USBC launched a new program Tuesday to begin re-certifying coaches.
The program requires USBC Gold, Silver and Bronze coaches who were certified prior to Jan. 1, 2006 to take an online re-certification exam(s) to maintain their status. Level I and II coaches do not have to be re-certified.
There is no cost for the USBC Gold, Silver and Bronze coaches to take the exams, which will consist of multiple choice, true/false, essay and some video aspects.
Coaches will have until July 31, 2011, to take the exams. Once they've passed, they will be required to take continuing education classes during the next three years. The continuing education requirements will be modeled after such organizations as the National Athletic Trainers' Association.
Beginning August 1, 2011, all "active" coaches may begin earning Continuing Education Credits (CEU's). USBC, as well as other companies and organizations within the industry, will be providing CEU opportunities that may be earned through online courses, webinars, in-person conferences, events and clinics.
It's important for USBC to identify those who are active in teaching the sport and also continuing to learn about lane play, ball motion, the physical game and other dynamics.
"Through this program, we can ensure that our membership is served by the most qualified and informed coaches possible," said Neil Stremmel, USBC Managing Director-National Governing Body. "It allows us to be more involved at the national level and gives us the chance to educate and update our coaches with new information more effectively."
Those planning to take the re-certification exams must contact USBC Coaching by e-mail at email@example.com for access to the online exams. Anyone interested in receiving study materials prior to taking the tests can do so by contacting USBC Coaching at the same e-mail address.