NIAAA Certification Notes Ann Stewart
Congratulations – New CAA Designation – Fall Leadership Conference
Chris Kedge, M.A., CAA
A former teacher of 13 years, Chris has worked in three different school districts; 10 years with
the Espanola Public Schools, two years with the Penasco Independent School District and one
year with the Jemez Valley Public Schools. In November, Chris just completed his fifth year with
the NMAA as an Assistant Director of Sports. He received his B.S. from the University of New
Mexico in Education and a M.A. from New Mexico Highlands University in Sports
Administration. Chris has been married to his wife Lisa for 19 years and they have three
children; Lucas 14 and a set of twins Isaac and Ariana who are 10.
Here are the requirements to obtaining your CAA Designation:
• Bachelor’s Degree, or higher, from an accredited institution
• Approval of Personal Data Form (PDF) – Please visit the Online Store in the member portal
to download the application for certification.
• Two (2) or more years of experience as an athletic administrator
• Employed by (or retired from) a school, school district or state high school athletic/activities
association in such capacity that the administration of interscholastic athletics is (was)
among job responsibilities
• Completion of LTC 501, LTC 502, LTC 504 and LTC 506
• Successful completion of the CAA examination
• Read the NIAAA Code of Ethical and Professional Standards
The NIAAA certification program has received accreditation from the North Central Association
Commission on Accreditation (NCA CASI) for the next 5 years. With the granting of
accreditation, the NIAAA has been given the same pedigree as Career, Technical and Post-
Secondary Institutions. Certification is an important part of professional development and
legitimizing the athletic administrator as an educational leader.
Certification is a vehicle to develop a plan for your own professional growth, now go get started!