Revised September 1, 2011
Why are you making coaches recertify now when we never had to do this before?
Over the years, we have gathered a large number of coaches – but it's difficult to determine who the active coaches are. This process will raise the value of being a certified coach because customers will know that a coach is active and up-to-date on his/her knowledge and techniques.
How do I take the test?
Contact the USBC Coaching Certification & Development team by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I take the test through the mail?
No, the exams are only available online. This helps keep our costs reasonable.
How much does it cost to take the test?
For those who didn’t take the exam prior to the August 31, 2011 deadline, the fee is $25.00.
Can I take the test for the level above where I am already certified?
No. You must go through the normal process to reach each level.
What aspects of video will be required for the test?
Silver & Gold coaches will be required to view video and then be asked analysis questions based on what was shown.
How will the test be scored?
The essay portions of the Silver & Gold exams will be graded by a representative of the USBC Coaching Certification & Development team. All written exams will be automatically graded and scored based on the number of correct answers given.
What will be considered a passing grade for the exams?
80% will be considered a passing grade.
What happens if I don't pass the test?
Coaches will be permitted to take one retest. If the coach does not pass on either of the first two attempts, he/she will become “inactive” at their current level. Re-attending a class and passing the required exams will re-activate them at their current level.
What if I don't take the test?
Coaches who opt out of taking the test, will be considered “inactive” and will not be listed under “Find a Coach” on bowl.com or permitted to be a member of the Coaches Association.
Why don't Level I coaches have to take the test?
Level I coaches are typically volunteers, so we are not requiring recertification for them at this time.
Why is it necessary for me to do more in order to keep my certification?
Similar to many other professional activities and careers that require continuing education, coaching will now also require it to help active coaches keep up with current technologies in the sport of bowling, especially those pertaining to equipment and the physical game.
Where and when can I earn these credits?
USBC Coaching Certification & Development has developed multiple options within various categories for Bronze, Silver & Gold coaches to earn credits, also called Continuing Education Units (CEU's).