The ISSF Academy

C Course for International Coaches License

The C-License course is the first of the ISSF Academy's international licenses and marks the first step to an internationally recognised coaching license.


The course has been designed to provide the coach with a wide understanding of the role of coaching and the skills required to work at a national and international level.

The license is aimed at coaches who wish to work on the international shooting circuit and with national and international teams.


Upon successful completion of this course, the coach is eligible to apply to attend a future B-License course.


Shooting Science Topics

As the level of detail covered in the course is very detailed and complex, the shooting technique is divided equally between the C & B courses with the view that completion of both courses gives the coach a comprehensive education as a shooting coach.


The level of detail covered is comprehensive and requires the coach to engage fully during the course to be successful in the examinations.


Rifle Topics

The rifle discipline will cover technical analysis in rifle shooting and the basics of shooting positions in:

  1. Prone

  2. Standing

  3. Kneeling


    Pistol Topics

    The Pistol shooting technique describes the position for Air Pistol, Sport Pistol and Rapid Fire Pistol. For each discipline, the techniques are explored in great detail focusing on the biomechanical requirements and analysis, as well their advantages and disadvantages. The course will also cover the gripping technique of the pistol in depth.


    For pistol, the C-Course will look at the following:

  1. Requirements for building a correct shooting stance

  2. The leg position

  3. The body position

  4. The arm & hand positions

  5. The head position

  6. The gun gripping technique


    Shotgun Topics

    The shotgun shooting technique looks at the development of the Ready position for both Skeet and Trap. The shotgun shooting technique looks at the development of the Ready position for both Skeet and Trap. The shotgun shooting technique looks at the development of the Ready position for both Skeet and Trap. A detailed analysis of the necessary requirements to successfully produce an efficient Ready Position.


    For shotgun, the C-Course will look at the following:

  1. The shooting stance

  2. The body position

  3. The arm & hand positions

  4. The head position

  5. The gun hold positions

  6. The eye hold positions


    Sport Science Topics

    Sport Science is our all-embracing approach to dealing with the psychological, physiological, technical, physical, and organisational aspects of coaching in the shooting sport.


    The approach to working with these specialised aspects of coaching is to integrate them in a holistic way that provides coaches with a toolkit of best working practices for coaches.


    For all disciplines, the C-Course will look at the following:

  1. Demands of shooting

  2. Performance Profiling

  3. Goal setting

  4. Coach/Athlete communication

  5. Instructions for skill learning and improvement

  6. Feedback and error correction


    Principles of physical training

    The importance of physical conditioning for shooting athletes has grown in line with the increasing professionalism of the shooting sport. Basic programmes of fitness training are explained along with practical demonstrations and workshop activity.



    Before attending the course, students are required to submit a homework assignment based on a subject as tasked by their tutor. This assignment forms a significant part of the examination and accounts for 50% of the examination marking. During the course the homework is reviewed in a one-on-one session with the course tutor.


    A written examination comprising of 50 written questions based on all aspects of the course completes he formal examination process. Should the need arise a further oral examination may be required.


    Course Duration & Preparation

    The C-Course is conducted over a six-day period in a residential setting at an ISSF Accredited Training Centre.


    Furthermore, a period of three-months pre-course work including course material study and preparation of the homework is required in advance of the course.


    Course Entry Requirements

    Entrance to the course is by the recommendation of the student's National Federation. Students must be active within their National Federation and working at a minimum of club coach level.


    The course is conducted through the English language only. Candidates must be able to write and speak in English as they will be required to answer examination questions and to make PowerPoint presentations using the English language.


    Course Fee & Additional Costs

    The C-Course fee is €1,250 and includes the following:

  • All C-Course books and guides in electronic PDF format.

  • Shared accommodation at the ISSF Accredited Training Centre. Single room occupancy can be arranged for an additional supplemental fee with the ISSF Accredited Training Centre.

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day.


    Not included in the course fee is the application fee for the course License that must be applied separately to ISSF Headquarters upon the successful completion of the course.