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Level 1 Recertification Program 

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Recertification for Level 1 coaches is being implemented January 1, 2015. The accredited course will consist of a 4 year recertification period. The current recertification period will certify coaches for Level 1 through Dec. 31, 2020. The 2015 Level 1 course provides an updated and improved curriculum with a second edition textbook and inclusion of content provided by USADA on coaching philosophy and PEDs. The recertification assures a Level 1 coach of available cutting edge information at the end of each Olympiad to keep his/her certification current. The Coaching Education Committee will be offering a variety of CEUs courses for recertification each 4 year cycle.  Coaches who had obtained their Level 2 certification are not required to recertify a Level 1 certification.

Level 1 coaches who have been certified prior to January 1, 2013, must choose one of the following two options to complete and have their Level 1 certification extended through December 31, 2020. Students will have access to a new Level 1 Certificate as they recertify.

  • Option 1: Repeat a twenty-one hour LEVEL 1 course which will include the new, second edition textbook, revised curriculum delivered by qualified instructors, and content provided by USADA on coaching philosophy and PEDs. The new curriculum will be implemented into all 2015 LEVEL 1 schools.  Level 1 recertification for repeating the course will be good through Dec.31, 2020. In addition to the new curriculum and presentations which are aligned with the second edition textbook, the revised online exam also tests students on content provided by USADA. The online exam must be passed with an 80% grade to receive a certification through December 31, 2020.

Requests for recertification must be received by December 31, 2016. However, you will still have the standard 90 day testing period to complete the Level 1 exam and recertify.

  • Option 2:  Current certified Level 1 coaches prior to January 1, 2013 may also recertify through December 31, 2016 with the following instructions:

  • With a current USATF membership, make payment of the $55 recertification fee and fill out the coach profile with date of current Level 1 certification.
  • Within 10 days of verification of certification access will be granted via email to the online exam for a period of 90 days. The access email will also contain a link to content provided by USADA on coaching philosophy and PEDs. Questions from this content is included on the exam.
  • With an 80% grade on the online exam, your new Level 1 certificate will be available to print. New certification will be good through December 31, 2020.
  • The Level 1 textbook may be purchased at the USATF store utilizing the membership discount. We anticipate that many coaches may have purchased the textbook prior to signing up for the recertification. The second edition Level 1 textbook is required to prepare and pass the online exam. 
  • Click here to access the verification and payment page.

Policies for Recertification:
Any LEVEL 1 coach who received their certification PRIOR to Dec. 31, 2012, will be required to recertify before Dec. 31, midnight, 2016. Level 1 Coaches who have not recertified by December 31, midnight, 2016 will be removed from the certification database. Any Level 1 coach is entitled to seek a permanent LEVEL 2 certification prior to Dec. 31, midnight, 2016 to continue as a USATF certified Coach. Level 2 schools will be available in July of 2015 and 2016.

Level 1 coaches who fail to recertify will be removed from the USATF Coaching Education database of certified coaches as of December 31, 2016 and will not be eligible for participation in the Level 2 event specific course until a new Level 1 course is completed. 
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