USPTA Addvantage Magazine
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November 12 is National Education Day
September/October 2016 -- This year marks the third annual National Education Day and the end of the first three-year ­period in the USPTA Professional Development Program. All ­USPTA divisions are organizing educational events on or around Saturday, Nov. 12 to help USPTA Professionals reach this goal.

Three years ago, the Education Committee designated a Saturday in November as a day to not only “help you meet your education credit requirements, but also help make you a better tennis-teaching professional,” said Education Committee chairman Alan Cutler. 

In order to “elevate the standards of tennis-teaching professional and coaches,” all certified members are required to earn 6 education credits every three years to maintain their membership (International members, Recreational Coaches, and those 65 and older are ­exempt). 

Each division will send out information about the events via email. It will also be posted on division websites. USPTA Professionals who are interested in hosting an educational event should contact their division’s executive director/administrator. Previous years’ events have included one-day workshops, meet-and-greets, mini-­conferences and more.

In addition to National Education Day, USPTA has many opportunities for members to earn education credits at no cost. 

  • Free webinar each month – These webinars cover topics ranging from on-court coaching to enhancing one’s professional career skills. Webinars are announced via USPTA E-News and fill up quickly. 
  • – All USPTA webinars plus “On Court with ­USPTA” episodes are posted on the newly redesigned website. To view these videos, log in and select “Free” under Access Level and “Education Credit” under Watch for Credit. USPTA members must log in and select “Yes” when prompted to receive credit for the video. Members’ report cards are updated immediately. 
  • – This website, developed by the USTA, has six free online courses. Each is worth .5 education credits, but the USPTA Education Committee approved doubling the point value when all six have been viewed.
USPTA members can check their education credits by going to and clicking on “View Education Report Card” in the right-hand column. 

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