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Professional Certification

The following steps apply to USPTA-certified membership:

Complete the application

    • Choose a test date and site and include the information on your application.

    • Review the Exam Prep Options chart and determine which plan works best for you.

    • If you prefer to take portions of the Certification Exam online, you may do so by selecting that option on your application. The Professional Tennis Coaches Academy I is also available online.

    • If you would like to purchase a hard copy of the study materials for $25, select the option on the application.

    • Application fee and prorated dues are due when you submit your application. (See the fee schedule or call USPTA.) The nonrefundable application fee covers all administrative costs, an email version of study materials, the online or live PTCA I, the Certification Exam and test processing. You may include your credit card information in your online application. If paying by check, mail the application and all appropriate fees to the Membership Department at the USPTA World Headquarters.

    • Click here for an application


Complete the Coach Youth Tennis requirements –

• 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


After you have completed the online Coach Youth Tennis courses, if there are no on-court workshops available in your area at the time, you may proceed to Step 3 and take the Certification Exam. Please be aware that your certification exam results will not be released until you have completed all portions of the Coach Youth Tennis Program.


Take the USPTA Certification Exam


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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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.

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.

If you have already met either of these requirements, please click here for a USPTA Recreational Coach application.


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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 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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