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1st4sport Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Spectator Safety

“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 Accreditation Number 500/9116/5
Guided Learning Hours 85
Total Qualification Time 290
SFA/LAD Funding Code 500/9116/5
Entry Age 16+
Apprenticeships Competence and knowledge components of the Intermediate Apprenticeship in Spectator Safety
Qualification Operational Start Date 01/05/2010
Review Date 31/12/2019
Qualification Specification Download

This qualification is equivalent to Level 3 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 2 NVQ Certificate in Spectator Safety gives stewards the flexibility to work at any type of live event meeting the minimum requirements for stewards’ competence for employment, as detailed in the Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds (Green Guide).

The qualification provides a work-based assessment of the knowledge and competence of a steward and is ideally suited to those who are already carrying out the role and wish to match their current skills and knowledge to a recognised standard.

Learners completing this qualification will be provided with the knowledge and skills enabling them to:

  • prepare for spectator events
  • control the entry, exit and movement of people at spectator events
  • monitor spectators and deal with crowd problems
  • contribute to the work of the team
  • help to manage conflict
  • deal with accidents and emergencies.

Those learners who have already completed the Level 2 Award in Understanding Stewarding at Spectator Events will be entitled to full use of supported recognition of prior learning (RPL), which can reduce the amount of assessment required to complete the qualification.

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

High demand for the qualification

With a Level 2 recognised qualification being a compulsory requirement for stewards within football stadiums, and being highly desirable at other live events, qualified stewards are becoming increasingly essential for any live occasion.

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

Centre systems for the initial assessment of learners must ensure that pre-requisites to registration and certification are considered during the application stage. To register onto the 1st4sport Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Spectator Safety, learners are required to:

• be a minimum 16 years old.
• be able to communicate effectively in English (this includes listening, speaking, reading and writing).

Prior to certification, learners are required to:

• be a minimum of 17 years old.

Although the prerequisite of 16 is for the qualification itself, some employers will require stewards to be over 18 years of age before undertaking work.

The qualification is divided into the following units:

Unit Title Unit No. GLH Credit
1 Prepare for spectator events Y/502/9345 12 5
2 Control the entry, exit and movement of people at spectator events M/502/9352 12 8
3 Monitor spectators and deal with crowd problems A/502/9354 12 8
4 Help to manage conflict J/501/5134 20 4
5 Support the work of the team and organisation Y/601/4483 15 2
6 Deal with accidents and emergencies D/501/5138 14 2

Unlike many other awarding bodies, which just supply you with the basic qualification standards, we go a step further 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 support you and your staff in the delivery, assessment and quality assurance of the qualification.
  • qualification administration that is all carried out online, enabling you to process students quickly and effectively, and making the records we hold on your students accessible to you at the click of a mouse.

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.