
Community Coach: A coach hired who is not an employee of the
Board Policy 6.14 provides
that a community coach may not be recommended until the principal has determined that qualified full-time employees of the
School Board are not available to perform these responsibilities. The policy also states that the community coach
must hold or apply for certification.
hired as a new Community Coach (or coach without teacher certification) the following MUST be completed.
·Drug Screen Clearance
·Application for Athletic Coaching must be
A coach cannot be placed on the board agenda, nor can
they be paid for coaching prior to completion of the above steps. The effective hire date can be no earlier
than the date all three of the above steps are completed.
Expired Temporary Certificate
An applicant with an expired Temporary Athletic Coaching certificate may not be considered for a coaching position until all of the requirements for a Professional certificate are met. (including a submitted application for the Professional)
Certification Requirements SBR 6A-4.004
(4) Certificates covering only athletic coaching (grades K-12).
(a) A certificate valid for three (3) school fiscal years reflecting only athletic coaching may be issued to an applicant who does not meet the requirements specified in paragraph (4)(b) of this rule. The certificate may be issued one (1) time to an applicant who meets the following requirements:
1. Completes the application requirements as specified in Rule 6A-4.0012, FAC., and
2. Submits fingerprint reports as specified in subparagraph (1)(a)3., of this rule.
(b) A certificate valid for five (5) school fiscal years reflecting only athletic coaching may be issued to an applicant who meets the following requirements:
1. Completes the application requirements as specified in Rule 6A-4.0012, FAC.,
2. Satisfies specialization requirements as specified in subsection (2) of Rule 6A-4.0282, FAC., and
3. Submits fingerprint reports as specified in subparagraph (1)(a)3., of this rule.
Certification Requirements SBR 6A-4.0282
Specialization Requirements for the Endorsement in Athletic Coaching --- Academic Class.
Certification in another subject, and
Nine (9) semester hours in athletic coaching to include the areas specified below:
(a) Three (3) semester hours in care and prevention of athletic injuries and the effects and dangers of drug use including performance-enhancing drugs,
(b) Three (3) semester hours in coaching theory,
(c) A course in theory and practice of coaching a specific sport, and
A valid cardiopulmonary resuscitation course completion card or certificate issued by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross or an equivalent cardiopulmonary resuscitation course completion card or certificate issued by an entity approved by the Florida Department of Health pursuant to Rule 64J-1.022, F.A.C.
1. NEFEC MIP #1-011-001 Theory and Practice of a Specific Sport (Advanced Specific Sport) - 60 points*
The Columbia County School district accepts applications online. All applicants must create an account on the system to apply for jobs posted.
When you visit the site, click the link "Click to view current job openings". Once there, click the box next to the job(s) you wish to apply for. Then click "Apply for selected positions". This will take you to the page for you to create your user account. Once you've created your account, you can log-in to apply for future postings.
CURRENT DISTRICT EMPLOYEES: You will need to create an account in Fast Track to apply for positions. You should access Fast Track thru your SkyWard account. Log on to SkyWard, then click the tab "Fast Track Open Positions". You must enter Fast Track through SkyWard in order to see or apply for Internal Only postings
partnered with ESS to manage our substitute program. If you’re interested in
working as a substitute for our district, please visit www.ESS.jobs to apply or
call 877.983.2244 for more information.
About Columbia County
Columbia County is nestled in the heart of north-central Florida, offering an ideal blend of tropical weather with more northern scenery. Set in a gently rolling landscape, Columbia County features many rivers, creeks, ponds, and lakes. Interstates 10 and 75 provide easy access from anywhere: north, south, east, or west. With Gainesville 40 miles to our south, Jacksonville 60 miles to our east, and Tallahassee 100 miles to our west, Columbia County is centrally located to a multitude of events and activities.
Central to the area’s economy is the Columbia County School System, the largest community employer, with each employee playing a vital role in providing quality education.
Our schools remain the main emphasis for our community. There are 14 school sites within the Columbia County School System in grades PreK-12. There are nine elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools, including Fort White High, which has grades 6-12. Additionally, Pathways Academy is our alternative education site for grades K-12. Evening and adult classes are available to those wishing to advance their educational levels. All schools maintain high scholastic and academic standards as evidenced by the District holding district-wide accreditation from The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.