Certificate IV in Sport Development

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who apply the skills and knowledge to pursue a career in sport development. Occupational outcomes for this qualification are varied with roles ranging from positions with specific expectations to those where a range of tasks are required. These may include liaising with a number of stakeholder groups to increase the profile of sport, implementing and administering junior sports programs or clinics within clubs and schools in specific sports, training coaches and teachers, recruiting young people, parents and volunteers to sport, and fixturing and scheduling competitions.

Job roles

The following are indicative job roles for this qualification:

competition coordinator

program coordinator

sports development officer

talent development coordinator

coaches coordinator

officials coordinator

volunteer coordinator

club coordinator.


21 units must be completed:

14 core units

7 electives which may be chosen from the electives in this qualification or from units first packaged at AQF level 3, 4 or 5 within SIS10; up to 3 of these may be selected from any current accredited course or other Training Package, and must be first packaged at AQF level 4.

In all cases selection of electives must be guided by the job outcome sought, local industry requirements and the characteristics of this qualification (as per the AQF descriptors).

Core units

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Identify risk and apply risk management processes

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Recruit and manage volunteers

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Plan and conduct sport and recreation sessions

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Plan and conduct sport and recreation programs

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Address client needs

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Coordinate emergency responses


Analyse legal knowledge for organisation governance

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Analyse participation patterns

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Promote compliance with laws and legal principles

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Conduct projects


Organise a sport, fitness or recreation event


Implement and monitor work health and safety policies


Manage conflict


Lead and manage people

General elective units

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Monitor horse health and welfare

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Provide daily care for horses


Implement Board member responsibilities


Analyse financial reports and budgets


Lead team effectiveness


Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices


Provide first aid

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Relate anatomical and physiological features to the care and treatment of horses

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Conduct horse riding sessions in an arena

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Apply first aid for horses

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Teach the intermediate skills of cricket

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Teach the intermediate tactics and strategies of cricket

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Teach the intermediate skills and tactics of flatwater canoeing

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Teach the intermediate skills and tactics of whitewater canoeing

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Teach the intermediate skills and tactics of canoe polo

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Develop a personal management plan

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Develop personal media skills

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Prepare a sponsorship proposal

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Demonstrate basic dressage, show jumping and cross-country riding

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Teach the fundamental skills of riding


Develop and update knowledge of coaching practices


Coach beginner or novice participants to develop fundamental motor skills


Plan and deliver coaching programs


Customise coaching for athletes with specific needs


Implement selection policies


Implement a talent identification program


Design and implement strategies to increase participation


Develop and update officiating knowledge


Officiate games or competitions


Judge competitive situations


Roaster officials


Officiate in a high performance environment


Apply self-management to enhance high performance officiating


Coach officials

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Facilitate groups

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Coordinate client service activities


Select and use technology for sport, fitness and recreation


Coordinate sport, fitness or recreation work teams or groups


Prepare and present proposals


Plan in-house events or functions


Develop event concepts


Determine event feasibility


Develop crowd management plans


Research and comply with regulatory requirements


    This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship pathway, however is not suitable for School Based Traineeships/Apprenticeships.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

No licensing, legislation, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification of the endorsement.

Employability Skills

The following table contains a summary of the employability skills required by the sport industry for this qualification. The employability skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on qualification packaging options.

Employability skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Communicating with stakeholder groups to improve the profile of the sport; liaising with volunteers, parents and school staff; preparing accurate records or reports on activities undertaken; clarifying instructions to participants and other staff in clinics or junior sport programs; effectively using body language and demonstration to reinforce technique instruction.


Providing leadership to a group of volunteers; monitoring progress and providing assistance where necessary; collaborating with other coaches and sport personnel to achieve agreed goals; promoting compliance with legal obligations; training teachers to deliver sport sessions; acknowledging accountability to sport management and other sport stakeholders.

Problem Solving

Identifying and mitigating hazards and risks related to sport development activities; clarifying the extent of, and resolving problems through negotiating with stakeholders in a sensitive and culturally appropriate manner; dealing with equipment breakdowns or facility unavailability; planning, strategy and resource allocation to design and deliver sport development activities and programs.

Initiative and enterprise

Identifying and discussing a range of activity or program enhancements to improve participation or sport profile; engaging colleagues in sharing work-place knowledge; actively engaging with sport and community stakeholders to build relationships; reflecting on own work practices for improvement; monitoring activities and programs for emerging risks.

Planning and organisation

Collecting, analysing and recording information to provide efficient planning for sport development programs and activities; setting work priorities and scheduling staff and volunteer work activities to meet deadlines; preparing fixtures and scheduling competitions; implementing and monitoring work health and safety policies.


Understanding and complying with the legal and ethical responsibilities that apply to own role within sports development and operating within limits of authority; critically reviewing own strengths and weaknesses; actively seeking and reflecting on feedback on own performance; building sport networks to regularly update knowledge and skills.


Identifying and accessing sources of research on sport development; contributing to a learning environment through openly sharing knowledge and experiences; accessing internal and external professional development opportunities; updating knowledge and skills to accommodate changes in sport development.


Understanding and utilising the operating capability of computer systems and software for sport programming and promotion; using information technology to assist in communication and support management and planning functions.