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Education

USPTA requires all members to earn 6 credits of continuing education every three years. To help them meet that goal, USPTA provides hundreds of hours of education every year in the form of conferences, workshops, webinars, DVDs and more. In addition, the new Coach Youth Tennis website offers six free online courses that earn a 1/2 education credit each. The live workshop is 2 credits and has a $15 fee. Go to coachyouthtennis.com for more information.

USPTA members are recognized for their participation with the following incentives:

Participation Level I:

9 credits* in one year or the prorated requirement over the preceding year

You earn:
1. Certificate of completion
2. Recognition in the USPTA Membership Directory
3. Name in ADDvantage magazine
4. Letter of accomplishment and/or press release for portfolio
5. Recognition on uspta.com
6. 20 percent discount on business-related logo merchandise

Participation Level II:

18* credits in one year

You earn all from Level I plus:
   Advanced certificate of completion

Participation Level III:

36* credits in one year or top-10 career development credit holders

You earn all from Level II plus:
   Top-10 earners receive an award
   The Top Earner receives an award and photo opportunity at the annual USPTA World Conference

Participation Level IV:

9 credits each year for 10 consecutive years

You earn all from Level III plus:
   Framed certificate of recognition

*Credit totals will be reviewed by the Education Committee.

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Accredited Professional Coach

The Accredited Professional Coach credential is earned and retained through mandatory continuing education and is valuable to not only those who attain it, but also to employers, the public and the tennis-teaching profession itself. It demonstrates a tennis teacher's commitment to career-based education in such knowledge areas of tennis as, teaching skills, sport science and business concepts. The APC designation also demonstrates a commitment to professional excellence. The skills acquired through mandatory education are applicable to all tennis industry areas.

To become an APC, a USPTA member must be an Elite Professional, Professional or Master Professional, and earn 20 APC designated continuing education units over a two-year period. Members must also take the Professional Tennis Coaches Academy I course and pass a competency exam at 80 percent or higher. Members may take the course in person during a certification exam and then take the online exam ($75), use the study material on their own and then take the online exam ($50) or take the online PTCA I course and then take the online exam ($50). The PTCA I and competency exam are one-time requirements. Members do not need to take the PTCA I every two years.

APC CEUs can be earned through numerous USPTA- and industry-sponsored activities and through outside certifications, and online coursework. Members must continue to earn 20 APC CEUs every two years to maintain their accreditation.

To sign up for a live PTCA I, contact the membership department at membership@uspta.org. Order the online PTCA I here.

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Instructional DVDs

Earn education credits by viewing USPTA DVDs and submitting a verification code. The DVDs are produced from many sources, including video recordings of both specialty courses and seminars from past USPTA World Conferences, DVD productions from special events, such as the USPTA Competitive Player Development Conferences, drills, games and more. To see what's available go to www.usprotennisshop.com.

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Professional Tennis Coaches Academy I

The Professional Tennis Coaches Academy I is an online course that combines audio, visual and text formats, as well as short quizzes at the end of each section to optimize the learning and review experience.

Teaching skill topics:

  • Progressions
  • Videos on how to administer a private and group lesson

Business and programming:

  • Facility and pro shop management
  • Equipment

Advanced player development:

  • Anatomy of a shot
  • Common shots
  • Specialty shots
  • Rules of tennis
  • Strategy and tactics
  • Effective planning and drills

The course also gives a history of tennis and grips.

If you took the Certification Exam prior to January 2008, this course is available to you for an introductory fee of $50. Upon completion of the course you will receive 4 education credits. Click here to purchase.

Need to upgrade?

This is a great course to help you prepare for your upgrade exam.  The course offers a more extensive and in-depth overview of all the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully complete both the written and on-court certification exams.  To complement the written format, this online course offers audio and video features so that you have the option to listen, watch and read along as you go through the course.  A major benefit of incorporating these new features is that they utilize multiple learning styles so applicants can better retain the information in the course.

This course is available to you for $45 when you register for an upgrade exam.  You will also receive 4 education credits for completing this course.

