USPTA requires all certified members to earn 6 credits of continuing education in a three-year period. (International members and those 65 or older are exempt.) The time period coincides with the date you completed the certification exam or reinstated your membership. Please login to My USPTA to check your Professional Development Program end date to see if your credits are due by Dec. 31, 2017. If the requirement is not met, you will have your membership suspended. To help you meet that goal, USPTA provides hundreds of hours of education every year in the form of conferences, workshops, webinars, DVDs and more. TennisResources.com is an excellent resource for free education opportunities. In addition, the Coach Youth Tennis website offers six free online courses that earn a 1/2 education credit each. Upon completion of the sixth course, you will receive 3 bonus credits, bringing the total to 6 credits and completing the continuing education requirement (you do not need to complete the online workshop unless you are completing your USPTA certification). Go to coachyouthtennis.com for more information. Click here to view a list of all certified members who have earned 6 credits from Jan. 1, 2014-Dec. 31, 2016.
Look for the credit stamp to see how many points an event is worth (see sample to right).
The list below is only a partial listing of events eligible for educational credit. If you have questions concerning events or activities not listed, please contact the Education Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-634-3050 ex 166 and 800-877-8248. Members are responsible for submitting proof of attendance for non-USPTA events (email, letter, certificate, receipt, etc.)
* Credit may vary according to the number of education hours included in activity. Credit given for events that are more than one day may vary depending on length of your participation.
** Only USPTA seminars, specialty courses or player development DVDs are eligible. "On Court with USPTA" DVDs do not qualify for education credits.
The Accredited Professional Coach credential is earned and retained through mandatory continuing education and is valuable to not only those who attain it, but also to employers, the public and the tennis-teaching profession itself. It demonstrates a tennis teacher's commitment to career-based education in such knowledge areas of tennis as, teaching skills, sport science and business concepts. The APC designation also demonstrates a commitment to professional excellence. The skills acquired through mandatory education are applicable to all tennis industry areas.
To become an APC, a USPTA member must be an Elite Professional, Professional or Master Professional and earn 20 APC designated continuing education units over a two-year period. An event can earn you APC credits if your attendance is verifiable. Please contact the Education Department at email@example.com to confirm if an event is APC eligible.
Members must also take the Professional Tennis Coaches Academy I course and pass a competency exam at 80 percent or higher. Members may take the course in person during a certification exam and then take the online exam ($75), use the study material on their own and then take the online exam ($50) or take the online PTCA I course and then take the online exam ($50). The PTCA I and competency exam are one-time requirements. Members do not need to take the PTCA I every two years.
APC CEUs can be earned through numerous USPTA- and industry-sponsored activities and through outside certifications, and online coursework. Members must continue to earn 20 APC CEUs every two years to maintain their accreditation.
For more information about the APC credential, please contact the Education Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
USPTA members are recognized for their participation with the following incentives:
Participation Level I:9 credits* in one year or the prorated requirement over the preceding year
Participation Level II:
18* credits in one year
You earn all from Level I
Participation Level III:
36* credits in one year or top-10 career development credit holders
You earn all from Level II
Participation Level IV:
9 credits each year for 10 consecutive years
You earn all from Level III
*Credit totals will be reviewed by the Education Committee.
Earn education credits by viewing eligible USPTA DVDs and submitting a verification code. The DVDs are produced from many sources, including video recordings of both specialty courses and seminars from past USPTA World Conferences, DVD productions from special events, such as the USPTA Competitive Player Development Conferences, drills, games and more. To see what's available go to www.usprotennisshop.com. Click on a DVD to see how many education credits you can earn for that title.
USPTA Master Professional is the highest, most esteemed category of membership. Qualified applicants must hold an Elite Professional rating for 10 years, complete a required number of continuing education hours and fulfill a broad spectrum of industry service. The Master Professional Committee makes the final decision on the review of applicants. Master Professionals are required to earn 6 credits every three years to maintain their membership. These members should be capable of high-level jobs such as general manager, director of tennis operations or director of tennis.
The Professional Tennis Coaches Academy I is an online course that combines audio, visual and text formats, as well as short quizzes at the end of each section to optimize the learning and review experience.
Teaching skill topics:
Business and programming:
Advanced player development:
The course also gives a history of tennis and grips.
If you took the Certification Exam prior to January 2008, this course is available to you for an introductory fee of $50. Upon completion of the course you will receive 4 education credits. Click here to purchase.
This course is available to you for $45 when you register for an upgrade exam. You will also receive 4 education credits for completing this course.
Professional Tennis Management is a structured educational
that provides students the opportunity to acquire a college business
degree with a specialty in tennis management. The program is designed to
attract and educate men and women and prepare them for careers within
the tennis industry.
The USPTA specialist program provides education and certification opportunities to those who specialize in certain areas of the tennis-teaching profession. USPTA administers most specialist programs so that once applicants fulfill the criteria, they do not have to travel to a testing site to obtain the specialist degree they seek. Instead, applicants demonstrate their command of the specialization subject through additional documentation submitted for panel review.
The specialist program was designed to:
Competitive Player Development
In cooperation with USTA Coaching Education Department
USPTA-certified teaching professionals who specialize in developing players who compete or will compete at the highest levels of tennis now can be recognized for their expertise by gaining certification as a Specialist in Competitive Player Development.
To earn the specialist credential, teaching professionals must successfully complete the USTA High Performance Coaching Program curriculum administered by the USTA Coaching Education Department.
Professionals committed to developing competitive players play a vital role in the future of professional tennis and in the lives of the players they teach. This specialist program, like those already in place and being added, offers USPTA members a significant educational experience and an opportunity to distinguish themselves as true specialists.
To apply, you must be rated USPTA Professional or higher.
The Specialist in Facility Management degree
is designed to:
USPTA Specialist in Facility Management degree is available to qualified professionals who meet all the required prerequisites and competencies.
Pro Shop Operations
The Specialist in Pro Shop Operations is designed to:
USPTA Specialist in Pro Shop Operations degree is available to qualified professionals who meet all the required prerequisites and competencies.
The Specialist in Wheelchair Tennis degree is designed to:
USPTA Specialist in Wheelchair Tennis degree is available to qualified professionals who meet all the required prerequisites and competencies.