Hiring an Active Certified Coach

 

The Value of Hiring an Active Certified Coach

Within a highly competitive tennis industry, one of the key elements to differentiate your facility and the services you offer to your members and participants is the expertise of the tennis professionals/coaches you hire.  Tennis Canada’s Coach Development Program ensures Instructors, Coaches, and Professionals receive the best training and guidance, which in turn, ensures the highest quality of instruction and service for your clients.

Tennis Canada recognizes the value in hiring an “Active Certified Coach” for your program, club or facility.

An Active Certified Professional is:

  1. A fully certified Instructor, Club Professional or Coach
  2. A current member of the Tennis Professionals Association
  3. A professional who meets the minimum requirement for ongoing professional development (every 2 years except for: Instructor – every 4 years and Club Professional 1 - every 3 years).

 


The Benefits of Hiring a TPA Member Professional

The Tennis Professionals Association (TPA) is a member-based association devoted to growing the profession of tennis coaching throughout Canada. The TPA was developed by Tennis Canada for Canadian certified Instructors, Coaches, and Club Professionals. Since its inception in 2004, the TPA has grown from 800 members to over 2750.

Liability Insurance: All certified coaches and professionals receive $2,000,000 of liability insurance and access to purchase a medical and dental insurance program through Manulife Financial.

Members receive access to a variety of online coaching resources.

In addition, the Tennis Professionals Association offers and endorses (with its partners) a wide variety of professional development opportunities which are critical to maintaining or developing coaching knowledge, problem-solving, technical skills or professional performance standards.  

  • Coaching Conference (endorsed by Tennis Canada or PTO)
  • Professional Development Course or Program (endorsed by Tennis Canada or PTO)
  • High Performance Mentor Program
  • NCCP Multi-Sport Module
  • Wheelchair Workshop
  • Cardio Tennis Workshop
  • Le Petit Online Course

 

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Members also receive up to 40% off of various discounted products, services and events through our partners. Click on the logos below for more information on how to take advantage of these benefits.

    

 

Finding the Right Fit

In order to help you and your team in the selection of the “right” certified coach, the Tennis Professionals Association offers two services:

  1. Searchable database of all Active Certified Coaches
  2. List of all Year Round Facilities with Active Certified Staff

In addition to these services, the following brief descriptions of the skills and competencies obtained at each level of certification may help guide your decision in staff selection.

  1. Instructor
  2. Wheelchair Workshop
  3. Club Professional 1
  4. Club Professional 2
  5. Club Professional 3
  6. Coach 2
  7. Coach 3
  8. High Performance Mentor Coach Program
  9. Coach 4
  10. Coach 5

Instructor

Instructors are trained to introduce players to the game using Progressive tennis in group lessons (1.0 – 2.5 level) at tennis clubs, parks, community courts and in school gyms. The mission of instructor course is to develop instructors who will stimulate players’ growth and retention, and promote tennis as a sport for life, by delivering a quality tennis program.

Commitment: 5 days

Minimum Age: 16 years (may take course at 15 years and be evaluated but can only be certified on or after 16th birthday)

Prerequisites: Minimum level of play: 3.0

Role in Industry: Beginning Instructor (Summer Camps, Park and Rec, Seasonal Clubs)

To maintain active certified professional status: TPA membership in addition to professional development every 4 years (or another certification course)

 


Wheelchair Workshop

Leaders are trained to introduce wheelchair starter players to the game using Progressive tennis as well as wheelchair mobility skills in group lessons in tennis clubs, at parks, community courts, in school gyms as well as rehabilitation center gymnasiums. This workshop develops the leadership skills of an enthusiastic wheelchair tennis instructor who organizes practice and play, makes tennis accessible and simple to learn, and promotes friendships that support the growth and retention of starter players.  

Commitment: 1 day

Minimum Age: 16 years (may take course at 15 years and evaluated/certified on or after 16th birthday)

Minimum Certification Requirement: None. However, any person with certification will have this professional development course appear on their TPA coaching record.

