t PTR Ireland - Gain a Qualification

Frequently Asked Questions

1 - Is the qualification recognised?
2 - Can I get insurance?
3 - Is the qualification recognised by Tennis Ireland?
4 - Can I get work coaching in Ireland?
5 - Can I get work coaching abroad?
6 - What exams do I need to pass?
7 - Do I need to have a good playing standard?
8 - If I fail can I retake the tests?
9 - What is my overall grade?
10 - How much is annual membership?

1 - Is the qualification recognised? [top]
The professional Tennis Registry’s qualification is one of the most widely respected coaching qualifications in the world and is recognised by many tennis associations worldwide.

2 - Can I get insurance? [top]
Public liability insurance for coaching tennis currently costs €66.30 per calendar year. An additional option of multi sports cover costs €132.60. (Multi Sports cover is subject to approval by the insurance provider.)

3 - Is the qualification recognised by Tennis Ireland?
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The governing bodies of tennis in each country decide which qualifications they choose to recognise. Tennis Ireland, like the LTA in England, choose to recognise only their own qualification and use their own coaches for the squad training they organise.

4 - Can I get work coaching in Ireland?
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Although Tennis Ireland will choose only their own coaches for the squads they organise PTR coaches are able to work throughout Ireland on coaching organised by anyone else – at clubs, schools etc. The PTR encourage their coaches to increase their knowledge by doing as many courses as possible, recommending the Tennis Ireland examinations to all their coaches, however PTR coaches are able to work throughout Ireland with only the PTR qualification.

5 - Can I get work coaching abroad?
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Yes. The worldwide recognition of the PTR qualification makes it ideal for travelling and coaching abroad.

6 - What exams do I need to pass?
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To gain the PTR ‘Tennis Teaching Essentials’ qualification you will need to pass five examinations:

Teaching test – taking a group for around 30 minutes showing an understanding of the ‘PTR Standard Teaching Method’ you will learn in the course.

Skills test – showing you can demonstrate all the main strokes in tennis.

Drills – demonstrating an ability to run a tennis drill you will learn on the course.

Error detection test – detecting errors in tennis technique and offering the corrections you have learned on the course.

Written test – multiple choice & true/false questions to examine your knowledge of the ‘PTR Standard Teaching Method’ and of tennis generally.

7 - Do I need to have a good playing standard?
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You will need to be able to demonstrate that you can play tennis however you can pass each of the tests at one of three levels – Professional, Instructor or Associate. A good playing standard is required to pass at professional level however a reasonable club level standard will be sufficient to pass at Associate grade.

8 - If I fail can I retake the tests?
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Yes. You can take any of the tests again if you do not get the grades you would like the first time. You must wait for three months before retaking the tests you wish to upgrade and there is a charge of €40, which covers as many of the tests as you wish.

9 - What is my overall grade?
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Your overall grade will be the lowest grade out of the five tests. For example if you have four instructor grades and an Associate grade your overall grade will be Associate.

10 - How much is annual membership?
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PTR membership currently costs €90 per calendar year. See Membership Benefits section of this website for details of what this includes.