Certified coaches must recertify every two years in order to remain informed on the latest knowledge and expertise and to provide service and support for developing USA Triathlon coaching programs and triathlon in general. Recertification also provides an accountability for maintenance of the coaching certification.
USA Triathlon Certified Coaches must submit their recertification packets by their certification expiration date. Coaches who do not submit recertification materials by their expiration date are not eligible for recertification under the normal recertification policy. Please see the bottom of this page for the late recertification policies. If you have any questions regarding the recertification policy, please contact the Coaching Certification Coordinator.
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Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
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Level I Certified Coaches must earn 15 CEUs for recertification during their 2 year certification period. Level II, Level II Endurance, and Level III Certified Coaches must earn 20 CEUs during their 2 year certification period for recertification. Five (5) of these CEUs must come from a USAT course (USAT CEUs) as found on the CEU Schedule. Please note that the Respect in Sport and USOC SafeSport programs grant 3 USAT CEUs.
Any additional CEUs earned cannot be carried over to a future recertification.
Credit for non-USAT courses are awarded 1 non-USAT CEU per contact hour, with a maximum of 5 non-USAT CEUs per course. For example:
1 Hour Non-USAT Course = 1 Non-USAT CEU
2 Hour Non-USAT Course = 2 Non-USAT CEUs
3 Hour Non-USAT Course = 3 Non-USAT CEUs
4 Hour Non-USAT Course = 4 Non-USAT CEUs
5 Hour (or longer) Non-USAT Course = 5 Non-USAT CEUs
There are some exceptions for certifications worth more CEUs that are listed below. Recertification of any certification is worth half the CEUs of the original certification.
Late Recertification Policy
Late recertification submitted January 1 - March 31, 2014: A $50 late fee is required (in addition to $95 recertification fee and recertification requirements fulfilled) to be reinstated as current.
Late recertification submitted after December 31, 2014 (one year after recert is due): Coaches must retake the coaching certification exam that coincides with their coaching level and pay the $100 fee to take the exam. In addition, coaches must complete all the requirements listed above as well as the regular recertification requirements.
Late recertification submitted after December 31, 2015 (two years after recert is due): Coaches must retake the highest level clinic they have attended and complete all the requirements that are required to attend a clinic of their coaching level.
Starting in 2014, the USOC mandated every National Governing Body to require education and training concerning athlete safety for all any certified coaches. To meet that requirement, all USAT certified coaches must complete the USOC SafeSport program in order to recertify every two years.
To prove completion, coaches must upload a certificate of completion dated in either 2013 or 2014. Certificates dated before 2013 will not be accepted.
*The USOC SafeSport program will be replacing the Respect in Sport requirement. If you have already completed the Respect in Sport program in 2013 or 2014, it will still be accepted.