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After taking Foundations of USA Triathlon Coaching, the Level I Certification Clinic is the next step for aspiring triathlon coaches to take. This certification will jump start their career in training athletes for the multisport program USA Triathlon has to offer. The Level I clinic is designed to educate aspiring coaches on how to train their athletes on different aspects of triathlon. Coaches will learn how to design a training plan geared toward their athlete’s needs as well as learn strength specific training for triathletes and key workouts. In addition to learning how to cater to your athletes needs, coaches will also learn the mechanics and skills of swimming, cycling and running from some of USA Triathlon’s most esteemed coaches. Coaches will not just learn how to train their athletes physically but they will also learn about nutrition periodization and mental skills, two vital aspects to master in the sport of triathlon. Once a coach receives their Level I certification, they will have the opportunity to further their education within the USA Triathlon coaching family through such certifications like Youth and Junior, Level II and even Level III. 

2020 Level I Coach Certification Clinic Schedule  

Date

Location

Registration Information

March 13-14 San Diego, CA This clinic is currently FULL. To apply to be on the waitlist for this clinic, please click here. For questions about this clinic, please email coaching@usatriathlon.org.
May 8-9 King University, TN To apply for this clinic, please click here. For questions about this clinic, please email coaching@usatriathlon.org.
July 24-25 MSOE, WI To apply for this clinic, please click here. For questions about this clinic, please email coaching@usatriathlon.org.
August 7-8 Queens of Charlotte, NC To apply for this clinic, please click here. For questions about this clinic, please email coaching@usatriathlon.org.
September 18-19 Colorado Springs, CO To apply for this clinic, please click here. For questions about this clinic, please email coaching@usatriathlon.org.
November 6-7 Clermont, FL To apply for this clinic, please click here. For questions about this clinic, please email coaching@usatriathlon.org.


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Wait list Policy: Everyone who submits an application on time during the application window is added to the wait list. If you missed the application deadline and want to be placed on the wait list, please email coaching@usatriathlon.org. Please note you will be placed at the bottom of the wait list behind those that submitted an application on time. A spot only becomes available if there is a cancellation. If there is a cancellation, the first person on the wait list is contacted. That person is given a specific time by which he or she must reply. If the wait listed person does not reply by that time or does not accept the spot, the next person on the wait list is contacted. The process is repeated until the spot is filled.

How to Become a USA Triathlon Level I Certified Coach

For certification, candidate must complete and/or submit the following: 

Level I Certification Clinic
The educational clinic requirement must be met by attending a USA Triathlon coaching certification clinic. Do not make travel arrangements based off the below times or before you are registered for a clinic as each clinic schedule varies and it is not guaranteed that you will get in. Each candidate much go through the application process which you can find when the desired clinic you would like to attend opens. The clinic is a two day lecture based clinic with opportunities to learn and network. Participants must attend the entire clinic in order to be eligible for certification. The minimum age for participation is 18. The registration fee is $625. It does not include lodging, meals, any travel expenses or the background check fee.

Background Check
USA Triathlon Certified Coaches must maintain a current "Green Light (Clear)" background check at all time. Background checks are performed by the National Center for Safety Initiatives (“NCSI”). Learn more by reading the USA Triathlon Background Check Policy. The background check fee for most U.S. citizens is $30 (this varies by state). Background checks for international citizens cost approximately $195, but varies by country.

USA Triathlon Self Registration Number: 53247331

USA Triathlon shares a background check system with USA Cycling. If you have already completed a background check with USA Cycling, you will need to grant USA Triathlon access. To do so, please follow the steps below.

  1. Go to NCSI
  2. Click on “Start your Background Screening Now”
  3. Enter the USA Triathlon Self Registration #53247331
  4. Answer “No” to “Is this your first background check with NCSI?”
  5. Search for your information

Online Certification Examination
On the final day of the clinic, attendees are given instructions on how to complete the exam. The exam consists of a 100 question multiple choice test. The exam is online and must be submitted within six weeks of the clinic date in order to become certified. Failure to submit materials by the deadline results in the participant becoming ineligible for certification.

Current USA Triathlon Annual Membership
Coaching certification candidates must have a current USAT membership. If you don't have one you can either sign up online or contact Membership.

Current CPR Certification
American Red Cross or The American Heart Association certifications are preferred for first time certification. They must be in-person, online courses are not accepted. AED certifications are not required, but are highly recommended.

CPR Certification must be turned in within three months after the clinic. Failure to do so will result in being ineligible to become a coach with USA Triathlon. 
  
Signed USOPC Coaching Ethics Code
The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Coaching Ethics Code is to be signed at the time of payment. Failure to do so will result in being ineligible to become a coach with USA Triathlon. 

Clinic Cancellation Policy

Cancellation on registration day to 8 weeks prior to the first day of the clinic: $25 Penalty
Cancellation on or after 8 weeks prior to the first day of the clinic: $50 Penalty
Cancellation on or after 6 weeks prior to the first day of the clinic: $150 Penalty
Cancellation on or after 4 weeks prior to the first day of the clinic: NO REFUNDS AND NO EXCEPTIONS

Level I Coach Recertification Procedure

A USA Triathlon Coaching Certification is valid for two (2) years. In order to maintain your USA Triathlon Coaching Certification, you must recertify at the end of that two-year time frame (USAT has two recertification deadlines per year: June 30 and December 31). Please note, your Coach Certification expiration date is located on your coaching certificate.

For all detailed recertification information, please see the USA Triathlon Recertification webpage

To recertify as a Level I Certified Coach, coaches must complete:

  • $95 Recertification Application Fee
  • Current, "Green Light (Clear)" background check via the NCSI (policy)
  • Current USA Triathlon Annual Membership
  • Annual SafeSport Training 
  • Service to the Sport Documentation
  • 15 Continuing Education Units - minimum of 5 being USAT CEUs
  • CPR Certification
  • Signed Ethics Code Agreement 

Applications for this clinic will open up on January 17th and close on January 24th. If you are accepted into the clinic, you will receive an email with a registration link. Notice of acceptance will be emailed to you on January 30th. If you have any questions, please contact the Coaching Certification Coordinator here.

For questions regarding coach recertification, please contact coaching@usatriathlon.org

Applications for this clinic are open. Directions on how to apply can be found here

2018 Level I Clinic Schedule 

We are in the process of planning the 2018 Level I Clinics. Please note that the below locations/dates are tentative unless noted as 'finalized.'  The below information is subject to change. I


2018 Level I Clinic Schedule 

We are in the process of planning the 2018 Level I Clinics. Please note that the below locations/dates are tentative unless noted as 'finalized.'  The below information is subject to change. I