Coaching Qualifications in Badminton have gone through a number of changes in the last few years, which has resulted in some degree of inconsistency and a hugh amount of confusion!
The good news is that with the introduction of the UKCC endorsed qualifications we have entered a period of stability. It will take some time before all the coaches are qualified within the same system, but this is what we are working towards.
A number of coaches have contacted us to find out what they need to to move across to the new Coach Education Programme because they want to hold a nationally recognised UKCC Qualification.
In order to facilitate this process we are introducing a process whereby we are able to recognise and accredit previous learning experiences. This has involved a process of matching the content of older qualifications with that in the UKCC Qualifications, such that a revised and much reduced learning programme can be covered prior to assessment.
This process is commonly know as Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) or Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) - is the generic term used for the award of credit on the basis of demonstrated learning that has occurred at some time in the past.
Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) - recognises the value of learning that takes place outside formal education institutions. It enables adult learners to identify the skills and knowledge acquired informally and reflect upon their learning processes, enabling them to make the transition from informal to formal learning.
In both cases EVIDENCE must be presented to demonstrate that learning has taken place.
Upgrading to the UKCC Endorsed Qualifications
Please click on the relevant link below to you to find out more information about upgrading to the UKCC Endorsed Qualifications:
If you feel the above links are not relevant then please contact the Coaching Team by email on email@example.com or phone 01908 268400 for more information.
What about if I have been coaching for years without a qualification? Do I have to start at Level 1?
We would always encourage people to enrol on the Level 1 qualification if they have no previous formal coaching qualifications, but at the same time we appreciate how powerful learning through experience can be. We would certainly advocate that all coaches should hold a recognised qualification, to demonstrate their professional competence as well as to be able to be appropriately insured.
In the instance that someone feels that they are already able to demonstrate the competences that will be learnt through the respective learning programmes, they should complete an AP(E)L application form, where they will be required to outline their previous experience to date, other relevant qualifications, a coaching needs analysis as well as providing references who are able to substantiate their application.
A decision will be made as to whether the coach should be allowed to progress straight through to the assessment or whether they should attend all or parts of the learning programme beforehand. Under no circumstances will anyone be awarded with a coaching qualification without completing the relevant assessment.
There will of course be a cost to this process, and it should certainly not be seen as the “cheap” option. The fees will cover the cost of the 1st4sport qualifications candidate registration fee as well as the assessment and administration costs.
To request a form please contact the Coaching Team by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01908 268400.