The ITF Coaching Beginner & Intermediate Players Course is competency based. This implies that the organisation and delivery of coach training and educational programmes is based around competencies which are established for the professional area of tennis coaching and the different standard occupations of the tennis coach (coach of beginner, intermediate, advanced and professional players).

Competencies can be defined as the combination of skills (application of experience and knowledge - how to do the job), knowledge (facts, feelings or experiences known by the coach - what to do in the job) and attitudes (interpersonal features - what the coach is) the coach has to possess to do the job according to the needs of the market and the customers, and the standard performance required in the employment.

These competencies are precisely defined and are based on the activities the coaches have to perform (i.e. training, competition, management and organisation) and the tasks undertaken within each activity (i.e. plan, organise, conduct and evaluate).

This course is structured in units of competence, with each unit consisting of learning outcomes that have a set of performance criteria on which coaches are assessed (i.e. required to provide evidence to demonstrate competence) using an integrated system. Current competence of the coach is recognised if valid, sufficient, consistent, current, and authentic evidence is provided.

The competencies for this course can be downloaded from the PDF document below.


All ITF Courses are run through the national tennis association in each country, and the qualification gained at the end of the course represents a qualification recognised by the national association, not an ITF qualification. The ITF do not certify coaches. Through the ITF Coach Education programme, the ITF assists national tennis associations which do not already have a certification system in place to run their own coaches courses.

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