Become certified as a
PROFESSIONAL BARBELL COACH
The Professional Barbell Coach (PBC) is a certification reserved for strength coaches with a high level of proficiency in coaching the lifts and a thorough understanding of programming concepts.
By earning the PBC, you will have the knowledge and confidence to serve your clients with excellence along with the backing of a reputable designation to help build credibility and trust. You will also join a network of coaches who are passionate about client-centered, model informed coaching and who are committed to supporting their clients for life.
About the Professional Barbell Coach Certification
Obtaining the PBC Certification is a three-step process, completed entirely online: a proctored written exam, an interview conducted, and a platform evaluation based on video of you coaching the four main lifts.
No prior relationship or past purchases with Barbell Logic are necessary to pursue the PBC Certification. However, through the Barbell Academy, we have developed a clear pathway to the PBC through the Principles Course and Advanced Concepts. These 100% online and self-paced learning environments not only prepare you for the PBC certification process but, most importantly, equip you to coach lifters of all experience levels and goals effectively.
Standards of the Professional Barbell Coach Certification
The standards to pass the certification include:
- Effective and efficient use of teaching progressions for the squat, deadlift, bench press, and overhead press
- Identifying, prioritizing, and correcting movement errors using tactile, visual, and audible cues
- Ability to program for a general strength trainee from an early novice stage through the first 3-6 months of the post-novice transition
- Functional understanding of physiology, anatomy, and biomechanics
For more details, read The Professional Barbell Coach Standards & Objectives.
The Certification Process
The Written Exam
The first step of the process is to register for and take the written exam. You need to plan four hours of contiguous time with a stable internet connection to take the exam. The exam consists of five sections: Practical Coaching, Anatomy, Physiology, Functional Mechanics, and Programming. You will be required to share your screen and video of yourself taking the test.
After passing the written exam, we will schedule an interview at a mutually agreeable time via video conference. Questions will cover similar topics as the written exam but test your ability to articulate concepts in programming, physiology, anatomy, biomechanics, and coaching theory.
Once you pass both the written exam and interview, you will submit videos of yourself coaching the squat, press, deadlift, and bench press. Submissions must include teaching progressions for each lift as well as at least three working sets. It will be your responsibility to find new clients to coach for the platform test. After passing all three steps, you will be awarded a Professional Barbell Coach (PBC) certificate and be added to the Barbell Logic Team Page & Map.
Successfully obtaining PBC certification does not guarantee a coaching position at Barbell Logic, but the PBC is a requirement for all BLOC Staff Coaches.