Is UESCA associated with any national sports governing bodies?

No. UESCA recognizes USA Triathlon and USA Cycling as the official governing bodies of triathlon and cycling in the United States, respectively. UESCA has no affiliation or association with USA Triathlon or USA Cycling, other than being a continuing education provider to them. Additionally, UESCA has no association with national sports governing bodies outside of the US.

Is UESCA accredited?

At current time, UESCA is not accredited by a third-party organization. UESCA is currently evaluating multiple accrediting organizations to determine which, if any, would best fit the business model and direction of UESCA.

Are there different levels for each certification?

No, unlike other certifications, UESCA does not believe in a tier-level structure. The goal of the certification is to present the material in a clear and concise manner and that the material is progressed at the correct rate to ensure a high level of understanding and retention.

Are there any prerequisites to sign-up for the certification?

Yes, you must be 18 years or older at the time of registration. Additionally, before taking the exam, you will need to provide proof of current CPR/AED certification. A current lifeguard certification is also valid.

Is liability insurance required to be a UESCA coach?

In the US, liability insurance is not required however it is strongly advised. Some employers may require that you be insured as a stipulation of employment. If you live outside the US, it is your responsibility to determine if having professional liability insurance is legally required to be a coach. If required, contact your national sports governing body regarding the specifics and name of the participating insuring agency(s).

Does UESCA offer discounted liability insurance?

Not directly, however for UESCA certified coaches, UESCA will provide the names of companies that provide affordable and comprehensive liability coverage for running and triathlon coaches. This insurance policy covers coaches residing in the United States. Coaches residing outside of the US that require insurance must attain insurance coverage that is specific to their country and/or geographic region.

As a UESCA certified coach, am I able to prescribe nutritional plans?

No. While you are able to educate your client about dietary guidelines and intake volumes, your client should consult with a registered dietician regarding nutritional plans

How does UESCA use my personal information?

UESCA has a strict policy of never selling or distributing your information. Please refer to our privacy policy on the UESCA home page.

Can I call UESCA to get help when studying?

In an effort to keep costs low which in turn results in a lower cost certification, all questions should be submitted in email form to info@coachendurancesports.com. Our staff will seek to reply to all emails within 24 hours.

Can individuals that reside outside of the US become certified by UESCA?

Yes. However it is important to note that our certifications denote rules and regulations that pertain to coaching in the US via the US national governing bodies. Additionally, it is the sole responsibility of the individual purchasing the certification(s) to ensure that that the UESCA certification is recognized and meets any and all legal and regulatory requirements in one’s home country. All UESCA certification modules are in English.

Upon successful passing of a certification exam, individuals residing outside the United States will receive their certificate electronically.


Is the education material offered in a classroom setting?

No. To eliminate the need to travel as well as to make life as convenient as possible for UESCA members, all education materials are offered via online training modules.

Can I purchase a hardcopy of the training modules?

Currently UESCA does not produce a hardcopy version of the modules. This is largely due to the multimedia aspect (e.g., videos) that would not correlate to a hardcopy manual. Additionally, UESCA strives to be as environmentally conscious as possible. However you are free to print copies of the modules so long as you do not distribute them.

What format are the modules in?

Online-based modules that have the option to download a PDF version


How is exam administered?

The exam is administered online via Classmarker.com. The link to the exam is provided in the module section of the certification.

What score is required to pass the exam?


What does the exam consist of?

The exam consists of multiple choice and true/false

How long to I have to take the exam after signing up?

12 months (365 days) from the date of purchase

What if I don’t pass on the first try?

You get two attempts to pass the exam. If you do not successfully pass the exam after two attempts, you must wait 6-months and pay a $99 re-take fee.


What organizations recognize UESCA as a continuing education provider?

Currently, USA Cycling (USAC), American Council on Exercise (ACE), International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) recognize the USECA triathlon coach certification as a continuing education provider. USA Triathlon (USAT), ACE, ISSA and NASM recognize the run coach certification.

Does UESCA require continuing education credits?

No. UESCA is different from other fitness or sport specific certifications in that while we do not require continuing education credits (in-house or external), we do require a science-based paper to be written on a topic related to endurance sports. To learn more about this, please refer to the Continuing Education section of the website.


What is the certification fee?

$399 and includes all online training modules and access to the test with two retakes (if needed).

Does UESCA offer any discounts on the price?

Yes, from time to time, UESCA offers discounts off the regular certification price. UESCA has partnerships with select health clubs and sport teams to offer discounted certifications. If your club/team is interested in becoming a UESCA partner, please contact us at info@coachendurancesports.com.

If I just want to learn the material but do not want to take the test to become a certified coach, do I have to pay the full amount?

Yes. By purchasing the certification, you are given access to the training modules as well as the exam. You may choose not to take the exam however there is no difference in price and only upon successful completion of the exam will you be able to be recognized as a UESCA certified coach.

Is there an annual renewal fee?

No, there is no annual renewal fee.

Does UESCA offer refunds?

UESCA has a 30-day, 100% money back guarantee from the date of purchase. After this period, no refunds are offered. Regarding testing, for extenuating circumstances UESCA may grant an extension of the time to take the exam. To request an extension, email info@coachendurancesports.com.

Can I pay in installments?

At current time, all certifications must be paid in full at the time of purchase.

My employer is going to pay for me to take the certification, what do I need to do?

Unless UESCA has an account set up with your employer, you will need to pay for the certification and have your employer reimburse you as per their education reimbursement policy.

Can I pay by check or cash?

At this time, only online payments using a credit or debit card are accepted

Can I make a payment over the phone?

At this time, only online payments are accepted.


I referred someone, when do I get my money?

All referral fees are paid out within 1 month of the referred individual signing up.

Can I receive my referral fee via direct deposit?

No, at present time all referral fees will be paid via PayPal.

Do I have to be certified by UESCA to be eligible for a referral fee?

You either have to be currently certified OR currently registered for a certification to be eligible for a referral fee.


I forgot my username/password

Click on the “Forgot Username/Password” link below the login and you will be prompted to change your username and, or password

I can’t get the videos to play

Email info@coachendurancesports.com


How long after applying to be an ambassador will I know if I have been accepted?

All applicants will be informed via email within 30 days of applying

If I am not accepted to be an ambassador, can I reapply?

Absolutely, applicants that are not accepted are encouraged to reapply in 6 months time

If accepted, how long is an ambassadorship?

12 months (365 days)

If I am or have currently been an ambassador, can I reapply for ambassadorship?

Yes, in fact we encourage it! We value all our team including our ambassadors and as we grow, we want our ambassadors to grow with us. Our goal is one big happy family!

Do I have to be certified by UESCA to be an ambassador?

No, however we do expect our ambassadors to become certified during the term of their ambassadorship. Ambassadors receive a complimentary certification.

As a UESCA Ambassador, can I also be an ambassador for another endurance sports company?

Sure, so long as the company does not offer endurance sports coaching or educational services, feel free to go crazy!


Does UESCA accept foreign currency?

UESCA uses PayPal and Stripe to process payments. If PayPal and/or Stripe supports your country’s currency, it will automatically convert your currency to USD. However, if you have an issue purchasing a certification, please contact us.

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