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  Please note, your Coach Certification expiration date is located on your coaching certificate. 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.   

Coaches who do not complete the recertification process by their expiration date will have their USA Triathlon Coach Certification revoked. Coaches can get their USA Triathlon Coach Certification reinstated by adhering to the Late Recertification Policy

For questions regarding coach recertification, please contact Hope Graham at Hope.Graham@usatriathlon.org

Recertification Overview

USA Triathlon’s coach recertification process consists of completing specified requirements (outlined below) as well as submitting a recertification application.

Purchase the December 31, 2020 Coach Recertification Application by clicking here

It is highly recommended that coaches begin working on their recertification requirements as soon as possible and submit their recertification application up to three months in advance. Waiting until the last minute to complete the recertification requirements can lead to an overwhelming workload and financial obligation for the coach.

Recertification Requirements 

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
CEUs are courses designed to ensure USA Triathlon Certified Coaches keep their knowledge of industry trends, technology and triathlon regulations relevant. CEUs are crucial for professional coaches to stay up-to-date with the most relevant triathlon coaching education as well as ensure each coach is well-rounded. There are two types of CEUs that USAT recognizes: USAT CEUs (courses that USAT runs or is affiliated with) and Non-USAT CEUs (courses held by outside organizations).

Click here to see the list of USAT CEUs. 

Click here to see the list of Non-USAT CEUs. 

Beginning 1/1/2021, All USA Triathlon Certified Coaches are required to earn a minimum of 8 USAT CEUs for recertification.

CEU Reporting:

  • CEUs are not given for CPR Certification, SafeSport Training or the daily activities of a coach (such as attending training, leading training rides, meeting with athletes, teaching lectures, etc.)
  • It is the responsibility of each certified coach to maintain a record of all documentation for completed CEUs
  • Coaches are responsible for getting Non-USAT courses reviewed for Non-USAT CEU value
  • CEUs must be completed in your two-year recertification cycle (any additional CEUs earned above the required CEU amount cannot be carried over to a future recertification periods)
  • You will upload your CEU documentation in your recertification application
Coach Certification Level Total CEUs Required  Specific CEU Requirements
Level I 12 Minimum of 8 USAT CEUs
Level II Short Course 12 Minimum of 8 USAT CEUs
Level II Long Course 12 1. Minimum of 8 USAT CEUs 
2. Minimum of 5 CEUs that are long course focused
Level III 12 1. Minimum of 8 USAT CEUs 
2. Email coaching@usatriathlon.org for additional requirements
Youth & Junior Age Group   1. Minimum of 8 USAT CEUs 
2. Minimum of 5 CEUs that are youth focused
Youth & Junior Elite   Minimum of 5 CEUs that are youth focused
Paratriathlon   Minimum of 5 CEUs that are paratriathlon focused

 

SafeSport Training 
Coaches are required to complete SafeSport Training annually. To prove completion, coaches must upload their certificate of completion to their recertification application. Annual SafeSport Training is required for recertification but does not earn CEUs.

How Do I Complete the Annual SafeSport Training? 

  1. Sign in to your SafeSport account: https://safesport.org/authentication/signin
  2. Once signed in, click on “Menu” in the top left corner of the page.
  3. Select your name and click on “Learning Dashboard” from the drop down.
  4. Complete the training module available to you (Core, Refresher 1, Refresher 2, or Refresher 3). 
  5. Once complete, download your completion certificate. *Please note that certificates of completion cannot be downloaded on tablets or mobile devices.

Please remember that allowing your SafeSport Training (annual renewal) to lapse within your coach certification period will result in immediate revocation of your coaching certification and loss of all benefits, such as insurance coverage, until your SafeSport Training has been updated. 

CPR Certification

USA Triathlon Certified Coaches are required to keep a current basic Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), and First Aid Certification.

If your CPR, AED, and First Aid Certification expires before your USAT Coach Certification, you are responsible for updating your CPR, AED, and First Aid Certification status. Coaches who are not CPR, AED, and First Aid Certified while coaching are liable.

For recertification, coaches must attach a copy of their current CPR, AED, and First Aid certification card(s) to their recertification application. CPR, AED, and First Aid is are required for recertification but does not earn CEUs.

