National code: SIS30521

Certificate III in Sport Coaching

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Overview About this course

Train athletes so they are ready to compete in local sporting games and competitions. Step out onto the field or pitch, coach in your community and spread the benefits of teamwork and regular exercise.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Fulfil coaching needs up to an intermediate level

  • Maintain equipment

  • Communicate with and motivate athletes

  • Improve your coaching skills and knowledge

  • Identify and manage risks in a sports environment

  • Provide first aid

Course outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level

  • The skills to develop and implement coaching plans for a community sports team

  • Strong pathways to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • Be employed in the sports coaching industry as this course is delivered in the workplace

  • Have a signed traineeship contract

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • A strong interest in sport and sport coaching

  • Experience playing and/or coaching your chosen sport

  • A passion for working with people

  • Strong communication skills and an ability to speak in front of groups

  • Leadership skills

  • Patience

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: community-based sport coach (volunteer and non-volunteer roles) and Australian sporting organisation coach (up to intermediate level).


You may require a Working with Children Check (WWCC) or National Police Check (NPC) for some sporting employment opportunities. Some sports may also require additional coaching accreditation from their specific governing body. For more information, please contact the National Sporting Organisation (NSO) for your sport.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 0 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

The Certificate III in Sport Coaching does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 2 Courses

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 0 Courses

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

The Certificate III in Sport Coaching does not have any related courses.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Sport Coaching qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 10 units of competency, including 6 core and 4 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Apply business risk management processes BSBOPS403

  • Continuously improve coaching skills and knowledge SISSSCO005

  • Meet participant coaching needs SISSSCO003

  • Work in a community coaching role SISSSCO002

TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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