Triathlon coaching: Levels 1 to 3

There are three levels of triathlon coaching qualifications. The qualifications are established by the UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) and delivered in Scotland in partnership with British Triathlon.

UKCC Triathlon Level 1

This qualification prepares coaches to assist in the delivery of coached triathlon sessions.

It is a competence-based qualification, with informal assessments for each module and practicals for swim, bike and run sessions. A formal assessment on the final day sees candidates deliver a 10-minute coached session from a session card. The course takes around eight weeks to complete.

Candidates preparing to coach children or vulnerable adults will also receive a Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check as part of their training.

UKCC Triathlon Level 2

Level 2 coaches are qualified to plan, lead and deliver training programmes, and can supervise level 1 coaches.

The Level 2 course is also competence-based, with informal assessments during each module and practical assessments from two of the three triathlon sports. The course takes six months to complete.

UKCC Triathlon Level 3

Level 3 is designed for people who are dedicated to coaching and want to improve theoretical and practical coaching skills.

Level 3 coaches are qualified to plan and deliver one-to-one training programmes.

The course requires commitment to a longer period of learning and involves interactive and group discussion, presentations and practical coaching experiences in all three disciplines.

Find out more at Triathlon Scotland coaching.