APK Instructor Certification Program

The American Parkour Instructor Certification Program is a comprehensive 3-day training program based on the longest-running parkour curriculum in the US: the APK Academy. The program is administered by Travis Graves, Head Coach and Program Director at American Parkour, one of the most experienced coaches in the country with over 14 years as a professional. The program promotes the healthy growth of parkour by providing useful and relevant information about the discipline, training practices, histories and philosophies for those who coach others to help them attain their potential through movement.

Upcoming Dates

June 24-26 2022| Phoenix Freerunning | Lvl 1&2 Combined Cert

Register HERE

Early bird registration by 05/01/2022 is $700! Register after 5/1 for $800.

Don’t see a date or location that work for you? Is the class already filled? We can notify you when more classes become available if you pass along your contact information here.

Benefits of holding the APK Certified Instructor certificate:

  • Official recognition of the American Parkour teaching curriculum for parkour instructors looking to teach in an official capacity such as gyms, college clubs and other scenarios that require certification. This also includes personal trainers and other fitness professionals looking to add something unique and fun to their arsenal.
  • Learn the fundamentals of parkour movement and how to efficiently and safely teach others.
  • Understand the kinesthetics of parkour and how to properly apply parkour techniques to multiple levels of athleticism and ability.
  • Learn how to design and instruct parkour classes for a wide variety of situations.
  • Your name and information on APK’s list of Certified Trainers.
  • Fuel your fire in parkour with new training knowledge, drills, and mindset to take back to your local parkour community.
  • A direct line of communication with APK Academy HQ, including a certified instructor’s forum, training resources for on-going classes and drills, and assistance in training matters such as building attendance and gym management.

Prerequisites:

  • Familiarity with basic parkour techniques equivalent to one year of consistent, dedicated training. Video demonstration of skills will be considered as substitute for training time at the discretion of certification administrators.
  • Some coaching experience in a movement discipline, parkour or otherwise, is recommended.

What to expect:

  • Hands-on learning that includes lots of movement to demonstrate proper form and corrections, and mock classroom situations to practice coaching skills.
  • “Classroom” learning including basics of anatomy and biomechanics relating to training, principles of exercise science and programming, how to spot and treat injuries and physical inefficiencies, parkour history and philosophies, and much more.
  • A physical movement and written exam to test candidates in their understanding and mastery of the material. Attendance of the program does not guarantee certification, but all aspects of the exam may be made up at no charge if the initial exam is failed.

Details:

  • Cost is $800 ($700 if you register Early Bird) and only 10 General spots per session are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • There is 1 reserved spot available for those leading college or university parkour/ freerunning clubs. Contact Travis for details at travis@americanparkour.com
  • Certification is held at APK Affiliated Gyms
  • It consists of three days of training from 9am–6pm

For questions and enrollment email travis@americanparkour.com


“The APK Instructor Program was an invaluable experience to me. Even though I have been teaching formally prior to taking this course it still offered a good amount of information that I could add to my classes, reinforce the things that I was doing well and adapt the things I had trouble with teaching. It also helped rekindle my interest in learning about teaching as I feel like I had gotten a little complacent with my teaching. It’s definitely a great experience and I suggest it to anyone interested in stepping up their teaching abilities.” – Jereme Sanders, graduate of the inaugural program

” I learned more in those 3 days of certification than I have in all the years that I’ve been training.
Not even taking into account the training, drills, and how much genuine fun I had.
The facts, science they taught us about biomechanics, injury prevention, and helping progress beginners alone; was absolutely well worth it to me personally.
Thank you APK. .” – Shinobi Poli, owner of Shinobi School

“Everything I Ever Needed to Know About Teaching I Learned from Parkour. That’s right, in just three days under the tutelage of Travis Graves of the American Parkour Certification Program, I came away with an understanding about not just parkour instruction, but teaching, in general, that is more valuable than both my degrees in education.” – Keith Mylett, Parkour instructor and school teacher in Hawaii

Looking for an APK Certified Instructor? Find them here.

Contact Us

American Parkour
(844) 472-7568
219 M St NW
Washington, DC 20001

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We're very excited to announce that we will be presenting at the Worlds of Work Expo where over 3,000 kids from 7 counties in Virginia will get to learn about career choices.

We'll help display careers related to:
Health and Wellness - Coaching, Physical Education, Sports Physiotherapy
Design and Manufacturing - CAD, CNC Work, Metal and Woodworking
Professional Athletes - @worldchasetag and Parkour

We'll have a fully interactive 20X20 Booth featuring our Middle School Parkour Kit, plus a Parkour Rig and other equipment on display in various stages of manufacture.

We'll also have videos showing our Parkour in Schools Program, some of the Television shows we've made and Performances from Madonna to Mercedes Benz, World Chase Tag, and Parkour Gyms.

We're grateful to Jenna French, TMP of Shenandoah County for this opportunity!

