Coaching Advancement

Click here to download the above chart (PDF)

Note: Minor revisions to National coach advancement to clarify:

  • An athlete who qualifies as a youth, junior or masters at NAOF must attain the open total. Anyone who qualifies with the open division total just needs to compete
  • Masters Worlds prior to 2023 are eligible. Going forward only UMWF Worlds is eligible
  • Masters Nationals must be USAW Masters Nats (so all prior are acceptable, going forward USAW only).

Click here for the Coach Advancement Application.
Applications can be submitted to

USA Weightlifting is the national governing body of Olympic Weightlifting in the United States and the provider of coaching education for the sport of weightlifting under the United States Olympic Committee. Courses and certifications provided by third party vendors/organizations are non-transferable, towards a USA Weightlifting certification.  The sport and science of weightlifting is constantly changing and progressing with new discoveries happening frequently.  For this reason there are no previous courses that are transferable or "grand-fathered" in to obtaining a USA Weightlifting Certification.  The information presented in our courses is up to date and therefore it is in the best interest of our sport to ensure that coaches are properly training and educated. Individuals seeking certification through USA Weightlifting must complete the courses and requirements set forth by the organization.