1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Leisure Operations (QCF)


The objective of the 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Leisure Operations is to provide a benefit to learners through introducing the knowledge and skills required to prepare a learner, for employment as an operational member of staff in the active leisure sector. Typical job’s in the industry include Leisure Attendant, Recreation Assistant.

This qualification has been developed by SkillsActive, the Sector Skills Council for Active Leisure, Learning and Well-being, in consultation from industry experts in the area of sport and active leisure. It is therefore supported by industry experts.  

The qualification is primarily aimed at learners who are not yet employed in these roles. However, it may also be used for new members of staff who require induction into the job role or existing members of staff who need further training and development. It is also part of the Intermediate Apprenticeship in Leisure Operations. Learners will need to be at least 16 years of age to access this qualification.

This qualification is not an NVQ or a competence-based qualification, and therefore there is no requirement for the units to be assessed in a real workplace over a period of time. However, the qualification does contain some practical activities that must be tested in a realistic environment using real active leisure facilities and equipment.

This qualification can lead to paid or voluntary employment as a recreation assistant or leisure attendant in a sports or leisure facility. Once a paid or voluntary role has been secured, the skills and knowledge developed through this qualification may also be used to enable learners to progress to the NVQ competency based qualifications in operational Services or activity leadership. After working in the industry for an appropriate period of time in order to build on current level of knowledge and experience, some learners might wish to progress to supervisory/management roles, which the level 3 qualifications in Leisure Management can support.

Learners achieving this qualification might consider progression to the following qualifications:

Other roles that the learner may consider exploring to include:

  • Activity leader
  • Sports coach

Recognised centres offering this qualification determine their own fees, and they will vary from centre to centre. The fees charged should entitle you to a programme of learning and assessment, registration and certification for the qualification, a 1st4sport Learner Pack and an appropriate learning resource. For further information on the costs of courses, please contact a recognised centre. Opportunities for funding may be available via a recognised centre, if you are eligible.