Level 3 - Tennis 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 trained to:

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

Duration of the course

  • 4 modules of 3 days plus 1 assessment day.
  • 9 hours coaching experience between each module. The LTA strongly recommends that a coach has appropriate insurance cover when undertaking supervised experienced hours that are a requirement of the course

Course structure

The course is 13 days broken down into 4 modules of 3 days plus 1 assessment day. The breaks between modules will be 4-6 weeks to allow coaches time to undertake 27 hours of coaching experience.

Module one:

Days 1, 2 & 3

  • Coaching process.
  • Observation and analysis.
  • Coaching skills.
  • Planning.


4-6 week break for a minimum of 9 hours coaching experience with an LTA Accredited+ coach.

Work on portfolio.


Module two:

Days 4, 5 & 6


  • Technical development.
  • Stages of learning.
  • Communication and organisation.
  • Mental skills.
  • Business management.

4-6 week break for a minimum of 9 hours coaching experience with an LTA Accredited+ coach.

Work on portfolio.


Module three:

Days 7, 8 & 9


  • Disability awareness.
  • Behaviour management.
  • Teaching progressions.
  • Group coaching.
  • Competition.


4-6 week break for a minimum of 9 hours coaching experience with an LTA Accredited+ coach.

Completion of portfolio.


Module four:

Days 10, 11 & 12


  • Formative assessment.



Summative Assessment:

Day 13

The course is assessed in two areas:

  • On court practical coaching assessment of group and individual lessons
  • Portfolio of evidence to be completed by day 10 .

From January 2021, LTA appointed Coach Development Centres will deliver days 1-12 and the LTA will conduct assessments, which will require a separate booking and payment process.  Assessments can only be booked once the core training days have been completed. Further information on the assessment booking process will follow shortly.

Candidates must attend all the sessions on the course and pass all elements of the assessment criteria to be successful.

Course pre-requisites

  • Hold the level 2 coaching assistant certificate/ECA/ETTC
  • Be LTA Accredited  or hold a DBS/PVG Enhanced Check with Child Barred List certificate (Volunteer certificates cannot be accepted) applied for through LTA/Tennis Scotland. The certificate must be less than 12 months old from the start date of the course. 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. 
  • Have (or have had) a rating of 6.1 or better, or successfully complete a play test grade 1.
  • Hold a valid certificate of competence in either First Aid at Work (FAW) or Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW), or will have successfully completed the OFQUAL Level 3 in First Aid.

How to apply*

These courses are delivered by Coach Development Centres.

For dates and venues in your area please visit the course search.

*Please apply at least 21 days prior to the course start dates. All places are subject to availability.

Reasonable adjustments are available and encompass any arrangements made prior to the delivery of a qualification, course or workshop to reduce the effect of a permanent, long-term or temporary disability, a learning difficulty, long term illness or permanent disability that places a learner at a substantial disadvantage.

Reasonable adjustments are required to be authorised by 1st4sport and the centre where you are applying to take your qualification.  Please contact the centre directly to arrange this.

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