USPA A-D Licenses

If you are looking to get any or all of your USPA Licenses, whether for the first time or to convert other licenses over, we can facilitate that process for you provided you have met all the requirements. Each license has different requirements as listed below.  Please note that all requirements for the lower licenses need to be filled when applying for the higher license.


A License

  • Completed 25 skydives.
  • Completed all requirements listed on the USPA A
    License Proficiency Card or the USPA A License Progression Card.
  • Completed five group freefall skydives involving at
    least two participants.
  • Passed the USPA-developed written and oral
    USPA A-license exams.


B License

  • Completed 50 skydives.
  • Accumulated 30 minutes of freefall time.
  • 10 accuracy landings within 33 feet of target.
  • Either; demonstrated the ability to perform individual maneuvers (left 360, right 360, backloop, left 360, right 360, backloop) within 18 seconds, OR, successfully completed the planned formation(s) on 10 group freefall jumps.
  • Completed and documented live water landing training.
  • Completed all of the requirements listed on the USPA Canopy Piloting Proficiency Card.
  • Passed the written USPA B license exam.


C License

  • Completed 200 skydives.
  • Accumulated 60 minutes of controlled freefall time.
  • Completed 25 accuracy landings within 7 feet of target.
  • Either: performed in freefall within 18 seconds-
    a backloop, front loop, left360-degree turn, right 360-degree turn, right barrel roll and left barrel roll, OR, completed at least two points on an 8-way or larger random freefall skydive.
  • Passed the written USPA C license exam.


D License

  • Completed 500 skydives.
  • Accumulated 3 hours of controlled freefall time
  • Made two night jumps (recommended that the first one be a solo and one in a group) with a freefall of at least 20 seconds.
  • Passed the written USPA D license exam.

We are happy to facilitate the license exams for you.  If you have any other questions about any of the requirements, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will try to assist you.  We try to conduct night jumps at our drop zone every year and we normally host B-License Canopy Courses and Water Training every season.

Rating Conversions

If you already have an instructional rating issued by another country or federation (non-USPA), we are able to offer conversion courses in order for you to receive your equivalent USPA Rating.  The conversion requirements are all listed below, but can also be found in the USPA Instructional Manual (IRM).  Please see our Pricing page for fees for conversion courses.

USPA Coach Rating Conversions

As of January, 2018, the requirements to convert a Coach Rating over to USPA have changed.

All of the Coach Rating ground evaluations (teaching all freefall topics and the first jump course topics) now need to be completed in full along with 2 in-air evaluations.  The only difference between the conversion course and the full course is that with the conversion, the Coach Examiner will not provide any training or guidelines to the candidate who is challenging the coach course.  In essence, the Candidate misses all of the required theory covered in the full Coach Course that is needed in order to successfully pass the ground and air evaluations.  Any unsuccessful air or ground evaluation results in the requirement to take the full USPA Coach Rating Course.

As a result of this change, we no longer offer coach conversion courses.  In order to set all of our Candidates up for success, we feel it is more beneficial to have that additional day of theory needed to pass the evaluations.


USPA AFF Instructor Rating Conversions

As of January, 2018, the requirements to convert an AFF Rating over to USPA have changed.

For persons with a current non-USPA foreign country AFF Rating, the requirements are as follows:

  • Must be a current member of USPA.
  • Must hold a USPA C or D license.
  • Must hold a USPA Coach Rating.
  • Must include a rating card or other proof of the non-USPA AFF rating to USPA Headquarters along with the AFF Instructor Rating Proficiency Card.
  • Demonstrate competence to gear up and check a student.
  • Complete one satisfactory Category C and one Category D ground preparation evaluation.
  • Complete three satisfactory air evaluations (Category C main side, Category C reserve side, Category D).
  • Pass the General USPA Instructor and AFF Instructor written exams with a score of at least 80%.

AFF Instructor Course

USPA Tandem Instructor Rating Conversions

As of January, 2018, the requirements to convert a Tandem Rating over to USPA have changed.

To convert a manufacturer’s rating or a foreign aeroclub rating to a USPA Tandem Instructor rating, the Candidate:

  • Must have earned a USPA Coach Rating.
  • Must have logged at least 15 tandem jumps within the previous 12 months.
  • Must meet the manufacturer currency requirements for the previous 90-day period.
  • Provide a copy of the USPA Tandem Instructor rating course proficiency card, medical certificate and the rating fee to USPA Headquarters for processing.
  • Provide proof of the manufacturers or foreign aeroclub tandem rating to USPA Headquarters.
  • For a person with a manufacturer rating recognized by the USPA, they must complete specific items of the USPA Tandem Rating Course Proficiency Card, depending on what USPA ratings the Candidate holds:
    • USPA Coach Rating – Complete items 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 10.
    • USPA Instructor Rating (AFF or IAD/Static Line) – Complete item 10.
  • For a person with with no manufacturer rating recognized by USPA but who hold a tandem rating issued by a non-U.S. skydiving federation or aeroclub you must complete items 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10 and 13 on the USPA Tandem Instructor Rating Proficiency Card.

Tandem Course

Converting to a UPT Tandem Rating

If a Candidate already possess a current Tandem Instructor rating from another manufacturer, this can be converted to the UPT Tandem Rating (SIGMA).  To convert another manufacturers rating over to UPT the Candidate must:

  • Hold proof of a current tandem rating from another approved manufacturer.
  • Show proof of at least 25 jumps on the system your rated on.
  • Meet all the requirements for the initial UPT Tandem Rating Course.
  • Complete a minimum of 2 evaluation jumps on the SIGMA system (full course is required if less than 25 jumps on current system).
  • Partake in all classroom portions of the conversion course.

Registrating for a Conversion Course

If you would like to register for a conversion course, please fill out our Course Registration Form and let us know what dates you would be available to do the conversion.  We don’t normally schedule courses strictly for conversions, but we will do our best to set something up for you as soon as we can based on the type of conversion needed and dates you’ve requested!


Please feel free to contact us!  We are happy to answer any questions you may have and/or to set up a course of your own!

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