Diploma of Sport Coaching

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who apply the skills and knowledge to pursue a career as a coach at a high performance level. Likely functions for someone with this qualification include observing elite 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 including 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.

high performance coach.


23 units must be completed:

15 core units

8 elective units:

all the units in any one of Groups A to E

the remaining to make up the required 8 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 units

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Manage meetings

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Build and sustain an innovative work environment


Customise coaching for athletes with specific needs


Implement selection policies


Implement a talent identification program


Assist athletes to prevent and manage injury and illness


Plan and implement high performance training and recovery programs

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Conduct individualised long-term 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


Select and use technology for sport, fitness and recreation

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Manage organisational risks


Manage finances within a budget


Lead and manage people

Electives (8)

Group A Equestrian

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Train and condition horses

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Manage the education of horses

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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

Group B Golf


Fit and alter golf equipment


Manage the structure and facilitation of golf competitions and tournaments


Apply advanced skills, tactics and strategies of golf in high performance competition


Teach the advanced skills of golf


Teach the advanced tactics and strategies of golf


Design and implement strategies to increase junior participation in golf


Manage on course golf 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 high performance Rugby League game skills

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Teach high performance Rugby League tactics and game strategy

Group E Swimming

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Teach the advanced skills of competitive swimming

Group F Tennis


Interpret and apply the rules and regulations of tennis


Coach red stage tennis players


Coach orange stage tennis players


Coach green stage tennis players


Coach stroke production for intermediate tennis players


Coach tactics for intermediate tennis players


Coach stroke production for high performance tennis players


Coach tactics for high performance tennis players

General electives units


Make a presentation


Establish and maintain a workgroup computer network


Manage budgets and forecasts


Prepare financial reports for a corporate entities


Use advanced features of computer applications

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Apply exercise science principles to planning exercise


Perform the advanced skills of golf


Apply the advanced tactics and strategies of golf


Interpret and apply the rules of golf


Develop and update knowledge of coaching practices


Design and implement strategies to increase participation


Develop volunteer management policies


Develop and update officiating knowledge


Officiate games or competitions


Judge competitive situations


Officiate in a high performance environment


Apply self-management to enhance high performance officiating

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Instruct strength and conditioning techniques

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Develop strength and conditioning programs

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Implement facility maintenance programs

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Coordinate facility and equipment acquisition and maintenance

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Manage stock supply and purchase


Analyse legal knowledge for organisation governance


Organise a sport, fitness or recreation event


Coordinate sport, fitness or recreation work teams or groups

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Manage education initiatives

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Use resources efficiently


Establish and maintain work health and safety systems

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Mentor in the workplace


    This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship pathway.

Entry Requirements

Entry to SIS50512 Diploma of Sport Coaching is open to those who hold a current first aid and CPR certification, AND National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) registration in a chosen sport AND the following units:


Provide drugs in sport information


Provide nutrition information to athletes


Support athletes to adopt principles of sport psychology


Work collaboratively with support personnel


Apply self-management to intermediate level coaching

The pre-requisite units attached to any of the elective units must be undertaken and are additional to the number of elective units required for the qualification.

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 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.

Problem Solving

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 organisation

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.