FAQ’s

You can already skateboard so why not learn how to teach?  Join us for a certification and you will learn:

  1. How to break down Beginning and Intermediate skills well enough to clearly understand and teach
  2. The Teaching Model, we know you can skate, this certification process is about learning how to teach
  3. How to improve your own skateboarding by learning and understanding the technique behind the skill
  4. How to demonstrate skateboarding and speak in front of others with confidence
  5. How to market yourself to earn additional income

Tools you will receive at an In-Person Certification:

  • 32 page Manual
  • Additional information on skill progressions
  • Diagnostic tools to help you find solutions to the student’s form & function issues
  • Videos online (coming soon)
  • Incredible support from your Certified Examiner to insure you understand what you need to teach, why you need to teach each step and how to teach well

For the Online Certification, you can expect the following:

  • 10 Lectures using video, Powerpoint and video footage to show you the teaching model and how to break down moves
  • Web Conferencing for person to person teaching and answering questions
  • You will be using You Tube or Web Conferencing to demonstrate your skills and you will need to teach one skill for your final exam
  • There will be short quizzes at the end of each lecture to help you learn the material
  • There will be an online written exam, a skills exam and a teaching exam at the end of the course

What is the deal about the insurance?

The Insurance is sold separately from membership and only runs $100per year for individuals.  Skate Schools Insurance costs $800 annually. Half-year insurance is also available for the months of June to December. Our ability to offer insurance is exclusive as insurance companies share information and allow only one company to offer it. Our manuals and membership policies are carefully reviewed so that the insurance company is confident that our adherence to safety standards is insurable. You must take our in-person or online certification program and pass with 80% in each category in order to obtain insurance.

If you are not otherwise covered, we strongly advise you to purchase this insurance, whether you’re an individual or a school. Skate IA was formed, in part, to ensure its skate instructors have proper coverage for their professional businesses. The policies we provide are inexpensive and easily obtained. The policies are provided to you at cost.

What Skills do I need for Level 1?

Skills you will need to demonstrate:

Skateboard Moves to teach: Five total

  • Basic Stance and Push both Goofy and Regular
  • Manual
  • Tic Tac
  • Frontside & Backside  turns & pivots
  • Frontside Ollie

Demonstration Moves only: Three total (these are to show your proficiency in skating. Typically skateboarders can perform 7 of the 8 skills.

  • Nollie
  • Kickflip
  • Heel flip