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USA Powerlifting offers a Coaching Certification and Educational Course program available to all USA Powerlifting members 18 years or older. We provide three levels of certification: Club Coach, Senior National Coach, and Senior International Coach. The program covers coaches from beginning to international levels. Our goal is to provide coaching candidates with information and technical expertise to allow them to coach at any level.
USA Powerlifting has compiled information on powerlifting coaching from various sources throughout the world. This information will be invaluable to powerlifting coaches, competitors, fitness industry practitioners, personal trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, sports performance specialists, and specific sport coaches.
In this course, USA Powerlifting analyzes the rules of performance and execution of each of the three disciplines: squat, bench press, and deadlift. Experienced international level coaches and staff will share coaching techniques that can be transferred to athletes at any level.
The USA Powerlifting Coaching courses are held in a one-day format of approximately eight to nine hours. (Larger groups may require two days.) Participants are expected to perform powerlifting movements during the practical portion of the course. Participants may also coach and critique their colleagues during the execution of the lifts. A CEU certificate is provided at the end of the course per simple attendance and an optional written exam is available to become certified. The optional written examination is given at the conclusion of the course. A USA Powerlifting coaching certificate will be issued after evaluation of performance and successful completion of the written exam.
The curriculum is typically mailed immediately after the close of the regular registration deadline. This provides ample time to review the materials and prepare for the course. Courses are canceled if class rosters are insufficient by the regular registration deadline.
All participants must be at least 18 years of age and current USA Powerlifting members ($65/year).
Registrations are non-exchangeable, non-transferable, and there are NO REFUNDS for the course. In the event a course is canceled due to a lack of registrants, you will receive a refund from the National Office for the course fee.
Coaching novice to local and state level lifters, club team coach
Coaching state to regional and national level lifters, collegiate team coach, and assistant coach at international events
Coaching national to international level lifters and teams, national team assistant & head coach.
*In order to sit for this exam you must have served as an assistant coach on a national team competing abroad.*