How do you become a certified tennis instructor?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by guitarplayer, Mar 25, 2007.

  1. guitarplayer

    guitarplayer Guest

    Hope to retire at my real job in 3 years at age 55 and want to teach tennis. Would like to work part time at club where I have a condo in Florida. Lead me to the proper steps. Thanks..... Would love to teach "Little kids tennis".
  2. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Professional

    Jul 29, 2006
    Most places have no qualifications for teaching kids tennis. You simply have to be a decent player yourself and not mind working for minimum wage.

    You have to pass the USPTA test if you want certification. It's silly you have to be able to do a drop shot that bounces a certain number of times before the service line, hit certain number serves, etc. Never mind that you could show up there and beat nearly all of the examiners.
  3. Backcourt Pickup

    Backcourt Pickup New User

    Aug 24, 2005
    If you want to teach tennis, you can get certified. It is a tad pricey, but joining the PTR or USPTA is the first step. You can get more information at or .

    I am personally certified by PTR, and I went to a weekend workshop. It is a two-day experience where they teach you everything you will have to know in order to take the test on the second day. It involves teaching a full lesson, feeding a fast-paced drill, showing your skills as a tennis player, taking a written test, and correcting certain mistakes. It is a full-day experience, but a lotta fun. I met a bunch of people that I still talk to and hit with.

    Good luck with your teaching!
  4. tennisproian

    tennisproian New User

    Mar 16, 2007
    lol, so the players test should be easy for you then right? Whats the big deal ;)

    Most clubs I have worked for hire year round, or at least seasonal "help" for junior clinics. You won't be leading any classes, but would definitely be in there participating with the learning process. That'd probably be the best if you don't want to take it really seriously or take a lot of time/money just to get started.

    As far as being certified goes, USPTA is outstanding in my opinion. Countless connections and opportunities on a national scale. If you're not a 4.5 or above player and don't want to spend a lot of time learning the materials then reaching their highest level of certification is pretty tough, but just getting an entry level title isn't too hard at all.
  5. zapvor

    zapvor Legend

    Jul 27, 2006
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    if you fail your exam, does that show on your record after you pass?
  6. tennisproian

    tennisproian New User

    Mar 16, 2007
    ^no.....I don't think there's a tennis pro "record", heh. Once you pass you're all set.
  7. Eureka

    Eureka Guest

    More importantly you will need a Police Clearance and/or Working with Children Certificate. These are not expensive and easily obtained if you have a clean record. In Australia coaches are also required to have a first aid certificate. Good Luck with your coaching!

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