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Why Certify

In achieving certification, you demonstrate that you have the knowledge and skills necessary to advance learning, achievement and increase your professional marketability, among other benefits. By maintaining your USPA Coaches Certification, you distinguish yourself as an accomplished strength and power coach, specializing in the sport of Powerlifting. It also demonstrates you are committed to the continuous improvement of your skills and knowledge.

Validation

Certification validates your qualifications and your advanced competence.

Commitment

Certification demonstrates your desire to improve the quality of coaching services.

Recognition

Certification assures professional recognition from your peers and colleagues.

Benefits

Participants in the program are eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEU’s)

WHERE WE CAME FROM

How to Become
A Coach

The United States Powerlifting Association’s goal is to provide fitness professionals, coaches, and athletes with the highest level of strength and power educational products for the sport of powerlifting. Powerlifting is one of the fastest growing sports and it’s training methods of building strength foundation for fitness and all types of sports & recreational activities have been proven over time. This program can enhance an athlete’s overall performance of strength and power for all ages, from youth to senior.

Step 1: BECOME A USPA MEMBER

Sign up for a USPA membership on our Membership page. If you’re already a member, log into your account here.

Step 2: REGISTER ONLINE

Our USPA Coaches Certification course is available online so you can study from anywhere at any time. 

Step 3: PASS THE COURSE

A grade of 85% or higher is required to pass the course. Upon successful completion you will receive a printable certificate and a one-year USPA membership.

USPA Sponsors

The USPA would like to extend a special thank you to the many companies that support the United States Powerlifting Association. For inquiries about becoming an event sponsor, exhibitor, or advertiser, please contact us.

FAQ

You will learn the correct technical form of squatting past parallel, the execution of proper form on the bench press, and techniques of the deadlift. The focal point of this program is for the coach to learn the scientific knowledge of human movement and adaptation for strength increases for Powerlifting and competition. The information consists of biomechanics, physiology, flexibility, sports-specific technique & skill, program design, sport psychology, performance nutrition, and competition preparation.

Upon successful completion of the USPA Coaches Course, you will receive a USPA Coach Certification certificate that will be valid for one year from the date of completion of the course. This certification also includes a one-year USPA membership.

Our certification course is currently offered online and it includes the teaching progressions of the Squat, Bench Press, Deadlift, and all associated movements. Participants will gain knowledge and experience of training for both competitive lifters and for athletes using these movements for strength and power development.

This course is applicable for Competitive Powerlifting Coaches, Strength & Conditioning Coaches, Sports Performance Coaches, Certified Personal Trainers, and Health & Fitness Enthusiasts.

The online course consists of the following material:

  • Biomechanical Principles of Powerlifting
  • Physiological Science of Powerlifting
  • Evaluation and Assessment of Movement
  • Flexibility for Improved Movement
  • Sports-Specific Technique Fundamentals and Skill
  • Lab Activities
  • Program Design of Strength & Power Principles
  • Sport Psychology
  • Performance Nutrition
  • Jr Strength Training
  • Coaching for Competition
  • Competition Preparation-Rules of performance (squat, bench press, deadlift)
  • Roles and Responsibilities of Coaches

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