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1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Strength and Conditioning for Sport

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“The importance of strength and conditioning to support optimal sporting performance should never be underestimated. The 1st4sport Coaching Strength and Conditioning for Sport Suite (QCF) is an essential addition to any sport-specific programme.”

Jamie Carruthers, Foundation Degree Sports Performance and Coaching Coordinator, Wakefield College

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Qualification Accreditation Number 600/0337/6
Guided Learning Hours 80
Total Qualification Time 200
SFA/LAD Funding Code 600/0337/6
REPs points 16
Entry Age 18
Qualification Operational Start Date 01/01/2011
Qualification Review Date 31/12/2021
Qualification Specification 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.

Developed in partnership with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) the 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Strength and Conditioning for Sport provides learners aged 18 and over with the advanced level of knowledge needed to deliver a comprehensive strength and conditioning coaching programme, by applying the principles of performance profiling and goal-setting. This will enable them to seek employment as a strength and conditioning coach in a number of settings, which may include a sports club, or with an individual athlete or team.

The qualification is also excellent continuous professional development (CPD) for exercise and fitness industry professionals via The Register of Exercise Professionals** (REPs) – an ideal way to improve and broaden their skill set.

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

**The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) is a public register that recognises the qualifications and expertise of health-enhancing exercise instructors in the UK. For more information, visit:

Learners are required to be:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • hold the 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Strength and Conditioning for Sport, or have a minimum of 12 months’ experience in delivering strength and conditioning coaching on a regular basis.

Prior to certification learners are required to:

  • hold a current first-aid certificate that includes CPR.

The qualification is divided into the following units:

Unit Title Accreditation No. Credit
Understanding the fundamentals of coaching sport J/601/2101 3
Understanding how to develop participants through coaching sport Y/601/2104 2
Supporting participants’ lifestyle through coaching sport H/601/2106 2
Understanding the principles of safe and equitable coaching practice M/601/2108 2
Plan a series of strength and conditioning for sport coaching sessions A/502/6552 3
Prepare the strength and conditioning for sport coaching environment F/502/6553 2
Deliver a series of strength and conditioning for sport coaching sessions J/502/6554 3
Monitor and evaluate strength and conditioning for sport coaching sessions K/502/6577 2

Unlike many other awarding bodies, 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 students
  • 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.

To support recognised centres, tutors, assessors and internal verifiers in the delivery and assessment of the qualification, 1st4sport in partnership with the RFU will provide the following resources:

  • Administrative guidance and tools for recognised centres
  • Qualification Specification
  • Tutor/Assessor and Verifier Guidance Pack
  • Learning and Assessment Materials Guidance Pack.

For learners, the qualification is supported by the following resources in partnership with the RFU:

  • 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Strength and Conditioning for Sport Learner Pack

Fees are charged per learner and provide registration and certification for the qualification, as well as a 1st4sport Learner Pack, learning resources and certificate. Centre recognition, qualification approval and annual centre fees may also be applicable.

If you would like to offer this qualification, please contact [email protected]

This qualification sits on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). Further information about the benefits of the framework can be found by visiting the Ofqual website.

All learners being registered for RQF qualifications are required to have a Unique Learner Number (ULN) issued by the Learner Register. To be approved to offer this 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.