Level 3 Course
The Level 3 Course is the highest level of the USATF Coaching Education Program. It encompasses the scientific base, included in the previous levels, while providing coaches with comprehensive knowledge in a specific event group. Level 3 courses include some of the world’s best instruction, preparing an individual to coach at the national and international level.
USATF currently offers two pathways to becoming a Level 3 Coach, the USATF / IAAF Academy and Level 3 Seminars. Each option is detailed below.
USATF / IAAF Academy
The USATF / IAAF Academy is a high level seminar held in conjunction with the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF). The Academy is the highest recognized achievement awarded through both organizations and recognizes a coach throughout the world as having the knowledge to coach at the highest international levels of the track & field profession.
The Academy curriculum is focused on one event area (Jumps, Sprints/Hurdles, Throws, Endurance, etc.) and includes 6.5 days of intense academic work. Coaches are required to complete four individual assignments and implement a project in the six months following the course. Coaches who complete the Academy requirements are awarded a USATF Level 3 certificate and a Level V certificate from the IAAF.
Coaches living in the United States must have successfully completed the USATF Level 2 Course for the specified event group.
International coaches must have successfully completed the IAAF Coaches Education and Certification System (CECS) Level IV course.
Minimum eight years of coaching experience.
All coaches must be actively coaching track & field.
All Academy offerings are listed on the Coaching Education Calendar.
Level 3 Seminars
Throughout the year various courses are designated by USATF Coaching Education as Level 3 Seminars. This designation allows a coach to attend the course for Level 3 credit. Courses are held at different locations and times by various course directors causing them to vary in length and price.
Coaches are required to attend at least three Level 3 seminars and document their attendance through the Level 3 credit form available at each seminar. After attending three seminars coaches are partnered with a mentor who will assist them in producing an original technical article that is written specifically for the purpose of meeting the Level 3 requirements.The article topic must be pre-approved by the appropriate Coaching Education Committee Event Group Chair. Upon final approval, the article will be offered to Track Coach magazine for publication. If accepted, the publication date will be determined by the publisher of Track Coach.
Have a minimum of five years of coaching experience at a recognized school or with a club program.
Have completed the Level 2 program in the event group of desired Level 3.
Have at least three years of coaching experience after completing Level 2 Course.
Attend a minimum of three Level 3 coaching education seminars, two of which must be in the event group of desired.
Have coached at least one athlete who has qualified and competed at the national level. This may include the following Championship events: Open, Junior, NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, Junior Olympic, USATF Youth Outdoor, Foot Locker, National Scholastic, etc.
Have a B.A. or B.S. degree.
Submit a resume of coaching experience and the Level 3 Certificate of Completing Request Form.
All Level 3 offerings are listed on the Coaching Education Calendar.
If you have questions regarding the program or have attended three Level 3 seminars and are ready for the next step you can contact USATF Director of Coaching, Terry Crawford.