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USPTA Announces 2010 Certification Exams

The United States Professional Tennis Association, the world’s leader in tennis-teaching certification, provides tennis-teaching professionals with the opportunity to earn the sport’s most respected certification by participating in one of more than 165 USPTA Certification Exams scheduled nationwide in 2010 (see attached schedule). Additional dates will be added.

USPTA’s Certification Exam includes an on-court evaluation of tennis strokes and playing skills, stroke and grip analysis, private and group lesson instruction, and other skills needed in the tennis-teaching profession. The exam also includes a two-hour written test covering teaching, playing and business management skills, rules, club activity programming and other topics. Applicants can now opt to take the written and grip exams online after completing the on-court portions of the certification test.

The exam process also offers the Professional Tennis Coaches Academy I (formerly Certification Review Course) that covers test topics. The PTCA I can be taken at Regional Testing Centers, which offer tests every other month on the same weekends, or it can be taken online. The course is also useful to current USPTA members who wish to review specific exam areas before upgrading their certification ratings. Topics include student psychology, developing student rapport, class organization, lesson progression and a review of teaching techniques.

“A tennis-teaching professional’s success in becoming certified through the USPTA demonstrates that the person has the skills necessary to excel in the game, and business, of tennis,” said USPTA CEO Tim Heckler. “We know that tennis players and club owners and managers hold tennis-teaching professionals to the highest standard in regard to professionalism and knowledge and we expect our certification and education process to prepare them to live up to and surpass that standard.”

Contact USPTA at 800-877-8248 or e-mail membership@uspta.org to register for an upcoming exam, or for further details. Advanced registration is required. The total fee for the exam and application is $175, plus prorated USPTA membership dues.

2010 Certification Exam schedule

The PTCA I (formerly CRC) is designed to prepare an applicant for the USPTA Certification Exam. All exams listed as two-day events include the PTCA I, unless otherwise noted.

Regional Testing Centers (RTC) are facilities which will hold USPTA certifications every other month on the same weekends. These exams will not be canceled.

Exam cancellations must be received no later than 14 days before the exam, or a cancellation fee will be charged accordingly. Applicants: late cancellation fee — $75; failure to cancel — application fee is forfeited. Certified members: late cancellation fee — $25; failure to cancel — $25 plus the upgrade fee is forfeited. Registration for another exam will not be accepted until these cancellation fees are paid.

California Jan. 31 Manhattan Beach, Calif. Manhattan Beach Country Club Feb. 7-8 Los Angeles, Calif. Braemar Country Club March 22 Valencia, Calif. The Paseo Club April 11-12 Los Angeles, Calif. Braemar Country Club May 3 Long Beach, Calif. Lakewood Tennis Center June 6-7 Los Angeles, Calif. Braemar Country Club Aug. 8-9 Los Angeles, Calif. Braemar Country Club Oct. 3-4 Los Angeles, Calif. Braemar Country Club Nov. 8 Claremont, Calif. Claremont Tennis Club Dec.5-6 Los Angeles, Calif. Braemar Country Club Eastern Feb. 11-12 Flushing, N.Y. BJK National Tennis Center March 13 Rochester, N.Y. Manhattan Square Tennis Club April 15-16 Flushing, N.Y. BJK National Tennis Center April 30 Port Washington, N.Y. Port Washington Tennis Academy May 16-17 conv

May 28 West Orange, N.J. West Orange Tennis Center June 17-18 Flushing, N.Y. BJK National Tennis Center June 4 Wheelchair - Flushing BJK National Tennis Center Aug. 5-6 Flushing, N.Y. BJK National Tennis Center Aug. 20 Rochester, N.Y. Tennis Club of Rochester Oct. 21-22 Flushing, N.Y. BJK National Tennis Center Dec. 9-10 Flushing, N.Y. BJK National Tennis Center

