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 to maintain their professional coach certification during each 2-year cycle. Level I Certified Coaches must earn a total of 15 CEUs and Level II, Level II Endurance and Level III Certified Coaches must earn a total of 20 CEUs.

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 application and view the approval benefitsIf you have any questions, please email the Coaching Education Assistant Manager

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 5 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. 

The Performance Coaching Newsletter 

The Performance Coaching Newsletter is sent to USA Triathlon Certified Coaches monthly and contains themed articles designed to further a triathlon coach’s education. To access the Performance Coaching Newsletter content, please click here. Each newsletter has a corresponding USAT CEU exam available for purchase for $9.99. To view the newsletter exams, please click here. Upon passing a newsletter exam, a coach will earn 1 USAT CEU. A passing score is 80% or higher. To retake a newsletter exam, it must be repurchased. All exam purchases are nonrefundable. Please note, the Performance Coaching Newsletter is only available free of charge to current USA Triathlon Certified Coaches. Expired coaches must purchase access to the Performance Coaching Newsletters by emailing coaching@usatriathlon.org

Webinars 

USA Triathlon offers a variety of webinars designed specifically for triathlon coaches. Each webinar is approximately 60 minutes in length. 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. A passing score is 80% or higher. The webinar library can be found here. Please note, webinar purchases are nonrefundable. For questions regarding the webinar program, please email coaching@usatriathlon.org

2019 USAT CEU Approved Courses 

Activity  CEUs Documentation Required
2020 Endurance Exchange 15.0 Certificate of Completion
2019 Endurance Coaching Summit (In-Person or Online) 12.0 or 6.0 Certificate of Completion 
USA Cycling Coaching Summit 10.0  Certificate of Completion
HIIT Science 10.0 Certificate of Completion
Slowtwitch Coaching Clinics 9.0 Certificate of Completion
The Run Transformation Course by Bobby McGee
8.0 Certificate of Completion
UESCA Running Coach Certification
8.0 Certificate of Completion
Strength Training for Triathlon
7.0 Certificate of Completion
TrainingPeaks University In-Person or Online 6.0 Certificate of Completion
Strength Training for Cycling Success 6.0 Certificate of Completion
2019 USAT Race Director Symposium 5.0 Certificate of Completion
USAT Race Director Certification 5.0 Race Director Certificate
USAT Officials Certification 5.0 Letter of Completion
REVOâ‚‚LUTION RUNNING
4.0 Certificate of Completion
USAT Race Director or Officials Recertification 2.5 Race Director Certificate or Certificate of Completion
SPINPower Threshold, Strength, Peak Power, Speed or Stamina Workshops
3.0 Certificate of Completion
USAT Elite Officials Certification 2.0  Letter of Completion
SafeSport Program (Sexual Conduct Awareness Education, Mandatory Reporting, Emotional & Physical Misconduct)  3.0 - STARTING 01/01/2020 SAFESPORT WILL BE REQUIRED FOR RECERTIFICATION BUT WILL NOT EARN CEUS "SafeSport Trained" Certificate of Completion
Today's Plan Coaches Webinar
2.0 Certificate of Completion
Heart Zones Indoor Cycling Certification 2.0  Certificate of Completion
Splash, Spin, Sprint Camp Manual 2.0 CEU Exam
USAT Race Director Youth Certification 2.0 Certificate of Completion
Power Meter Handbook 2.0 CEU Exam
Complete Triathlon Guide   2.0 CEU Exam
Train to Tri 2.0 CEU Exam
Triathlon Leader Manual 2.0 CEU Exam
The Women's Guide to Triathlon 2.0 CEU Exam
The Endurance Training Diet & Cookbook: The How, When, and What for Fueling Runners and Triathletes to Improve Performance
2.0 CEU Exam
Magical Running by Bobby McGee 2.0 CEU Exam
Swim Speed Secrets by Sheila Taormina 2.0 CEU Exam
Iron Heart: The True Story of How I Came Back from the Dead 2.0 Confirmation of purchase and a write up that explains how you can use the points in the book to further your coaching. The write-up must be a minimum of a full page, 12 point font, single spaced, and Times New Roman font.
Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes/Triathletes by Monique Ryan 2.0 CEU Exam
USAT In-Person CEU Course Varies Certificate of Completion
TTS Triathlon Training Series DVD 1.0 per presentation  CEU Exam
USAT Triathlon Training Series DVD 
1.0 per presentation CEU Exam 
Performance Coaching Newsletter 1.0 - NEWSLETTER CONTENT IS ONLY AVAILABLE FREE TO CURRENT USAT COACHES CEU Exam
USAT Coaching Education Webinar  1.0 CEU Exam
USAT Race Director Webinar (archived or live) 1.0 Email Confirmation
USAT Club Webinar (archived or live) 1.0 CEU Exam
USAT Triathlon Training Series - Strength Training DVD *All exams MUST be purchased here.
1.0 CEU Exam
USAT Triathlon Training Series - The Run DVD *All exams MUST be purchased here.
1.0 CEU Exam
STRYD Run With Power - Level I 1.0 Certificate of Completion
STRYD Run with Power - Level II Advance Coaching Concepts 1.0 Certificate of Completion
Muscle Oxygen Physiology 1.0 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