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.  

How Do I Complete a Background Check? 

  1. Follow this link: https://solutions.ncsisafe.com/#home-banner 
  2. Click on “Applicant Submission and Status Check”
  3. Select the option “If you've been instructed to submit a background check for your organization, please click here” 
  4.  Enter this 8 digit number: 53247331
  5. Select “No” to “Is this your first background check with NCSI?”
  6. Background checks can take up to 10 business days to process, so please plan accordingly when initiating a new check with your expiration date in mind to ensure that your new background check clears before your current one expires.

Please note, if a coaches background check were to lapse within the coaches certification period, the coaches certification and benefits (such as insurance coverage) would be immediately revoked until the coaches new background check was completed and in compliance. 

Service to the Sport 

Service to the Sport is defined as, the ways you have given back to the sport of triathlon, above and beyond your normal coaching duties. Beginning January 1, 2021, coaches are no longer required to complete Service to the Sport. However, this will be taken into consideration as part of a rubric for advancing to higher coaching levels. We still highly encourage coaches to be active in their communities. Please note, Service to the Sport is not your normal coaching business. Examples of Service to the Sport include but are not limited to: coaching or presenting at a USA Triathlon recognized camp/clinic/coaching program, holding local/regional/national USA Triathlon coaching positions, contributing to the Performance Coaching Newsletter or triathlon related scholarly publications, volunteering at a triathlon race/camp/clinic, or speaking at triathlon related lectures/conferences. 

Youth Specific Service to the Sport Examples: 

  • Coaching or presenting at a USA Triathlon recognized youth or junior camp, clinic or coaching program (may be paid).
  • Presenting or helping with a school based triathlon related educational program.
  • Contributing a youth or junior related article to a scholarly publication (research, academic publication or coaching article publication).
  • Hosting a USAT sanctioned youth/junior triathlon race/camp/clinic.
  • Giving a youth/junior related presentation at coaching clinic, club presentation or conference.
  • Volunteering at a youth/junior triathlon race, camp or clinic.
  • Contributing a newsletter article (youth/junior related) for Performance Coaching or USA Triathlon Life magazine (unpaid).
  • Participating in other programs as pre-approved by coaching@usatriathlon.org. Activities will be evaluated by USA Triathlon, and written documentation must be provided.

USA Triathlon Annual Membership 

Coaches must maintain a current USA Triathlon Annual MembershipBeginning January 1, 2021, a two year membership is automatically included in recertification as part of the $195 fee.

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee Coaching Code of Conduct 
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. The code’s primary goal is the welfare and protection of individuals and groups with whom coaches work. This code also provides a common set of values upon which coaches should base any decisions in their professional work.

For recertification, coaches will read and sign the USOPC's Coaching Code of Conduct within the recertification application. 

  Level I Level II Short Course  Level II Long Course  Level III Youth & Junior Age Group Youth & Junior Elite Paratriathlon
Directions   Download the 2020 Recertification Instructions 
Recertification Application Fee $195 $195
$195
$195
$195
Purchase one $195 Recertification Application and include all recertification requirements

Purchase one $195 Recertification Application and include all recertification requirements
Total CEUs 12 CEUs total with a minimum of 8 being USAT CEUs
12 CEUs total with a minimum of 8 being USAT CEUs
12 CEUs total with a minimum of 8 being USAT CEUs and 5 long course focused CEUs
12 CEUs total with a minimum of 8 being USAT CEUs Minimum of 5 youth specific CEUs

