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Qualification - Certificate in Sports Coaching

Course CodeVRE012
Fee CodeCT
Duration (approx)600 hours

Sports Coaching Course

It is becoming more and more evident that there are many factors involved in athletic performance. This unique qualification covers many of these factors, to provide the student with a broad base of skills and knowledge that can be applied in a sporting (or other) context. This course includes psychological concepts, coaching skills, motivation, fitness, nutrition, and more. Learning these skills and knowledge will allow the graduate to excel as a sports coach.
There are a diverse range of electives available for the students to choose from to allow them to specialise in the area of their interest. 
The course is compiled of six modules - FOUR core modules - Fitness Risk Management, Motivation, Life Coaching and Sports Psychology, and two elective modules selected from a list of possibilities.


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Qualification - Certificate in Sports Coaching.
 Fitness Risk Management VRE104
 Motivation VBS111
 Sports Psychology BPS106
 Life Coaching BPS305
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 2 of the following 9 modules.
 Communications VWR100
 Leadership BBS110
 Advanced Aerobics BRE208
 Aquafitness BRE207
 Health and Fitness II (Fitness Program Management) BRE201
 Project Management BBS201
 Resistance and Gym Supervision BRE206
 Health and Fitness III (Fitness Evaluation and Management) BRE301
 Sports Nutrition BRE303

Note that each module in the Qualification - Certificate in Sports Coaching is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

What is it like Working in Sports Coaching?

The field of sports coaching is highly varied. These coaches may encourage people to become interested in, and participate in, a sport in order to achieve their full potential. They may support professional sports people to improve their performance. They may work in schools, colleges and universities, coaching students in particular sports. Sports coaches may also work in outreach programs helping young people and underrepresented groups to participate in sports.
Sports coaches aim to identify the needs of the individual (and the team) and implement suitable programs to improve the performance of the person (or team).  It involves developing the physical and mental fitness of the athlete. Sports coaches also need to know the psychological theories to motivate and encourage athletes to their maximum performance.  They must also be able to help athletes when they are becoming anxiety or doing badly or injured.  Coaches must also be aware of the health and safety of the people they support, and legal and ethical regulations.
Their tasks will be varied and may include tasks such as:
  • Evaluating performance
  • Giving feedback
  • Assessing strengths and weaknesses
  • Clear communication
  • Communicating with the media
  • Inspiring confidence
  • Motivating sports people
  • Ensuring sportspeople participate and attend training
  • Making all players aware of matches, training requirements, meetings etc.
  • Breaking down activities into simple steps e.g. if a player is having difficulties with a new move, the coach can help break it into smaller achievable steps for the player
  • Acting as a role model
  • Applying for sponsorship
  • Communicating with parents when coaching children
  • Liaising with other professionals, such as teachers, other coaches, physiotherapists, doctors
  • Arranging transport
If you choose to work for yourself, then you will also be required to complete administrative tasks, such as your own marketing, networking, keeping records of performance, teams, staff involved and so on. 


There are a range of opportunities for coaching. Some coaches may work full time. For example, a professional football team may have their own full time coach. They may work part time – smaller teams may require a part time coach, or they may work hand in hand with the full time or senior coach.
Some may carry out paid coaching in addition to their other work e.g. coaching a football team one night a week and at the weekend. Other coaches may be unpaid and do coaching on a voluntary basis.
Some coaches may work for themselves and offer freelance coaching or consultancy coaching

Risks and Challenges

Coaching can be demanding and coaches are expected to improve a team’s performance. This is not always possible, so it is essential that a coach is able to motivate sports men and women, even when they are going through a slump.
Sometimes teams may not work well together, so a good knowledge of team work is essential, but also skills in dealing with team conflict.
Unless you are able to find a full time job, coaching may not be your only job. So it can be time consuming.

Why study this course?

This course is suitable for those seeking to support people improve their performance in sports. You may have a goal to work with professional sports people; to work in schools coaching students in sports; or to work with underprivileged groups participating in sports in outreach programmes. These are just a few areas where a qualification in Sports Coaching will give you a leap in the right direction to reaching your career goals.

Meet some of our academics

Lyn QuirkM.Prof.Ed.; Adv.Dip.Compl.Med (Naturopathy); Adv.Dip.Sports Therapy Over 30 years as Health Club Manager, Fitness Professional, Teacher, Coach and Business manager in health, fitness and leisure industries. As business owner and former department head for TAFE, she brings a wealth of skills and experience to her role as a tutor for ACS.
Kate GibsonKate has 12 years experience as a marketing advisor and experience as a project manager. Kate has traveled and worked in a variety of locations including London, New Zealand and Australia. Kate has a B.Soc.Sc, Post-Grad. Dip. Org Behaviour (HR).
Melissa Leistra B.Ed., Masters Nutrition 16 yrs experience - in hosapitality, teaching, cooking Lives a self-sustainable lifestyle on a farm and raising all types of animals. experienced vegetarian/vegan cook and loves to create wholesome food using her slow combustion wood stove.

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