Depending on what province or state you are in there are different approaches to taking your coaching certifications to the next level. In Ontario, The Ontario Soccer Association, offers numerous courses which range from introductory classes which include Soccer For Life to more in depth certificates such as your provincial licenses A, B and C amongst others. Each certificate ranges from a two day session to much longer. There are also different forms of evaluations depending on the certificate you are enrolled in. That being said, do not be intimidated by these programs. The courses can all be attained in a relatively short period of time by those willing progress in the sport.
If you plan on giving back to your community or are a parent helping out his/her child’s team it is still beneficial to embark in your soccer certifications. Not only will help you develop as a coach but it provide an enriched environment for your players, no matter their level of play.
Players should always be looking to evolve and improve their game as should coaches. That being said, there is much to be learned from online videos, books and articles. However, watching a properly run session and learning how to implement the salient information at the appropriate times is a trait that is best learned from watching experienced coaches in action and spending hours on the pitch with players. You can always modify the approach learned and make it unique to your style of coaching.
The importance is simply not to become complacent in development as a coach.