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Professional Tennis Management

Professional Tennis Management is a structured educational program that provides students the opportunity to acquire a college business degree with a specialty in tennis management. The program is designed to attract and educate men and women and prepare them for careers within the tennis industry.

Offered at both four-year and two-year institutions, the program is offered within the marketing department and the school of business. The major is called Professional Tennis Management, or Marketing/Professional Tennis Management. The curriculum includes general education courses, business core, and marketing major courses that are acceptable to USPTA and which satisfy university requirements for marketing majors.

The following is a list of USPTA accredited Professional Tennis Management programs.

Ferris State
Ferris State University

Professional Tennis Management
14342 Northland Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307

Derek Ameel, Director
231-591-3871
ameeld@ferris.edu

Hampton University
Hampton University

School of Business
Hampton, VA 23668
Phone: 757-727-5361
FAX: 757-727-5048

Methodist University
Methodist University
Professional Tennis Management Program
5400 Ramsey St.
Fayetteville, NC 28311

Tom Daglis, Director
910-630-7147
tdaglis@methodist.edu

Kaitlin Flaherty, Assistant Director
kflaherty@methodist.edu

Tyler Junior College
Tyler Junior College

Tennis Tech
P.O. Box 9020
Tyler, TX 75711
Kimm Ketelsen, Program Director
(800) 687-5680 ext.2473
kket@tjc.edu

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USPTA specialist degree program

The USPTA specialist program provides education and certification opportunities to those who specialize in certain areas of the tennis-teaching profession. USPTA administers most specialist programs so that once applicants fulfill the criteria, they do not have to travel to a testing site to obtain the specialist degree they seek. Instead, applicants demonstrate their command of the specialization subject through additional documentation submitted for panel review.

The specialist program was designed to:

  1. Create a market demand for USPTA-certified Professionals by promoting the benefits of hiring specialists to owners, managers and others who employ tennis-teaching professionals.
  2. Offer continuing education to USPTA members who seek to improve their skills and their competencies throughout their careers.
  3. Provide measurable opportunities for the best USPTA Professionals to demonstrate their skills, allowing them the prestige of being recognized as among the most elite in their chosen profession.

Competitive Player Development

In cooperation with USTA Coaching Education Department

USPTA-certified teaching professionals who specialize in developing players who compete or will compete at the highest levels of tennis now can be recognized for their expertise by gaining certification as a Specialist in Competitive Player Development.

To earn the specialist credential, teaching professionals must successfully complete the USTA High Performance Coaching Program curriculum administered by the USTA Coaching Education Department.

Professionals committed to developing competitive players play a vital role in the future of professional tennis and in the lives of the players they teach. This specialist program, like those already in place and being added, offers USPTA members a significant educational experience and an opportunity to distinguish themselves as true specialists.

To apply, you must be rated USPTA Professional or higher.

Interested professionals should call USPTA’s Education Department at 800-877-8248, ext. 147 or email education@uspta.org or USTA’s Jessica Battaglia at battaglia@usta.com or 561-962-6406.

Application and packet

Computer Technology

The Specialist in Computer Technology degree is designed to:

  1. Create a market demand for USPTA-certified Professionals with owners, managers and other employers.
  2. Provide the tennis-teaching professional with the technical skills required to transition into the 21st century job market.
  3. Enhance the teaching professional’s information age knowledge through the application of computer software designed to more efficiently market the pro.
  4. Provide measurable opportunities for computer-minded USPTA Professionals to earn recognition and excel in their chosen profession in the new millennium.

USPTA Specialist in Computer Technology degree is available to qualified professionals who meet all the required prerequisites and competencies.

Application and packet

Facility Management

The Specialist in Facility Management degree is designed to:

  1. Create a market demand for USPTA-certified Professionals with owners, managers and other employers.
  2. Evaluate the business skills required for a tennis-teaching professional to effectively manage a tennis facility.
  3. Enhance the teaching professional's business knowledge to more efficiently market the professional.
  4. Provide measurable opportunities for USPTA Professionals who possess managerial skills to earn recognition and excel at their profession in the new millennium.

USPTA Specialist in Facility Management degree is available to qualified professionals who meet all the required prerequisites and competencies.