Prerequisites: Minimum level of play: None

Role in Industry: Leader in Active Start Wheelchair Programs (Summer Camps, Park and Rec, Seasonal Clubs)

 


Club Professional 1

Club Professional 1

Club Professional 1’s are trained with the skills required to become an entry level assistant pro at an indoor facility or community club leader. This course develops the skills and attributes required to deliver private and group lessons (1.0 – 3.5 level), design basic lesson content, run introductory programs (socials, round robins, and tournaments) and provide solid customer service to members.

Commitment: 9 days

Minimum Age: 17 years

Prerequisites: Minimum level of play: 4.5 (refer to course information page for more details)

Minimum Industry Experience: Candidates must have 150 hours of tennis teaching work experience or if less have passed the Instructor course with honors.

Minimum Certification Requirement: Instructor

Role in Industry: Entry Level Club Professional at year round facility; Club Professional at community or seasonal

facility: Park and Rec Program Leader

maintain active certified professional status: TPA membership in addition to professional development every 3 years (or another certification course)

 


Club Professional 2

Club Professional 2’s are trained with skills required to become a solid, well-rounded club pro at an indoor facility or a leader at a season facility or community club. This course develops the knowledge and competencies required to ensure the development of red, orange, green court and U-12 recreational and competitive players, recreational and competitive adults in both single and doubles (up to 4.5 level) and provides a sound understanding of the business as it relates to the tennis department.

Commitment: 16 days

Minimum Age: 20 years

Minimum Industry Experience: 2 years full time at year round facility, or 5 years at seasonal facility or community club

Prerequisites: Minimum level of play: 5.0 (refer to course information page for more details)

Minimum Certification Requirement: Club Professional 1

Role in Industry: Full Time Club Professional, Head Professional at community or seasonal facility

To maintain active certified professional status: TPA membership in addition to professional development every 2 years (or another certification course)

 


Club Professional 3

Club Professional 3’s are trained with skills required to occupy the position of Tennis Director or Head Professional with a strong understanding of overall tennis and club business as well as leadership in staff supervisionand professional development. This course develops proficiencies and competencies in management, programming, service excellence, financial, marketing and promotion within a club. Additionally, this course develops the skills and attributes related to training and upgrading the on court skills of professional staff.

Commitment: 12 days

Minimum Age: 21 years

Minimum Industry Experience: 5 years full time (30 hours or more/week) at a large year round community club or yearly club as Coach 2 or Club Professional 2

Prerequisites: Minimum level of play: 5.0 (refer to course information page for more details)

Minimum Certification Requirement: Club Professional 2

Role in Industry: Tennis Director, Head Tennis Professional, Senior Tennis Position within a club, seasonal or community tennis facility

To maintain active certified professional status: TPA membership in addition to professional development every 2 years (or another certification course)

 


Coach 2

This development coaching course is suitable for committed coaches working in the development stages of young provincial and national competitive players. The Coach 2 course focuses mainly on developing a strong foundation (technical, tactical, physical and psychological) that will allow the player to maximise their development and transition to the next level without limitation. Major course topics include: creating a high performance environment will be the foundation of every on-court training at the coach 2 level in order to develop good training habits from the player, the coach will learn the basic foundation around designing and managing a junior development program; planning and coaching a practice; managing and coaching at competition; analyzing players’ s performance; and make ethical coaching decision.

Commitment: 20 days

Minimum Age: 20 years

Prerequisites: Minimum level of play: 5.5

Minimum Certification Requirement: Club Pro 2 or recognition of coaching competencies

Role in Industry: Coach at an Academy or Junior Development Program, Head Coach for U12 Program (red-orange-green court), Personal travelling Coach for competitive Junior Provincial or National player

To maintain active certified professional status: TPA membership in addition to professional development every 2 years (or another certification course) 

 

High Performance Mentor Program

The purpose of this program is to provide certified coaches with additional skills, knowledge and experience which will ultimately be required to develop players capable of being successful (success being defined as Top 50) playing international tennis.

