USPTA Announces 2008 Certification Exams for Tennis-Teaching Professionals

January 21, 2008

Tennis-teaching professionals will have the opportunity to earn the sport’s most respected certification by participating in one of more than 140 USPTA Certification Exams scheduled nationwide in 2008 (see attached schedule).

USPTA’s Certification Exam includes an on-court evaluation of tennis strokes and playing skills, stroke 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, rules, club activity programming and other topics.

The exam process also offers a Certification Review Course that covers test topics. The course is also useful to current USPTA members who wish to review specific exam areas before upgrading their certification ratings. CRC topics include student psychology, developing student rapport, class organization, lesson progression and a review of teaching techniques.

“Today’s tennis players have come to expect a high level of professionalism and knowledge from their tennis professionals,” said USPTA CEO Tim Heckler. “Becoming certified through USPTA demonstrates that a teaching professional has skills necessary to excel in the game, and business, of tennis. USPTA certification also shows club owners and managers that a professional is committed to excellence and growth in the tennis and club business.”

Contact USPTA at 800-877-8248 or e-mail [email protected] to register for an upcoming exam, or for further details. Advanced registration is required. The total fee for the exam and CRC application is $175, plus prorated USPTA membership dues.