The aim of the American Cuesports Association (ACS) is to train and certify well- qualified Instructors/Coaches to serve the Billiard public. As the sport grows at record pace, there continues to be a need for qualified, personable Billiard teaching professionals.
Objectives of the American Cuesports Association (ACS) training program:
To encourage the study of cue sports and its profession.
Upon successful completion of the course, candidates will be offered the opportunity to become an ACS certified instructor.
Experienced Billiard instructor/coaches will bring in-depth knowledge and additional expertise to the program. During the ACS course, it is hoped we will learn from each other, melding together our ideas and methods so that we end up as a team of professional instructor/coaches.
ACS Instructor/Coach annual fees to ACS are:
Level 1 - $35
Level 2 - $50
Level 3 - $75
Level 4 - $100
Level 3 or Level 4 instructor/coach typically will charge $700-$1000 in training fees for a 3-day course.
To attain full certification, all five areas must be passed during the course:
NOTE: A professional Billiard Manual may be used as the guideline for coaching criteria.
[All instructor/coach requirements must be fulfilled before a certification/upgrade is issued by the administering instructor/coach. This means, for example, someone could take their Level 2 upgrade course, send in their written test a week later, and send in their informal PAT score a month after that to the administering instructor/coach. Once all requirements have been met with the administering instructor/coach submitting a completed upgrade form to the ACS, ACS issue the new certificate. The Instructor/Coach remains at their current certification level until that time. There is no time limit on these qualifying requirements.]
The basic requirements for the ACS Instructor/Coach are that they have knowledge of fundamentals, billiard stroke instruction, basic billiard biomechanics, ball behavior, etc., and can transfer this knowledge to candidates and students.
The ACS permits Instructors to use specialization clauses after their title, for example,
”Professional Instructor/Coach Level 2 - Specializing in Artistic Billiard discipline (e.g., Artistic Pool, Artistic Snooker, etc.)”, or Specializing in fundamentals, or the discipline of Snooker/Billiards, or 3-cushion Billiards”, etc.
The ACS Board reserves the right to select ‘Honorary’ Instructor/Coaches based on the ACS Instructor/Coaches committee recommendations.
The ACS recommends that instructor/coaches in the program be titled “Professional Billiard Instructor/Coach”.
Four levels make up the structure of the program, with the levels designated as Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, and Level 4 respectively. Click on a level below to learn more.
Attn: ACS Executive Director
American CueSports Alliance
101 S. Military Ave., Suite P - #131
Green Bay, WI 54303
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the support and sanctioning of organized competition throughout the United States.