USPTA Receives Provisional Accreditation from USTA
March 26, 2018
LAKE NONA, Fla. (March 26, 2018) – The United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) received provisional accreditation from the United States Tennis Association (USTA) making the association the first tennis-teaching certification organization to be accepted into the program.
According to the USTA, the goal of the new accreditation program is to set uniform standards for the development of those new to the profession and it will also include on-going coaching education for all certified professionals who are members of accredited organizations.
“We are pleased that USPTA has been awarded Provisional Accreditation and look forward to working collaboratively to deliver a certification program that will elevate and enhance coaching standards in the U.S.,” said Scott Schultz, Managing Director, USTA-U. “The aim is to develop a best-in-class program that will attract a new generation of tennis professionals and further support current professionals in our industry.”
In 2017, the USPTA conducted over 170 education events and activities, along with 126 certifications exams throughout the U.S. With the provisional accreditation, the USTA has recognized the extent of the certification and education programs the USPTA has to offer tennis-teaching professionals and coaches.
“Our mission is to elevate the standards of tennis-teaching professionals and coaches,” said John Embree, USPTA CEO. “Working hand in hand with the USTA on coaching education can only make our professionals better at what they do. This is a great development for our certified professionals.”
With the association’s online education system, the USPTA’s ability to track and manage participation in events and activities, track the amount of time a user spends in an online course or video, and utilize current technology to tracks attendance at seminars and courses electronically was instrumental in the application process.
“We are excited to receive provisional accreditation from the USTA Accreditation,” said Fred Viancos, USPTA Chief Operating Officer. “As the premier tennis-teaching certification organization, this accreditation from USTA reaffirms our unique and unparalleled ability to deliver and track the education to tennis-teaching professionals and coaches.”