Being a certified skateboard instructor means that you have passed through our rigorous training to show all prospective students, parents, and skate schools that you have achieved the highest quality of training in both safety, lesson delivery, movement analysis and that you are up-to-date on the best developed tools for delivering a stellar lesson from day one.


USSEA Level I Skateboard Certification

 Our goal is to empower skateboard instructors to deliver a consistently safer, easier, and more exciting and engaged learning experience. We focus our certified instructors on developing relationships that last a lifetime, building learning pathways that enable their students to achieve their goals at a pace that makes sense for the individual, while making good decisions in the learning process to promote safety. Through careful training and innovative methodology, we work to inspire skateboard instructors to pursue professionalism, creativity, and compassion to help their students.

 The certification process takes a multifaceted approach to fully educating and evaluating candidates. We start with a comprehensive online e-learning course with exam, which must be passed to be eligible and can be taken in the instructor’s own time. This course delivers the tools up-front that will be needed to be certified. Then, once the online exam is passed, the instructor signs up for an in-person evaluation to show their ability to perform in front of their peers and our examiners in all evaluated categories.  

The online exam is available for free once you have become a USSEA member. Only the ‘Basic’ Membership is required for access to the exam. Learn more by following the link below.

 If you are a skate school that values delivering quality lessons, using USSEA as a baseline for your instructors’ training will help ensure that your staff are capable and inspired, that they evaluate safety and risk routinely, they deliver empowering and inspiring lesson experiences for their students, and can make the learning process fun for the student and their family. Skilled and happy skateboard instructors can have an incredibly powerful impact on the lives of their students and we work to help you and your staff achieve this outcome.


The Exam

Candidates are evaluated in several key categories:

  • Safety practices

  • Creating connections with students

  • Demonstration of skills within the level I teaching progression

  • Teaching methodology

  • Progression building

  • Movement analysis and feedback

  • Technical understanding

  • Professional knowledge of the industry

  • Science of fun in learning

  • Lesson organization and Group management

  • Managing student and parent expectations


E-learning course (online)

  • To be completed and passed prior to taking the in-person exam

  • Will evaluate aspects of all exam categories

  • Can be taken in your own time from home


Exam duration

  • Approximately 2-3 hours of education and evaluation for e-learning course.

  • 1 day of in-person evaluation.