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Platform Tennis Certification

In April 2015, the USPTA Executive Committee voted to incorporate the Professional Platform Tennis Association into the USPTA. After careful consideration, the PPTA membership determined that since its mission is to promote and grow the standards of the Professional Platform Tennis Association, its members would be best served by combining with the larger USPTA organization. The PPTA has voted to dissolve and its assets, programs, certification process and mission will be borne by the USPTA. The USPTA will assist with administrative functions such as dues collection, and handle certification and education responsibilities for platform tennis-teaching professionals.

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.

USPTA Professionals will be encouraged to become certified platform tennis professionals, and platform tennis professionals will be encouraged to become USPTA-certified.

Key points:

  • There is only one membership fee, whether you are certified as a tennis-teaching professional, platform professional or both.
  • There will be only one billing cycle (current USPTA cycle – Jan. 1-Dec. 31)
  • The application fee is $190 per certification
  • All certified members (tennis or platform) will receive full benefits.
  • The platform certification category will be managed by the Platform Tennis Committee, chaired by Brad Easterbrook, former PPTA President (effective Aug. 1)
  • Platform certification tests will be conducted by platform tennis testers.

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Certification Levels

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, pass the written Elite exams. Elite Platform Professionals are required to earn 6 credits every three years to maintain their membership.

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