Level 1 USA Archery Certification Course

 with Erika Franson


Sylvan Dale Ranch ~ Loveland, Colorado


Join Erika Franson, a certified Level 2 USA Archery instructor for a day of classroom work and practical application on the range to earn a Level 1 USA Archery Certification. 

Archery Instructors and Coaches are the foundation of USA Archery's grassroots programs, and our athlete development pipeline. Obtaining your certification not only provides you with valuable knowledge and hands-on skills, but also boosts the marketing value of your program. Instructor and Coach Certifications are recognized by both USA Archery and the National Field Association.


A Level 1 Instructor is most closely associated with a "grassroots" program that is short-term in scope and focused on introducing basic archery skills to beginners. Such programs would include: camps, Scouting, 4- H, and Parks and Recreation.

Course Description*: The Level 1 Archery Instructor Certification Course provides graduates the necessary tools to maintain a high level of safety both on and off the archery range and ensures that minimum standards for archery instruction are consistently taught to provide for the safety and enjoyment of the participants, instructors and spectators. Level 1 Instructors are well prepared to teach beginner archery programs to people of all ages and abilities in a variety of both indoor and outdoor settings in the disciplines of target, field or 3-D archery. The Level 1 Instructor will learn about range safety, range setup, the steps of shooting, equipment and repair, programs and lesson plans.

Course Length: 8 hours 

Course Cost: $145.00

Certification Period: Three years from the date of course completion

Prerequisites: Minimum age is 15


*For more information on the certification, benefits, and additional resources:


Registration Limit: This course is limited to 5 (register soon!)

What to Bring: Participants should be prepared for a day of classroom work and plenty of time outside on the range. Dress appropriately for the weather, wear good footwear, and bring plenty of water, a sack lunch, and snacks. Also bring a pen and notebook to write on.


  • All participants are required to register as a USA Archery member, as well as undergo the SafeSport training prior to the certification. Please print and bring your registration and training completion receipts on the day of the course.

    • USA Archery Member Registration: https://usarchery.sport80.com/register/membership?id_add_on=246​

      • Adult 1 year​ registration is $60.00

      • Adult 3 year registration is $150.00

    • SafeSport Training Site: https://www.safesport.org/training

      • The SafeSport Trained course is geared toward coaches, team volunteers, officials or team staff members (athletic trainer, team doctor, etc.). If you are a part of the U.S. Olympic or Paralympic movement, you are eligible to take the training through your sport's National Governing Body. Please contact your NGB to access the training. If you are not a member of an NGB, the comprehensive online training course is 90 minutes long, and costs $20 per person.

      • The cost provides individuals and organizations with technical support and a U.S. Center for SafeSport Trained certificate is issued at the end of the course. The training is available with translations in Spanish and French.

      • The SafeSport Trained course covers the following topics in-depth:

        • Mandatory Reporting

        • Sexual Misconduct Awareness Education

        • Emotional and Physical Misconduct


January 26, 2019

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM



Sylvan Dale Ranch

   2939 N. County Rd. 31D
   Loveland, CO 80538

Meet at the Hilltop Parking Lot


Cost: $145.00

Instructor:  Erika Franson

Erika has been doing archery for 15 years, predominantly for recreation and hunting.  She began with a compound bow and eventually grew to prefer more traditional archery styles. While touring colleges, Erika and her parents discovered the wonders of Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch and, after deciding on Colorado State University, has found a second home at the 3,000 acre ranch wrangling horses, managing the archery program, and running the kids’ summer camp. Through her work at Sylvan Dale, much of Erika’s work crosses over with the Heart-J Center’s experiential learning program; she has hosted the archery program since it’s foundation in the spring of 2018, and the Connecting with Horses sessions. 

Erika received her Level 2 USA Archery certification in December 2017, which allows her to follow the USA Olympic teaching methods for instructing the Level 1 beginner archer. 

The Heart-J Center's archery program is made possible by the generous support of SCHEELS

Heart-J Center for Experiential Learning
PO Box 2736, Loveland, CO 80539
Tax ID#: 46-4993961
HJC is a 501(c)3 charitable organization