Sport Coaching

This qualification is nationally recognised entry-level for employment in Sport Coaching. This course would suit students who are participants in particular sports and are interested in developing leadership capacity by sharing their skills and knowledge of the sport through undertaking a coaching role under supervision or independently in a sporting club or school. The knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired by students in this course will also be of value in future study and daily life.


SIS20321 – Certificate II in Sport Coaching

Course Duration/Hours

This is a 120 hour course.

HSC Information

This is a Board Endorsed Course and therefore has no HSC examination. It cannot be counted towards an ATAR.

Work Placement

NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) requires students to complete a minimum of 35 hours of work placement as a mandatory HSC requirement for this Sport Coaching VET course.

Work placement is to be undertaken in an appropriate sport or recreation work environment. The industry is characterised by paid employment and volunteer work. Work placement opportunities may be sourced from both these areas. Work placement opportunities may include events such as school carnivals and camps and coaching junior age teams where students are working under supervision.

Work placement is a mandatory component of the course and must be completed prior to the student’s last HSC exam.


This course is competency based and the student’s performance is recognised against a prescribed industry standard. Assessment strategies may include:

  • Observation
  • Student demonstration
  • Questioning
  • Written tasks
  • Tests

Students are given a number of opportunities to demonstrate competence across the range of competency standards covered by this course.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You may be entitled to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning. If you have completed any training, either through your part-time work, TAFE or other school VET courses you have completed recently, or through experience gained in other ways you can apply for RPL. You should talk to your School VET Coordinator, Careers Adviser or course teacher for further information.


A course fee is generally charged by schools to cover consumable materials. Your school will provide further advice.

Units of Competency

For SIS20321 you must successfully complete: 7 units: 3 core, 4 electives (minimum 1 unit from Group A electives). Your school will confirm which electives will be delivered.

Preliminary OR HSC (SIS20321)

  • SIRXWHS001 Work safety (Core)
  • SISXCAI101 Provide equipment for activities (Elective Group B)
  • SISSSCO002 Work in a community coaching role (Core)
  • SISSSCO001 Conduct sport coaching sessions with foundation level participants (Elective Group A)
  • SISXFAC002 Maintain sport, fitness and recreation facilities (Elective Group B)
  • HLTAID011 Provide first aid (Core)
  • SISSRGL001 Conduct Rugby League coaching sessions with foundation level participants
  • OR
  • SISSBSB001 Conduct Basketball coaching sessions with foundation level participants (Elective Group A)
Further Study
  • Certificate IV in Sport Coaching (Athlete support services)
  • Diploma of Sport and Recreation Management
  • Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science
Career Information

Job Roles

Sports coaches develop the ability, technique and performance of professional or amateur sports people. They teach either individuals or teams how to improve the skills that they need to succeed in their chosen sport, and instruct on the specifics of technique and strategy.

They supervise and facilitate training sessions, plan individual programs for each player, liaise with sports science support staff, oversee competitions or games, analyse their team or individual client’s performance, and work with managers to select team members for particular matches or competitions. They may work for sporting clubs and recreation centres instructing the public, or they may work for specific professional teams with high-level athletes.

Duties and Tasks

Sports coaches may work on a professional basis for state or national sporting teams or organisations, or they may work on an honorary and unpaid basis. They usually specialise in a particular sport and must therefore be particularly familiar with its rules and history. They can work either indoors or outdoors depending on the sport they specialise in. They may be required to work weekends, and to attend sporting events which may often also fall on weekends. They may be required to travel interstate or internationally to coach their team.

Personal attributes

Sports coaches need:

  • a passion for their chosen sport
  • good fitness and overall health
  • strategic and lateral thinking skills
  • good communication and interpersonal skills
  • the ability to be flexible and innovative
  • discipline and dedication

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