U101 - Safety & Risk Management
Course Description

The primary goal of this course is to increase safety and risk management awareness. The course has been designed for a variety of audiences - gymnastics coaches, teachers, instructors, club owners, meet directors, judges, athletes and others. The course addresses the two basic areas of risk in gymnastics - risk of injury, which is the primary risk, and risk of a lawsuit. Education, preparation, and vigilance are the primary tools gymnastics professionals need to deal with risk and uncertainty in the sport of gymnastics.

  • The U101 Safety/Risk Management course is offered as an online course and as a live course. Individuals can choose which course they prefer to take.
  • U101 Safety/Risk Management is required for all Professional Members and Junior Professional Members of USA Gymnastics.
  • This course runs best with Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browsers. Internet Explorer uses may have trouble within the course.
  • Re-certifying members can take the course up to one year prior to expiration. New expiration date will be July 31, four years from your expiring year.

    Current Expiration Date Upon Renewal
    The NEW Expiration Date
    2018 7/31/2022

The online course takes approximately four to five hours to complete. The live course is scheduled for five hours.

The locations for the live courses are:
Online Course Registration

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By Mail, Email or Fax

Online Course
  • Individuals will have access to the online course for 30 days. The course must be completed during that time otherwise you will have to re-register and pay for the course again. Additionally, if individuals allow the course to expire, any activity in the course will be lost and individuals must start the course from the beginning.
  • Users must progress through each page and chapter of the course before accessing the final test. There is a 25-question final exam which must be passed with 75% or better score.
  • The course comes with a complimentary digital copy of the Safety and Risk Management Handbook. Detailed instructions for downloading are in the beginning of the online course.
  • Individuals wanting a hardcopy of the handbook will be able to select a purchase option during U101 Safety and Risk Management course registration.
  • If a Safety and Risk Management Handbook is needed after the course is purchased, an individual will have 30 days to purchase a copy at the discounted course price.
  • $65 for USA Gymnastics Members
    Professional, Jr. Professional, Instructor and Athlete (age 14 or older)
    • This fee is for first time certification or online re-certification.
    • In-house registration - $70
  • $85 for Non Members. (A certificate/university credit is unavailable to Non-Members)
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  • Online course fees are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to another individual.
  • Course attendees must be a minimum of 14 years old.
Live Course

Live courses are conducted annually at USA Gymnastics National Congress and Regional Congresses by a National Safety Instructor.

  • The live course includes an open book exam. Exams must be passed with 75% or better score.
  • Course participants will receive a copy of Gymnastics Risk Management handbook at the course.
  • Late and onsite registrants will receive a U101 Safety/Risk Management Course Attendance Verification form which verifies successful completion. These are valid for 60 days. Please keep your verification form with you to present at USA Gymnastics' sanctioned events.
  • $70 for USA Gymnastics Members (SAVE $5 by registering online)
    Professional, Jr. Professional, Instructor and Athlete (age 14 or older)
  • $85 for Non Members (18 years and older—a background check is required). (A certificate/university credit is unavailable to Non-Members)
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  • Pre-registration can be done online up to 48 hours prior to the live course. Pre-registration can also be done by mail or fax and must be received two weeks prior to the course.
  • A late fee of $25 will incur for all online registrations beginning five days prior to the live course. A late fee of $25 will incur for all mail/faxed registrations received less than two weeks prior to a live course.
  • All on-site registrations will be charged a $25 late fee and are not guaranteed course materials or a spot in the course.
  • Registered individuals may cancel their registration and request a refund within 30 days following a course. A 25% processing fee will apply. Course Cancellation and Refund Form
  • Individuals registered for a U101 may transfer their registration to another live U101 course at a different date/time (using the Course Transfer Form). Transfers to another live course must be done at least 2 weeks prior to the new course or late fees will apply. Individuals MAY NOT transfer registration to another type of course or to another individual.
  • Late registration is not guaranteed a book.
  • USA Gymnastics reserves the right to cancel and/or change the date of any live hands-on training course due to lack of registration(s).
Additional Course Information
  • Additional Resources: Please visit the USA gymnastics online store for an opportunity to purchase "Guide to Safety & Training in the Gym" (2-disc DVD set). This resource compliment material presented in the U101 Safety & Risk Management course.
  • U101 Safety/Risk Management Q&A - Questions and answers regarding the Safety/Risk Management Certificate course.
USA Gymnastics University

U101 Safety and Risk Management Course is a required course for USA Gymnastics University.

Upon completion of the course, members can print out a certificate of course completion on their USA Gymnastics "My Profile" page. (*Live Course: please allow 3-4 weeks)