Level 1 Certification

The Short Version

It is for those who want to learn how to teach inline and roller skaters at any level. The Level 1 Certification teaches you how to teach, how to improve your teaching, how to break down ANY move into easily digestible steps, for all ages, and how to create a beginning, middle and end to every class you teach.

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The Longer Version

Level 1 is for inline or roller skaters who are either brand new at teaching, or have been teaching without the the skills to break EVERY move into easy, clear to follow steps: to create an Introduction including safety, credibility and warmth; a Teaching Model that includes proper demonstrations and breaks down each move into 3 steps statically and dynamically, what to look for to provide feedback, drills and proper execution; an end to the lesson that empowers the student to practice more, what to practice and how that moves fit into more complex moves.

nyc-cert-2014You will also be taught modifications to the move so that you can teach to a wider variety of levels in the same class. You will learn how to set your students up for success, who to keep them safe while learning, where to situate yourself in the classroom for maximum learning, how to teach to a variety of learning styles (thinkers vs. doers) and how to use props to increase learning and fun in the classroom. The students are left, at the end of the lesson,  with an understanding of what it takes to do the move, how to do it in a safe manner, what the 3 steps are, how it creates new openings for similar moves and what moves they will learn when they return to your next lesson.

Longtime coaches and teachers who have been teaching skating and other sport disciplines have 100% agreed that taking this certification has improved their teaching, allowed them to teach to a wider variety of students and formalized their instruction.

They have explained, in the post certification survey, how they wished they had taken the course sooner and that is was worth their time and money.


This is the foundation for all disciplines. From Hockey to Derby, from Slalom to Race, all those who completed the Level 1 Certifications stated that it increased their ability to create a larger stream of students into their programs because they could start with beginners to skating and set them up with the fundamentals for success in their intended skating programs.

Level 1 is the fundamental course for teaching. While anyone can teach a natural skater to teach, this program gives you the tools to teach everyone from brand new skaters to cautious skaters.

It is strongly recommended that if you are take the Freestyle Slalom or Skate Park courses, that you also consider taking the Level 1 Certification.

Minimum Requirements

Candidates should attend with a proficiency in skating. While you will learn the moves, edging and form, you should be considered at least an intermediate skater.

The five moves you will learn to teach are:

  1. V-Walk to Basic Stride
  2. Heel Stop (inlines) or Toe Stop (roller skates)
  3. Pivot
  4. Backwards Skating (Backward Swizzles or Backwards Stroking)
  5. Parallel Turns

The 3 moves to demonstrate proficiently:

  1. Hockey Stop, Spin  Stop or Powerslide (you choose based on your skating discipline, but all will taught to advance your skills)
  2. Crossovers in a circle (one direction)
  3. Transitions (moving from forward to backwards and backwards to forwards by stepping)

Our schedule for certifications in North & South America are updated regularly. We can come your way, or you can find a Certification to attend locally or through travel. We can help with finding couch surfing options for our traveling candidates.
Consider hosting a certification in your city and create an opportunity for a discount based on the certification.

Once Certified, new Skate IA members are offered the opportunity to purchase annual liability insurance as an individual or as a skate school. Skate IA is exclusive in its’ ability to offer this type of insurance. The insurance is sold for the calendar year and may be purchased anytime during the year.

Get certified, teach with the knowledge necessary to create new skaters and develop long time skaters. Build your community through teaching and sharing your talent for skating.  Register here!