Course Description: In this course, participants will delve deeper into topics covered in the Level 1 course, as well as learn about essentials such as competition preparation, effective communication, and dozens of great exercises for weightlifters. Over the course of two days, expert USAW coaches will cover advanced strength and power development principles, scientifically based program design, national competition preparation and coaching strategies, as well as long-term development of weightlifters. Participants will have a chance to discuss how to approach programming through examples of training systems and real-world plans for the development of weightlifters and other athletes.

Course Materials:
Extensive online, interactive course with dozens of videos and extras. Course materials are divided into two sections, Level 2 Foundations and Level 2 Core. The Foundations section is available 2 weeks prior to the start of the course and the Core section is available on the first day of the course. Course access is open for a year after the course and indefinitely thereafter so long as the Level 2 certification is current.

To enroll in this course, participants must have obtained the USA Weightlifting Level 1 certification, be over the age of 16, and be a current member of USAW in good standing.


This course has a total of 16 contact hours and is eligible for CEUs and CECs through a variety of professional organizations. For exact reporting requirements, please see FAQs here

Course Schedule:

Day 1: 8:00am-5:00pm

  • Introduction and brief Level 1 review
  • Advanced weightlifting technique
  • How to communicate effectively
  • Hands-on coaching: snatch, clean and jerk
  • How to correct technique errors
  • Supplemental exercises for weightlifting
  • Hands-on coaching: supplemental exercises

Day 2: 8:00am-5:00pm

  • How to correct technique errors
  • Major training principles and periodization
  • Small group programming for weightlifting
  • In-depth programming for advanced weightlifting
  • Small group programming for sport
  • Competition coaching
  • Mock competition for coaching

Requirements for Certification:
After completing the course, participants have 14 days to pass an online course certification exam to earn the USAW Level 2 coach certification. Participants have 2 attempts to earn a 70% or greater on a self-paced exam.

Requirements for USAW National Coach Designation:
USAW Level 2 coaches who successfully complete the background check and athlete performance requirements will receive the USAW National Coach designation.

Who Should Take this Course?

  • Weightlifting coaches
  • Strength and conditioning coaches
  • Personal trainers
  • Sport performance coaches
  • College and university students
  • Functional fitness coaches

Registration Information and Pricing: $549

  • All course participants must be current USAW members. To sign up for membership, visit here.
  • Pre-registration is required for all courses. On-site registration is not allowed.
  • The registration deadline for any course 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 2 Certified

  • Industry recognition as an advanced weightlifting coach from the sole governing authority on weightlifting in the USA
  • High level of credibility as a weightlifting coach conferred to potential employers and athletes
  • Access to affordable and comprehensive liability insurance
  • Exclusive discounts for products and services with USAW partners and sponsors

Why Attend a USAW 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

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