The funny thing is my son plays Jr A in the EHL and his coaches have no USA Hockey certification, but have coached many years in the USHL and College levels with winning records.
Over the years, I have watched and heard parents and programs talking about coaches. “He’s a good coach cause he is certified level 4 or 5” While that coach has bounced from one rink to another being fired cause of his methods of coaching.
I agree with the original post - certification numbers are meaningless! You need to look at the coaches history and style of coaching! Be it parent or non-parent coach!
USA Hockey is trying to do it best to standardize coaching, but it’s certifying process is design to process large volume of coaches and focused on safe-sports. When my son played squirt, I got my level 1&2, so that I could be on the bench and help open the doors for the kids! The certification process did not perpare me to coach hockey, but allowed me to open doors on the bench.
BTW, all non parent coaches were parent coaches at some time in their life!