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Professional Certification -- USPTA tennis-teaching professional


Fill out your application:

Follow the instructions on the form

Choose a test date and location
Determine which exam path works for you


Complete Coach Youth Tennis:

CoachYouthTennisVisit to get started.

Register for an account and take the 6 free online courses

Select and attend the on-court, face-to-face workshop most convenient for you*

* If there are no on-court workshops available in your area at this time, you may take the Certification Exam first. Your exam results will be released upon completion of the CYT workshop.


Take the USPTA Certification Exam

Take the exam at the time, date and location you selected on the application form.

Complete all certification requirements

You are now a USPTA member!



I've applied for membership, what happens next?

  1. The USPTA will email the study materials to the email address you provided.

  2. If you purchased the hard copy of the study materials, they will be shipped to you.

  3. If you have requested to take the online PTCA I, you will receive an email containing instructions on how to access the course.

  4. After submitting your application, you will receive a new applicant package containing information on USPTA and all it has to offer to you.

  5. If you have selected a test date, you will receive a final confirmation along with site information closer to the exam date.

I've taken the exam. Now what?

  1. The tester will notify the World Headquarters that you have taken the on-court portions at the test site.

  2. You will receive an email with instructions on accessing the online written and grip exams if you selected the online option.

  3. After you have completed the certification process, your test results will be mailed to you. This process takes four to six weeks from the date of the exam you took.

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Platform Tennis-Teaching Professional

applicationThis is a teaching category requiring successful completion of the USPTA Platform Tennis Certification Exam, leading to a certification rating of Professional. Platform tennis professionals will become a separately tested and certified membership category under the USPTA umbrella. All professionals who become certified in platform tennis will receive all of the same benefits and pay the same annual dues as current USPTA-certified tennis professionals.

  1. Fill out the application.
  2. Take the Platform Tennis Certification Exam

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Recreational Coach

applicationThe 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.

To become a Recreational Coach, applicants must complete the online PTCA I or attend a Coach Youth Tennis Workshop, which covers the basic standards of tennis teaching. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age to apply for this category.

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Wheelchair Certification

applicationUSPTA 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 teaching pros to work with wheelchair players and instruct other teachers on this sport.

The certification includes Professional Tennis Coaches Academy I, and a private lesson 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.

Contact USPTA World Headquarters to schedule a workshop.

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School Coach

applicationThis 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 – 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 samplehere)
  • School subscription to Tennis magazine
  • School subscription to Tennis Industry magazine
  • USPTA member pricing for USPTA national and division events

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