Minimum of 5 youth specific CEUs

Minimum of 5 CEUs paratriathlon focused
SafeSport Training Annual SafeSport Training (does not earn CEUs)
Annual SafeSport Training (does not earn CEUs)
Annual SafeSport Training (does not earn CEUs)
Annual SafeSport Training (does not earn CEUs)
Annual SafeSport Training (does not earn CEUs)
Annual SafeSport Training (does not earn CEUs)
Annual SafeSport Training (does not earn CEUs)
CPR, AED and First Aid Copy of current CPR, AED and First Aid Certifications
Copy of current CPR, AED and First Aid Certifications
Copy of current CPR, AED and First Aid Certifications
Copy of current CPR, AED and First Aid Certifications
Copy of current Youth CPR, AED and First Aid Certifications
Copy of current Youth CPR, AED and First Aid Certifications
Copy of current CPR Certification
Background Check Current, "Green Light (Clear)" background check via the NCSI
Current, "Green Light (Clear)" background check via the NCSI
Current, "Green Light (Clear)" background check via the NCSI
Current, "Green Light (Clear)" background check via the NCSI
Current, "Green Light (Clear)" background check via the NCSI
Current, "Green Light (Clear)" background check via the NCSI
Current, "Green Light (Clear)" background check via the NCSI
USAT Annual Membership Included in $195 recertification fee
Included in $195 recertification fee
Included in $195 recertification fee
Included in $195 recertification fee
Included in $195 recertification fee
Included in $195 recertification fee
Included in $195 recertification fee
USOPC's Ethics Code for Coaches Signed within the Recertification Application
Signed within the Recertification Application
Signed within the Recertification Application
Signed within the Recertification Application
Signed within the Recertification Application
Signed within the Recertification Application
Signed within the Recertification Application
Additional Requirements     5 long course focused CEUs
  5 youth specific CEUs 5 youth specific CEUs
5 CEUs paratriathlon focused 
Youth CPR Youth CPR

  

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get an extension on my recertification deadline?
Extensions are only given for military personnel. No other extensions are given. You must submit under the late policies, which range from a late fee to a required online course depending on the date of submission.

Do I need to complete CPR through a specific organization?
No. You may complete your CPR certification through any organization. 

If I earn more CEUs than I need for recertification, do the extra ones carry over to the next recertification period?
No, they do not. All CEUs must be earned in your two year certification period. Example: Recertification due 12/31/2020; CEUs must be earned in 2019 and/or 2020.

How often am I required to take SafeSport?
SafeSport training is required annually to fulfill the Coach Compliance Requirements. 
The Core Center for SafeSport training is required once.
The Center’s Refresher course is required every season following the completion of the Core Center for SafeSport training.

When does my SafeSport training expire?
Your SafeSport training is good for one year from the date of completion of your last training.

I am having technical issues with the SafeSport training, can you help?
Please contact the Center's Technical Support: 720.676.6417 or help.desk@safesport.org

How do I obtain a copy of my SafeSport Trained certificate?

  • Log in on website: https://www.safesport.org/authentication/signin
  • Click on Menu
  • Click on SafeSport Trained
  • Click on the green Certificate button
  • Save and print certificate (Please note that certificates of completion cannot be downloaded on tablets or mobile devices.)

How do I check the status of my Background Check? Can I get a copy of it?
You can check the status of your background screen and obtain a copy of your screen by going to https://www.ncsisafe.com/members/applicant/ApplicantLookup.aspx. NCSI does not provide a verbal status of background checks. You will also receive an email from verifications@ncsisafe.com when your screen is completed, please allow 10 business days for background screen to be completed.

Who do I contact if I have questions about my criminal background screening?
Email NCSI at clientservices@ncsisafe.com or call 866-833-7100.

When does the criminal background screening expire?
Two years from the determination date (the date the screen was passed). 

Where can I find USA Triathlon's Webinars?
All webinars are now located in the USA Triathlon Store. Webinars are available for $34.99 each and come with the webinar recording, PowerPoint slides and a 10 question webinar exam. Coaches earn 1 USAT CEU upon passing a webinar exam.

Where can I find my USA Triathlon Certified Coach Certificate? 
Within your USAT Membership Account, you can view/download your current Certified Coach Certificate.

  1. Go to www.usatriathlon.org  
  2. Login using your membership number + password
  3. Click on "Welcome _____" to reveal a drop-down menu
  4. Click on "My Account" 
  5. Click on "COACH" to reveal options to download your Coaching Certificate, the Certified Coach Logo and coach manuals

How do I get a copy of my coach insurance certificate? 
As a USAT Certified Coach you are automatically enrolled in the USAT Coaching Insurance Program. You will receive your insurance certificate via email from Insurance Office of America (IOA) by the last day of the month. To request a copy, please email Melissa Otterbein at Melissa.Otterbein@usatriathlon.org

Must be completed through the NCSI and always be current
Must be completed through the NCSI and always be current