Applying for Membership

The on-court exams listed on the Certification Exam Calendar do not apply to the Professional Certification or Tennis Instructor Pathway.

The USPTA’s mission is to “elevate the standards of tennis-teaching professionals and coaches”. On January 2, 2021, the new pathway for Professional certification and Tennis Instructor certification will begin. As of November 1, 2020, applications will be accepted for both certifications. The Professional certification is designed for full-time tennis-teaching professionals while the Tennis Instructor certification is designed for part-time tennis coaches.

When applying for a membership, please use your legal name as shown on a government issued I.D.



Professional Certification

The USPTA Professional certification pathway takes approximately six to nine months to complete. The process requires hands-on work experience with guidance from a USPTA-approved mentor, 300 hours of online and/or in-person education and the completion of USTA Safe Play training and background check. The cost to become a Certified Professional includes a $399 one-time application fee. It also includes the prorated amount of the $299 annual membership dues. This includes all online courses and required in-person workshops.

Application Process

  1. Complete USPTA Application
  2. Pay Non-Refundable Application Fee
  3. Pay USPTA Membership Dues (prorated based on application date)

To learn more about the Professional certification pathway and to begin application process – CLICK HERE  .



Tennis Instructor Certification
The USPTA Tennis Instructor certification pathway consists of 16 hours of online educational modules, participation in a 2-day Tennis Essentials (TE-1) in-person workshop hosted by the USTA and the completion of USTA Safe Play training and background check. Total cost to become a Tennis Instructor is $199 which is the cost of the annual membership dues for Tennis Instructors.

Application Process

  1. Complete USPTA Application
  2. Pay USPTA Membership Dues (prorated based on application date)

To learn more about the Tennis Instructor certification pathway and to begin application process – CLICK HERE .

Note: The on-court liability insurance included in the Certified Tennis Instructor membership does NOT activate until your certification is complete. If you need the insurance in the interim, you will need to purchase it additionally for $55, which will cover you for the calendar year.

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


Other USPTA Membership Types

 

School Coach – Access online training (TennisResources.com)

Corporate Membership - (Receive USPTA emails/news and updates)


Membership Upgrade

Professional to Elite Professional

Recreational Coach to Tennis Instructor – Recreational Coaches must convert to Tennis Instructors by June 1, 2021.