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Welcome to the International Foundation of Players Academy (IFPA), where our mission is not only to excel in setting new standards in instructor certification, player training, and pickleball skill rating but also to nurture a global community deeply committed to the sport's growth and accessibility.

Central to our mission, the IFPA operates to expanding the reach of the sport and giving back to underprivileged communities worldwide by introducing pickleball to new regions and demographics.


Through our relentless dedication to certifying and training world-class pickleball instructors and players, we aspire to catalyze the sport's evolution, elevating it to unprecedented heights of recognition and excellence.

Recognition and Commitment

The IFPA's steadfast commitment to excellence has garnered recognition from esteemed global entities From 2020 to 2022, Pickleball Associations worldwide have embraced our Pickleball Certification, Skill Rating, and Training programs, testament to their efficacy in enhancing player skills and advancing the sport's standards.

Giving Back

Central to our ethos is a commitment to giving back to the pickleball community worldwide. We understand that access to resources and training is vital for the sport's growth, which is why our grant program extends support to the least developed countries. Through this initiative, we provide free equipment and training opportunities, enabling enthusiasts in underserved communities to experience the joy of pickleball and fostering inclusivity and diversity within the sport.

Best Training, Rating, and Certification Programs

At the heart of our approach is the creation of the best training, rating, and certification programs in the industry. By leveraging our expertise and industry insights, we develop comprehensive and innovative programs that cater to the diverse needs of pickleball players and instructors worldwide. Through rigorous standards and continuous improvement, we ensure that our programs uphold the highest levels of quality, effectiveness, and relevance, empowering individuals to reach their full potential and contribute to the sport's growth and development.

At the IFPA, our vision extends beyond individual skill development; we envision a thriving global pickleball community united by a shared passion for the sport. Together, let's continue to push the boundaries of excellence, accessibility, and inclusivity, ensuring that pickleball remains a sport for all, regardless of background or circumstance.

who DO we
Individual Instructors

If you currently teach pickleball or are interested in it.  Reach out to us to get certified and/or trained.  You will have the option for general & professional liability insurance and have access to a large training arsenal of videos, tips and virtual sessions.


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Experienced Instructors

If you have been teaching pickleball and have another pickleball certification or want to have a full reach of what the IFP Academy certifications offer.  Sign up to further your capability and have access to our resources.


Other Sport Instructors

Do you teach (or have taught) other sports and now you find yourself playing pickleball.  Contact us to find out more about being certified and having access to tools to help you start teaching pickleball and continually improving your game (and what you teach).


Pickleball Associations

If you started (or a part of) a country level Pickleball Association.  Contact us.  Let us help develop your pickleball program and training of individuals to teach and grow pickleball in your country and local communities.​


Country Clubs

If you have or thinking of starting pickleball.  Reach out to our professionals to help you discover how and to get your existing instructors (from other sports) trained and certified.  If you don't have individuals we can help find local seasoned instructors to help your member base.



If you live in a community and looking for a certified instructors, contact us.  If we don't have a local certified instructor in your area we will work with you to find someone to train and certify so the community benefits.


The essential elements: Instruction, proficiency assessment, and accreditation.

Our Mission

Our mission is to create the best training programs and materials, making you—the pickleball instructors and players of the world—our number one priority. With many years of experience in the pickleball industry, we intimately understand your needs and expectations when it comes to instruction, continuing education, and professional skill rating.

Our Vision

Our vision is to become the premier pickleball certifying and training entity worldwide. By prioritizing excellence and innovation, we aim to establish a global network of certified instructors and skilled players. Through our commitment to accessibility and quality, we seek to empower pickleball enthusiasts of all levels to reach their full potential on the court.

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