Coaching Certification

Coaching Certification


Our level 1 coaching certification is primarily designed and led by co-founders Ryan Ford and Amos Rendao. Since 2004, we’ve traveled the world, studying parkour with many prominent and diverse parkour communities. It’s our goal to not only improve our own skills, but to also find better training methods for all. To better understand all styles of human movement, we also work with educators and researchers in other fields such as biomechanics, physical therapy, chiropractic, martial arts, and strength training. Through this journey, we’ve learned that sustainable, effective parkour training is practiced by few and coached by fewer.

Many of our coaches are at the forefront of developing high quality and innovative parkour training methods through projects such as Amos’ Parkour Ukemi & Parkour Randori, as well as Ryan’s Parkour Strength Training. We’ve also helped develop many world-class athletes who have been featured in movies, performed for Cirque du Soleil, and won international parkour competitions. Some of these athletes and artists include Brandon DouglassRenae Dambly, Kristine DietrichRob SchihlPaul KasemirDylan BakerErica MadridMason FleetJustin ClarkJesse ClarkBrian ArnoldDante Grazioli, and Camille Leblanc-Bazinet.

During this certification, you will experience the basic skills of parkour in both lab and lecture environments. Through hands-on participation, you will learn to refine your own technique, as well as how to coach other people. Through classroom discussion, you will learn the science behind the movement and how to run a successful parkour program. Through drills, mock lessons, and practical application, you will learn to coach diverse human movement. 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 Level 1 Certified Coach.”

To recap, you will 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 / movement coach
"The dedicated focus that Ryan & Amos have 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 / co-founder of Tempest Freerunning
"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, 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)for

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 LVL 1 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

Amos Rendao

"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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