Level II Certification

    USA Triathlon's coach development pathway. Coaches may enter either at the Associate Level or Level 1. Upon reaching Level 1 certification, they take a Level I Area of Focus course before moving onto a Level II Specialization. Level III, elite international coaching, is an option for a select number of candidates.

    Level II Certification culminates with coaches completing a Specialization Clinic. In order to participate in a clinic, they must have taken the clinic's preceeding Level I Area of Focus course (Level I Short Course Area of Focus > Level II Short Course Specialization Clinic, etc.).

    More on Specialization Clinics

    For a USA Triathlon Level I Certified Coach to be eligible to advance to Level II, they must meet all required criteria and have earned a minimum of eight Professional Advancement Units (PAUs).

    Note: USAT has recently updated its coaching development pathway to this process, but there will be flexibility in the selection process during this transition period. If you have any questions during or after the application process, email coaching@usatriathlon.org.

    Level II Requirements

    • Minimum two years as USA Triathlon Level I Certified Coach

    • Coaching resume

    • Athlete letter of recommendation

    • USA Triathlon Level I Area of Focus prerequisite that corresponds to the Level II Specialization for which the coach is applying

    • Eight PAUs (more information below)

    Professional Advancement Units (PAUs)

    PAUs were developed to provide flexibility for coaches with different professional experience to be considered for advancement.

    A USA Triathlon Coaching Certification is valid for two years. In order to maintain your USA Triathlon Coaching Certification, you must recertify at the end of that two-year time frame. Your Coach Certification expiration date is located on your coaching certificate.

    More Information on Recertification

    Level II Recertification Requirements:

    • $195 Recertification Application Fee (includes a 2-year USA Triathlon Annual Membership)
    • "Green Light (Clear)" Background Check via NCSI
    • SafeSport Training Certification
    • 12 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) - minimum of 8 USAT CEUs
    • CPR, AED and First Aid Certification
    • Signed USOPC's Ethics Code for Coaches Agreement
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