Frequently Asked Questions
If I don’t complete the courses, can I get a refund?
Unfortunately, because each user has access to all course content after launching the program we do not offer any refunds on the courses.
Can I take the courses offered through IRONMAN U™?
Yes, you can enroll and take the courses for yourself. The content in the IRONMAN Coaching Certification Program is specifically tailored to coaches.
Athlete Education courses are currently available:
- Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes
- Principles of IRONMAN Training
- Principles of IRONMAN Training Plus
- Freestyle Stroke Analysis
How can an athlete find an IRONMAN U™ Certified Coach?
We recommend utilizing the IRONMAN Coach Match service that can help you narrow the field of available coaches to one that meets your specific needs.
Why should my coach be IRONMAN U™ certified?
IRONMAN U™ has developed a program that establishes a global standard for IRONMAN or IRONMAN 70.3 events. As an athlete, you should feel confident that your coach knows the science behind the training being prescribed. By hiring an IRONMAN Certified Coach you will be able to know that you are working with the best coach to help you reach your goal.
Why does an IRONMAN Athlete need a coach?
IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 races are the most challenging endurance events. Preparation and training for these events requires commitment, dedication and investment. An IRONMAN Certified Coach will have insight into proper nutrition, scheduling and training that is specific to the IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 races and will be able to better prepare you for success. Proper coaching will ensure that you as an athlete will have the best possible day on what could be one of the most memorable days of your life.
When I finish the course will I still have access to the resources in the course?
You will have access to the course materials while you are an active member of the IRONMAN Coaches Association.
Can I sign up for IRONMAN CoachMatch service, but not take the Certification program?
No, the IRONMAN CoachMatch service is only available to members of the IRONMAN Coaches Association.
What is the cost of the IRONMAN Coaches Association membership?
There are two levels of membership to the IRONMAN Coaches Association. Pricing is as follows:
|Membership||Monthy Cost||Yearly Cost|
|Basic - Billed Annually||$9||$108|
|Basic - Billed Monthly||$9.99||$119.88|
What is the all-in cost of earning and maintaining certification?
The IRONMAN Coaching Certification program costs $699.
To maintain certification, a coach has two options:
- Maintain their membership in the IRONMAN Coaches Assocation and take a recertification exm. The certification is good for two years. For IRONMAN Certified Coaches that are a member in good standing with the IRONMAN Coaches Association the recertification fee is only $99.
- Allow their membership to lapse and pay $399 if they want to recertify.
What is the cost of the IRONMAN Coaching Certification program?
The IRONMAN Coaching Certification program costs $699. Once you pass the course and become and IRONMAN Certified Coach, you will have the option of joining the IRONMAN Coaches Association. Your association fees are not included in the price of the IRONMAN Coaching Certification Program.
How does IRONMAN Coach Match work?
IRONMAN Certified Coaches will complete a profile with details about their areas of specialization, qualifications, experiences, location, pricing, etc. The athlete will then be able to search the listing of coaches based on the their needs.
What is the IRONMAN CoachMatch service?
This is a feature of the IRONMAN Coaches Association that allows athletes to find an IRONMAN Certified Coach based on their specific needs.
What does it mean to be a member in good standing with the IRONMAN Coaches Association?
A member is good standing with the IRONMAN Coaches Association is current on all of their certification requirements and has not allowed their Association membership to lapse at any point.
What is included with membership in the IRONMAN Coaches Association?
- Unlimited access to all course materials
- Ability to network with other coaches through exclusive forums
- Monthly lecture series
- Invitiation to apply to be a member of an on-site coach team at IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 events
- Listing in IRONMAN CoachMatch
- Oppotunity to contribute content to IRONMAN.com and IRONMAN U
- Much more!
Can I apply the IRONMAN Coaching Certification Program towards re-certification for another coaching credential?
Yes, the following organizations have accepted the Coaching Certification program:
- USA Cycling (USAC) - 10 CEUs
- USA Triathlon (USAT) - 3 NON-USAT CEUs
- American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) - 14 CECs
- American Council on Exercise (ACE) - 1.7 CECs
- Deutsche Triathlon Union (DTU) - 15 CEUs
- National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) - 1.4 CEUs
What is needed to re-certify?
The IRONMAN Coaching Certification is valid for two (2) year. In order to maintain your certification, you’ll need to take an exam at the end of that two-year time frame. The exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions and one (1) short-answer case study. The questions contained in the exam cover material that can be found within the IRONMAN Coaching Certification curriculum.
You will receive notification one (1) month before your certification expires with a direct link to purchase the recertification exam. The fee is $99 for association members in good standing (have not let their membership lapse since certification) and $399 for those not in the association. You will have access to the exam no sooner than one (1) month before your certification is due to expire and you will have one (1) month after your expiration date to finish and pass the recertification exam (Maximum total of two (2) months access time to purchase and successfully take and pass the exam).
