Coaching is more than just teaching technical skills – it’s about encouraging athletes and teams to carry a ‘can do’ attitude right through life, on and off the field of play.


New Zealand Certificate in Sport Coaching (Level 5)

This qualification has been retired and is no longer available at WILSS.

This certificate will provide the sporting sector with individuals who coach and develop sport-specific programmes for individuals and/or groups.

What & when

New Zealand Certificate in Sport Coaching (Level 5)

  • Commences: 
  • Duration: Part-time ‘Night School style’ delivery over 12 months

Programme of study

This course runs from February to February the following year. Students must attend two 2.5 hour night sessions each month.

Core components

After completing the programme a coach will be able to:

  • plan, implement and evaluate coaching or instruction sessions that promote positive outcomes
  • apply key tactics, strategies and coaching techniques
  • manage injury prevention, risk management and first aid responses
  • integrate knowledge of exercise science while coaching
  • conduct coaching practice ethically and professionally in accordance with national sporting policies, procedures and codes
  • apply mental skills training in the delivery of coaching or instructing
  • proactively foster and manage a positive side-line environment

Entry criteria

To be eligible to attend this course, students must:

  • have coached a sports team or athlete for at least three seasons
  • continue to coach at intermediate level or above for the duration of the course


Future pathways for graduates

The New Zealand Certificate in Sport Coaching (Level 5) can lead to:

  • further study including bridging programmes at tertiary Institutions
  • other New Zealand certificates and diplomas within the NZQA Framework
  • a Diploma of Sport and Leisure Studies, then a Bachelor of Sport and Leisure Studies
  • higher or senior level coaching positions
  • other employment opportunities in the sport and recreation industry.

Contact us today to find out more about this Certificate!

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