Tips for U.S. Figure Skating Continuing Education Requirements (CERs)

by Ann Miksch

April 1, 2017
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U.S. Figure Skating mandates Continuing Education Requirements for all coaches. PSA administers the CER courses for U.S. Figure Skating. U.S. Figure Skating clubs enforce Coach Compliance at test sessions, competitions and at all club activities.

1. Start Early!

2017-18 U.S. Figure Skating CER courses open January 1, 2017, with a deadline of June 30, 2017. Select season 2017-18 (Next Season) for completing CERs for July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. After the deadline, a late fee is assessed to all courses, and any prepaid courses will have a course fee as well as the late fee attached.

The pre-paid courses for 2017-18 are:

  • ET 203 - "Coaching Relationships & Strategies for Dealing with Parents"
  • RU300 - "Injury Prevention & Return to Play"

After the deadline these courses will be $40 each.

2 . Register for the Correct Category:

  • Category A- If you are coaching athletes at qualifying levels at qualifying competitions and test sessions, register for Category A
  • Category B- If you have skaters going to coaching athletes at any level at any non-qualifying competitions (or non-qualifying events at qualifying competitions), test sessions, or participating in any club activity, register for Category B
  • Category C- If you are a Learn to Skate USA only coach, teaching group lessons only and/or private basic skills lessons and are over the age of 18, Category C is recommended but not required at this time. However, your club or rink may require it.

3 . Standardize your name: Make sure you use the same name on all five parts of Coach Compliance:

  • U.S. Figure Skating full and current membership
  • PSA full and current membership
  • Background check successfully passed
  • CERs
  • Liability insurance

Make certain your skaters use that exact name and spelling when naming you as a coach for a competition/test session. This is especially important if you got married since you last did Coach Compliance, have a hyphenated name, or if you go by a nickname that your students might use on competition entries.

4. Read the Instructions:

  • Allow time to navigate the PSA E-learning Academy. If you experience issues, it is much more efficient to address the problem early, than when 3500 coaches are taking them during the same two weeks in June.
  • There are step-by-step instructions on the E-learning Academy information webpage: Scroll down to “How To's”.
  • The subscription fee must be paid to Ex3 before you are able to register for courses.
5 . Be a Professional:

Remember that Coach Compliance is a U.S. Figure Skating rule like all other rules. Coaches have a professional obligation to follow the rules. Don’t make the competition or test chair hunt you down to remind you to get your coaching requirements completed. It is coaches’ responsibility to complete the requirements in a timely fashion; it is the competition committee’s and referee’s responsibility to enforce the rules.

If you have any questions regarding the E-learning Academy or CERs, please contact Heidi Thibert at or Ann Miksch at