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New Zealand Certificate in Sport Coaching (Level 3) (Sports Training and Development)

This course is available


Level of Study



12 weeks

Next start date

Expected May 2023


Southern Institute of Technology


Are you looking to get involved with one of your local sports clubs? Are you looking to help coach one of your whanau? Have you always been an active sport participant, and are looking to gain a deeper insight into sports psychology and coaching? The New Zealand Certificate in Sport Coaching may be the programme you are looking for.

This qualification has been developed for people wanting to pursue further development in sports coaching. Content includes:

  • Sports coaching
  • Applied sports psychology
  • Sports conditioning
  • Exercise prescription
  • Nutrition
  • Injury prevention

Course Content

  • 31675 Demonstrate knowledge of the role and responsibilities of a coach, and of coaching beginner-level sport participants (7 credits)
  • 20673 Demonstrate knowledge of injury prevention and risk and injury management associated with sport or recreation (5 credits)
  • 30932 Demonstrate knowledge of pre-designed exercise programmes, exercise principles, components and adherence (10 credits)
  • 25805 Demonstrate knowledge of individual and group characteristics and needs for coaching participants in sports (3 credits)
  • 5366 Apply the basic principles of applied sport psychology (6 credits)
  • 20811 Train to develop conditioning for a selected sport at a basic level (5 credits)
  • 30639 Provide support to exercise participants on nutrition, health and wellness, and allied health to promote health outcomes (5 credits)

Career Opportunities

This qualification can lead to employment (paid or volunteer) as an entry level coach, primary or secondary school sports coach, or in a commercial park environment as a club coach or assistant coach. Graduates may also progress to higher level study.

Satisfactory Completion

To satisfactorily complete the New Zealand Certificate in Sport Coaching (Level 3) (sports training and development) programme of study leading to the New Zealand Certificate in Sport Coaching (Level 3), and be awarded this qualification the student must successfully achieve:

  • A minimum of 40 credits in accordance with the programme schedule for the New Zealand Certificate in Sport Coaching (Level 3) (sports training and development) programme of study
  • The student will normally be expected to complete the New Zealand Certificate in Sport Coaching (Level 3) (sports training and development) programme of study full-time over three months or part-time over two years.

Qualification Pathways

SIT offers a wide range of Sport and Exercise programmes at our Invercargill and Christchurch campuses, at certificate, diploma, bachelor (degree) and graduate diploma levels.

Graduates of this Level 3 Certificate may wish to continue into further study at Level 3, 4 or 5, such as:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Freestyle Group Exercise (L4)
  • New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (L4)
  • Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science (L5)
  • Bachelor of Sport and Exercise (Year 1 = L5)

Entry criteria

Applicants should demonstrate a likelihood of success in the New Zealand Certificate in Sport Coaching (Level 3) (sports training and development) programme of study. Likelihood of success may be demonstrated through a variety of means, including: relevant work experience (e.g. CV), letter of intent, achievement of Level 2 NCEA standards in human biology, or an interview.

School Leavers

Applicants should be a minimum of 17 years of age, and have attained NCEA Level 2.

Mature Applicants

Applicants over the age of 20 years at time of enrolment will be considered where they can demonstrate the ability to succeed in a programme.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS test - General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 500 (with an essay score of 4 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 35 (with a writing score of 14)
  • Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill.
  • OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
  • NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current: a) Level 3 (General) or (Workplace) b) Level 3 (General)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 36 with no band score lower than 36
  • Language Cert - B1 Achiever IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than PASS in each skill

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