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Independent learning



What is independent learning? 


"The ability to take charge of one's learning" (Holec, 1981)


Independent learning allows a fully flexible approach to CPD where you are able to engage in learning outside of the LTA course search tool, that is relevant to you and your needs. You can then reflect on your learning and how this will impact you and your coaching/business practice to apply for recognition.


What types of independent learning are there? 

There are two forms of independent learning:

  • Formal learning is where you have booked onto and taken part in a structured learning activity, outside of your day-to-day activities, with clearly defined learning outcomes. These will be interactive, participation based and delivered by an expert/tutor external to your venue. This is normally delivered face-to-face, or can be an online learning management system (LMS) with a formal learning assessment/knowledge check and certificate. 
  • Informal learning is where you have engaged in more unstructured learning, often self-directed and within your own time. This is through watching, reading or listening to content and non-participatory. Webinars are considered informal learning by the LTA. 

All types of learning accepted are to be relevant to sports development and led by a subject matter expert/author.

Formal learning
(1 CPD credit per hour of learning)
Informal Learning 
(1 CPD credit per learning activity)


CPD Credit Type Format  CPD Credit Type

Face-to-face workshop

Face-to-face Podcast Remote
Online course Remote Webinar  Remote
LTA Coach Mentoring (and Deloitte)


Book or article


Degree programme Face-to-face Videoed Resource Remote
Coach Network Event (face-to-face) Face-to-face Coach Network Event (webinar) Remote


Do you have any recommendations for independent learning? 

Please find a list of recommendations for content and resources for you to explore as part of your independent learning:   

How long will my independent learning form take to process? 

Independent learning forms are reviewed and approved one-by-one, therefore, if approved, the process can take up to 4 days for the learning to appear in your Coach Secure Area. 

How to apply

You can apply by clicking the below button. Please reflect on your learning fully and give all correct details to avoid any delays in the review of your learning.


Independent learning FAQs

Below you'll find a regularly updated list of frequently asked questions on Independent Learning.


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