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Archery Instructors and Coaches are the foundation of USA Archery's grassroots programs, and our athlete development pipeline. Obtaining your certification not only provides you with valuable knowledge and hands-on skills, but also boosts the marketing value of your program. Instructor and Coach Certifications are recognized by both USA Archery and the National Field Archery Association. In June of 2011, the USA Archery Board of Directors approved a revision to the Certification Program. The information below describes the revised program that went into effect on January 1, 2012. 

For more information, please contact Certification Coordinator Jo Chouinard - via email at jchouinard@usarchery.org or call (719) 866-3451 (Mountain time zone)

Click here for a list of background screening requirements per certification level.

Range Pass - An additional certification required for any club employee, volunteer, coach, judge or member who has routine access to minors within a USA Archery or Club event or activity. Please note, USA Archery Level 1 instructors that will have routine access to minors within a USA Archery or Club event or activity are required to obtain a Range Pass.  Level 2 and higher instructors/coaches do not need to apply for a Range Pass. 

  • Prerequisites: USA Archery Membership (minimum of a Recreational Membership), cleared Background Screening through SSCI, successful completion of SafeSport training
  • Cost: No Cost
  • Certification Period: 1 year

Steps to a Range Pass:

Once all of the above steps have been successfully completed, a Range Pass will be issued.

Level 1 Instructor (formerly Basic) A Level 1 Instructor is most closely associated with a "grassroots" program that is short-term in scope and focused on introducing basic archery skills to beginners. Such programs would include: camps, Scouting, 4-H, and Parks and Recreation.

  • Course content: Range safety, range set-up, basic equipment setup and repair, and how to teach the basic steps of shooting.
  • Length of Course: 4-12 hours
  • Prerequisites**: Minimum age: 15
  • Course Cost: Varies depending on instructor
  • Certification period: Three years
  • Any Level 1 Instructor who wants individual insurance coverage will need to become a member of USA Archery and complete a background check
  • Level 1 Course is not required to attend the Level 2 Course

Level 2 Instructor (formerly Intermediate) A Level 2 Instructor works with a more established archery program such as J.O.A.D., A.S.A.P., college clubs and local clubs with a strong beginner component. Level 2 Instructors are also certified to teach Level 1 courses. Current Level 2 Instructors with a successful background screen are eligible for insurance benefits. Click here for information on background screening.

  • Course Content: Basic shooting steps, introduce intermediate shooting steps, safety, range set-up; equipment setup and repair, fitting equipment to an archer, how to teach archery and how to teach a Level 1Instructor Course.
  • Length of Course: 12-20 hours
  • Prerequisites: Minimum age: 18, USA Archery or NFAA membership, Successful background screen, successful completion of SafeSport training
  • Course Cost: Varies depending on instructor
  • Certification period: Three years.
  • Please note: No certification will be processed without membership and a successful background screen. 

Level 2 Instructor Trainer - Under development; coming soon!

Level 3-NTS Coach (formerly Community) The Level 3 course moves away from group instruction and into individual athlete development. Level 3 Coaches are certified to teach Level 1 and Level 2 courses. Current Level 3 coaches with a background screen qualify for insurance benefits.

  • Course content: Introduce coaching philosophy, training cycles/plans, competition preparation, mental skills, equipment tuning, National Training System (NTS).
  • Length of Course: 20-24 hours
  • Prerequisites: Minimum age: 18; Must have been a Level 2 Instructor for one year - or pass an exam to ‘test out' of the Intermediate level and verify three years experience in an archery instructor capacity; successful background screen; successful completion of SafeSport training; and USA Archery or NFAA Membership
  • Course Cost: Varies depending on instructor
  • Certification period: Three years
  • Please note: No certification will be processed without membership and a successful background screen
Level 4-NTS Coach (formerly Regional) Level 4 Certification is appropriate for Level 3 Coaches looking to advance their coaching skills and become eligible for USA Archery national camps and International Team Staff (ITS) positions. Level 4 Coaches are certified to teach Level 1 and 2 courses. Current Level 4 coaches with a background screen are eligible for insurance benefits.
  • Course content: Sports science in archery, psychology, nutrition, and biomechanics and emphasis on the National Training System (NTS)
  • Length of Course: One week
  • Prerequisites: Must have been a Community Coach for two years, or hold current Level 3 or 4 certification; successful background check; USA Archery or NFAA membership; successful completion of SafeSport training
  • Course Cost: certification fee.
  • Certification period: Three years.
  • Please note: No certification will be processed without membership and a successful background screen.

Coach Trainer (formerly CCCL) - under development

Level 5-NTS Coach (formerly Elite) Level 5 certification is a self-paced, independent course of certification which highlights the candidate’s ability to coach archers to a high level of achievement.

  • Length of Course:  varies on candidate’s ability to complete criteria for review.

Prerequisites:

  • Level 4-NTS for 2 yrs. 
  • Current USAA member or NFAA membership
  • ASEP Coaching Principles certificate,
  • Training and Practical supervision in NTS through Coach Observer Program or OTC Mentor program, 
  • Successful background screen,
  • Successful completion of SafeSport training
  • Have personally coached three or more archers to one or more of the following levels:
  1. JOAD National Podium place
  2. College National Podium place
  3. Jr. USAT top 10 rank
  4. Sr. USAT top 10 rank
  5. Sr. Nationals podium place
  6. Olympic, World or International team member.
  • Course Cost: certification fee.
  • Certification period: Three years.

Criteria:

  • Serve as coach at 2 or more camps: - JDT, JOAD, USAT or equivalent w/evaluations and peer review as L5 Candidate.
  • Travel as Coach/Team Leader to 2 or more international events as L5 Candidate w/evaluations and peer review.

Process:

Application is reviewed by Coach Development Manager.

NTS is reviewed by National Head Coach

Recommendation for certification is made by High Performance committee.

To request a Level 5-NTS application, contact Sheri Rhodes: srhodes@usarchery.org