The USPTA Professional membership category is designed for tennis professionals that teach tennis as a full-time career. Professional members typically hold positions ranging from assistant pro to head tennis professional at sports clubs and other recreational facilities. Professional members receive coverage under the USPTA’s $6 million liability insurance policy, as well as other benefits. The cost to become a Certified Professional includes a $399 one-time application fee in addition to the prorated amount of the $315 annual membership dues.

Currently, to become a Professional member, applicants must be at least 18 years old, complete 6 months of hands-on work experience, Coach Youth Tennis and USTA Safe Play, as well as the on-court and written portions of the exam. 

*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.

Looking to become a USPTA Certified Professional? Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Complete all Teaching Essentials 1 (TE1) Tennis Instructor requirements as soon as possible.

  2. Register and complete all Teaching Essentials 2 (TE2) Courses – 12 courses, 37 modules
    1. Lesson Plans – 3 modules
    2. Facilities – 6 modules
    3. Exercise to Strengthen Serve – 2 modules
    4. Player Standards L2 – 2 modules
    5. Sales/Mkt/PR/Social Media – 3 modules
    6. Tactical 2 – 3 modules
    7. Sports Science 2 – 2 modules
    8. Tennis Movement and Footwork – 4 modules
    9. USPTA Certification Pathway – 2 modules
    10. Management – 3 modules
    11. Personal Development – 5 modules
    12. Planning and Programing – 2 modules

  3. TE2 Teaching Privates Webinar Series – Six one-hour webinars presented live with interactive questions, chatbox, polls, etc. Applicants can sign up to take the webinar live or take the recorded webinar session to earn their completion credit.
    1. Five one-hour presentations from USPTA experts on private lessons. Topics include structuring lessons, diagnosing, stroke parameters, grips, contact points, feeding, planning for different types of lessons.
    2. Webinar six covers how to submit your private lesson video. For completion of TE2 Teaching Privates, you must submit a private lesson video along with a graded score sheet that your Certification Advisor grades. Upon submission, approved Coach Developers will grade the video.

TE2  Privates Webinar Series Schedule

Planning and Preparing for Different Types of Private Lessons
Presenter, Sid Newcomb

The Art and Application of Reflective Practice
Presenter, Sarah McQuade

Use of Progressions and Regressions
Presenter, Butch Staples

Lesson Planning, Using the Net Gen App
Presenter, Craig Jones

Grips, Contact Points, and Stances
Presenter, Feisal Hassan

Private Lesson Video Creation and Submission
Presenter, Sid Newcomb

Click Here 
to sign up for the above-listed webinars.

  1. Teaching Essentials 3 (TE3) – Three day face-to-face workshop
    1. On-court and classroom interactive learning primarily focusing on group lessons. Presentation of group lessons to be covered on day three.
    2. Watch TE-3 Workshop video highlights (CLICK HERE)

CLICK HERE for a PDF for an outline of the current certification pathway.

Should you have any questions or require any additional assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the USPTA Membership Team. We are here are help you complete your Professional Certification.