Coaching Certification

Coaching certification

Since 2004, we’ve traveled the world, studying parkour with some of the oldest and best parkour communities in the world. It has been our goal to not only improve our own skills but also find the best training and teaching methods for all. We have also worked with leading researchers in fields such as biomechanics, physical therapy, chiropractic, martial arts, and fitness to better understand human movement. Through this journey, we have learned that while parkour is the root of all human movement, the safe and efficient practice of parkour as a serious discipline is understood and practiced by few, and coached by even fewer.

Our coaching certification was born in 2014 in order to empower the international parkour, freerunning, and art du déplacement community by bringing awareness to sustainable training methods, developing the highest quality of coaching, and promoting safe educational facilities. We also aim to innovate movement science, parkour techniques, and progression methodology in order to aid the parkour community’s collective knowledge as well as sports science in general.

Our coaches are continually at the forefront of developing some of the best, innovative training methods in parkour. Additionally, we have trained elite athletes who have been featured in TV shows and movies, performed around the world, and won international parkour competitions. Some of these top athletes include Dylan Baker, Taylor Carpenter, Brandon Douglass, Renae Dambly, Kristine Dietrich, Rob Schihl, Paul Kasemir, Jason Bergeron, Erica Madrid, Seth Wang, Amos Rendao, Justin Clark, Jesse Clark, Olof Wood, Brian Arnold, Dante Grazioli, Michael Sliger, and Camille Leblanc-Bazinet.

Throughout this course, you will experience the basic techniques of parkour in lab and lecture environments. Through hands-on participation, you will learn to refine your own technique and how to improve other people’s. During classroom discussion, you will learn the science behind movement and how to run a successful parkour gym or program. With drills, mock classes, and practical applications, you will learn to coach the skill of moving the human body.

Throughout the certification, we will challenge the status quo of health and fitness and discover the natural laws that affect the ways in which we move. The certification was designed to provide parkour coaches with the necessary knowledge and experience to maintain the true spirit of parkour and teach beginning practitioners safely and effectively. Only those who pass the written and practical tests at the end will earn the title of “Apex Certified Parkour Coach.”

To recap, you’ll learn:

  • Parkour philosophy & history
  • Safe & sustainable training
  • Coaching principles
  • Movement science
  • Parkour skills & progressions
  • Running a successful parkour program
"I liked how everything taught is based on science and not just personal experience. The pace was perfect. Alternating between lecture and moving was a great way to pack in a lot of content. I also liked the diversity in the group with regard to skill levels, experience, backgrounds, ages, etc. I think that enriched the experience for everyone. I strongly appreciate the supportive environment, even though my rookie level shined through, I felt encouraged and supported by everyone rather than embarrassed. You are doing a great thing, stay humble and keep going!"
Felicitas Avendano 🇦🇷
Professor / owner of Surefire Fitness
"The dedicated focus that Apex has put into their certification gives the participant in-depth knowledge of parkour starting from the history and going into the physics of movements. I felt like I was back in college and enjoyed the detailed information."
Paul Darnell 🇺🇸
Stuntman / founder of Tempest Freerunning & Hollywood Freerunners
"It was a great insight to see how they run their lessons and there were a lot of notable pointers and takeaways that I can bring back to Singapore. I really like the hands-on approach where the coaches can feel the actual difficulty of teaching beginners the various movements of parkour."
Koh Chen Pin 🇸🇬
Parkour coach / gym owner


To register for the Apex level 1 coaching certification, you must meet the following requirements:

  • 18 years old
  • Minimum 1 year parkour experience and competency in parkour fundamentals (quadrupedal movement, landing, rolling, balancing, vaulting, etc.)
  • Some experience coaching parkour or similar movement styles
  • Complete our online application
  • Receive confirmation and approval of your application
  • To save your spot, full payment must be made no later than 14 days before the event

To earn your certificate of completion, you must:

  • Participate in the full event
  • Demonstrate competency at basic parkour movements during the event
  • Pass the written test at the end of the event (80% grade or higher)
  • Pass the practical coaching tests after the event (via video submissions or live evaluation)

Additional benefits

Upon completion of our LVL 1 certification, you will also receive:

  • Job opportunities within the Apex coaching network
  • Access to our exclusive Facebook group for certified coaches
  • Follows, reposts, & other features on our website and social networks
  • Tips on finding insurance coverage
  • A Certificate of Completion recognizing you as a Apex L1 certified coach capable of: 1.) Teaching the basic movements and spirit of parkour 2.) Leading group parkour classes in a controlled, familiar environment for beginners (less than 6 months training)


Early bird: $875 (until 30 days before)
Full price: $975 (within 30 days)

Each purchase includes:

  • 1 spot in an upcoming Apex level 1 coaching certification (IRL event)
  • 1 copy of our Parkour 100 Series training program (a digital curriculum for parkour beginners + study materials for certification)
  • 1 copy of our Parkour Strength Online course (a digital collection of parkour athlete/coach physical education + study materials for certification)
  • No refunds. All sales are final but if you need it, we’ll credit you for a later date or transfer your spot to someone else.

Who should attend?

Parkour athletes, coaches, & leaders

This certification is designed for parkour specialists who wish to take their own practice, as well as their coaching skills, to the next level.

Fitness professionals

Coaches and personal trainers of all backgrounds will learn a comprehensive system of concepts of movements with many real-life applications. Additionally, the Apex method offers invaluable cross-training potential for athletes and clients of all types.

Taught by

Ryan Ford

"The way they presented parkour was pretty amazing. I was interested in parkour but after the course, I felt more in love with it. That change occurred in my head because watching them perform it was inspiring. The progressions you showed us made me feel like parkour isn't so far out of reach."
Mieka Holbrow 🇨🇦
Movement coach
"They were very much open to other opinions and discussions. I could see that they valued new information and wanted to keep growing as a program. I love how the seminar carefully incorporated the best parts of the new and old parkour culture. Keeping the 'parkour spirit' alive but still very logical and scientific. COME TO JAPAN! Love you guys!"
Masa Suzuki 🇯🇵
Parkour coach / gym owner
"They did a wonderful job with the course. It was entertaining, informative, and they did a great job keeping the class moving along. The teaching experience was valuable as well and Apex NorCal was a perfect atmosphere."
Ben Toderico 🇺🇸
Police detective / strength coach
"It was a dynamic, challenging, and well-thought-out schedule filled to the max with skills and improvement. I appreciated the ability to receive critique and instruction from both the students and instructors. They also did a great job addressing a weakness for everyone and isolating them throughout the course."
Jann Shane Hermano 🇺🇸
Nurse / parkour coach

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