Coaching Pathway | Tennis in Britain

Coaching Pathway

Tennis coaching is a rewarding career as you inspire people to start playing the game and empower them to fulfil their potential. Every day is a new challenge, from young children picking up a racket for the first time through to players chasing grand slam success.

If you’d like to take that first step on the coaching journey, the coaching pathway can guide you through a coaching career, from becoming a tennis leader through to developing players to an elite standard with a level 5 master performance qualification.

Level 1 - Coaching assistant

The level 1 coaching assistant course is the starting point for people who want to get into tennis coaching and become a coaching assistant. It will train people to:

  • Plan and deliver a structured lesson under the guidance of an accredited coach.
  • Have basic knowledge of tactics, techniques and rules of tennis.
  • Have a full understanding of the structure of Mini Tennis.

Find out more about the level 1 - coaching assistant course

Level 2 - Coaching assistant

The level 2 coaching assistant course is aimed at coaching assistants who want to improve their coaching skills and be able to work with groups of beginners on their own under the umbrella programme of a accredited+ coach.

  • Plan and deliver a structured lesson using LTA level 2 coach resources.
  • Coach groups of beginners using different equipment.
  • Give advice on tactical and technical improvement for beginners of Mini Tennis.

Find out more about the level 2 coaching assistant course

Level 3 - Coach qualification

The level 3 coach qualification course is for people who want to work full time within the tennis coaching profession. On successful completion of the coach qualification candidates will be able to:

  • Coach beginners and improvers in groups and as individuals.
  • Understand the basics of business management
  • Manage the work of level 1 and 2 coaching assistants.

Find out more aboout the level 3 coach qualification

Level 4 - Senior club coach qualification

The level 4 senior club coach qualification is aimed at coaches who will either be managing a section of a commercial club or running a team of coaches in a park or a members' club. On successful completion of the senior club coach qualification coaches will be able to:

  • Manage a team of coaches.
  • Work effectively with tennis participants from mini tennis red to adult competition.
  • Understand advanced tactical and technical skills.

Find out more about the senior club coach qualification

Level 4 - Senior performance coach qualification

The level 4 senior performance coach qualification is for coaches who work fulltime in a performance environment with 10-14 year old junior national players.

Find out more about the senior performance coach qualification


Level 5 - Master club coach qualification

The master club coach qualification is for coaches who are or who aspire to work at the very highest level of club coaching.

On completion of the course, a master club coach will be able to:

  • Deliver on court sessions of the highest quality to all club members.
  • Design, implement and evaluate the process and outcome of club programmes.
  • Display leadership skills to create and manage change and adaptation in dynamic club environments.
  • Mentor a team of coaches to be ensure delivery of a quality programme.

Find out more about the master club coach qualification 

Level 5 - Master performance coach qualification

The master performance coach qualification is for coaches who work with high performance players and have the responsibility for their programme development and planning. 

Find out more master performance coach qualification

Guide to previous LTA coaching qualifications

If you hold a LTA qualification prior to 2006, find out what it equates to now and the steps you can take to upgrade.

Download the guide to previous LTA coaching qualifications

Non LTA coaching qualifications

Coaches with non LTA qualifications are now able to check their qualification against an ITF comparison to coach in the UK and access the LTA coach accreditation scheme.

Find out more about non LTA coaching qualifications


LTA tutors inspire and train the next generation of tennis coaches. The requirements to become an LTA tutor are:

  • Level 4 coaching qualification (SCC/SPC or former equivalent).
  • Be an LTA Accredited+ coach.
  • Successful completion of the Certificate in Tutoring Skills (CTS) course.
  • Be able to demonstrate experience of running in-service training or leading a team (this is indicated by completing the form sent to you once you have booked onto the course).

Find out more about becoming a coach tutor.

Tennis coaching management degree

The BSc Hons Professional Practice in Tennis Coaching Management enables students from the tennis coaching profession to undertake a flexible programme in higher education. The course is designed around modules of work-based learning to do with the skills, knowledge and understanding that will be needed to develop tennis coaching management practice learning.

Find out more about the tennis coaching management degree

Coaching qualification upgrades

If you qualified as a coach before 2008 and have previous qualifications such as a DCA, CCA, PCA or TDA you can upgrade to the current qualifications on the coaching pathway without doing the entire course.