USPTA announces 2013 certification exams for tennis-teaching professionals

The United States Professional Tennis Association, the world’s leader in tennis-teaching certification, provides tennis-teaching professionals with the opportunity to earn the sport’s most respected certification by participating in one of more than 150 USPTA Certification Exams scheduled nationwide in 2013 (click here to view). Additional dates will be added.

USPTA’s Certification Exam includes an on-court evaluation of tennis strokes and playing skills, feeding and grip analysis, private and group lesson instruction, and other skills needed in the tennis-teaching profession. The exam also includes a two-hour written test covering teaching, playing and business management skills, 10 and Under Tennis rules, club activity programming and other topics. Applicants can now opt to take the written and grip exams online after completing the on-court portions of the certification test.

The exam process also offers the Professional Tennis Coaches Academy I that covers test topics. The PTCA I can be taken at Regional Testing Centers, which offer tests every other month on the same weekends, or it can be taken online. The course is also useful to current USPTA members who wish to review specific exam areas before upgrading their certification ratings. Topics include sport psychology, developing student rapport, class organization, lesson progression and a review of teaching techniques.

Contact USPTA at 800-877-8248 or email membership@uspta.org to register for an upcoming exam, or for further details. Advanced registration is required. The total fee for the exam and application is $175, plus prorated USPTA membership dues.