Workshop Descriptions

PTR Certification and Education Workshops are the most successful training courses available for tennis teachers and coaches. More than 300 PTR Workshops are conducted on five continents each year.

Workshop participants have varying backgrounds including: tennis teaching professionals, college coaches, middle and high school coaches, professionals making a career change, league tennis players, parents, etc. All workshops are led by specially trained PTR Clinicians. 

Many workshop attendees join PTR months before the workshop so they can prepare for certification testing. PTR certification ratings are awarded to those members who pass all parts of the exam.

NOTE: Workshops are subject to cancellation if a minimum number of registrants are not met. A decision whether or not to cancel will be made at least one week prior to the date of the workshop. If you plan to fly to the workshop, please contact brian@ptrtennis.org  before making your flight reservation.

IMPORTANT: For the Certification Workshop, please review your study materials thoroughly before the event. If you are in need of additional assistance please contact Brian Parkkonen at (843) 785-7244 or brian@ptrtennis.org.

Certification Workshops

10U

10 & Under Certification

PTR is the only tennis teaching organization in the US that provides certification for coaches working with 10 & Under players. This workshop was revised in 2015 to include more time developing players on the Orange and Green court. The workshop builds on the USTA Coach Youth Tennis program. The certification consists of: Recommended four (4) hours of pre workshop preparation from the Study Guide. The on court workshop runs 8 hours. It prepares participants for the three-part certification testing: demonstration of playing and coaching skills administered on court along with a post workshop online written exam submitted within five (5) days of the workshop.

PTR Certification at the PROFESSIONAL level is a prerequisite for coaches who wish to progress to the PTR Junior Development Specialist Program.

The Elements of the Workshop are:
  • Creating a coaching environment in which young children can learn to play quickly while having fun
  • Communication and organization skills for coaching 10 & Under players
  • Structure and content of tennis lessons for 10 & Under players: athletic skill, technical and tactical, game and competitive development on the RED, ORANGE and GREEN court
  • Developing quality coaching skills and knowledge for working with 10 & Under players
  • Serve, rally and score as quickly as possible
  • Appropriate team and individual competition for different age groups
  • Information for working positively with parents
10U

11 to 17 Certification

PTR is the only tennis teaching organization currently providing education/certification to coach 11 to 17 year olds. The objective of the workshop is to teach coaches how to create a club/facility environment in which young people between the ages of 11 and 17 can learn, play and enjoy tennis. The certification consists of: Recommended four (4) hours of pre workshop preparation from the Study Guide. The on court workshop runs 8 hours. It prepares participants for the three-part certification testing: demonstration of playing and coaching skills administered on court along with a post workshop online written exam submitted within five (5) days of the workshop.

PTR Certification at the PROFESSIONAL level is a prerequisite for coaches who wish to progress to the PTR Junior Development Level III and Master of Tennis Programs.

The Elements of the Workshop are:
  • Communication and organization skills for coaches working with 11 to 17 year olds both in groups and as individuals
  • Lesson structure and content for different ages and gender: athletic skills to reinforce technical and tactical skills, game and competitive development
  • Developing quality coaching skills and knowledge for working with 11-17 year olds
  • How to develop leadership qualities in young people
  • Conducting successful camps
  • Appropriate competition in singles, doubles and team formats
  • Information for working positively with parents
10U

Performance Certification

The Performance Certification Workshop is for coaches who currently work with or aspire to work with young players aged 10 -16 of potential. A minimum UTR 8 or NTRP 4.5 is necessary to attend this workshop. The objective of the workshop is to give coaches information to create and develop a performance environment in their club/facility so players have the opportunity to develop their potential. Coaches are shown how to plan lessons and meet the specific needs of young players. PTR's expansive work on age appropriate development of young players is used extensively and supports the content of the workshop. The certification consists of: Recommended four (4) hours of pre workshop preparation from the study material provided. The on court workshop runs 12 hours on court and prepares coaches for the three-part certification testing: demonstration of playing and coaching skills administered on court along with a post workshop online written exam submitted within five (5) days of the workshop.

PTR Certification at the PROFESSIONAL level is a prerequisite for coaches who wish to progress to the PTR Performance Level III and Master of Tennis Programs.

The Elements of the Workshop are:
  • Creating, developing and maintaining a performance environment within a club/facility
  • Communication, organization and planning skills
  • Lesson structure and content to develop potential in young players
  • Developing quality coaching skills and knowledge for working with performance juniors
  • Essentials for performance based technical and tactical skills and game development
  • Age appropriate competitive skills
  • Information for working positively with parents
10U

Adult Development Certification

PTR is the only organization that provides on court training workshops in the United States to help coaches prepare for instructing Adults. The Adult Development Workshop shows coaches how to teach quality group lessons to beginner and intermediate adults, while still maintaining individual attention within the group environment. The certification consists of: Recommended four (4) hours of pre workshop preparation from the Study Guide. The on court workshop runs 8 hours. It prepares participants for the three-part certification testing: demonstration of playing and coaching skills administered on court along with a post workshop online written exam submitted within five (5) days of the workshop.

PTR Certification at the PROFESSIONAL level is a prerequisite for coaches who wish to progress to the PTR Adult Development Level III and Master of Tennis Programs.

The Elements of the Workshop are:
  • Creating, developing and maintaining an environment within a club/facility that encourages new players to play the game and retain previous adult players
  • Communication, coaching and organization skills with adult players of all levels
  • PTR Instant Tennis and ITF Tennis Xpress
  • Developing quality coaching skills and knowledge for working with adults
  • Lesson structure and content: warm up, games situations, technical and tactical skills along with game and competitive development
  • Developing appropriate competitive formats for adults
Certification Level Ratings

To become PTR Certified you must pass all PTR Certification Tests. Your overall certification rating is the lowest of your test scores.

Associate Instructor - The Associate Instructor has successfully completed all sections of PTR's certification testing with a grade of Associate Instructor or higher on each of the sections, UTR 7 or NTRP 4.0 or higher playing level and is 16 years of age or older.

Instructor - The Instructor has successfully completed all sections of PTR's certification testing with a grade of Instructor or higher on each of the sections, UTR 7 or NTRP 4.0 or higher playing level, is 18 years of age or older and has one year of full-time or three years part-time teaching experience.

Professional - PTR Professional has successfully completed all sections of PTR's certification testing with a grade of Professional on all sections, UTR 8 or NTRP 4.5 or higher playing level, is 21 years of age or older and has three years full-time teaching or five years of part-time experience.

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Isaac McBroom was an absolute pleasure to work with. He did an exceptional job. The Hall of Fame cannot wait to move ahead towards our next training session with the PTR as we all move that much closer to being a well-rounded member of the PTR.
Ryan Harry, Head Tennis Pro
Intl. Tennis Hall of Fame
Newport, Rhode Island
I have been in tennis for 23 years. The information in this Performance Workshop was more valuable than anything I have taken away from other conferences in the past 15 years. Brian is extremely knowledgeable and provided a positive learning experience. I feel as if the PTR is current with Tennis and is moving Forward!
Jimmy Royalty, Head Pro
IMG Academy
Bradenton, Florida
The workshop was fantastic. Tom Ruth did a great job of creating an environment that was interactive, informative, and very enjoyable - it was a great experience for attending my first PTR Workshop. Thank you very much!
Chrissie Lissner, Assistant Director of Tennis
The Reserve at Lake Keowee
Sunset, South Carolina