LTA Tennis Instructor
"I am so glad I waited to do the Instructor course. I feel much more confident and skilled to be the best I can be. I’m now putting it into practice at my local club, and am LOVING coaching!" - Kate, Accredited LTA Instructor
This five day qualification (split into four core training days and one elective day), is ideal for those looking to build on the coaching foundations of the LTA Assistant qualification, enabling you to lead (not assist) in the delivery of group coaching.
During the course you will:
- Be able to provide general coaching advice across physical, mental, tactical and technical domains
- Plan and deliver structured lessons from official LTA Adult and Junior coaching products, e.g., Cardio Tennis, Tennis Xpress, LTA Youth
- Develop more advanced skills in communication and organisation
- Gain introductory knowledge of ‘observation and analysis’ of players
- Understand basic principles of skill acquisition, safeguarding and player development
In addition to the five-day course, guided learning hours are approximately 22 hours. This incorporates around:
8 hours of qualification experience, including practical video-based tasks
14 hours of online coursework on the LTA Learn platform including 15 Learn units, tests and tasks
On completion of the course, LTA Instructors are formally trained in:
- Cardio Tennis
- Competition Organisation
- LTA Youth
Instructors save on average £150 by completing these courses as part of the Instructor Qualification as opposed to taking them individually.
LTA Instructors will be trained to lead group coaching – this could be held at any venue.
The course learning outcomes are delivered in the context of beginner and intermediate group coaching, across adults and juniors. However, the course covers basic knowledge and skills that are applicable for any age of player and any level of player.
LTA instructors will typically be deployed as part of a large programme, schools outreach initiative, leisure centres or smaller venues that do not have an LTA Coach (Level 3) available.
There are two separate components to LTA Qualifications: Training and Assessment.
- Training: The LTA Instructor course consists of five days of face-to-face training, separated by a minimum of four weeks. This allows time for eight hours’ work experience and coursework completion.
For the LTA Instructor course, the five days of learning are split into core and elective days. There are four days of core training and one day of elective. Core and elective training is booked (and paid for) on the LTA Course Search Tool.
Coaches can choose from one of the two following Elective options: Great Group Coaching: Discovering & Driving Detail or Great Group Coaching: Repetition vs Realism
- Assessment: Final assessments are conducted during a real-life lesson of your choice, at a tennis venue of your choice. Assessments are recorded by you (using smartphone equipment) and then submitted virtually by video upload. For more details please see the Assessments page.
For optimal course quality and impact, the LTA Instructor has prerequisites to ensure that the course demands are aligned with your existing knowledge and skills. For LTA Instructor, these are:
- A current or previous rating of 7.1 (post 2003) or higher OR successful completion of an Instructor Readiness Test. The Readiness Test can take up to two weeks to be assessed once submitted - please allow sufficient time for this when signing up for the course.
- Hold the Level 1 Coaching Assistant, LTA Tennis Assistant or LTA Assistant qualification.
- Be LTA Accredited or hold a DBS/PVG Enhanced Check with Child Barred List certificate applied for in the past 12 months through LTA/Tennis Scotland (volunteer certificates cannot be accepted). A DBS can be accepted if you are on the Update Service - see here for more details. Please note that it may take at least eight weeks for a DBS to be processed and you must hold a valid LTA DBS certificate upon booking.
- Candidates must fully complete five training days (core and elective) and all coursework tasks before they can book their final assessment. The elective day can be completed before, during or after the Core Training.
- Hold a valid certificate of competence in either First Aid at Work (FAW) Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW), Paediatric First Aid (PFA) or have successfully completed the OFQUAL Level 3 in First Aid prior to assessment. This is to ensure you are safe to practice upon qualifying.
The LTA is committed to ensuring that our qualifications are accessible for all, which is why it is vital that all candidates where possible outline any reasonable adjustments/or special considerations you may require prior to attending the course. Please use this link to outline to the Coach Development Centre, LTA and Course Tutor the additional support needs that you will require on this course in order to maximise your learning.
The final decision made by the LTA Reasonable Adjustment & Special Consideration Requests panel cannot be challenged.
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