National Certificate in Sport Coaching
The National Certificate in Sport Coaching is designed to provide skills and knowledge for people who want to coach sport ranging from beginner to senior levels of competition.
Students who successfully complete the course receive the National Certificate in Sport Coaching Level 4, and a First Aid Certificate.
What & when
Applications close: 31 August
Duration: 15 months, 'Night School style' delivery
Programme of study
This course runs from September to December the following year. Students must attend two 2.5 hour night sessions each month, as well as 8 full-day Sunday sessions spread over the 15 months.
This programme places particular emphasis on:
nutrition in relation to sport.
implementing and evaluating coaching sessions.
doping in sport.
basic physiology, anatomy and sport psychology.
team and individual development.
health and safety skills.
how the body works in relation to activity.
To be eligible to attend this course, students need to:
have coached a sports team or athlete for at least three seasons
continue to coach at intermediate level or above for the duration of the course.
Available upon written application.
Future pathways for graduates
The National Certificate in Sport Coaching can lead to:
further study including bridging programmes at tertiary institutions.
other National Certificates within the NZQA Framework.
Diploma of Sport and Leisure Studies then Bachelor of Sport and Leisure Studies.
higher or senior level coaching positions within schools, clubs and associations, both volunteer and paid.
other employment opportunities in the sport and recreation industry.
"The sport coaching course significantly increased my confidence in my coaching abilities. The wide range of topics covered made me much more aware of the needs and requirements of the athletes I coach. The diverse range of sports represented also allowed me to become conscious of coaching similarities and differences with other codes. I now understand better why techniques work, can enhance them to produce even better results and produce excellent planning ideas to meet both short-term coaching sessions and long-term goals."
Debbie Knowles, COACH
"I injured myself playing rugby and paralysed a quarter of my body. But I still wanted to give back to the sport I had played for 20 years, so I chose to take up coaching. The National Certificate in Sport Coaching taught me how to help players achieve their goals and also how to achieve my own. I learned a lot more about goal planning and about athletes’ bodies ? and how you can gauge if they are genuinely committingto their sport. I feel the course really helps you be the most productive coach you can be."
Jack McSweeney, RUGBY COACH