Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Policy

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). 

All USA Triathlon Certified Coaches are required to earn a minimum of 5 USAT CEUs (within the recertification CEU requirement) for recertification. It is the responsibility of each certified coach to maintain a record of all documentation for completed CEUs. 

Become a USA Triathlon Approved CEU Provider 

The purpose of the USA Triathlon (USAT) CEU Provider Program is to make additional educational opportunities available to USAT Certified Coaches. While USAT does offer its own educational opportunities, it is understood that these opportunities may not meet the preferences of all USAT Certified Coaches. Therefore, USAT offers external organizations with quality education to provide USAT CEUs for the completion of their course.

If you are a course director and would like your course to be approved for USAT CEUs, please complete the online applicationPlease note, for a course to be eligible for USAT CEUs the course must be available to all coaches. If you have any questions, please email Melissa Otterbein at

Benefits of becoming a USAT Approved CEU Provider include:

  • Increased visibility to a wide range of professional triathlon coaches 
  • There are more than 2,500 USAT Certified Coaches seeking USAT CEU opportunities - these professional coaches require a minimum of 8 USAT CEUs for recertification 
  • Getting your course USAT CEU Approved signifies that your course meets USA Triathlons standards for continuing education 
  • USAT will promote your course by listing it on our website and grant the use of the USAT CEU logo in advertisements, promotions and other marketing materials  

USAT reserves the right to approve or deny CEUs for any reason at any time. Providers are prohibited from promoting USAT CEU approval for their course(s) until an approval letter from USAT has been received.  

Performance Coaching Newsletter Exams (2021 Update) 

After conducting an audit of our continuing education offerings, our team determined the newsletter exams did not meet the rigor and learning standards of our other continuing education options. Our newsletter exams have been discontinued. 

USA Triathlon Coach Webinars

USA Triathlon offers a variety of webinars designed specifically for triathlon coaches. Webinars can be purchased 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 (the passing score is 80% or higher). To browse our webinar library, please click here

2021 USAT CEU Approved In-Person Courses 

 Course  USAT CEU Value  Date Location  Documentation

Ultimate Triathlon Camp


March 23-28, 2021

Clermont, FL Certificate of Completion


2021 USA Triathlon Approved Coach to Coach Mentorship Programs 

Mentorship Program USAT CEU Value Additional Details
Coach to Coach Mentorship with Sally Drake 6.0

An Overview of the program can be found hereEmail Sally Drake at



2020 USAT CEU Approved Online Courses 

Course  USAT CEU Value Documentation Required
2021 Endurance Exchange (MUST choose "Coach" on registration), January 21-23, 2021
10.0 Certificate of Completion
IRONMAN Coaching Certification (MUST HAVE A 2020 ISSUE DATE)
10.0 Certificate of Completion
PATCO Level 1 Coach Certification (completed in 2020) Register here 10.0 Certificate of Completion 
PATCO Level 2 Coach Certification (completed in 2020) 10.0 Certificate of Completion 
HIIT Science 10.0 Certificate of Completion
Metabolic Efficiency Training Specialist Certification 8.0 Certificate of Completion
Human Vortex Training's Strength Training for Cyclists Certification
6.0 Certificate of Completion
USA Triathlon Race Director Certification 5.0 Race Director Certificate
4.0 Certificate of Completion
Splash, Spin, Sprint Camp Manual
CEU Exam
Triathlon Leader Manual 2.0 CEU Exam
USAT Coaching Education Webinar  1.0 CEU Exam
TrainingPeaks University Note: Coaches must complete TrainingPeaks Essentials and TrainingPeaks Advanced Essentials 6.0 Certificate of Completion
Strength Training for Triathlon Success
7.0 Certificate of Completion
TrainingPeaks Power Certification 5.0 Certificate of Completion
The Powerful Triathlete  1.0 Documentation Required
Team MPI 2020 Coaches Retreat  7.0  Certificate of Completion
Muscle Oxygen Physiology
Slowtwitch Triathlon Run, Swim, Cycling, and Cycling Power Coaching Certifications
SPINPower® Certification Training – Power Based Training for Indoor Cycling
Certificate of Completion