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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 (NTS) for Recurve and Compound.

Course Information

Course Length: 20-24 hours (Dependent on class size)

Course Cost: Varies depending on Instructor

Certification Period: Three years from the date of course completion


  • Minimum age is 19
  • Must hold a current Level 2 Instructor certification
  • OR pass the Level 3 Test-in Exam* AND
  • Verify 3 years of documented archery instructor/coaching experience

Certification Requirements

  • Membership to USA Archery*, the National Field Archery Association (NFAA) or Archery Shooters Association (ASA)
  • USA Archery Background Screening
  • U.S. Center for SafeSport Training
  • Must successfully complete the Mental Management 101 Course (Effective January 1, 2016)
  • Mental Management Course FAQ


*Instructors or coaches may also test-in to the Level 3-NTS course if they are not a Level 2 USA Archery Instructor if in addition to the prerequisites, at least one of the following must be met:

  1. Competed in the Olympics, Paralympics or World Championships
  2. Trained in the USA Archery Resident Athlete Program or
  3. Current Level 3 or Level 4 Coach (Non-NTS)

**USA Archery membership required; NFAA and/or ASA membership will not satisfy the membership requirement.

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