Let the UNAA guide you as a certified ninja coach for ninja competitions. Our new certification program is comprehensive in content, but easy to master and looks great on your resume. UNAA’s Certification is geared toward Officiating of UNAA competitions and Ninja Obstacle Course competition training. By completing the UNAA Certification program you will be given the knowledge and information to properly officiate a UNAA competition and train athletes for Ninja Obstacle course competition.

World OCR COACH DEVELOPMENT & Certification

Coach Education Programme

The World OCR Coach Education Programme has five key objectives:


  • To grow and develop the sport globally by making coach education accessible to all National Federations (NF’s) and their members, thereby providing athletes with the opportunity of working with coaches at a level that suits their needs;
  • Provide a framework for coach education and development for NF’s to develop obstacle sports through athlete and coach development from grassroots  to high performance;
  • Provide a coach development system from grassroots to high performance, providing tools to increase coach’s competence and effectiveness through international standards,
  • To provide a mechanism whereby coaches can progress along the coaching pathway

2019 Courses

Level 1: February 8-10, Colorado Springs, USA

Level 1: March 8-10, Copenhagen, Denmark

Level 1: July 29-30, Manila, Philippines

Level 2: July 31 - August 1, Manila, Philippines

Para OCR: August 2, Manila, Philippines

Level 1: August 15-19, Colorado Springs, USA

Level 1: Winter, Asia-Pacific, dates and location to be announced

2020 Courses

Level 1: January 3-5, Copenhagen, Denmark. Details available here

Level 1: January 31 - February 2, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Level 1: February 21-23, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Level 1: March 26-29, Colorado Springs, USA

Registration and Prerequisites

Prerequisites: Courses are for coaches with proficiency teaching and training athletes. We suggest a minimum of 12 months experience as a certificated coach in strength and conditioning, athletics, triathlon, OCR or similar.


Please Note: Completing 24 hours of course content awards a certificate of completion for each course level. 


Level 1 Certification Level 1 requires 150 hours of teaching practice applying the Level 1 course content, 85% pass on a written test and practical evaluations by a World OCR Coach Certifier. 


If you wish to become a certified Level 2 World OCR Coach, you must complete the 24 hour Level 2 course and have an additional 250 hours of coaching practice applying the Level 2 course content, pass a written test and practical evaluations. 

Suggested Reading

Course references and for passing the written tests:


  • Anatomy For Runners, Jay Dicharry
  • Run For Your Life, Dr. Mark Cucuzzella
  • Knack Weight Training for Women, Leah Garcia
  • Why We Sleep, Dr. Matthew Walker
  • Endurance Training, Science and Practice, Iñigo Mujika
  • The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing, Dr. Phil Maffetone
  • The Real Meal Revolution (first edition), Dr.Timothy Noakes

Instructors (Coach Trainers)

Faye Stenning (CAN) BKin, CSCS, FMS

#1 World Ranked Spartan Athlete, 2016; 2nd  Spartan US Championship Series, 2016; 3rd Spartan World Championships, 2016; Coach at Grit Coaching


Nikolaj Maegaard Dam (DEN), BA, MSc Sport Science & Health, University of Southern Denmark, Advanced Strength, Conditioning and Sport Psychology (Calif. University Long Beach)

European Champion Mixed 2018, #1 Nordic Race Series 2016-2017, 2nd best European OCRWC, Co-owner  OCR Training Denmark


Leon Kofoed Andersen (DEN) MSc Copenhagen Business School, Mathematics and Economics, BSc Tulane Univeristy (USA) Finance

OCR European Champion 2018-2019, Co-owner of OCR Training Denmark, Former Ninja Warrior Competitor, Passionate business owner, teacher at Copenhagen Business School.


Rachel Cosgrove (USA) BSc Physiology, CSCS (NSCA)

Rachel was IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year in 2012. An Ironman triathlete she has been to the World Championships on Team USA for triathlon. Rachel has also competed in powerlifting and fitness competitions. She has certifications from the International Society of Sports Nutrition, USA Weightlifting, Functional Movement Systems, and Precision Nutrition.


Alwyn Cosgrove (GBR / USA) BSc Sports Performance, BSc. (hon) Sports Science

Alwyn started in martial arts in 1986 adding fitness classes in 1989, and studied under top international fitness professionals and coaches. Clientele include top level athletes, World Champions, and professionals in a multitude of sports. Alwyn has co-authored five books in the “New Rules of Lifting” series and is a frequent contributor to publications such as Men's Health.


Heather Gollnick (USA) SGX L2

Spartan Race World Champion Masters Athlete; OCR Masters Athlete of the Year; 5x Ironman Champion; Triathlon Coach; Author of Triathlete EQ


Jessica O'Connell (CAN) BS Exercise Physiology, MSc Kinesiology, CSP-CEP

2016 Olympian (5,000 m PB 15:06); 10-time Canadian Championship, Canadian indoor 5,000m record holder (2019); All-American in track and field; WVU magna cum laude 


Leah Garcia (USA) BA, CPT

UCI World Mountain Bike Champion (hill climb), North American Mountain Bike Champion; Basque National Champion (Spain); Award winning TV professional; Celebrity fitness trainer; Author of Weight Training for Women and Cycling for Everyone


Ian Adamson (AUS) BEng (hon), MSc Sports Medicine

10x World Champion; Gold, Silver & Bronze X-Games medalist; 3x Guinness World Record Holder; Age Group World Champion in Ninja OCR, Pentathlon Biathle, Pentathlon Triathle and Spartan Race. US and Australian Canoe Team member; Author of Runners World Guide to Adventure Racing; University lecturer, event and television producer; Global head of coach certification and training Newton Running 2007 - 2014 and Corporate Adventure Training 1998 - 2003

Hear about Jordan Rudolf's experience attending the first Level 1 Coach Development program in the United States.

Level 1 Schedule

3-day Schedule

DAY 1 (6 content hours)

12:00 PM Registration and packet pick up 

1:00 PM Welcome, introductions & course overview

2:00 PM Coaching expectations & requirements

3:00 PM Physiological warm up 

4:00 PM Obstacle techniques

5:00 PM Weight training for OCR

6:00 PM Question and Answer session (Q & A)

7:00 PM End day 1 


DAY 2 (11 content hours)

8:00 AM Review of day 1, Q & A

9:00 AM Running skills and technique 

10:00 AM Circuit training for OCR

11:00 AM Fuel and energy systems for performance

12:00 PM Lunch & discussion

1:00 PM  Nutrition for racing, training and health

2:00 PM Metabolic training

3:00 PM Aerobic development & endurance

4:00 PM Injury evaluation & treatment 

5:00 PM Mobility & injury prevention

6:00 PM Q & A

7:00 PM End day 2       


DAY 3 (7 content hours)

8:00 AM Review of day 2, Q & A  

9:00 AM Programming for OCR individuals & classes

10:00 AM OCR programming presentations 

11:00 AM OCR class practicum

1:00 PM Lunch & evaluations

2:00 PM Course review and final paperwork 

3:00 PM Certificate presentations

4:00 PM End course