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Certified Tennis Membership

This is a teaching category requiring successful completion of the USPTA Certification Exam, leading to a certification rating of Professional.

Certification is intended for those at least 18 years old who derive or intend to derive a major portion of income from teaching tennis. To qualify for certified membership, a professional must meet all application, exam and experience requirements, and must agree to abide by the USPTA Code of Ethics. Non-U.S. citizens who cannot legally work in the United States, but do meet all other requirements for certified membership, may join the Association as International Division members. International members are not covered by the protection of USPTA's on-court liability insurance policy. Non-U.S. membership does not imply that USPTA sponsors these members to immigrate to the United States to work as tennis-teaching professionals. U.S. labor certification laws apply in these cases.

In order for USPTA to send mail to noncitizens at a U.S. address, the World Headquarters must receive a copy of either the alien registration card (green card) or a student or work visa.

There are three levels of certified membership:

Professional
USPTA Professionals must be at least 18 years old, pass the on-court and written portions of the exam, and complete Stage 1 and 2 of Coach Youth Tennis. They should be able to organize and implement tennis programs, assist with and develop players, direct and/or assist with pro shop management and facility maintenance, conduct private and group lessons, and assist with tennis programs. Depending on the person’s experience, a USPTA Professional’s job description may range from assistant pro to head tennis professional. USPTA Professionals are required to earn 6 credits every three years to maintain their membership.

Elite Professional
To become an Elite Professional, a USPTA member must be at least 22 years old, pass the written Elite exam, which covers business, programming, sport science and tennis operations, Elite stroke analysis exam and the Elite-level on-court exams. In addition, members must earn 16 specialty course and 24 APC credits. Elite Professionals are required to earn 6 credits every three years to maintain their membership. They commonly are considered for director of tennis or head tennis professional positions.

Master Professional
USPTA Master Professional is the highest, most esteemed category of membership. Qualified applicants must hold an Elite Professional rating for 10 years, complete a required number of continuing education hours and fulfill a broad spectrum of industry service. The Master Professional Committee makes the final decision on the review of applicants. Master Professionals are required to earn 6 credits every three years to maintain their membership. These members should be capable of high-level jobs such as general manager, director of tennis operations or director of tennis.

Master Professional application

Checklist of requirements

Creating an electronic scrapbook

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Platform certification

This is a teaching category requiring successful completion of the USPTA Certification Exam, leading to a certification rating of Professional.

Certification is intended for those at least 18 years old who derive or intend to derive a major portion of income from teaching platform tennis. To qualify for certified membership, a professional must meet all application, exam and experience requirements, and must agree to abide by the USPTA Code of Ethics. Non-U.S. citizens who cannot legally work in the United States, but do meet all other requirements for certified membership, may join the Association as International Division members. International members are not covered by the protection of USPTA's on-court liability insurance policy. Non-U.S. membership does not imply that USPTA sponsors these members to immigrate to the United States to work as tennis-teaching professionals. U.S. labor certification laws apply in these cases.

In order for USPTA to send mail to noncitizens at a U.S. address, the World Headquarters must receive a copy of either the alien registration card (green card) or a student or work visa.

There are two levels of certified membership:

Platform Professional
USPTA Platform Professionals must be at least 18 years old, pass the on-court and written portions of the exam, and complete Stage 1 and 2 of Coach Youth Tennis. USPTA Platform Professionals are required to earn 6 credits every three years to maintain their membership.

Elite Platform Professional
To become an Elite Platform Professional, a USPTA member must be at least 22 years old. Elite Platform Professionals are required to earn 6 credits every three years to maintain their membership.

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Wheelchair certification

USPTA is committed to quality teaching of all players and understands the need to fill the void in the wheelchair certification area. This program opens up new teaching opportunities for professionals and encourages the growth of wheelchair tennis.

The wheelchair certification allows USPTA pros to teach wheelchair players and teach other teachers about this sport. The certification is also available to teachers who are not USPTA members.

The certification includes a course and written exam. Current USPTA members need only pay a fee for the certification; there are no additional annual dues. Nonmembers pay an application fee and annual dues.

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Applicant

A provisional teaching category that leads to being a certified member, pending successful completion of the USPTA Certification Exam.

This category allows a professional to receive correspondence, certain benefits and magazine subscriptions from USPTA World Headquarters, while he or she studies to take the exam for certified membership.

The applicant member pays dues and receives certain benefits, including on-court liability insurance. Upon passing the exam and becoming a certified member, the professional receives the full benefit schedule.

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Recreational Coach

The USPTA Recreational Coach category is designed for people who may already be teaching tennis - as high school coaches, at recreational facilities or in other part-time situations - but are not immediate candidates for careers as full-time teaching professionals. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age to apply for this category. To become a Recreational Coach, applicants will learn the basic standards of tennis teaching during workshops led by the USTA or by taking the online Professional Tennis Coaches Academy I.

USPTA sets the standard for the industry with its professional-level certification. Coaches working deep in the grassroots will benefit from the experience of USPTA Professionals and the unique mentoring approach of this program. As the quality of teaching improves, the value of the tennis teachers' contribution to the industry will increase.

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School Coach

This is a new membership category for school tennis coaches. School athletic directors are encouraged to sign up their schools, and all tennis coaches at a school will have access to the benefits. This is an annual membership (Aug.-July) for $99 per year.

Benefits include:

  • Full access to tennisresources.com – a website with hundreds of hours of drills, tips, instructional videos and more.
  • Interactive online practice planner containing hundreds of drills to help you build custom lesson plans for your team to help you stay organized during the busy school year. (View a sample here)
  • School subscription to Tennis magazine
  • School subscription to Tennis Industry magazine
  • USPTA member pricing for USPTA national and division events

For more information or to sign up, contact the USPTA membership department at membership@uspta.org or 713-978-7782.

Corporate Membership

A nonteaching category for which the Certification Exam is not required.

For all public and private tennis facilities, companies or people who have a full-time commitment to tennis in an executive, administrative or commercial capacity. This membership must be listed in the corporation or club's name. Corporate members are entitled to most privileges and subject to most obligations of active membership, but may not vote, hold office, compete in USPTA national or divisional tournaments, and are not covered by USPTA's on-court liability insurance policy. Corporate members are listed in the USPTA Membership Directory and receive a booth discount at the USPTA Buying Show.

A corporate membership must be listed in the name of the company. The company shall not use the USPTA logo or USPTA name to imply company or product endorsement. Any club that applies for USPTA membership must assure USPTA that admission to membership in the club is open to all people regardless of race, color, age, creed, gender, national origin, religion or physical handicap.

For more information, contact membership@uspta.org or call 800-877-8248, ext. 108.

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Code of Ethics

The Association expects its members to be of good character, to treat the public honestly and fairly, and to treat their fellow members in the tennis-teaching profession in the same way. Accordingly:

  1. Any complaint against a member of dishonest or unfair dealing, either to the public or to a fellow member, shall be referred to an ethics committee that will be appointed by the President and that will always include general counsel. In its discretion, the ethics committee will act on the complaint, including an attempt to resolve the matter between the parties. Upon the determination of the ethics committee, however, the exercise by a member of his or her legal rights will be recognized and honored, and issues of fact or law will be left to the decision of a court of law.
  2. If the ethics committee, in its discretion, considers the charge to be sufficiently serious, it may refer the matter to the Board of Directors, which, after due consideration, will have the power to expel the member or to determine any lesser punishment.
  3. Any member who is convicted of a serious crime, as determined by the Board of Directors, will be subject to immediate expulsion from the Association.

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