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 people who would like an introduction to the world of sport coaching.  

Keen sport fanatics can take their passion to the next level with this qualification. Sport coaches are natural leaders. Their knowledge, support and enthusiasm makes them an invaluable asset at practice and on the sideline.  

This qualification will be delivered and assessed on-the-job at your 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:

Group management techniques 

Basic injury prevention techniques 

Creating a supportive sport coaching environment  

Demonstrating positive side line behaviours 

Health and safety 

How to model simple skills and apply general coaching principles 

How to give constructive, specific and positive feedback. 

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

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.   

To check out our fees list, click here. 

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.  

Want to see where this qualification can take you next?

Check out our range of other sport qualifications

Discover your own career path on Tōu Aratika  - our careers website. 

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