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We're very excited to announce that we will be presenting at the Worlds of Work Expo where over 3,000 kids from 7 counties in Virginia will get to learn about career choices. We'll help display careers related to: Health and Wellness - Coaching, Physical Education, Sports Physiotherapy Design and Manufacturing - CAD, CNC Work, Metal and Woodworking Professional Athletes - @worldchasetag and Parkour We'll have a fully interactive 20X20 Booth featuring our Middle School Parkour Kit, plus a Parkour Rig and other equipment on display in various stages of manufacture. We'll also have videos showing our Parkour in Schools Program, some of the Television shows we've made and Performances from Madonna to Mercedes Benz, World Chase Tag, and Parkour Gyms. We're grateful to Jenna French, TMP of Shenandoah County for this opportunity! Virginia Department of Education Virginia Economic Development Partnership #health #education #work #school #wellness #parkour
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Good luck to all of the athletes competing in the WFPF USA Parkour Cup this weekend!

American Parkour is going to equalize the prize money for men and women. 

APK will award the winner of both Speed and Freestyle Women's division $200 each. No strings attached.

#parkour #freerunning #apklife #apkparkour #precisionsticks
#sportswomen #sports #sport #womeninsports #athletes #fitness  #sportlife #gym #motivation #makeitright #integrity #equity #sportsequity
Good luck to all of the athletes competing in the WFPF USA Parkour Cup this weekend!

American Parkour is going to equalize the prize money for men and women. 

APK will award the winner of both Speed and Freestyle Women's division $200 each. No strings attached.

#parkour #freerunning #apklife #apkparkour #precisionsticks
#sportswomen #sports #sport #womeninsports #athletes #fitness  #sportlife #gym #motivation #makeitright #integrity #equity #sportsequity
Good luck to all of the athletes competing in the WFPF USA Parkour Cup this weekend! American Parkour is going to equalize the prize money for men and women. APK will award the winner of both Speed and Freestyle Women's division $200 each. No strings attached. #parkour #freerunning #apklife #apkparkour #precisionsticks #sportswomen #sports #sport #womeninsports #athletes #fitness #sportlife #gym #motivation #makeitright #integrity #equity #sportsequity
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APK is holding tryouts for the 2022 WCT Season! If you're interested in trying out, you'll need to do the following.

Create a Tryout Video (Details for that are on our YouTube LINK IN BIO)

Upload that Video to Google Drive and Share that video/folder with apksubmission@gmail.com

The deadline for submissions is the Ides of March (if you don't know when that is, better find out)

QUICK CLARIFICATION FOR OUR APK FANS
This does NOT mean we are scrapping all our previous athletes, in fact you'll most likely see most of them again (because we have some BEASTS on our team) but we do want the best athletes for our teams (as the brothers say, they want to see the best people chase). So holding tryouts opens the doors for new athletes to enter the sport 

Now Good Luck! And remember, Don't Get Caught

#parkour #freerunning #apklife #apkparkour #precisionsticks
@worldchasetag @wctfans
APK is holding tryouts for the 2022 WCT Season! If you're interested in trying out, you'll need to do the following. Create a Tryout Video (Details for that are on our YouTube LINK IN BIO) Upload that Video to Google Drive and Share that video/folder with apksubmission@gmail.com The deadline for submissions is the Ides of March (if you don't know when that is, better find out) QUICK CLARIFICATION FOR OUR APK FANS This does NOT mean we are scrapping all our previous athletes, in fact you'll most likely see most of them again (because we have some BEASTS on our team) but we do want the best athletes for our teams (as the brothers say, they want to see the best people chase). So holding tryouts opens the doors for new athletes to enter the sport Now Good Luck! And remember, Don't Get Caught #parkour #freerunning #apklife #apkparkour #precisionsticks @worldchasetag @wctfans
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Check out American Parkour Founder Mark Toorock's talk "Individual Together: Building Parkour and Movement Communities" as part of the Embodied Movement Summit. Please use APK's affiliate link (LINK IN BIO) to get your free ticket to this incredible event with over 27 expert presentations including Sebastien Foucan and Kelly Starrett
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#parkour #freerunning #apklife #apkparkour #precisionsticks
Check out American Parkour Founder Mark Toorock's talk "Individual Together: Building Parkour and Movement Communities" as part of the Embodied Movement Summit. Please use APK's affiliate link (LINK IN BIO) to get your free ticket to this incredible event with over 27 expert presentations including Sebastien Foucan and Kelly Starrett . #parkour #freerunning #apklife #apkparkour #precisionsticks
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And that's day 1of the APK Coaching Cert! We had great discussions about the qualities and foundation of a great coach here at @swiftmovementstudio Now it's time to prepare for day 2!
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#parkour #freerunning #apklife #apkparkour #precisionsticks
And that's day 1of the APK Coaching Cert! We had great discussions about the qualities and foundation of a great coach here at @swiftmovementstudio Now it's time to prepare for day 2!
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#parkour #freerunning #apklife #apkparkour #precisionsticks
And that's day 1of the APK Coaching Cert! We had great discussions about the qualities and foundation of a great coach here at @swiftmovementstudio Now it's time to prepare for day 2! . #parkour #freerunning #apklife #apkparkour #precisionsticks
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Time to start the week, and we'd like to start it with a smooth set of tac flows from @d3fythenorm 
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How do you start you week?
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Time to start the week, and we'd like to start it with a smooth set of tac flows from @d3fythenorm . How do you start you week? . #parkour #freerunning #apklife #apkparkour #precisionsticks
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