Florida Jan. 10 Ormond Beach, Fla. Oceanside Country Club Jan. 23-24 Boca Raton, Fla. The Oaks at Boca Raton Feb. 21 Clearwater, Fla. Countryside Country Club March 14 Bonita Springs, Fla. Pelican Landing Tennis Center March 20-21 Boca Raton, Fla. The Oaks at Boca Raton April 4 Winter Springs, Fla. Tuscawilla Country Club May 2 Ocala, Fla. The Villages May 15-16 Boca Raton, Fla. The Oaks at Boca Raton June 5-6 Key Largo, Fla. Oceans Reef Club July 10-11 Boca Raton, Fla. The Oaks at Boca Raton July 17 Ocala, Fla. The Villages Aug. 15 Tallahassee, Fla. Forest Meadows Sept. 4-5 Boca Raton, Fla. The Oaks at Boca Raton Oct. 10 Rockledge, Fla. Swiss Inn Tennis Center Nov. 7 Winter Springs, Fla. Tuscawilla Country Club Nov. 13-14 Boca Raton, Fla. The Oaks at Boca Raton Dec. 11-12 Boca Raton, Fla. The Oaks at Boca Raton

Hawaii

Intermountain Feb. 12 Greenwood, Colo. Greenwood Athletic Club May 3 Greenwood, Colo. Greenwood Athletic Club Aug. 1 Denver, Colo. Meadow Creek Tennis Club Nov. 22 Greenwood, Colo. Greenwood Athletic Club

Mid-Atlantic Feb. 20-21 Rockville, Md. Lakewood Country Club Feb. 15 Williamsburg, Va. William & Mary McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center April 17-18 Rockville, Md. Lakewood Country Club April 11 Richmond, Va. ACAC April 19 Williamsburg, Va. William & Mary McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center May 17 Frederick, Md. West Winds June 6 Richmond, Va. Dominion June 12-13 Rockville, Md. Lakewood Country Club July 12 Frederick, Md. West Winds Aug. 14-15 Rockville, Md. Lakewood Country Club Sept. 12 Richmond, Va. ACAC Oct. 23-24 Rockville, Md. Lakewood Country Club Dec. 5 Richmond, Va. ACAC Dec. 11-12 Rockville, Md. Lakewood Country Club

Middle States Feb. 5 Landisville, Pa. Hempfield Recreational Center June 6 Philadelphia, Pa. Tennis Addiction Club Aug. 13 Wilmington, Del. Greenville Country club

Midwest Jan.9-10 Aurora, Ill. Rush Copley Healthplex Feb. 27-28 Columbus, Ohio The Racquet Club of Columbus April 17-18 Aurora, Ill. Rush Copley Healthplex April 24-25 Big Rapids, Mich. Ferris State University June 5-6 Aurora, Ill. Rush Copley Healthplex July 10 Fort Wayne, Ind. Healthplex Sports Club Sept. 11-12 Aurora, Ill. Rush Copley Healthplex Nov. 2 Mequon, Wisc. Mequon Racquet Club Nov. 13-14 Big Rapids, Mich. Ferris State University

Missouri Valley Jan. 31 Clive, Iowa 7 Flags Fitness & Racquet club Feb. 18-19 Prairie Village, Kansas Homestead Country Club March 13 Oklahoma City, Okla. Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club May 2 Des Moines, Iowa Wakonda Club May 9 St. Louis, Mo. Frontenac Racquet Club June 6 Wakonda Club Des Moines, Iowa July 24 Kansas City, Mo. Oakwood Country Club Aug. 1 Wakonda Club Des Moines, Iowa Aug. 6 Oklahoma City, Okla. Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club Oct. 16 Kansas City, Mo. Oakwood Country Club Oct. 15 Oklahoma City, Okla. Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club

New England Jan. 14-15 New Castle, N.H. Wentworth by the Sea Country Club April 24 Portsmouth, R.I. Carnegie Abbey Club June 18 Dixville Notch, N.H. The Balsams Aug. 8 Hamden, Conn. Quinnipiac University Oct. 23 Brunswick, Maine Maine Pines Racket & Fitness

Northern California Feb. 7-8 Palo Alto, Calif. Stanford University April 5-6 San Francisco, Calif. San Francisco Tennis Club May 31 - June 1 San Francisco, Calif. San Francisco Tennis Club Aug. 23-24 San Francisco, Calif. San Francisco Tennis Club Nov. 6 Napa, Calif. Napa Valley College Nov. 29-30 San Francisco, Calif. San Francisco Tennis Club

Northern Jan. 8 Minneapolis, Minn. Reed Sweatt Family Tennis Center April 2 Minneapolis, Minn. Reed Sweatt Family Tennis Center July 9 Minneapolis, Minn. Reed Sweatt Family Tennis Center Nov. 5 Minneapolis, Minn. Reed Sweatt Family Tennis Center

