Move Tennis Forward
USPTA Elevating the Standards of Tennis Teaching
As a USTA accreditated organization, the USPTA is charged administering the tennis-teaching certification
program outlined by the USTA and its Accreditation Review Board.
Beginning November 1, 2020, new USPTA applicants joining at
the professional level will undergo a new certification pathway requiring:
1. 6 to 9 months of hands-on work experience under
the guidance of a USPTA approved mentor
2. 300 hours of online and/or in person education
3. USTA Safe Play including background check
Additionally, starting 2021, the USPTA continuing education
requirement will increase from 12 to 15 hours in a 3-year period.
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Tennis Instructor Category
The above requirements do not apply to the Tennis Instructor
category, which is also certified. A Tennis Instructor certification is for
those who teach part-time or seasonally. The Tennis Instructor certification
pathway begins January 1, 2021 requiring:
1. Teaching Essentials 1 (14 ours in person)
2. 16 hours of online education, including
a. Coach Youth Tennis
b. USTA Safe Play including background check
c. CPR/AED training
d. An additioanl 4 hours of online education
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Why is the Certification Pathway Changing?
The USPTA’s mission is to “elevate the standards of tennis-teaching
professionals and coaches. The new certification pathway will ensure that all
USPTA-certified tennis teachers will meet or exceed the standards developed by
the USTA Accredidation Review Board for the purposes of ensuring the sport of
tennis has a viable future.
Professional Tennis Management
Other ways we encourage you to further your education is with a certificate in Professional Tennis Management from one of these colleges or universities.