Should you not successfully complete the recertification exam within this two (2) month time frame, your certification will be revoked and your association membership (if you are a member) will be automatically canceled.
How often will I have to re-certify to keep my IRONMAN Certified Coach credential?
The credential is good for two years from the date of certification.
I am a visual learner, will I be able to read along with the video modules?
The e-learning modules include audio and captioned text so you can choose to listen to the audio while you read the audio script on the screen.
English is not my first language, what other languages is the course offered in?
Currently the course is offered in English. We are working to offer the course in other languages. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and the language that you would like to have the course offered in. This will help us to prioritize a schedule for releasing the program in new languages.
Since this is online, what system requirements are there for my computer/laptop/tablet?
The online classroom has been built to support the following:
Audio - Audio output capabilities via speakers or headphones
- Windows 7, 8
- Mac OS X 10.8, 10.9
- Andriod 4.0.0 (ICS) -4.3x (JB)
- iPad iOS7.x
- Google Chrome (all versions)
- IE 10 and later
- Firefox 12 and later
- Safari 5 and later
Are there assigned login times for IRONMAN U™?
No, the IRONMAN Coaching Certification Program is self-paced, so you can take it anywhere that you have an internet connection.
What if I start the program but I cannot complete within the 90 days?
Our policy is that those enrolled will have 90 days to complete the course once they launch the online classroom. We do understand that unforeseen illnesses and family emergencies can occur. These will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Please contact email@example.com for any questions.
Once I start how long will I have to complete the program?
Each user has 90 days to complete the course from the time that they first launch the program. You can launch the program right away or wait to start the program later.
Will I have to travel to take the IRONMAN Coaching Certification Program?
No, the IRONMAN Coaching Certification Program is 100% online. You can attend and complete your courses on your desktop, laptop or tablet anywhere that you have an internet connection.
Who is on the panel of IRONMAN Master Coaches?
Our panel of IRONMAN Master Coaches includes decorated athletes and top triathlon coaches:
- Matt Dixon
- Dave Scott
- Paula Newby-Fraser
- Mark Allen
- Lance Watson
- Troy Jacobson
What is the online classroom like?
The online classroom is innovative and engaging. The classroom has been custom designed to meet the needs and schedules of IRONMAN Coaches. Recorded lectures, interactive assessments, training videos and calculators have all be incorporated into IRONMAN U™ to provide an immersive online experience. Click here for a preview of the online classroom.
Is the Coaching Certification Program available in my country?
The Coaching Certification program is 100% online. This means that it is available internationally.
What are the pre-requisites?
The IRONMAN U™ Coaching Certification program requires that all coaches we enroll acknowledge that they have read, and agree to abide by and uphold, the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, which may be updated from time to time.
I own a coaching business with several coaches, can we all become certified?
Yes, we have already worked with several coaching businesses to help their entire team become certified. For a custom solution please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who should take the IRONMAN Coaching Certification Program?
- Individuals who are seeking a triathlon coaching certification
- Existing coaching seeking expertise in long course triathlon training and eligibility into the IRONMAN Coaches Association, or who are looking for an online solution for their continuing education requirements
- Running, cycling and swimming coaches for athletes participating in IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 events
- Exercise specialists who are currently working with triathletes or want to start coaching triathletes
- Health professionals who want to expand their knowledge of endurance training so they can provide additional services to their clients
What will I get out of this that I can’t get anywhere else?
Specific knowledge and best practices on long course triathlon from notable IRONMAN coaches and athletes, access to the IRONMAN Coaches Association that includes a community forum, access to coaching clinics, opportunities to network, professional development as a coach, and our exclusive IRONMAN Coach Match service. This is IRONMAN training for coaches.
I want to become a triathlon coach, will this be too advanced for me?
The IRONMAN U™ Coaching Certification program offers foundational knowledge as well as more advanced instruction on triathlon training with a focus on endurance. This program is grounded in the scientific principles of endurance sports training. In addition to learning how to plan, develop, and execute customized training programs you will also have the opportunity to learn coaching techniques and strategies from our international panel of Master Coaches.
I am already a triathlon coach, why should I be an IRONMAN Certified Coach?
IRONMAN Certified Coaches have acquired a threshold level of knowledge in coaching athletes for long course triathlon with a focus on IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3. Upon completion of the IRONMAN Coaching Certification Program, IRONMAN Certified Coaches are invited to join the IRONMAN Coaches Association which includes the IRONMAN Coach Match service, professional networking opportunities, access to cutting edge research in endurance sports to keep them current in best coaching practices.