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1st4sport Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Spectator Safety (QCF)

“1st4sport spectator safety qualifications provide us with an excellent training and assessment package that has made delivering the courses straightforward. We enjoy an excellent relationship with the team, in particular the EVs, who are always very helpful and provide a guiding presence.”

Peter Swordy, Head of Centre of Excellence, Wembley National Stadium Limited

“Introducing 1st4sport’s qualifications at Chelsea Football Club has moved stewarding to a new level.”

Jill Dawson, Safety Officer, Chelsea Football Club


Qualification Number 600/0813/1
Credit Value (Guided Learning Hours) 24 (110-154)
SFA/LAD Funding Code 600/0813/1
Entry Age 18
Apprenticeships Competence and knowledge component of the Advanced Apprenticeship in Spectator Safety
Qualification Operational Start Date 01/02/2011
Qualification Review Date 31/12/2017
Certification End Date 31/12/2020
Qualification Specification Download
Qualification Purpose Statement Download

This qualification is equivalent to Level 4 on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF)*.

To find out how to apply to deliver this qualification see the How to Apply section. There are no costs involved in applying or becoming a 1st4sport recognised centre.

The 1st4sport Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Spectator Safety (L3NCSS) has been developed in partnership with industry experts in the area of spectator safety and SkillsActive – the Sector Skills Council for Active Leisure and Learning. The qualification can be used to provide learners with a nationally recognised qualification in spectator safety, which incorporates the following areas:

  • Prepare Stewards and Venues for Spectator Events
  • Maintain Stewarding in Designated Areas and Deal with Spectator Problems and Emergencies
  • Deal with Accidents and Emergencies
  • Develop Productive Working Relationships with Colleagues
  • Support the Efficient Use of Resources (optional)
  • Manage Your Own Resources and Professional Development (optional)
  • Manage Information for Action (optional)
  • Help to Manage Conflict (optional)
  • Control and Detain People at a Spectator Event for Action by the Police (optional)
  • Work with Others to Improve Customer Service (optional).

The qualification can be used to confirm learner competence in the workplace or as an occupational progression from either the 1st4sport Level 2 Award in Understanding Stewarding at Spectator Events (L2AUSSE) or the 1st4sport Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Spectator Safety (L2NCSS).

Learners who have previously undertaken either the 1st4sport L2AUSSE or 1st4sport L2NCSS will be entitled to full use of supported RPL. This use of RPL can reduce the amount of assessment required to complete both the mandatory and optional units, depending on which are chosen.

> Find out why Wembley National Stadium uses the 1st4sport Spectator Safety Suite.


*Please note there may be exceptions to the above. Further information about the EQF can be found on the EQF Portal.

Prior to registration, learners are required to be at least 18 years of age.

The qualification is divided into the following units:

Unit Title Unit Reference No. GLH Credit
Mandatory Units
1 Prepare Stewards and Venues for Spectator Events K/502/8409 26 6
2 Maintain Stewarding in Designated Areas and Deal with Spectator Problems and Emergencies D/502/8410 15 4
3 Deal with Accidents and Emergencies D/501/5138 14 2
4 Develop Productive Working Relationships with Colleagues K/502/8426 16 4
Optional Units
5 Support the Efficient Use of Resources H/502/8456 19 5
6 Manage Your Own Resources and Professional Development M/502/8458 20 5
7 Manage Information for Action K/502/8457 24 6
8 Help to Manage Conflict J/501/5134 20 4
9 Control and Detain People at a Spectator Event for Action by the Police K/502/8412 28 4
10 Work with Others to Improve Customer Service D/601/1553 53 8

Unlike many other awarding organisations, who just supply you with the basic qualification standards, we go that extra mile to support you by providing:

  • full and comprehensive Learner Packs, which include a full set of structured learning and assessment tasks to help you deliver and assess the qualification
  • tutor/assessor guidance notes, which include sample answers to support you when assessing your learners
  • online qualification administration, enabling you to process learners quickly and effectively, and making the records we hold on your learners accessible to you at the click of a mouse.

For recognised centres and tutors, the qualification is supported by the following resources:

  • generic administrative guidance and tools for recognised centres
  • 1st4sport Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Spectator Safety (QCF) Tutor/Assessor/Verifier Guidance Pack.

For learners, the qualification is supported by the following resources:

  • 1st4sport Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Spectator Safety (QCF) Learner Pack
  • 1st4sport Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Spectator Safety (QCF) assessment tools.

Fees are charged per learner and provide registration and certification for the qualification, as well as a 1st4sport Learner Pack, learning resources and a Certificate. There are no costs involved in applying or becoming a 1st4sport recognised centre. Further information on fees is available in your qualification application pack.

Organisations new to 1st4sport

If you are not already a 1st4sport recognised centre, you need to apply to become one. The first step is to check you can meet the Centre Recognition and Qualification Approval Criteria for this qualification and submit the forms to us.

You can find more information on this process by visiting: Five Steps to Becoming a 1st4sport Recognised Centre.

Please note: you will not be able to become recognised or approved until you have confirmed that you can meet these criteria.

Existing 1st4sport recognised centres

If you are already a 1st4sport recognised centre and would like to seek approval to deliver this qualification, please check that your centre can meet the Qualification Approval Criteria.

You can find more information on this process by visiting: Four Steps to Becoming Approved to Deliver an Additional Qualification.

Please note: you will not be able to become approved until you have confirmed that you can meet these criteria.

This qualification sits on the QCF. Further information about the benefits of the framework can be found by visiting the Ofqual website.

All learners being registered for QCF qualifications are required to have a Unique Learner Number (ULN) issued by the Learner Register. To be approved to offer this QCF qualification, you will need to demonstrate that you can access and verify learners’ ULNs with the Learner Register. For more information about this process, please visit the Learning Records Service website.