The NASPAA P.A. Announcers' Online Certification Course is the first of its kind for sports public address announcers and the individuals who hire and assign P.A. announcers. The comprehensive course, presented via streaming video, is approximately 2 hours and 16 minutes in length. The course is taught by Mike McCartney, Stadium Announcer for the Kansas City Royals; Jeff Kurtz, the voice of the Kent State University Golden Flashes; and Mark Mills, a championship announcer for the Missouri State High School Activities Association and former University of Missouri men's basketball P.A. announcer. Each instructor has more than 25 years of announcing experience. Produced in studio by the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the course is interactive, entertaining and informative.
Rounding out the course is a 100-question online exam. Approximately 25% of the questions are announcements. Upon listening to the announcements, individuals taking the exam will be required to determine if the announcements are proper or correct. As a question is answered, the individual taking the exam will receive immediate feedback as to whether the answer he/she provided is correct. I f the individual is not able to provide the correct answer on a subsequent attempt, the proper answer will be provided. Remediation is part of the course, meaning that if the individual taking the course does not provide the correct answer on his/her last attempt, the individual will be taken to the segment in the course instruction where the answer appears. Everyone who takes the course will pass and receive NASPAA Certification. The option to apply for college credit is offered by University of Colorado Colorado Springs to everyone who takes the course. For more information about college credit, click here.
“When the NASPAA approached the NFHS about online learning and serving as a resource for revising the course, we gladly accepted the invitation. While the course is ideal for all P.A. announcers, we would highly recommend that ALL high school P.A. announcers take the course and become certified. In light of the fact that certification has been available to coaches, athletic administrators and to athletic trainers just to mention a few, we could not be more pleased that P.A. announcers now have the same professional development opportunity. The credibility that goes with being certified by the national association (NASPAA) is of the utmost importance, which is why we are proud to recommend the NASPAA P.A. Announcers' Online Certification Course.” Dan Schuster, NFHS Director of Coach Education
“Because the NFHS Online Learning Center is one of the best resources for courses and certification, the NASPAA benefitted immensely from its guidance and expertise. Not only will the course utilize state of the art technology, but it will also feature the latest online learning techniques. The beauty of the course is that it fits all levels of announcing--school and non-school. Since P.A. announcers play an important role in helping administer athletic events, questions concerning liability could be raised if the P.A. announcer, by what he or she says or does, contributes to an incident. The course addresses situations to help minimize risk, not only for P.A. announcers, but for the schools and organizations who they are serving. We wish to thank the P.A. announcers, athletic administrators and the state and national associations that contributed to the course. A special thank you goes to the NFHS for taking a special interest in our effort to deliver the most practical course possible about P.A. announcing." Brad Rumble, NASPAA Executive Director
Upon registering for the course, users will have immediate access. The NASPAA recommends that the users use the same computer to take the course, because the system will only recognize the IP address of that computer. The course was designed so that users could stop anytime, exit the course or turn off their computer and resume where they left off. Being able to resume from the user's last location in the course by attempting to access the course with a different computer or different browser could result in the user's location being lost and having to start over.
After completing the exam and before clicking on "Submit Your Results" to the NASPAA, please take a screenshot of that page, which shows your score, and e-mail it to Brad Rumble, NASPAA Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. While the NASPAA automatically receives each user's test results, if for some reason a user's test results are not received, the screenshot will serve as verification of the user's score.
"As a professional public address announcer for NASCAR, I thought I knew everything about my trade. NASPAA's CPAA course not only taught me several things about style and delivery but also fan safety and the responsibility of the announcer. This course is a priceless tool for any announcer, on any level, to progress their thinking and approach to our trade."
Russ Wiles, Richmond International Raceway (NASCAR), Moseley, VA
"I enjoyed taking the course. And quite honestly, it gave me some things to think about as a public address announcer. The role that I play in the safety of the fans in attendance, I always think of in terms of thunderstorms, but the other emergency announcements I realize by taking the course that I need to be looking at those as well. (Which is ironic since my day job is as the Emergency Management Director for my county). I liked the variety of experiences that were shared by the presenters in the video. I will say with pride that I am now a CPAA, and encourage those that I meet that want to become a public address announcer to go through the training."
Shayne Morgan, Fort White High School, Lake City, FL
"I have been announcing numerous sporting events for over 10 years. The NASPAA online certification course was a great tool and provided some tips that have already been useful to me up in the press box. It has always been my goal to provide all the fans at events the most professional game experience, and I would recommend the NASPAA certification course to every aspiring announcer and their Athletic Directors."
Jim Hill, Colonial Forge High School, Stafford, VA
"This course provides you with every aspect of what public address announcing has to offer. I personally had no clue on what good protocol is to the negatives it can have. This course nails it!"
Dwight Spencer, Miami Country Day School, Miami, FL
"As a veteran public address announcer with more than 30 years experience, I have learned that you are never too old to learn! The NASPAA online certification course is a perfect example of that old adage. The online course contains a wealth of information that will benefit P.A. announcers who are just getting started or who have been behind the mic for years. The NASPAA is to be commended for providing P.A. announcers of all levels a practical first-class professional development opportunity."
Glen Waddle, CPAA
Voice of the University of Mississippi football and baseball
Voice of the Mississippi College Basketball
Voice of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Championship Basketball and Baseball Tournaments
Voice of the Mississippi Association of Coaches All Star Football and Basketball Game
2010-2011 NASPAA NCAA P.A. Announcer of the Year