The key function of the ISSF Academy is to train coaches to teach in a structured way and to provide them with the technical details of shooting technique, planning, team management along with sport science and sports psychology. We achieve this using a graduated system of learning where the different courses build upon each other as the coach progresses from D to C through to B and ultimately to A-license level.
Frequency of Courses
Each year, the ISSF Academy conducts a C-Course with B-Courses every two years and A-Courses only at a time when there is sufficient demand from qualified B-license holders. The D-Course is run on request for national federations and is open to other member federations within the region to send coaches to participate.
Detailed course material
Each course has a course book for the specific shooting discipline and the sports science modules. The course books are sent well in advance and students are expected to have studied these in advance of the course as they set out the contents of the lectures held during the course.
Preparation continues with a requirement for students to complete a homework assignment specific to their shooting discipline. This assignment is in turn, the subject of discussion and an evaluation during the course and counts significantly towards the award of the coaches license.
The ISSF Academy has created courses for every level of coaching ability and for each stage in the coaches career.
Starting with the D-Course, we introduce trainee coaches to the basics of club level coaching and most importantly the course is organised so that it is conducted locally in the language of the coaches.
For the D-Course, these books are supplied in English by the ISSF for the organiser to translate into the local language of the course. They are accompanied by matching PowerPoint presentations. The translation of the course books and the PowerPoint presentation material is the sole responsibility of the host federation. The course is then given by a suitably qualified instructor in the local language or by an ISSF Academy tutor with the assistance of a local translator supplied by the host federation.
For the international courses (C, B & A), these courses are conducted only in English and the course books are provided in English.
The courses are designed to be intensive in their use of the available time and study of the course books ahead of attendance is essential to the successful completion of the courses.
Evaluation and Examinations
To successfully complete the course, students are required to achieve a minimum score of 50% in the examination to reach the pass rate in all modules of the course. For attendance on the A course, a B-license is required with a minimum examination score of 75%, in addition to several years of documented coaching work at an international level.
Applying for the Coach License
Successfully completing an ISSF Academy coaches course entitles the student to apply for the appropriate ISSF license for the course.
The issuing of ISSF Academy Coach Licenses is handled separately from the courses and no licenses are issued at the end of the course. A certification of attendance is awarded to all participants while application forms are given to successful candidates so that they can make their application direct to ISSF Headquarters with the enclosed license fee. All ISSF coaching licenses have a period of validity of four-years after which they must be renewed to remain valid. The license fee is currently set at €50.