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USA Cycling has three levels of certified coaches, beginning at Level 3 and continuing through Level 1. Through studying, attending clinics, passing tests, and coaching athletes, you can become a certified coach and upgrade your license. The benefits to holding a USAC Coaching License are numerous, including the ability to work with Team USA at some of the world’s biggest events like the world UCI championships or the Olympics. All coaches will enjoy higher marketability which accompanies any official certification, and USAC offers numerous opportunities to take optional classes including topics like training with a power meter and discipline-specific skills and practices.

All applicants must meet the following criteria, in addition to other requirements outlined below, to apply for coaching certification of any level:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • pass a background check
  • complete SafeSport training

Basic Advice

  • Periodically review the continuing education policy. You are responsible for knowing and keeping up to date on this.
  • At the discretion of USA Cycling, any individual who has admitted to, pleaded no contest in regard to, been convicted of or served a sentence for a violation of the USADA, WADA, or UCI anti-doping code may be denied a coaching license.
  • Any coach whose license expired prior to 12/31/2008 must re-apply for their Level 3 license.
  • All annual licenses expire on December 31 of the year they are issued and must be renewed annually to remain active. All two year licenses will expire on December 31 following the year in which they were issued and must be renewed every other year to remain active (coaches may renew their license 30-days prior to the end of the year for the following year).
  • All coaches must complete their required SafeSport training prior to any coaching license being issued. Any coach who does not complete the SafeSport training will not be issued a coaching license.
  • USA Cycling considers you to be a coach for an entire year if you are certified for only part of that year. For instance, if you become a certified level 2 coach on December 15, 2014, you are considered to be a level 2 coach for all of 2014 when it comes to eligibility for the level 1 course. The above criteria are based on the date on which you become a level 2 coach, not the date that you attended the level 2 clinic.

Fast Talk Laboratories

All active USA Cycling coaches get a FREE membership with Fast Talk Laboratories. Through the membership, you get:

  • Networking with other experienced coaches.
  • The Craft of Coaching, Joe Friel’s new online guide to becoming a better, more successful, and happier coach.
  • Expert Q&As.
  • Sport science knowledgebase on training, nutrition, sport psychology, and more.
  • Exclusive USA Cycling events and how-to guides.
  • Coaches-only support Forum.
  • FREE CEUs and more CEU opportunities coming soon.