USA Archery Level 1 Instructor Certification Course

Our virtual Level 1 Course on May 14, 2021 is full. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please call the Academy office at 717-556-1379 for assistance. 

The Level 1 Archery Instructor Certification Course provides the necessary tools to maintain a high level of safety both on and off the archery range. Level 1 Instructors are prepared to teach beginner archery programs to people of all ages and abilities. The Level 1 Instructor will learn about range safety, range setup, the steps of shooting, and basic equipment and repair.

Course Content:

  • How to set up a range, general range safety, whistle commands, steps of shooting and basic equipment repair
  • Please have on hand: notebook, pen/pencil, and a comfortable place to sit  


Schedule (reminder, this class will be held online via Zoom on Eastern Time)

Friday, May 14, 2021: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Virtual break-out sessions for the practical exam will be scheduled with you individually for Monday or Tuesday, May 17 or 18

Prerequisites: Minimum age 15, range pass with background screen, successful completion of SafeSport training and (if teaching youth in the state of Pennsylvania) PA Act 153 Background Clearances (see below for more information)

Certification Period: Three years

Please Note: No certification will be processed without membership and a successful background screen

Please input your address in the Notes field so we can send you your certification materials.

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Information on PA Act 153

Pennsylvania Act 153 requires all paid employees and unpaid volunteers "responsible for the welfare of a child or having direct contact with children" to complete comprehensive criminal and child abuse background clearances. The Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) defines “direct contact with children” as “the care, supervision, guidance or control of children or routine interaction with children.” Unless you have already gone through the requirements of PA Act 153, any current background check that you may have from various certifications or third-party companies is not accepted by the state of Pennsylvania. Some of these clearances are free for volunteers.


This first link is to the PA Department of Public Welfare. They will complete the PA Child Abuse History check, and then you will receive a certification. You will also create an individual login, can check you status, and print your certification. Please choose the correct certification purpose.

  1. Child Abuse Clearance obtained through the Department of Public Welfare

This second link is to the PA State Police for a criminal background check. You will fill in your personal information, and then write down your control number. You may receive an email immediately, or it may take about 5 days for the state police to get your information. It can take up to 6 months for results. If you are charged for the background check, please print a copy of your receipt.

  1. Criminal History Record from the PA State Police (PATCH) System

This third link is to the FBI Fingerprinting registration page. VOLUNTEERS living in the state of PA for more than 10 years will not have to complete this section. If you don’t live in the state, or have lived here less than 10 years you will need to go through this step. When you get to the page, go to “Register Online”. From there, fill in your information. Once completed, please print out your receipt as you will need to take it to get your finger printing completed.

FBI Fingerprint screening (this does not include volunteers with ten year consistent PA residence)


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