Education / Certification Pathways

Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) is the only tennis teaching certification organization that offers targeted education, certification and qualifications. Which route you choose depends on the level and age group you prefer to coach, have experience in and/or whom you are primarily teaching.

In an effort to elevate the standards of tennis teaching professionals and coaches in the United States, PTR and USPTA agreed to Continuing Education Requirements. Effective January 1, 2014, both organizations require their certified members earn a minimum of 12 Continuing Education Hours every 3 years. Any one of the following educational events will fulfill the U.S. member Continuing Education requirement through December 31, 2016.

PTR Certifications: PTR has four (4) certifications to fit the needs of tennis teaching professionals worldwide: 10 & Under, 11 to 17, Performance, Adult and Senior Development. Due to knowledge needed, time and expense there is no one certification that encompasses all five areas. Please click here for additional information on each workshop as well as the Level III Program and Master of Tennis Program.


The 10 and Under Certification Workshop is for coaches who want to develop their professional skills working with RED, ORANGE and GREEN courts. The workshop teaches coaches how to create an enjoyable child centered environment, together with communication and organization skills necessary to teach the basic athletic, technical and game skills for players starting to play tennis. Working with parents in a positive way is an important element of the workshop.

 

The 11 to 17 Certification Workshop is for coaches who want to deliver high quality participation sessions with young players of this age group. This workshop concentrates on the importance of creating an appropriate environment for those 11 to 17 years old. The necessary communication and organization skills to teach players the athletic, technical and tactical skills along with organizing singles, doubles and team competition are covered. In addition, the workshop gives ideas for developing leadership skills along with how to organize successful camps. Working with parents is also an essential part of the workshop.

The Performance Certification Workshop is for coaches who currently work with or aspire to work with young players of potential. The workshop teaches coaches how to develop a performance environment, together with communication and organization skills necessary to teach performance plus competitive development. Planning development programs and working with other professionals along with parents are important elements of the workshop.

 

The Adult Development Certification Workshop is for coaches who want to develop their professional skills working with beginner and intermediate adults. The workshop teaches coaches how to develop an adult friendly environment, understand the different communication and organization skills needed for this player group. It demonstrates the use of programs such as PTR Instant Tennis and ITF Tennis Xpress for beginner adults. The importance of relevant coaching skills and knowledge is emphasized. In addition, adult appropriate competitive formats are considered.

PTR Level III Program

PTR has introduced a new level of coach education, between PTR certification courses and the PTR Master of Tennis Program. PTR Level III Programs will be for coaches wanting to progress their coaching skills and knowledge beyond PTR certification(s), but who are not yet ready or able to attend a PTR Master of Tennis Program. Click here for more information

PTR Master of Tennis

PTR Master of Tennis Programs develop the education and expertise of coaches who have completed the appropriate PTR certification course at the PROFESSIONAL level. Beginning in 2017, passing the corresponding PTR Level III Program will be required. Each PTR Master of Tennis Program includes 200+ hours of on-court work and classroom education. In addition, there are online courses and projects, including two (2) separate four (4) day face-to-face modules. Coaches are allowed two (2) years to complete the program. Completion is achieved by demonstrating competence on the basis of continuous assessment for each of the different courses in the MOT Program. The maximum number of participants for each program offering will be limited to 12.

External Accreditation for PTR:
United States Center For Coaching Excellence
  • 10 & Under Certification Workshop
  • 11 to 17 Certification Workshop
  • Performance Certification Workshop
  • Master of Tennis - Junior Development
  • Master of Tennis - Performance