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.
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.
Please note: The USPTA recently unveiled a new pathway to certification that will change the requirements of becoming a USPTA Professional. The new pathway will take effect on November 1, 2020. All applications started on or before October 31, 2020, will follow the current pathway and must complete all tested components by March 31, 2021. To facilitate this, all USPTA divisions will increase testing dates by 15% in the Q4 of 2020. Cities of Los Angeles, New York and Orlando will host weekly testing in November and December (excluding holiday weeks) if needed, while Dallas and Houston will alternate weeks.
All applications started on or after November 1 will follow the new certification pathway outlined below.
Beginning on November 1, 2020, Professional applicants must complete:
1. 6 to 9 months of hands-on learning under the guidance of a USPTA-approved mentor
2. 300 hours of online education, including
a. Coach Youth Tennis
3. USTA Safe Play, including a background screening
For the Tennis Professional certification pathway there are 25 total online courses. Eight courses deal with learning for the applicant in the areas ‘Off the court’; from Stringing, Facility management, to social media and marketing. There are 33 total modules within these 8 courses. The remaining 17 courses are dealing with coaching ‘on the tennis court’. Examples of these course titles are as follows; Lesson Plans, Technical 1 and 2, Referees and Umpires. The total number of modules within these 17 courses number 57. You will also have 2 portfolio assignments to upload, you have 3 topics to choose from listed below. These assignments are associated with a specific online course and the directions will be given within the course.
Portfolio Option Choices (choose only 2)
Plan, conduct, and evaluate an instructor training
Plan, conduct, and evaluate a junior or adult play event at your facility
Plan, conduct, and evaluate a new community program