USA Weightlifting Level 1

Course Description:

In this two-day course, participants will gain practical information from top-level coaches about weightlifting technique, assessing movement, motor learning, biomechanics, effective coaching, and programming training. In addition to covering scientifically based concepts to optimize training and skill learning, a large portion of the course will be hands-on teaching and application of the complete technical progressions of the snatch, clean and jerk, and assistance lifts. Learn highly effective coaching tips and cues from our veteran weightlifting coaches, who will help you safely and effectively implement Olympic lifting movements in training weightlifters, clients, and athletes of all ages and abilities.  
This course balances hands-on learning, in-depth discussions of technical progressions, and science-based programming information. Gain access to proven training plans to get your athletes or clients started with Olympic lifting and enjoy the support of USAW to help you further your knowledge about training and coaching athletes.
At the end of the course, participants should feel comfortable understanding and implementing a training plan, teaching beginner and intermediate athletes how to perform weightlifting movements, quickly correcting common technique errors, and employing best practices in coaching. Whether you are looking to get started coaching weightlifting, refine your coaching skills, or apply the weightlifting movements to other sports, this course is a valuable investment in your career. 

Course Materials:

Extensive course manual with videos of all exercise progressions, helpful resources, and sample weightlifting programming.


Other than an active USA Weightlifting membership, there are no prerequisites for this course. The course is open to anyone 16 or older, and no prior experience coaching or performing Olympic lifting is required.


This course has a total of 13 contact hours and is eligible for CEUs and CECs through a variety of professional organizations. For exact reporting requirements, please see our FAQs here.

Course Schedule:

Day 1: 8:00am-5:00pm, and Day 2: 8:00am to 2:00pm (Please see individual course information for course specific schedule)

Requirements for Certification:

In compliance with our USOC accreditation, both the free online Athlete Development Model training module and online course certification exam are required to receive your USAW Level 1 Coach certification. For more information about the certification process, please visit our FAQs here.

Who Should Take this Course?

Weightlifting coaches
Strength and conditioning coaches
Personal trainers
Sport performance coaches
College and university students
Functional fitness coaches
Anyone interested in improving weightlifting technique

Registration Information and Pricing: $549 (Not including required USAW Coach or Coach and Athlete membership)

All course participants must be current USAW members.
Pre-registration is required for all courses. On-site registration is not allowed.
The registration deadline is 3 business days prior to the first day of the course. 
Registration costs are non-refundable. In the rare event a course is cancelled, USA Weightlifting is not responsible for any pre-paid expenses incurred by participant. A refund or transfer to another offering is available under this circumstance.

Benefits of being USA Weightlifting Level 1 Certified

Industry recognition as a weightlifting coach from the sole governing body on weightlifting in the USA 
Increased desirability as a potential hire when you seek employment in coaching and training
Access to USAW coaching materials to support your growth as a coach 
Exclusive discounts for products and services with USAW partners and sponsors
Ability to purchase affordable and comprehensive liability insurance
Exclusive discounts for select USAW events and USAW apparel
Membership with USA Weightlifting, enabling you to enjoy all the benefits of competition and camaraderie in the sport 

Why Attend a USA Weightlifting Coaching Course?

USA Weightlifting is the original and only provider of weightlifting coaching certification in the USA
Optimal blend of high quality content, experienced coaches, and hands-on learning
We are invested in your development and will support you as you grow in your career