Diploma of Sport Coaching

This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual intending to pursue a career as a coach at an international level. Likely functions for someone with this qualification include observing high performance athletes to determine the level of instruction required, and planning, conducting and evaluating high performance individualised and team training programs. Those with this qualification would also supervise practice sessions and provide in competition assistance to athletes which includes supporting their psychological preparation and conducting post competition analysis of both performance and strategy. Outcomes would vary depending on the specialisation chosen

Job roles

The following is an indicative job role for this qualification



20 units must be completed:

13 core units

7 elective units:

all the units in any one of Groups A to E

the remaining to make up the required 7 elective units from General electives; up to 3 of these remaining units may be selected elsewhere in SIS10 or from any current accredited course or other Training Package, and must first packaged at AQF level 4 or 5.

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 (13)

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Manage meetings

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Establish and maintain a workgroup computer network

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Apply first aid

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Use advanced features of computer applications

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Provide drugs in sport information

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Instruct strength and conditioning techniques

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Develop strength and conditioning programs

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Implement high performance training programs

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Determine needs of client populations

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Promote compliance with laws and legal principles

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Manage projects

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Establish and maintain occupational health and safety systems

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Manage organisational risk

Electives (7)

Group A - Equestrian

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Demonstrate basic dressage, show jumping and cross-country riding

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Teach the intermediate skills of riding over fences

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Train and condition horses

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Manage the education of horses

Group B - Golf Professional

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Teach the advanced skills of professional golf

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Teach the advanced tactics and strategies of professional golf

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Fit and alter golf equipment

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Develop and manage junior development programs in golf

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Manage the structure and facilitation of golf competitions and tournaments

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Manage on course golf retail operations

Group C - Martial Arts

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Teach the high performance skills of martial arts

Group D - Rugby League

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Teach Rugby League skills to a high performance level

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Teach Rugby League tactics and strategies to a high performance level

Group E - Swimming

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Teach the advanced skills of competitive swimming

General electives

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Customise coaching for special needs groups

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Implement selection policies

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Develop nutritional strategies

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Support athletes to adopt principles of sports psychology

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Establish selection policies

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Develop volunteer management policies

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Coordinate facility and equipment acquisition and maintenance

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Manage stock supply and purchase

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Manage education initiatives

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Use resources efficiently

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Manage budgets and forecasts

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Prepare financial reports for a reporting entity

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Teach high performance Rugby League game skills


    This qualification is suitable for an Australian apprenticeship pathway.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Licensing Information

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of 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 packaging options.

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Communicating with high performance athletes to determine their specific needs and advise on competition strategy; liaising with high performance support staff; interpreting and explaining complex training and performance or competition data; clarifying instructions to athletes related to drugs in sport; documenting individualised and team high performance training programs.


Providing leadership to high performance support personnel during practice sessions; providing assistance where necessary to high performance athletes to maintain team harmony; collaborating with, and providing guidance to officials and sport personnel to achieve agreed goals; promoting compliance with legal obligations; supporting athletes with psychological preparation; recognising factors that may cause interpersonal relationship problems and assisting appropriately to avoid or overcome the identified problems.


Managing organisational risks; monitoring progress and determining modifications to high performance training programs; post competition analysis of performance and strategy to identify areas for improvement; dealing with injury or illness to high performance athletes; planning, strategy and resource allocation to design and deliver high performance training and recovery programs; observing high performance athletes and modifying level of instruction to accommodate individual situations.

Initiative and enterprise

Responding to change and demonstrating leadership in change management; engaging high performance athletes in contributing to sharing of knowledge; adjusting coaching techniques to differences in high performance athlete's individual circumstances; reflecting on own coaching practices for improvement; monitoring high performance programs for emerging risks and trends.

Planning and organising

Managing multiple tasks and resources simultaneously to coordinate high performance training programs and international competition schedules; collecting, recording and analysing information to provide efficient planning for high performance sport coaching; setting work priorities and scheduling individual and team activities to meet performance or competition targets and deadlines; developing and implementing selection policies; designing nutritional strategies to meet athletes needs; implementing and monitoring strength and conditioning programs for high performance athletes.


Understanding and complying with the legal and ethical responsibilities that apply to own role within sports coaching and operating autonomously within limits of authority; critically reviewing own strengths and weaknesses; assessing feedback on own performance and determining strategies for improvement; accessing international sport coaching networks to regularly update knowledge and skills.


Identifying and accessing sources of research on high performance sport coaching and athlete performance enhancement; contributing to a learning environment through openly sharing knowledge and experiences; identifying and accessing internal and external professional development opportunities; critically evaluating high performance training programs; updating knowledge and skills to accommodate changes in sport coaching.


Understanding and utilising the operating capability of computer systems and software for high performance athlete development; assessing new technologies for suitability for own situation; using information technology to assist in communication and support management and planning functions.