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USA Triathlon’s Level I coaching certification is the first step for aspiring triathlon coaches to take. This certification will jump start their career in training athletes for the multisport program USA Triathlon has to offer. The Level I clinic is designed to educate aspiring coaches on how to train their athletes on different aspects of triathlon. Coaches will learn how to design a training plan geared toward their athlete’s needs as well as learn strength specific training for triathletes and key workouts. In addition to learning how to cater to your athletes needs, coaches will also learn the mechanics and skills of swimming, cycling and running from some of USA Triathlon’s most esteemed coaches. Coaches will not just learn how to train their athletes physically but they will also learn about nutrition periodization and mental skills, two vital aspects to master in the sport of triathlon. Once a coach receives their Level I certification, they will have the opportunity to further their education within the USA Triathlon coaching family through such certifications like Youth and Junior, Level II and even Level III. 

How to Become a Level I Coach

Prior to certification, candidate must complete and/or submit the following: 

Level I Clinic

The educational clinic requirement must be met by attending a USA Triathlon coaching certification clinic. Do not make travel arrangements based off the below times or before you are registered for a clinic as each clinic schedule varies and it is not guaranteed that you will get in. Each candidate much go through the application process which you can find when the desired clinic you would like to attend opens. The clinic is a two day lecture based clinic with opportunities to learn and network. Participants must attend the entire clinic in order to be eligible for certification. The minimum age for participation is 18. The fee is $555 which includes lunch for the two full days of the clinic and the registration fees. It does not include lodging, any travel expenses or the background check fee.

Criminal History Check

Coaching certification candidates must pass a criminal history check through the NCSI background check application in order to attend a coaching clinic and become certified. The fee is $20 for most U.S. citizens but does vary by state. International background checks cost more and vary by country. Fees for the background check are not included in the clinic registration fee. Instructions on how to complete the background check are sent to candidates following registration. Each candidate must complete and pass the required background check or entry into the clinic and certification is denied. Any candidate concerned about his or her background should complete the background check prior to registration.

Background checks are based on this criteria (PDF). A failed background check results in the candidate being ineligible for participation in a coaching clinic and certification. There is no appeal process for failed background checks. This applies to current certified coaches as well. There are no exceptions. If the candidate receives a red light and believes the red light is in error, the applicant should work with NCSI directly to resolve the matter.

Online Examination

On the final day of the clinic, attendees are given instructions on how to complete the exam. The exam is online and must be submitted within three months of the clinic date in order to become certified. The exam includes multiple choice, short answer, and training plan questions. Failure to submit materials by the deadline results in the participant becoming ineligible for certification.

Current USAT Membership


Coaching certification candidates must have a current USAT membership. If you don't have one you can either sign up online or contact Membership.

Current CPR Certification
American Red Cross or The American Heart Association certifications are preferred for first time certification. They must be in-person, online courses are not accepted. AED certifications are not required, but are highly recommended.
  
Signed USOC Coaching Ethics Code
The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Coaching Ethics Code is distributed and discussed at the coaching certification clinic. USA Triathlon certified coaches must sign and submit the Ethics Code Agreement with the exam.


Before USA Triathlon Certified Coach certificates are sent to certification candidates, the above requirements must be met. It is highly recommended that candidates make plans to obtain or review the required items prior to the clinic.

Please note that the certification does expire. The expiration date depends on which clinic you attend. Please click here for recertification policies. Please contact the Coaching Certification Coordinator with have any questions.

