New Zealand Certificate in Sport Coaching (Level 3)

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Sport Coaching L3 v2

Who is this qualification for?     

This qualification is for beginner-level coaches who want to delve deeper into the skills and qualities that make a great coach.

You don’t need to be an elite athlete to be a great coach. Coaching takes passion, enthusiasm, and patience, but most of all coaches need to be able to connect with those they are coaching, and understand and care about their needs and goals.

Sport coaches are able to instill a love of sport into young people and give them the courage and confidence to try things out, make mistakes and try again, all the while ensuring fun, friendship and fair-play is front and centre.

This qualification will be delivered and assessed on-the-job at a workplace in the sport industry.  

Coming out of this qualification, an up-and-coming sport coach will have the skills and knowledge to coach participants at entry level across a range of sports.  

What's involved?

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This 40-credit qualification covers these key concepts:

Know yourself and know why you are coaching | Ko wai au?

Know your participants | Whakawhānaunga

Know your sport | Mātauranga tākaro

Being a good sport | Whakamana, manaakitanga me kaitiakitanga

Health, safety and wellbeing | Hauora

Planning, running and reflecting on your coaching | Ngā whakaaro, whakamahi me aromatawai

This qualification is designed to be completed in 6-10 months.

Programme structure

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The programme is made up of the following unit standards:

Unit standard 20673 Demonstrate knowledge of injuries, injury prevention and risks and hazards associated with sport or recreation L3 5 credits
Unit standard 22771 Plan beginner-level coaching sessions for sport participants L3 6 credits
Unit standard 25805 Demonstrate knowledge of individual and group characteristics and needs for coaching participants in sport L3 3 credits
Unit standard 31384 Demonstrate knowledge of the industry and rules for a selected sport L3 5 credits
Unit standard 31675 Demonstrate knowledge of the role and responsibilities of a coach, and of coaching beginner-level sport participants L3 7 credits
Unit standard 31677 Coach beginner-level participants through skill development activities for a selected sport L3 4 credits
Unit standard 31678 Review coaching of beginning-level participants through skill development activities for a selected sport L3 4 credits
Unit standard 31679 Demonstrate knowledge of participant welfare and wellbeing in a sports environment L3 6 credits

For more information on the content of the qualification, visit the NZQA website, here.

What are the costs?

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On-job training costs workplaces both time and resources. It can mean covering registration fees, learning and assessment resources, allocating time for training, and having an appropriate assessment pathway available.  

Total costs for trainees will vary depending on how the qualification is delivered, how it is assessed and how much support the workplace can provide.   

Check out our fees list and financial help options.

For more detailed information about the cost of doing an on-job qualification, get in touch. 

Where to from here?

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 Are you keen to kick off the training to become a qualified sport coach? Think this might be the right qualification for your staff?  Game on!

To find out more, contact your regional Skills Active learning support advisor.   

Remember, to do this qualification on the job, a Skills Active trainee needs to be working as a volunteer or paid employee in the sport industry.  

If you want to become a qualified sport coach, but you're not currently employed in the industry, contact your local sport club or facility, or a Skills Active learning support advisor to talk about how you can get involved.  

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