Beginning in 2020, the USPTA launched Tennis Instructor, a membership category to take the place of the Recreational Coach category. The Tennis Instructor category is designed as a first step into a career as a tennis teacher, or for those who want to give back to the game by teaching part-time. Tennis Instructors will pay a one-time application fee of $199 along with annual dues of just $215 for completion of certification. Fulfillment of Tennis Instructor pathway includes viewing online courses, participation in Teaching Essentials 1 workshop, finishing safety courses and background screening and satisfactory completion of assessments.

Upon completion of the Tennis Instructor pathway, Instructors may purchase coverage under USPTA’s $6 million on-court liability policy for an additional $100 annually. After purchasing insurance coverage, Instructors may add additionally insured entities to their policy and/or Sexual Abuse and Molestation coverage.

*There is a $25 USTA operational fee to attend any Teaching Essentials 1 course.
*There is an additional $14.95 fee to complete the required CPR training.

Tennis Instructor Applicants will complete a series of online education including the following:

Online Tennis Instructor Education Modules

  • Welcome to the USPTA - 6 online courses
  • CYT (Coach Youth Tennis) – 6 online course
  • CF1 (Coaching Fundamentals 1) – 4 online course
  • CF2 (Coaching Fundamentals 2) – 4 online course


  • USTA Safe Play approval includes background check
  • CPR/First Aid certification


Teaching Essentials Pre-Work - GPS For Beginner and Intermediate Players

  • Tactical basics
  • Stop/show/go - giving quality demonstrations
  • Courts, balls, racquets, equipment


Teaching Essentials 1 Virtual Workshop - 2 Workshops x 4 Hours

  • Coaching Concepts
  • Concepts to Court