New Zealand Certificate in Sport Officiating (Level 3)

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Officiating L3

Who is this qualification for?     

 This qualification is for people who officiate matches within a specific sport.  

Sport officials have the knowledge to confidently call the shots. They are observant, strong communicators, who have sharp decision-making skills. They have a passion for sport, and know the rules and regulations of their code inside out.  

This qualification will be delivered and assessed on-the-job while the trainee does their normal officiating duties in the sport industry.  

Sport officials coming out of this qualification will be able to apply their sport specific knowledge and officiating skills to officiate at sport competitions.  

What's involved?

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This 40-credit qualification covers:

Sport tactics and strategies 

Rules and codes of conduct 

Risk management and injury prevention  

Personal performance review 

Performance feedback techniques 

Conflict management  

Building stakeholder relationships.  

This qualification is designed to be completed in 8 months.

Programme structure

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The programme is made up of the following unit standards:

Unit standard 31384 Demonstrate knowledge of the industry and rules for a selected sport L3 5 credits
Unit standard 31386 Demonstrate knowledge of the role and responsibilities of sports officials L3 5 credits
Unit standard 31387 Describe the application of rules and strategies for officiating at sports events for a selected sport L3 7 credits
Unit standard 31388 Carry out pre-event preparation and apply the rules of the sport while officiating sports events L3 10 credits
Unit standard 31385 Demonstrate knowledge of communication and people management as an official in sports L3 6 credits
Unit standard 20673 Demonstrate knowledge of injuries, injury prevention and risks and hazards associated with sport or recreation L3 5 credits
Unit standard 21644 Review personal performance as an official of a sports event L3 3 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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Keen to become a qualified sport official? 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 official, 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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