2015 Level I Coaching Certification Schedule

2015 LEVEL I CLINIC SCHEDULE

 Date    Location  Registration Date 
January 16-17 Atlanta, GA CLOSED - FULL
February 6-7 Dallas, TX CLOSED - FULL
March 13-14 Orlando, FL
CLOSED - FULL
April 10-11   New York, NY  Applications for this clinic will open January 7, 2015 and will close January 14, 2015. Directions on how to apply will be posted here when the applications open. In order to be considered for this clinic, all applications must be submitted within the application deadline. Any applications submitted outside the application window will automatically be denied. Notice of acceptance into the clinic will be emailed to you January 21, 2015. If you are accepted into the clinic, you will receive an email with a registration link. If you have any questions, please contact Meghan Quinn here
May 29-30  Tempe, AZ  Applications for this clinic will open February 4, 2015 and will close February 11, 2015. Directions on how to apply will be posted here when the applications open. In order to be considered for this clinic, all applications must be submitted within the application deadline. Any applications submitted outside the application window will automatically be denied. Notice of acceptance into the clinic will be emailed to you February 18, 2015. If you are accepted into the clinic, you will receive an email with a registration link. If you have any questions, please contact Meghan Quinn here
July 17-18  Chicago, IL Applications for this clinic will open April 1, 2015 and will close April 8, 2015. Directions on how to apply will be posted here when the applications open. In order to be considered for this clinic, all applications must be submitted within the application deadline. Any applications submitted outside the application window will automatically be denied. Notice of acceptance into the clinic will be emailed to you April 15, 2015. If you are accepted into the clinic, you will receive an email with a registration link. If you have any questions, please contact Meghan Quinn here
August 21-22  Hartford, CT  Applications for this clinic will open May 6, 2015 and will close May 13, 2015. Directions on how to apply will be posted here when the applications open. In order to be considered for this clinic, all applications must be submitted within the application deadline. Any applications submitted outside the application window will automatically be denied. Notice of acceptance into the clinic will be emailed to you May 20, 2015. If you are accepted into the clinic, you will receive an email with a registration link. If you have any questions, please contact Meghan Quinn here
October 6-7 Kona, HI  Registration is now open for the Level I clinic in Kona, HI. You can register here. Please note, in order to attend the Level I clinic, you must pass the background check with USAT. Directions on how to complete the background check will be sent to you once you register. The clinic location is 35 minutes from downtown Kona, please make sure you have adequate transportation. If you have any questions about the clinic, please contact Meghan Quinn here.
November 6-7  Salt Lake City, UT  Applications for this clinic will open August 5, 2015 and will close August 12, 2015. Directions on how to apply will be posted here when the applications open. In order to be considered for this clinic, all applications must be submitted within the application deadline. Any applications submitted outside the application window will automatically be denied. Notice of acceptance into the clinic will be emailed to you August 19, 2015. If you are accepted into the clinic, you will receive an email with a registration link. If you have any questions, please contact Meghan Quinn here
December 4-5 Raleigh, NC  Applications for this clinic will open September 2, 2015 and will close September 9, 2015. Directions on how to apply will be posted here when the applications open. In order to be considered for this clinic, all applications must be submitted within the application deadline. Any applications submitted outside the application window will automatically be denied. Notice of acceptance into the clinic will be emailed to you September 16, 2015. If you are accepted into the clinic, you will receive an email with a registration link. If you have any questions, please contact Meghan Quinn here

Please view the Level I Application Process FAQs before applying.
Please view the sample coaching resume before applying. 

Wait list Policy: Everyone who submits an application on time during the application window is added to the wait list. If you missed the application deadline and want to be placed on the wait list, please email the Coaching Certification Coordinator. Please note you will be placed at the bottom of the wait list behind those that submitted an application on time. A spot only becomes available if there is a cancellation. If there is a cancellation, the first person on the wait list is contacted. That person is given a specific time by which he or she must reply. If the wait listed person does not reply by that time or does not accept the spot, the next person on the wait list is contacted. The process is repeated until the spot is filled.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy:
Cancellation on registration day to 8 weeks prior to the first day of the clinic: $25 Penalty
Cancellation on or after 8 weeks prior to the first day of the clinic: $50 Penalty
Cancellation on or after 6 weeks prior to the first day of the clinic: $150 Penalty
Cancellation on or after 4 weeks prior to the first day of the clinic: NO REFUNDS AND NO EXCEPTIONS

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