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In the interest of sports federations and societies, coaches' training is provided by the National School of Physical Education and Sports (Ecole nationale de l’éducation physique et des sports - ENEPS), in collaboration with the appropriate federations.
This training is divided into 3 cycles. The purpose of the lower cycle is to acquire the necessary knowledge to motivate athletes and give them proper basic training. The middle cycle gives coaches the skills to train and improve athletes. The upper cycle trains high-level club trainers to assume the responsibilities of sports federation managers, if necessary.
Who is concerned
In some sporting disciplines, coaches are obliged to undergo training to obtain a state certificate attesting to their skills. This training may begin at the age of 16.
To be admitted to lower-cycle training courses, applicants must:
- be at least 16 years old;
- comply with the regulations concerning the mandatory medical sports check for active licensed members of sport federations, or submit a medical certificate attesting to their fitness for physical exertion;
- pay the registration fees.
Candidates' acceptance is not subject to membership in a club or federation.
Middle and upper cycles
To be admitted to middle- and upper-cycle training courses, applicants must:
- hold the certificate for successful completion of the previous training cycle or equivalent;
- comply with the regulations concerning the mandatory medical sports check;
- pay the registration fees.
How to proceed
Coach training is divided into three cycles:
- a lower cycle to obtain the 'C' State certificate for coaches;
- a middle cycle to obtain the 'B' State certificate for coaches;
- an upper cycle to obtain the 'A' State certificate for coaches.
The applications specific to each training module should be sent to the National School for Physical Education and Sports (ENEPS). If admission is denied, the person shall be informed of the reasons for the refusal.
The general module is required to be taken before a specific module can be. The programmes for each of the three cycles of courses include both basic subjects common to the various federations and specific subjects unique to each discipline. Attendance of courses is mandatory.
The three cycles include teaching periods with theoretical and practical courses and teacher training. Each cycle lasts one year. At the end of the training, an examination is organised 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 with a score of over 85 % get a 'Very Good' mark and applicants with a score of over 75 % get a 'Good' mark.
Applicants will fail if they:
- score less than 50 % total on all 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 % score 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.
Applicants who have passed the basic part of a given cycle may be exempted from taking that basic part in another discipline.
Applicants who have successfully completed the first year of university studies in physical and sports education may be exempted from the basic part of the first two cycles.
In addition, holders of certificates that prove adequate training may be exempted from all or part of the basic course material.
An equivalence to the lower and middle cycles of coach training is granted to physical education teachers who can document thorough training in that discipline during their university studies and experience as a coach for at least 2 years in a federation, sports club or pupil or student association.
Equivalences may also be granted for studies or training courses abroad, and exemptions from certain courses may be granted upon presentation of supporting documents in accordance with the criteria and procedures defined by the advisory committee.
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