Player Development Programme (Level 3)

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Player Development

Who is this programme for?     

 This programme  is for athletes who are keen to develop and expand their career skills.  

Playing sport at an elite level is a great career, but it doesn't last forever. This programme helps players learn more about themselves, their sport, and their long-term ambitions. It involves identifying and reflecting on successful attitudes, behaviours and values, and making a plan for sporting and career goals. 

Coming out of this programme, graduates will have learned and demonstrated transferable skills that are valued by employers in the sport, exercise and leisure industry.

Please note that by completing this programme, the trainee has achieved the New Zealand Certificate in Sport, Exercise and Leisure Operations.

Please also note that Player Development is only available as a customised programme for specific employers. Get in touch with us for more information.

What's involved?

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 This 40-credit qualification covers the following areas:  

Knowledge of your chosen sport

Health, safety and injury prevention


Managing your own personal health and wellbeing.  

This qualification is designed to be completed in 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 28511 Manage and evaluate personal health and wellbeing to participate in a specific recreation activity L3 5 credits
Unit standard 29850 Operate professionally in a recreation workplace L3 15 credits
Unit standard 29851 Apply safe working procedures and practices in a recreation workplace L3 10 credits
Unit standard 31384 Demonstrate knowledge of the industry and rules for a selected sport L3 5 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.   

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 develop your sporting career? Think this might be the right qualification for your team?  

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 are interested in this qualification, but you're not currently employed in the industry, contact your local gym or exercise facility, or a Skills Active learning support advisor to talk about how you can get involved.  

Express your interest


Contact your regional advisor or

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