Level 3

USA Cycling Coaches

The Level 3 coach certification is for any aspiring USA Cycling coach.  

How To Get Certified

  1. Order Introduction to Coaching Cyclists. This can be purchased online once logged in to your USA Cycling account. If you don’t have an account you will need to create one by clicking HERE. For more information on how to order, click here.
  2. Study the material in Introduction To Coaching Cyclists.
  3. Take the Level 3 test online. A score of 80% or better is passing. If you score less than 80%, you may retake the test after 14 days have passed. Please see the Exam below for more information on this process.
  4. Complete the Coaching License Application and Risk/Media waiver and send to USA Cycling via coaches@usacycling.org or regular mail to USA Cycling, Coaching License Application, 210 USA Cycling Pt, Ste. 100, Colorado Springs, CO 80919
  5. Review and complete a Background Check. If you have a current background check from USA Triathlon follow these steps.
  6. Your Coaching License will be issued only after passing the Level 3 test, your completed and signed Coaching License application and Risk/Media waiver are received, and the Background check is cleared and received by USA Cycling. Please allow for 3-4 weeks for the license to arrive once all the required materials have been received by USAC.
  7. All coaches must complete their required SafeSport training prior to any coaching license being issued. 


  • Level 3 is a home study, self-paced course. You will need a USA Cycling account in order to take the exam online. The test is available following the purchase of the Introduction to Coaching Cyclists manual.
  • Introduction to Coaching Cyclists MUST be purchased directly from USA Cycling in order for you to have access to the Level 3 test. Acquiring the manual from any other source will not grant you access to the Level 3 Test.
  • The test covers information provided in Introduction to Coaching Cyclists as well as information found in UCI rule books and/or USA Cycling Regulations and Policies.
  1. Log into your USA Cycling account, click on the Membership tab in the top right corner, then follow steps 2 through 4 in the Becoming a Coach section at the bottom of the page.

  2. Once you start the test, you have 14 days to complete it. If the test is not completed within 14 days from the date you first start, the results will be lost, and you will need to start over again. All test answers are saved and you may leave the test and return to it later, provided you still complete the test within 14 days after you started it. However, once you leave a page, you cannot return to change answers. Unanswered questions will come back again. Please do NOT use the browser "BACK" button to go back in the test. If you use the “BACK” button test answers will be lost.
  3. Once finished and submitted, the test will be scored immediately and your results will be displayed. If you pass the test (80% or better), you will be given the option to see the questions you missed.
  4. Once you pass the test, please refer to Step 4 (above) under the How to Get Certified.
  5. If you fail the test, you may retake the test after 14 days. Your missed answers will not be shown if you fail the test.
    TIP: Depending on the web browser and version of the web browser, we suggest you open the test in one window or tab and open another window or tab to view the rule book(s). As the rule books are searchable, this may assist you while taking the test.
  6. To check the status of our license, please log in to your USA Cycling account page and click on the License Info tab where you can check the status of your license.

During January and February of each year please allow extra time for processing due to the volume of coaching license applications.