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How to Become a Level II Endurance Coach

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

  • Minimim two years of Level I Certification
  • Level II Clinic
  • Oral Presentation
  • Online Examination
  • CPR or AED Certification
  • USOC Ethics Code Agreement
  • Online Background Check
  • Current USA Triathlon Membership
  • Athlete Letter of Recommendation
  • Mentor Coach Letter of Recommendation
  • Brief History of 2 Years of Coaching Experience after USAT Level I Certification
  • Current Athlete ATP

One of the Following:
1. BA or BS degree in sport science or related field (preferred)
2. Certification with relevance to triathlon (ACSM, USAC Level I or II, ASCA, USATF, NSCA or NASM)

The applicant must have annual service to USA Triathlon or educational contributions to the sport of triathlon (service during a USA Triathlon camp or clinic, contributions to the USA Triathlon coaching certification program or various related USAT programs).

The applicant must explain the status of an athlete, state two to three objectives for that athlete, explain what was done as a coach to address those objectives, and explain the results that were accomplished with that athlete.

Selected candidates complete a phone interview as part of the application process.
There is a checklist that is used to score each candidate on the pool deck, for the run coaching session,  as well as on the final presentation. Every candidate must score 80% on each component in order to be eligible for LII certification along with passing the exam with a score of 80%.

If a candidate does not meet the above criteria, the following occurs:

The candidate has failed the course.
USAT discusses the areas that the candidate needs to improve, and the Coach Development Manager discusses those areas with the candidate.
The Coach Development Manager recommends webinars, books, CEUs and other areas that can help improve the candidates skills.
The Coach Development Manager recommends that the candidate attend the Elite Mentorship Program prior to applying for a future Level II clinic.
The candidate must wait at least 12 months to apply for a future Level II clinic. Acceptance into or passing of a future Level II clinic is not guaranteed.
The clinic fee is $655 and includes lunch and snacks on days 1-3 and snacks on day 4. It does not include lodging, any travel expenses or the background check fee.