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Licensing Requirements

As a follow-up to the Choosing A Coach series, I wanted to share a comparison of the licensing requirements to become a certified tennis coach through USPTA vs. the licensing requirements of some other professions. Please note that most of the other professional requirements are based on California law as that is where the research took place. Interesting stuff to be sure!

Before any of us relies on the certification itself we have to do additional due diligence. The certification is the garnish. There must be additional knowledge and experience that should be identified and investigated to make sure that the coach is legitimate. What are his qualifications as a player? What is his educational background? Who are some of his students? What is his reputation?





















Application Fee


$25 test fee + $120 application fee

$200 + 45 for test




Work/Education Prerequisite or Experience

Not prerequisite

In accordance with Section 8565.5 of the Structural Pest Control Act, an applicant must

submit proof satisfactory to the Board that he/she has satisfactorily passed board approved courses in the areas outlined

under the branch the applicant is applying for licensure.

For certain licenses: Possess unexpired intern technician license; or 1 year automotive experience or education in engine performance; possess AA or AS degree from accredited college; or possess automotive technology certificate from accredited college with minimum of 360 hours of course-work

Yes: 1600 hours of practical work experience

Not required for the test. May be required as part of the clinical studies.

In California a candidate must have a minimum of six years combined qualifying education and training/experience to be eligible to take the LARE.


Written [100 Qs] (technical, ratings, code of conduct, rules), and Stroke Part. Stroke analysis plus running a group lesson and private lesson.


Yes, for certain licenses.

Written (100 Qs) and practical Demonstration of proper disinfection and sanitation techniques, consumer protection and safety

Set-up of necessary equipment, materials and supplies

Preparation of model

Ability to perform basic skills

Written (60 Qs) and clinical examination

Landscape Architect Registration Examination:

100 question multiple-choice examination.

Membership Fee**


$30-$120 (depending on type of license)





Continuing Ed. Requirement

Not required

Yes – 12 hours/year

Not required


Yes (35 units/year)

Not required


See below

Applicator; Field Representative; Operator

General Automotive Repair; Lamp, brake or Smog technician

Cosmetologist; Barber; Esthetician; Electrologist; Manicurist 

1 Level only

1 Level only

Other Benefits or Requirements

Benefits: liability insurance;

specialized books and videos available; access to job listings;

subscriptions to tennis magazines;  discounts on tennis merchandise;

help with the business end of the profession;

tournament competition against fellow members. Not subject to criminal liability for working without USPTA license.


Board-approved or Board-developed courses must have been successfully completed within three years prior to the applicant taking the operator’s licensing examination.

Requirements: operating with an expired registration is illegal and may result in administrative disciplinary action, and in legal action, including possible criminal prosecution.

Requirement: trained in an approved California School. Subject to a $1,000 fine if you are working without a valid license.

Requirement: Applicants must

pass both clinical and written examination in

California dental law and ethics, and undergo

a criminal history investigation, prior to

receiving a license. Applicants must have graduated from an

accredited dental hygiene program in order

to apply for examination. All licensees are responsible for understanding and following the laws and regulations which govern their practice. Violations can result in license denial or discipline, as well as criminal prosecution.

Requirement: In order to take the LARE in California, candidates must meet all of the following examination eligibility requirements:

Be at least 18 years of age.

Hold a degree (Associate, Bachelors, or Masters) or extension certificate (UCB Extension and UCLA Extension) in landscape architecture.

Have at least six years of combined educational and training/experience credit.

Have at least two years of training/experience credit (1500 hours of qualifying employment equals one year of training/experience credit; limited to 40 hours credit per week) with one year of training/experience credit under the direct supervision of a landscape architect licensed in a U.S. jurisdiction gained after obtaining a qualifying degree. Current California regulations require applicants to have a degree or extension certificate in landscape architecture in combination with qualifying training/experience credit.


** Approximate

## California

USPTA Levels (Source USPTA website):

Master Professional

All Professional 1 skills and more than 10 years of experience and proven expertise.

• Ability to run any program at any facility

• Accomplished in teaching, playing, business, industry service and other comprehensive attributes of the highest-rated professionals in the world

Most common job titles: Director of tennis or tennis manager

Professional 1

All Professional 2 skills but with higher levels of experience and expertise.

• Must be 22 years of age or older

• Must pass all portions of the certification exam at the Pro 2 level or higher and have 3 years or 5 seasons of teaching experience

• Must have an NTRP rating of 4.5 or higher

• Train competitive players

• Pro shop management

• Facility management

• Activity management

• Other business management activities including human relations, hiring, budgets, communications and professional management team skills

Most common job titles: Director of tennis or head tennis professional

Professional 2

All Professional 3 skills plus:

• Must pass all portions of the certification exam at the Pro 2 level or higher and demonstrate teaching ability through apprenticeship or teaching experience

• Instruct all students at all levels

• Conduct group and private lessons

• Assist and develop competitive players

• Design and implement lesson plans

• Organize and implement most tennis programs

• Assist with and/or direct pro shop management and facility maintenance

Most common job titles: Head tennis professional or associate professional or assistant professional

Professional 3

•Must be at least 18 years of age

• Must have an NTRP rating of 4.0 or higher

• Must pass all portions of the certification exam at Pro 3 level or higher

• Conduct private lessons

• Assist with group lessons

Most common job titles: Associate tennis professional or assistant professional

Developmental Coaches

• Part-time tennis teachers who may assist full-time professional staff

Most common job title: Part-time instructor


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