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Instructor and Coach Certification Programs

Archery Instructors and Coaches are the foundation of USA Archery's programs, camps and the athlete development pipeline. Obtaining a certification not only provides you with valuable knowledge and hands-on skills, but also boosts the marketing value of your program. USA Archery, the National Field Archery Association and the Archery Shooters Association jointly recognize all certification levels.

For more information on Coach Certification programs, contact USA Archery at [email protected] or (719) 866-3460.

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Level 1 Instructor Certification

Minimum Age: 15 (A student who is 14 years old and within 30 days of his or her 15th birthday may take the Level 1 Archery Instructor Certification course. However, the instructor may not submit the Applicant Data form until the student turns 15 years of age.)

The USA Archery Level 1 Instructor Certification course provides graduates the necessary tools to maintain a high level of safety both on and off the archery range for camps and beginner archery programs. To successfully complete the requirements for this certification, students must successfully pass the USA Archery Level 1 Instructor Certification online course, including the online exam and register for and complete the "in-person" USA Archery Level 1 Instructor Practical Course to officially receive a USA Archery Level 1 Instructor certificate of completion.

The USA Archery Level 1 Instructor Certification online course includes information about range safety, range setup, the steps of shooting, equipment and repair, programs and lesson plans. Graduates of the course will be well prepared to teach beginner archery programs to people of all ages and abilities in a variety of disciplines.

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Level 2 Instructor Certification

Minimum Age: 18 (A student who is 17 years old and within 30 days of his or her 18th birthday may take the Level 2 Archery Instructor Certification Course. However, the instructor may not submit the Applicant Data form until the student turns 18 years of age.)

The USA Archery Level 2 Instructor Certification online course provides graduates the necessary tools to serve as the lead instructor for long-term archery programs such as Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD), Adult Archery Program and Collegiate Archery Program clubs, and the Explore Archery Program. To successfully complete the requirements for this certification, students must successfully pass the USA Archery Level 2 Instructor Certification online course, including the online exam and register for and complete the "in-person" USA Archery Level 2 Instructor practical course.

The USA Archery Level 2 Instructor Certification online course includes the USA Archery Level 1 Instructor Certification course information and also provides students with an introduction to the National Training System (NTS) Steps of Shooting for recurve and compound, equipment and accessory setup, athlete development, intermediate coaching techniques and events.

Prior to registering for the course, participants must have current U.S. Center for SafeSport Certification, current USA Archery Background Screen, and a current USA Archery or National Field Archery Association membership.

A USA Archery Level 1 Instructor certification is not a prerequisite for this course.

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Instructor Trainer Certification

The Instructor Trainer certification course is an additional certification course that current USA Archery Level 2 instructors and higher-level coaches may take. Successful completion of this course is required in order to teach the USA Archery Level 1 Instructor practical course and the USA Archery Level 2 Instructor practical course.

The goal of the Instructor Trainer Certification is to ensure USA Archery Level 1 and Level 2 Instructor Practical Courses are taught correctly and consistently.

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Level 3 NTS Coach Certification

Minimum Age: 19
The Level 3-NTS Coach Certification Course moves away from a group instruction and focuses on individual athlete development. Students in the Level 3-NTS Coach Certification Course will be introduced to coaching philosophy, event preparation, mental skills, training cycles and plans, equipment tuning and receive advanced instruction on the National Training System for Recurve and Compound.

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Level 3 NTS Coach Trainer Certification

The Level 3-NTS Coach Trainer certification is an additional certification current USA Archery Level 4-NTS and Level 5-NTS coaches may acquire if they would like to be eligible to teach the Level 3-NTS Coach course. The goal of the Level 3-NTS Coach Trainer certification program is to ensure USA Archery Level 3-NTS Coach certification courses are taught in a safe and consistent manner nationwide.

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Level 4 NTS Coach Certification

Minimum Age: 21
The Level 4-NTS Coach Certification Course is designed to help Level 3-NTS Coaches advance coaching skills and become eligible for USA Archery National Development Programs and International Team Staff positions. The Level 4-NTS Coach course provides education and training on coaching, communication, sports science in archery, psychology and biomechanics with a large emphasis on the National Training System.

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Level 5 NTS Coach Certification

Minimum Age: 23
The Level 5-NTS Coach Certification Course is a self-paced, independent course which highlights the candidate's ability to coach archers to a high-performance level of achievement using the National Training System (NTS). Level 5-NTS Coaches have the highest knowledge of the NTS and have shown experience with applying the NTS through their coaching.

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Coaching Certification Schedule

SafeSport

National Symposium

For more information on Coach Certification programs, contact USA Archery at [email protected] or (719) 866-3451.

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