Program Requirements: A 3 year commitment to the program, be Coach 3 Certified or in process or committed to attaining Coach 3 certification, commit 3-4 weeks each year to Tennis Canada, and commit to being involved with Provincial U12 Program (if opportunity is made available).

Program Selection: Selection to the program is by invitation only at the discretion of Tennis Canada. Playing background, commitment and passion for player development, leadership, coach certification level, present coaching environment and coaching results will all be considered.

Role in Industry: National Coaches at National Training Centres, Top Coaches who will work full-time at the Clubs/Academies  many of which are Tennis Canada Tennis Development Centres), Coaches who work Provincially/Regionally in U12 Training Programs, Provincial Coach at Nationals.

 


Coach 3

This performance coaching course is suitable for committed and engaged coaches who are working mostly with top competitive national junior players and who are initiating them to the early stages of the international junior circuit. The Coach 3 course focuses mainly on the role and knowledge of a performance coach as well as the requirements to progress the players at the international standards. Coach 3’s are also trained in the role of a performance coaching leadership position within an academy or club. The main course topics in this course includes: creating a culture of excellence inside a mission-vision and values as well as coaching with the purpose to push the player’s limit to consolidate the player’s identity is the foundation of the course. The coach will have the chance to deepen his knowledge around the international level; improve the design and management of a junior development program; plan and supervise a training; manage and supervise the athlete in competitions; analyze player performance; and make ethical decisions in the sporting environment.

Commitment: 30 days

Minimum Age: 21 years

Prerequisites: Minimum level of play: 5.5

Minimum Certification Requirement: Coach 2 or recognition of coaching competencies

Role in Industry: Coach at an Academy or Junior Development Program, Leadership Position in Academy, Personal or travelling Coach for Junior National or Junior International competition, Provincial Coach at Nationals, Canada Games Coach.

To maintain active certified professional status: TPA membership in addition to professional development every 2 years (or another certification course)

 


Coach 4

This advance performance coaching course is suitable for committed and engaged coaches who have a track record of working with top 100 players on the international junior circuit and/or players on the world tennis tour (transition tour).  The Coach 4 course focuses mainly on excelling in their leadership skill and ability to apply all their knowledge within their values. Major course topics include: ensuring that the coach has the most worldwide updated knowledge with the purpose to maximise the player’s performance is the foundation of the course. The coach will expand and implement his expertise around designing and managing a professional development pathway program; performance planning and coaching; managing and coaching at international competition; analyzing international players’ s performance; and make ethical coaching decision.

Commitment: 2 years

Minimum Age: 25 years

Prerequisites: Minimum level of play: 5.5

Minimum Certification Requirement: Coach 3 and completion or in progress of Advanced Coaching Diploma modules (Leadership and performance planning) by NSI.

Role in Industry: Full time Coach with a leadership Position in a performance Academy program, Personal or travelling Coach for junior players competing on the ITF junior circuit (G2 and above) or for professional players competing on the ITF world tennis tour circuit, Coach at international junior or professional team event.

To maintain active certified professional status: TPA membership in addition to professional development every 2 years (or another certification course)

 

Coach 5

This High-performance coaching certification is suitable for committed and engaged coaches who have a track record of working with top 100 players on the ATP-WTA circuit and are active for over 10 years on the international circuit. The Coach 5 program focuses on taking all aspects of training and performing into consideration so the athlete reaches their complete potential and succeed on a consistent bases to their best abilities on the professional circuit. The Coach 5 high-performance coaching model takes a targeted and personalized approach to support the training and certification process of the High-Performance Coach. This program provides formal and informal development opportunities and is supported by a variety of partners such as: Canadian Coaching Association, National Sport Institutes, Own the Podium, COC, CPC and Sport Canada.

Commitment:  undetermined; depending on the evaluation of the Coach’s competencies done by the panel and the action plan if a competency needs to be developed

Minimum Age: 30 years

Prerequisites:  Physically healthy and active

Minimum Certification Requirement: Coach 4

Role in Industry: Full time Coach on the international circuit                                                                                                         

To maintain active certified professional status: TPA membership in addition to professional development every 2 years (or another certification course)