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USA Weightlifting is pleased to offer Sport Performance and Advanced Level courses across the US.  If you do not find the desired location/date on the course listing from link below, please check back in a few days as entries are updated daily. 

Please note that none of our courses come with a year a membership; you must be a current member to register for a course. 

SPORT PERFORMANCE COACHING COURSE - This introduction to weightlifting training is open to anyone 17 years of age or older.  The scope and sequence of this course includes the teaching progressions of the Snatch, Clean& Jerk, and all associated movements. Participants will gain knowledge and experience of programming of training for both competitive weightlifters and for athletes using the weightlifting movements for strength and power development as it applies their chosen sport. The course includes theoretical classroom, and practical hands-on portions. Course duration is over 2 days, typically Saturday and Sunday, and lasts approximately 13-14 hours. This course is applicable for Strength & Conditioning/Sports Performance, Health & Fitness and beginning level competitive Weightlifting Coaches.  In compliance with our USOC accreditation, the free online Athlete Development Model training and exam is required to receive your Level 1 Sports Performance Coach Certification.

2 Day Course:

  • Includes certification as USA Weightlifting Sport Performance Coach upon successful completion of online Sports Performance exam and Athlete Development Model exam.
  • This Level 1 certification is required for formation of a USA Weightlifting Registered Club.
  • Coaches' Liability Insurance is available to certified coaches. 
  • Course cost:  $499, plus membership

ADVANCED SPORT PERFORMANCE COACHING COURSE - Available to current USAW Sports Performance or Club Coaches. The Advanced Sports Performance Coach Course is the second course in the Coaching Education Program.  This course is applicable for those coaches seeking advanced knowledge to better themselves and their athletes. It is a requirement for weightlifting coaches seeking to attain the National Coach Rating.  All individuals who successfully complete the course requirements will receive the USA Weightlifting Advanced Sports Performance Coach Certificate. Advanced Sports Performance Coaches that successfully complete the background check and athlete performance requirements will receive the USA Weightlifting National Coach Rating. The scope and sequence of this course is to provide formal instruction in the areas of:

  • Advanced Strength and Power Principles
  • Advanced Biomechanical Principles of Weightlifting
  • Advanced Program Design Application
  • Anatomy, Physiology and Kinesiology as it relates to Weightlifting
  • Application of Long Term Athletic Development for Weightlifters
  • Coaching Principles
  • National and International Competition Preparation
  • Nutrition; Daily Regime and Phases
  • Skill Acquisition of Athletes
  • Sports Psychology for Weightlifting
  • Requires current USAW membership and USAW Sport Performance Certificate 

Advanced Weightlifting and Sport Performance coach may advance to National Weightlifting Coach

Course cost:  $499. 


 USAW Coaching Certification courses are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend a course you are registered for, your registration may be transferred to another course taking place within six months of the originally scheduled course.

If a course is cancelled by USA Weightlifting, we will offer either a free transfer to another course (with a 6 month transfer window), or a full refund. 

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.