USPA Tandem Certification Course

You’ll need a current version* of the Skydiver’s Information Manual (SIM), and an Instructional Rating Manual, (IRM). These may be purchased from your local gear store or from the USPA store @ (540) 604-9740 or online @ *no older than 24 months*

Prior to the course all candidates should study the Tandem Instructor Rating Course section found in the IRM. In the IRM you’ll find the Tandem Instructor Rating Course proficiency card. The card needs to be signed off in the required areas prior to the start of the course. If you are a current USPA Instructor, you don’t need to meet the requirements on the card marked with an asterisk, (*).

Meeting the pre-course requirements may take some time so you should make sure to schedule an appropriate amount of time to complete the card before the start of the course you plan on attending.

One of the requirements is to complete a 40 question written exam. This is broken into two parts, the 25 question General Instructor exam and the 15 question Tandem Instructor exam. These can be found in the back of the book and are open book exams. You’ll need a passing score of at least 80%. All answers can be found in either the IRM or SIM.

Course Details


  • Must be a current USPA member
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Holds or has held any USPA instructional rating
  • USPA D license
  • Logged 500 jumps
  • Minimum 3 years experience in parachuting
  • Current FAA Class 3 medical certificate or foreign equivalent - non U.S. residents only

The course will start on the first scheduled day promptly at 8 a.m. Please bring your USPA membership card and log book(s) for verification of course requirements. The course can take 3-4 days depending on weather and the number of candidates. Please click on manufacturer’s link for daily schedule.

Tandem Instructor Rating Course registration fee is $650. There is a $100 non-refundable deposit required to reserve a slot in the course. The deposit goes towards your registration fee. In addition to the registration fee there is a $50 USPA rating fee upon successful completion of the course and a Mfg. rating fee. Candidates are responsible for all jump slots and video expenses, (if video is desired), during their evaluation process. 

SVPS offers training with UPT’s Vector or Sigma tandem systems and Strong Enterprises Dual Hawk tandem system. SVPS conducts the USPA and Manufacturer’s courses concurrently. For the manufacture’s requirements, course material and rating fees, click on their link below.

Candidate(s) will be responsible for any expenses occurred by the Course Examiner due to travel, lodging or on-site transportation.

*rates subject to change*

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