FAQ – qualifications
I am new to athletics, where do I start in terms of qualifications?
- Athletics Leader is the first workshop for new people and is open to volunteers over the age of 14 years.
- Coaching Assistant is the first of the qualifications, and is open to volunteers over 16 years.
I have been an international athlete as a junior and into my senior competitive career, do I need to start at the first level?
- Yes, there is a need for all volunteers to start with the basics of coaching and understanding the coaching process, not only the technical side of the sport.
What is the Leading Athletics Course?
- A 3 hour course to allow attendees to lead activity set out in the resources, whilst being supervised by a fully qualified coach. (This is not a coaching qualification)
What is the Coaching Assistants award?
- A two-day course that helps the new coaches explore how to coach, using the athletics events as the vehicle to up-skill the coaches.
- This is the entry level qualification for coaches and each coach will be licensed by UKA.
I am 16 years of age, is there any limitation on the Coaching Assistant course?
- Yes, until you reach the age or 18 years, you should be directly supervised by a fully qualified coach during your delivery.
- Once 18, the normal licencing rules apply, you can lead sessions or parts of sessions whilst the lead coach is in the venue.
- The lead coach should plan and set the sessions being delivered.
I already have a Coaching Assistant Award, what is my next step?
- There are two options:
- Coaching track and field athletics – Athletics Coach
- Coaching endurance events off-track – Coach in Running Fitness
- The award is for coaches who are working with athletes over 12 years of age.
What do I need to do to become qualified at the Athletics Coach or Coach in Running Fitness?
- Attend all 4 days – Day 4 is the practical assessment
- Complete the Online Knowledge Test
What is involved in completing the Event Group qualification?
- Each Event Group is split into sections, sub-sections and multiple choice questionnaires.
- At the end of all subsections there are questions that need to be answered in order to pass that section.
- Once all sections have been competed, you must attend an integration day to complete the qualification.
- scottishathletics will run these annually in the autumn.
What steps are required to receive your licence?
- Complete Safeguarding in Athletics (available to book on Athletics Hub)
- PVG check completed
- Suitable passport photo submitted to your profile
- Your licence will be issued when all relevant requirements have been completed.
How do I book onto a course?
- Find a suitable course on our coaching qualifications page
- Complete the booking process via Athletics Hub
- Please note that no place will be confirmed until all of the above has been completed.
What are the costs of the courses?
- Athletics Leaders 14 years+ £300 per course (max of 24)
- Coaching Assistant 16 years+ £195, including coach membership of £25 for three years.
- Athletics Coach 18 years+ £425 / £170 per coach (see below)
- Coach in Running Fitness 18 years+ £425 / £170 per coach (see below)
- Event Group Coach 18 years+ £75 online; £75 integration day
Where can I look for funding available for courses?
• Local Authority Funds
• Local Sports Council Grant Aid
• Awards for All
• Local Athletics Club
• Community Sports Hubs
All coaches must be “Coach” members of scottishathletics to access the subsided costs on all courses. This costs £25 for three years. The “Coach” membership is in addition to any athlete membership.
Through our funding partner, sportscotland, there is a coaching subsidy of 60% of the course fee available for those applying for CiRF or Athletics Coach. To be eligible to receive the coaching subsidy, coaches must meet the following at the time of booking:
- Agree to coach through sport in the community (i.e. clubs, local programmes, schools, community, or performance sport) within six months of applying for the subsidy.
- Agree to coach on average once per week, or a minimum of 24 times per year
- Agree to become a scottishathletics coach member at the time of booking, if not already a member
- Agree to continue to develop as a coach through ongoing communications with a support coach and attend coach development opportunities as and when appropriate
- Agree to work with named support coach in the development as a coach.
- Provide a statement, why this course will benefit you as a coach, and what impact will this have on the club / school / community.
Where a coach does not complete the course, they will be invoiced for the subsidy paid of £255.