This qualification is nationally recognised entry-level qualifications for employment in Sport Coaching. This course would suit students who are participants in particular sports and are interested in sharing their skills and knowledge of the sport by undertaking a coaching role under supervision or independently in a sporting club or school. The knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired by students in this course will also be of value in future study and daily life.

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Course Duration/Hours

This is a 240 hour course that runs over 2 years. It may be possible to undertake a 120 hour course in Sport Coaching.


This is a Board Endorsed Course and therefore has no HSC examination. It cannot be counted towards an ATAR.

Work Placement

NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) requires students to complete a minimum of 70 hours of work placement. Work placement is a mandatory component of the course and must be completed prior to the HSC exam.

Days worked as part of a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship satisfies this NESA requirement.


A course fee is generally charged by schools to cover consumable materials. Your school will provide further advice.


This course is competency based and the student’s performance is recognised against a prescribed industry standard. Assessment strategies may include:

  • Observation
  • Student demonstration
  • Questioning
  • Written tasks
  • Tests

Students are given a number of opportunities to demonstrate competence across the range of competency standards covered by this course.

Recognition of Prior Learning

You may be entitled to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning. If you have completed any training, either through your part-time work, TAFE or other school VET courses you have completed recently, or through experience gained in other ways you can apply for RPL. You should talk to your School VET Coordinator, Careers Adviser or course teacher for further information.


To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete: 13 Units: 8 Core, 5 Electives:


  • BSBWOR202A
    Organise and complete daily work activities
  • HLTAID003
    Provide first aid
  • SISSSCO101
    Develop and update knowledge of coaching practices
  • SISSSCO202
    Coach beginner or novice participants to develop fundamental motor skills
  • SISSSDE201
    Communicate effectively with others in a sport environment
  • SISXIND211
    Develop and update sport, fitness and recreation industry knowledge
    Assist in preparing and conducting sport and recreation sessions
  • SISXWHS101
    Follow work health and safety policies


Electives may include:
(Your school will confirm which electives will be delivered.)

    Teach the skills of rugby league for modified games or
    Teach foundation netball skills
    Implement sports injury prevention
    Provide equipment for activities
    Conduct basic warm-up and cool-down programs
  • ICTICT203
    Operate application software packages
  • ICPMM263
    Access and use the internet

Career Information

Job Roles

Sports coaches develop the ability, technique and performance of professional or amateur sports people. They teach either individuals or teams how to improve the skills that they need to succeed in their chosen sport, and instruct on the specifics of technique and strategy.

They supervise and facilitate training sessions, plan individual programs for each player, liaise with sports science support staff, oversee competitions or games, analyse their team or individual client’s performance, and work with managers to select team members for particular matches or competitions. They may work for sporting clubs and recreation centres instructing the public, or they may work for specific professional teams with high-level athletes.

Duties and Tasks

Sports coaches may work on a professional basis for state or national sporting teams or organisations, or they may work on an honorary and unpaid basis. They usually specialise in a particular sport and must therefore be particularly familiar with its rules and history. They can work either indoors or outdoors depending on the sport they specialise in. They may be required to work weekends, and to attend sporting events which may often also fall on weekends. They may be required to travel interstate or internationally to coach their team.

Personal Attributes

Sports coaches need:

  • A passion for their chosen sport
  • Good fitness and overall health
  • Strategic and lateral thinking skills
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • The ability to be flexible and innovative
  • Discipline and dedication


  • Certificate IV in Sport Coaching (Athlete support services)
  • Diploma of Sport Development
  • Diploma of Sport and Recreation Management
  • Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science

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