Application and packet

Sport Science

The Specialist in Sport Science degree is designed to:

  1. Create a market demand for USPTA-certified Professionals with owners, managers and other employers.
  2. Provide the tennis-teaching professional with a more in-depth knowledge of sport science principles.
  3. Enhance the teaching professional's overall sport science knowledge through the application of sport science principles in his or her teaching to more efficiently market the professional.
  4. Provide measurable opportunities for sport-science-minded USPTA Professionals to earn recognition and excel in their chosen profession in the new millennium.

USPTA Specialist in Sport Science degree is available to qualified professionals who meet all the required prerequisites and competencies.

Application and packet

Pro Shop Operations

The Specialist in Pro Shop Operations is designed to:

  1. Create a market demand for tennis-teaching professionals who can bolster the financial health of a tennis business through sound retail business practices.
  2. Provide continuing education to professionals who seek to further their careers by emphasizing retail opportunities.
  3. Recognize professionals with the greatest competency in this area.
  4. Increase the profitability of tennis retail businesses for the betterment of tennis professionals and the tennis industry.

USPTA Specialist in Pro Shop Operations degree is available to qualified professionals who meet all the required prerequisites and competencies.

Application and packet

Wheelchair Tennis

The Specialist in Wheelchair Tennis degree is designed to:

  1. Create a market demand for USPTA-certified Professionals with consumers, owners, managers and other employers.
  2. Provide the tennis-teaching professional with the skills required to teach wheelchair players and other special populations.
  3. Enhance the professional's knowledge of teaching through continuing education and specialized training.
  4. Provide measurable opportunities for USPTA Professionals to earn recognition in a specialized area.

USPTA Specialist in Wheelchair Tennis degree is available to qualified professionals who meet all the required prerequisites and competencies.

Application and packet

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SmartCode Education System

Register your Accredited Professional Coach (APC) education credits with the quick and easy-to-use USPTA SmartCode Education System. This uses your smartphone to instantly register your attendance to all seminars and specialty courses earning APC education credits. To use the system, you will need:

  • A smartphone with data access, web browsing capabilities and camera. Apple iPhone and Google Android phones are fully supported. Blackberry and Windows phones may also work.
  • A barcode scanning application for your smartphone that can scan QR codes. For iPhone/iPad we recommend Qrafter. For Android we recommend Barcode Scanner. Use your device to search the Apple Store or Google Play Store for these free applications. If you have AT&T, your phone comes with the AT&T Code Scanner app.

Once the QR Code scanning application is installed, test your phone using the QR Code below. You will select “yes” or “open browser” to open/launch Web page.

QR code

If your test was successful, you should see the SmartCode Education System test Web page with the green “thumbs up” icon.

Thumbs up

Using the SmartCode Education System

To use the system at a seminar, general session or specialty course, you must scan two QR codes. One is your personal QR Code on your conference badge or a sticker. The second QR code will be in the conference notebook or poster at the end of a session and cannot be scanned until the end of the session or the beginning of the next session.

Scan one of the QR codes (it does not matter which one) using the scanning app. Select “yes” or “open browser” to see the SmartCode Education System Web page that confirms you have scanned the first code. You will see the barcode scan symbol to let you know that you need to scan the second code:

Scan barcode
1st Barcode Scan Successful, Now Scan 2nd Code

Go back to the scanning app and repeat the process on the second code. Once the second code is scanned and the Web page opened, you will see a green check mark to confirm that your APC education credits have been registered in the USPTA education system. You will also receive an email to your primary email address to confirm that your credits were registered.

Green checkmark
Credits Successfully Registered

Borrow a Smartphone

The USPTA SmartCode Education System is designed so that you can borrow a friend’s smartphone to register your credits. The phone’s owner can register his/her credits first by scanning the badge then session code. After confirmation, you can scan your codes to get credit as well.

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EDUCATION TOOLS

   Activity Verification Form

   DVD Verification Form

   Education Calendar

   Education Report Card

   Eligible Activities 

   Specialty Course List

   TennisResources.com

 
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