Whether you are brand new to archery or an avid competitor, USA Archery (USAA) offers a variety of archery programs that can help you develop or refine your archery skills. USAA programs are designed to teach you the fundamentals of archery and assist you in progressing through various achievement levels all the way from a beginner to an Olympian! Whatever your interest in archery, USAA has a program for you!

Certifications offered through FYCCN:

For archery certification in Florida please contact the FYCCN Archery coordinator at Joshua.gold@myfwc.com or 850-510-7205.

Level 1 Instructor (formerly Basic) A Level 1 Instructor is most closely associated with a “grassroots” program that is short-term in scope and focused on introducing basic archery skills to beginners. Such programs would include: camps, Scouting, 4-H, and Parks and Recreation.

  • Course content: Range safety, range set-up, basic equipment setup and repair, and how to teach the basic steps of shooting.
  • Length of Course: 4-12 hours
  • Prerequisites**: Minimum age: 15
  • Course Cost: Varies depending on instructor
  • Certification period: Three years
  • Any Level 1 Instructor who wants individual insurance coverage will need to become a member of USA Archery and complete a background check
  • Level 1 Course is not required to attend the Level 2 Course

Level 2 Instructor (formerly Intermediate) A Level 2 Instructor works with a more established archery program such as J.O.A.D., A.S.A.P., college clubs and local clubs with a strong beginner component. Level 2 Instructors are also certified to teach Level 1 courses. Current Level 2 Instructors with a successful background screen are eligible for insurance benefits. Click here for information on background screening.

  • Course Content: Basic shooting steps, introduce intermediate shooting steps, safety, range set-up; equipment setup and repair, fitting equipment to an archer, how to teach archery and how to teach a Level 1 Instructor Course.
  • Length of Course: 12-20 hours
  • Prerequisites: Minimum age: 18, USA Archery or NFAA membership, Successful background screen, successful completion of SafeSport training
  • Course Cost: Varies depending on instructor
  • Certification period: Three years.
  • Please note: No certification will be processed without membership and a successful background screen.

Certification link: https://www.usarchery.org/coaches/become-a-coach/level-2-instructor-certification



Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) is a program of USA Archery that teaches archery to young people, provides great opportunities for awarding achievement, and helps archers to enjoy the sport recreationally or progress to the excitement of competition!

JOAD offers both recurve and compound archers the opportunity to learn range safety and proper shooting technique in an environment that also fosters focus, increased self-confidence, and team building skills. JOAD is open to any youth archer aged 8 to 20 and is designed to grow with the youth archer. Introductory JOAD classes teach the fundamentals of proper shooting form; as the young archer develops, they will learn more advanced techniques.

JOAD link: https://www.usarchery.org/club-management/junior-olympic-archery-development-program-management

Archery Camp

Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) Camps are designed to introduce archers to the National Training System and provide archers an opportunity to interact with an Elite coaching staff and other archers who are also dedicated to taking the “next step” as competitors.

During the camp archers will learn and practice:

  • The National Training System (NTS) shot cycle and shooting form
  • Learn and complete goal setting exercises
  • Learn how to better prepare for tournaments
  • Undergo extensive video analysis and critiquing by Regional and Elite Coaches
  • Learn advanced training and practice techniques that they can use at home

The goals of the JOAD Camps are to raise each attending archer’s level of expertise so that they will be better prepared for tournament competition, teach training techniques that will reinforce the lessons learned at camp and to instill in each archer the confidence they need to train for and perform better at any level of competition. JOAD Camps are a great learning experience for any archer that is looking to better their skill sets.

Paralympic Sport Clubs

Paralympic Sport Clubs are community-based programs developed to involve youth and adults with physical and visual disabilities in sports and physical activity, regardless of skill level. All programs and activities will be based in the community and are run by the local organization.

More information about USA Archery can be found at: https://www.usarchery.org/

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