Pacific Northwest Feb. 13-14 Seattle, Wash (no PTCAI ) Forest Crest June 3-4 Richland, Wash. Columbia Basin Racquet Club Oct. 9-10 Seattle, Wash (no PTCA I ) Forest Crest

San Diego April 11 Indian Wells, Calif. Indian Wells Tennis Center May 3 San Diego, Calif. Morley Field June 6 San Diego, Calif. La Costa Resort & Spa July 18 San Diego, Calif. Barnes Tennis Center Oct. 11 San Diego, Calif. La Costa Resort & Spa Nov. 7 Indian Wells, Calif. Indian Wells Tennis Center \ Southern Jan. 17 Lexington, Ky. Lexington Tennis Club Feb. 13-14 Atlanta, Ga. Peachtree City Tennis Center Feb. 7 Hilton Head Island, S.C. Sea Pines Country Club Feb. 13 Gastonia, N.C. Country Club of the Carolinas Feb. 20 Memphis, Tenn. Racquet Club of Memphis March 14 Jackson, Miss. Courthouse Tennis & Fitness March 21 Birmingham, Ala. Highland Park Racquet Club March 28 Rome, Ga. Coosa Country Club April 10-11 Atlanta, Ga. Peachtree City Tennis Center April 18 New Orleans, La.

April 24-25 Fayetteville, N.C. Methodist College April 25 Lexington, Ky. Lexington Tennis Club May 2 Nashville, Tenn. Williamson County Tennis Complex May 2 Conway, Ark. Hendrix College May 2 Hilton Head, S.C. Sea Pines Country Club May 15-16 w/convention

May 23 Columbia, S.C. TBa May 23 Hilton Head, S.C. Sea Pines Country Club June 12-13 Atlanta, Ga. Peachtree City Tennis Center June 27 Birmingham, Ala. Highland Park Racquet Club June 27 Charlotte, N.C. TBa July 11 Myrtle Beach, S.C. Dunes Golf & Beach Resort July 18 Memphis, Tenn. Racquet Club of Memphis July 25 Jackson, Miss. Courthouse Tennis & Fitness Aug. 1 Hilton Head, S.C. Sea Pines Country Club Aug. 8 New Orleans, La.

Aug. 14-15 Atlanta, Ga. Peachtree City Tennis Center Aug. 21 Gastonia, N.C. Country Club of the Carolinas Aug. 29 Nashville, Tenn. Williamson County Tennis Complex Aug. 29 Columbia, S.C. TBA Sept. 12 Lexington, Ky. Lexington Tennis Club Sept. 12 Rome, Ga. Coosa Country Club Sept. 12 Gadsden, Ala. Gadsden Country Club Oct. 9-10 Atlanta, Ga. Peachtree City Tennis Center Oct. 10 Hot Springs, Ark. TBA Oct. 23-24 Fayetteville, N.C. Methodist College Nov. 7 Birmingham, Ala. Highland Park Racquet Club Dec. 4-5 Atlanta, Ga. Peachtree City Tennis Center Dec. 4 Gastonia, N.C. Country Club of the Carolinas Dec. 5 Nashville, Tenn. Williamson County Tennis Complex Dec. 5 Hilton Head, S.C. Sea Pines Country Club Dec. 5 Lexington, Ky. Lexington Tennis Club

Southwest Feb. 12 Phoenix, Ariz. Phoenix Country Club June 18 Phoenix, Ariz. Phoenix Country Club Oct. 21 Phoenix, Ariz. Phoenix Country Club

Texas Feb.14-15 Dallas, Texas DFW Hilton & Las Colinas Country Club April 17-18 Tyler, Texas Tyler Junior College June 6 Austin, Texas Westwood Country Club Aug. 8 Mansfield, Texas Walnut Creek Country Club Oct. 10 Ft. Worth, Texas Colonial Country Club Dec. 12 San Antonio, Texas San Antonio Country Club

USPTA World Headquarters Jan. 25-26 Houston, Texas Feb. 22-23 Houston, Texas March 22-23 Houston, Texas May 17-18 Houston, Texas June 21-22 Houston, Texas July 19-20 Houston, Texas Aug. 16-17 Houston, Texas Oct. 18-19 Houston, Texas Nov. 15-16 Houston, Texas Dec. 13-14 Houston, Texas

 

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