Track and Field Technical Certification
The Track and Field Technical Certification Course (TFTC) is a 15 hour course in training design and technical instruction for all the common track and field events. The course is taught over two days. Curriculum is broad based, covering all key aspects of technical coaching. Each section is illustrated with pertinent, animated video created specifically for this course, to enhance clarity and understanding. Topics included in the course are:
- Foundations of Training Design for Track and Field
- Training Components for Track and Field
- Training Design for Track and Field
- The Sprint Events
- The Hurdle Events
- The Relay Events
- An Overview of the Jumping Events
- The Long Jump
- The Triple Jump
- The High Jump
- The Pole Vault
- An Overview of the Throwing Events
- The Shot Put
- The Discus Throw
- The Javelin Throw
- An Overview of the Endurance Events
- Training Design for the Endurance Events
For students with multiple interests, additional endorsements to the TFTC are being developed in the Rotational Shot Put, the Hammer Throw, Cross Country, the Steeplechase, and Advanced Pole Vault. Some of these are offered regionally as a standard but optional part of the course.
The TFTC is the only program that provides a true certification for successful completion of its broad based curriculum. The certification is granted for completing coursework and an online examination within 30 days of course completion. The TFTC, along with the Program Management Certification, comprise the Track and Field Coaching Certification program.
Why the TFTC?
The TFTC is a part of the USTFCCCA’s Track and Field Academy. The Track and Field Academy is the only program of its type operated by a coaching organization, with a unique understanding of the challenges and issues that coaches deal with in their daily institutional settings.
Tuition for the on-site version of the course is $135 when registering at least 10 days prior to the course. For late and on-site registration, tuition is $155.
The TFTC is taught only by highly respected coaches, who have proven themselves in the coaching field and have extensive experience in the teaching profession. Refer to the brochure in the calendar section of this website for information regarding the instructors for the particular TFTC course you plan to attend.
Registration for the TFTC will be offered online. Select the registration link for the school you wish to attend on the Academy’s Upcoming Course Offerings page. This registration also serves a place reservation, as space is limited and admission is granted on a first come – first served basis.
For More Information
For additional information about TFTC course offerings, contact Mike Corn at firstname.lastname@example.org or (504) 599-8903.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the TFTC?
The TFTC is the Track and Field Technical Certification Course. It is a course for track & field coaches who want to further develop their coaching knowledge. The course covers training and techniques for all common track and field events.
Who is the organization behind this program?
The Track and Field Academy, and thus this program, are designed and operated by The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The USTFCCCA is an national organization representing over 8,000 Track & Field and Cross Country coaches of various levels.
What is the Track and Field Academy?
The Track and Field Academy is a program administered by the USTFCCCA that offers a variety of certification programs and professional development courses for the Track & Field and Cross Country Coach.
Are there prerequisites for the TFTC course?
No, but a very basic knowledge of Track and Field is helpful
Is the TFTC applicable to High School Coaches?
Yes, the course offers a broad based instruction rather than concentration on a particular event group, making it very applicable to the high school setting. In addition, the training calendars referenced are based on the academic year, and the curriculum addresses common high school events.
Does the TFTC have a test?
Yes, there is an on-line test to be completed in a specified time period following the classroom portion of the course.
Does TFTC certify me?
Yes. The TFTC grants genuine certification by the USTFCCCA to coaches who successfully complete the course and the evaluation. Unlike other programs that offer certificates of completion, this and other Track and Field Academy courses offer true certifications of your skills and knowledge.
Is the TFTC part of a more extensive program?
Yes. The TFTC is just one of the courses offered by the Track and Field Academy. The program offers multiple courses and certifications, as well as other continuing education experiences for the coach. A complete listing of the courses and certifications offered can be found in the Programs section of this website.
Why is it called a Technical Certification course?
It is called a technical certification because the course content contains only technical coaching topics such as workout design, technique, teaching progressions, etc.
Is there a course that covers Program Management issues?
Yes. The Program Management Certification Course (PMC) covers these topics. It, along with the TFTC, comprise the Track and Field Coaching Certification.
Is this course a prerequisite to attend the event specific Specialist Certification Courses?
No, it is simply a different type of certification, one that is broad based rather than in a specific event area.