The term 'leisure sports' refers to any sport-like activity practised primarily for recreational purposes, or for health, well-being, or re-socialisation purposes.
Leisure-sports leaders are trained by the National School for Physical Education and Sports (Ecole nationale de l'éducation physique et des sports - ENEPS).
The training provides for two levels of classes:
- the first level, consisting of general training, is intended to provide a technical framework for the leisure-sports programs offered by communes, sports organisations, and any other association or group that engages in leisure-sports activities;
- the second level aims to train leaders capable of guiding specific leisure-sport activities or handling specific target groups.
Who is concerned
In certain leisure sports, either general or specialised training is offered to leaders who wish to take it. This training is available from the age of 16.
To be admitted to the leisure-sports leadership training courses, candidates must:
- be at least 16 years old;
- comply with regulations concerning the mandatory sports medical examination for active licensed members of sport federations, or submit a medical certificate attesting to their fitness for physical exertion.
Candidates' acceptance is not subject to membership in a club or federation.
To be admitted to the second level of leisure-sports leadership training courses, candidates must:
- hold a certificate attesting to their successful completion of the first level of training, or its equivalent;
- comply with the regulations concerning the mandatory sports medical examination, or submit a medical certificate attesting to their fitness for physical exertion;
- have reached the minimum required age, depending on the specialisation.
How to proceed
Each of the two levels consists of a classroom portion including theoretical and practical courses, as well as leadership training. Each level lasts one year. At the end of the courses, an examination is held to obtain the corresponding certificate. It includes written and/or oral tests and practical tests.
To pass, applicants must score at least 50 % on each test.
Applicants will fail if they:
- score less than 50 % of the total score for all of the tests;
- score less than 50 % in more than 2 tests (written, oral or practical);
- score less than 40 % on the practical test.
Applicants who score less than 50 % on the theoretical tests, or between 40 and 50 % on the practical test will be allowed to retake the test. To pass the repeat test, applicants must score at least 50 % on each examination. Applicants who do not will fail.
Candidates who have passed the first level of coach training and candidates who have passed the first year of a university degree in physical and sports education may be exempted from some subjects taught in the lower level.
In addition, holders of certificates that prove adequate training may be exempted from all or some of these subjects.
Equivalencies for both the lower and higher levels may be granted to physical education instructors who demonstrate advanced training in that area during their university studies.
Equivalencies may also be established for holders of certificates attesting to adequate training, and exemptions from certain courses may be granted upon presentation of supporting documentation, in accordance with the criteria and procedures defined by the consultative commission.
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