USA Hockey is a coaching level per year - you find a clinic happening near you on the USA Hockey website. So the first year you would attend the Level 1 clinic. Next year, go to the Level 2 clinic, etc. Then there are online modules for each age group (mites/squirts/bantams/etc) that you have to complete on top of that. You can take as many of those as you want, but you have to finish one first before you can start the next one. I have my Level 2 for Mites and Squirts.
Thanks for the info, I'm just not that familiar with what the levels mean, and not that I'm opposed to it, but does that mean a level one can only coach mites/squirts? ...and the same for refs?
The levels just show progression. You need to keep progressing until you hit level 4. Like Beth said, though, all you need to do to coach a certain age group is take that specific certification module.
I think that depends on the league? Our house league all the coaches have to be USA Hockey certified.
True, local leagues can set whatever guidelines they like, but it's not a requirement for a league to be affiliated with USAH. A large in-house youth league like ours would never have enough coaches if they limited it to USAH certified coaches. And until USAH starts offering the courses locally in every major city, a lot of coaches aren't going to go through the trouble of getting certified.