No, UESCA does not require UESCA certification candidates or coaches to carry CPR certification. This is primarily due to the number of UESCA coaches that solely coach athletes virtually. If you work or plan to coach athletes in-person, it is strongly advised to attain CPR/AED certification prior to working with these in-person athletes.

2 years – at which point you may either take an online recertification exam and pay a 99 USD fee, write an endurance sports related paper that cites professional studies, or complete an additional UESCA Certification within the two-year period.

We send all certificates electronically.

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

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.

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.

No, currently all of the content is in English

Yes, you must be 18 years or older at the time of registration.

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).

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.

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

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

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… though, most likely much sooner!

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.

We are currently in the process of revamping these programs – stay tuned!

Training Modules

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.

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 a copy of the modules via the PDF link at the bottom of each module, so long as you do not distribute them.

The modules are all online in our learning management system. However, you may access the PDF module versions via a link at the bottom of each online module.

Yes, we don’t drip feed our content.

The running certification focuses on distances between 5k and the marathon, whereas the ultrarunning certification focuses on distances greater than a marathon. While many of the modules and sections have the same names, the content of the two certifications are very different. This is largely because the training methodologies for an ultramarathon and that of shorter distances are often at opposite ends of the spectrum.  Additionally, the running certification is not a prerequisite to taking the ultrarunning certification.


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

Yes, included in your purchase price is an online sample test (50 questions).

The exam consists of multiple choice and true/false.

12 months (365 days) from the date of purchase.

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

Continuing Education

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

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.


$499 and includes all online training modules and access to the test with one retake (if needed).

Yes, for those individuals that download the course overview/syllabus for our certifications will receive a link to receive 50 USD off the original price.

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.

No, there is no annual renewal fee. However, should you want to renew your certification after two years and do not want to write the continuing education paper, you may opt to pay $99 and take an online recertification exam.

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.

Yes, you have the option to pay in two equal installments, 30 days apart.

You will need to pay for the certification and have your employer reimburse you as per their education reimbursement policy.

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

At this time, only online payments are accepted.

Technical Issues

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