What is PSA?
The Professional Skaters Association (PSA) is the official figure skating coach’s education, training and accreditation program for the U.S. Figure Skating and the Ice Skating Institute. PSA is the largest and most recognized of all figure skating coach’s organizations in the world.
PSA Mission Statement
Dedicated to providing continuing education and accreditation to ice skating professionals in a safe and ethical environment. Training quality coaches around the world.
Who belongs to PSA?
PSA membership consists of coaching members who train skaters from grassroots to elite levels of competition as well as judges and fans of the sport. Currently, PSA membership consists of 6400 coaches worldwide, a staff of 15 employees and 215 volunteers nationwide.
What does PSA do?
PSA provides education and accreditation to figure skating coaches. PSA organizes over 30 educational seminars each year. Accreditation is offered ten disciplines of examination for members who desire to be board certified in one of four levels from Registered to Master.
What are Ratings?
Ratings exams include both a written and oral examination consisting of sport science & medicine, ethics and discipline-specific coaching technique information. Ratings exams are have four levels that must be taken in order. The first step to earn a rating is take the Basic Accreditation (BA) rating exam. Once a rating has been earned, a coach must maintain a minimum of 28 educational credits over a three-year period through attendance at educational events.
Ratings are an assurance to clubs, rinks, skaters, parents and the general public that the coach they hire is technically qualified to instruct at the level in which they are rated, regardless of their background and skating achievement.
- Free Skating
- Moves in the Field
- Pairs Team
- Free Dance
- Program Director
- Registered (Basic Understanding)
- Certified (Specific Understanding)
- Senior (Complete Understanding)
- Master (Mastery Understanding)
What are Rankings?
PSA coaches are awarded a ranking based on the performance of their skaters. This distinguished ranking is recognized as a lifetime achievement and is awarded each year at the PSA International Conference. Rankings are listed in increasing order from I-X.