USPA AFF Instructor 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 AFF Instructor Rating Course section found in the IRM. In the IRM you’ll find the AFF 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, (SL/IAD or Tandem), 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 AFF 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, (Coach*, SL, IAD or Tandem)
  • *One year as a USPA Coach or 500 jumps minimum*
  • USPA C license or higher
  • Documentation of six hours of freefall time


The course will start on the first scheduled day promptly at 8 a.m. Please bring your USPA membership card and log book for verification of course requirements. The course can take 5-7 days depending on the number of candidates.

To be successful you must complete all sections of the AFF Instructor Proficiency Card and have satisfactory scores for the following:

  • Cat. C ground prep
  • Cat. D ground prep
  • Cat. C evaluation jump, main side
  • Cat. C evaluation jump, reserve side
  • Cat. D evaluation jump


  • 2-4 candidates; $650 per candidate
  • 5 or more; $600 per candidate
  • Private 1 on 1 course; $1000

There is a $100 non-refundable deposit required to reserve a slot in the course. The deposit goes towards your registration fee. There is a $50 USPA AFF Instructor rating fee upon successful completion of the course.

In addition candidates are responsible for all jump slots and video expenses, (if video is desired), during their evaluation process.

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


SVPS offers a pre-course at a rate of $175 per day, (plus slots), for up to 2 candidates with a maximum of 5 jumps. This fee can be shared between the candidates. SVPS has a 10 jump program that will help you prepare for the real thing! Additional days can be arranged at the same daily rate.

*rates subject change*

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