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National Coaches must complete the following:

  • Receive a passing score on the Advanced Sports Performance Coach Course Test
  • Pass a background check. Click here for more information (USAW is not responsible for applicable fees)
  • Complete the National Coach Application Click here to download the application  
    • NOTE: Only these applications will be considered. All other editions will be returned.
    The athletes you coach must have you listed as their Coach 1 on their respective USAW membership accounts for them to count towards your advancement
  • Active, continued USAW membership and certification at the current level.

All International & Senior International Coaches must complete the following:

  • Receive a passing score on the Advanced Sports Performance Coach Course Test
  • Pass a background check. Click here for more information (USAW is not responsible for applicable fees)
  • Complete the International Coach Application Click here to download the application  
    • NOTE: Only these applications will be considered. All other editions will be returned.
    The athletes you coach must have you listed as their Coach 1 on their respective USAW membership accounts for them to count towards your advancement
  • Active, continued USAW membership and certification at the current level.

USA Weightlifting is the official governing body of Olympic Weightlifting in the United States and the provider of coaching education for the sport of weightlifting under the United States Olympic Committee. Courses and certifications provided by third party vendors/organizations are non-transferable, towards a USA Weightlifting certification.  The sport and science of weightlifting is constantly changing and progressing with new discoveries happening frequently.  For this reason there are no previous courses that are transferable or "grand-fathered" in to obtaining a USA Weightlifting Certification.  The information presented in our courses is up to date and therefore it is in the best interest of our sport to ensure that coaches are properly training and educated. Individuals seeking certification through USA Weightlifting must complete the courses and requirements set forth by the organization.