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After taking Foundations of USA Triathlon Coaching, the USA Triathlon Level I Coach Certification is the next step in the USA Triathlon Coach Development Pathway. This certification was developed to teach basic triathlon coaching and training concepts. The Level I Coach Certification provides an overview of periodization, how to train athletes physically, mental skills, and the mechanics and skills of triathlon and nutrition.

2020 Level I Coach Certification Clinic Schedule  

Date

Location

Registration Information

September 18 Virtual To register for this clinic, please click here.
October 16 Virtual To register for this clinic, please click here.
November 6 Virtual To register for this clinic, please click here.
December 4 Virtual To register for this clinic, please click here.

Each 2020 Level I Virtual Coach Certification Clinic will be a hybrid of pre-recorded learning and live virtual education. Clinic attendees will be educated through 6 hours of self-paced, educational modules then attend a full day of live virtual presentations.

If you have a question about the USA Triathlon Coach Certification Program, please email Brad Hildebrandt at Brad.Hildebrandt@usatriathlon.org

How to Become a USA Triathlon Level I Certified Coach

For a USA Triathlon Level I Coach Certification, candidates must complete and submit the following: 

  • Foundations of USA Triathlon Coaching
  • "Green Light (Clear)" Background Check via the NCSI
  • SafeSport Training
  • CPR Certification
  • USA Triathlon Level I Coach Certification Clinic
  • Online Certification Examination (minimum score of 80% required)
  • USA Triathlon Annual Membership
  • USOPC Ethics Code for Coaches Agreement

USA Triathlon Level I Coach Certification Clinic
The USA Triathlon Level I Coach Certification Clinic is designed to educate aspiring coaches on how to train their athletes on different aspects of triathlon and develop coaching business skills. Each clinic is led by one of USA Triathlon’s most esteemed coaches. Clinic attendees will learn:

  • Developing training plans specific to triathletes
  • Strength specific training and key workouts for triathletes
  • The art of coaching
  • Mechanics and skills of swimming, cycling and running
  • Nutrition Periodization
  • Mental skills

The minimum age to attend a clinic is 18 years old. Participants are required attend the entire clinic in order to be eligible for a USA Triathlon Coach Certification.

Background Check
USA Triathlon is committed to the safety of athletes and participants involved in sport. Accordingly, USA Triathlon Certified Coaches must maintain a current "Green Light (Clear)" background check at all times. Background checks are performed by the National Center for Safety Initiatives (“NCSI”). Learn more by reading the USA Triathlon Background Check Policy.

SafeSport Training
USA Triathlon Certified Coaches are required to complete SafeSport Training annually.

Follow these instructions to complete the SafeSport training:

  1. Go to www.safesport.org
  2. Select the option “Register or Sign In”
  3. If you need to register, select USA Triathlon as your membership and enter in the access code: FDV2-N6TL-T4GA-SWNZ
  4. Once you have signed into your SafeSport account, your Learning Dashboard will give you the option to take the SafeSport Training
  5. Complete the “SafeSport Trained” webinar available to you. Once complete, you will be able to download a “SafeSport Trained” certificate which you will upload into your USA Triathlon LearnUpon account

Online Certification Examination
Candidates must pass an exam within six weeks of their clinic to become a USA Triathlon Certified Coach. The exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions and a minimum exam score of 80% is required to pass.

CPR Certification
Candidates must become CPR Certified within six weeks after their clinic to become a USA Triathlon Certified Coach. CPR training must be in-person; we do not accept online CPR courses.

While it is not required, we highly recommend taking your CPR training prior to your clinic and obtaining an AED certification as well.

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee Ethics Code for Coaches
The USOPC’s Ethics Code for Coaches offers coaches a sound, values-based reference to guide their actions. This code is intended to provide both general principles and decision-making guidelines to cover most situations encountered by coaches.

Candidates are required to sign the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Coaching Ethics Code at the time of clinic registration.

Level I Coach Recertification Overview

A USA Triathlon Coach Certification is valid for two (2) years. Recertification ensures that coaches continue to challenge themselves and further their knowledge and is critical to remain informed on the latest information and expertise within the triathlon industry.

In order to maintain a USA Triathlon Coach Certification, coaches must complete recertification by their recertification deadline (USAT has two recertification deadlines per year: June 30 and December 31). USA Triathlon’s recertification process consists of completing specified requirements as well as submitting a recertification application. For all recertification information, please see the USA Triathlon Recertification webpage

Level I Coach Recertification Requirements

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

Coach Compliance Requirements

USA Triathlon requires coaches to be in compliance at all times to be considered in good standing as a USAT Certified Coach. These coach compliance requirements ensure all USA Triathlon activities are as safe as possible for all participants.

  • Completion of SafeSport Training (annual renewal) 
  • Current USAT Annual Membership  
  • Current and passed background screening through the NCSI
  • Current CPR certification 

Allowing any of the above requirements to lapse within your certification period will result in immediate revocation of your coaching certification and loss of all benefits, such as insurance coverage, until the above requirements are met.

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