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FAQs about the Level 1 Award, Level 2 Certificate and "Under 22" and "Full" Licence

Q: Am I a Coach?

You may be defined as a coach if ANY of the following apply:
  • You have an angling coach qualification (e.g. UKCC Level 1 or 2)
  • You provide regular, structured tuition in angling to people of any age
  • You describe yourself as an angling coach
  • You advertise your services (paid or unpaid) offering tuition/coaching/instructing/guiding
  • You provide structured tuition at more than one venue or location
  • You receive payment for coaching/instructing/guiding/teaching anglers

You are not a coach if ALL of the following apply:
  • You only give informal tips and guidance, not structured tuition and
  • You don't describe yourself as a coach or advertise your services and
  • You don't receive payment and
  • You don't have an angling coach qualification
If you have a valid and up to date coach licence, you can describe yourself as "an angling coach licensed by the Angling Trust". The Angling Trust strongly recommends that you obtain an angling coach licence from the Angling Trust if you plan on offering your services as a coach.

Q: Do I need insurance?

It is recommended that any angler holds public liability insurance to cover against any damage or injuries that he/she may cause when participating in angling. Public liability insurance is provided automatically as part of the individual Angling Trust & Fish Legal membership package, along with many other benefits. Individual membership is available for adults from as little as £29 per year.

If you may be defined as a coach (see "Am I a Coach?" above) then it is essential that you have public liability insurance but it is also essential that you hold professional indemnity insurance to protect your activity as a coach. This is available as part of the coach licence which costs just £29.50 a year (£19.50 for coaches under 22 years of age). The discounted rate for licensed coaches reflects the additional safeguards that the licence scheme offers. Coaches Licensed by the AT also benefit from FREE AT membership as part of the licence package.

Q: Why do I need a coach licence from the Angling Trust?

The Angling Trust as the National Governing Body for angling in England is the only organisation that offers a coach licence. This proves to parents, children, groups, organisations and others that you are appropriately qualified and regularly engage in training in order to maintain the highest possible coaching standards. It also gives them assurance that:
  • you have met the highest safeguarding standards established and supported by the NSPCC and Child Protection in Sport Unit;
  • full and appropriate safeguarding checks have been undertaken and that you have been risk assessed;
  • a record is kept of any reports of improper behaviour that can be shared with others, informing them of any potential risk

Q: What qualifications do I need?

If you don’t have any coaching qualifications, you will need to undertake either of the following qualifications to be eligible to apply for an Angling Trust coach licence. In addition to the qualification, a coach must hold valid Safeguarding Training, First Aid Training and an appropriate DBS check. The Angling Trust runs a number of the following qualification courses around the country:
  • 1st4Sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Angling (Assistant Coach) or
  • 1st4Sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Angling (Lead Coach)
These are not Angling Trust awarded qualifications: they are developed to National Occupational Standards and are awarded by 1st4Sport; the Angling Trust establishes the angling content. These are the only current qualifications recognised by the Angling Trust. Once a qualification and additional training has been attained, you are then eligible to apply to be licensed by the Angling Trust. If you have a different angling qualification from another organisation, then please contact us to see if we could help you.

There are also other Approved Centres which deliver courses leading to the 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Angling (QCF) and Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Angling (QCF). Learners who have undertaken their L1ACAQ or L2CCAQ through an Approved Centre other than Angling Trust can also apply to be licensed.

Q: Which qualification do I need?

Coaching fulfills a wide range of requirements and ensures that qualified coaches are able to support many activities. It is important to understand exactly what you want from your career as an angling coach. Do you want to provide help at your local club where your children regularly participate? Do you want to be the new lead coach at your local club?
The requirements of the different roles will help to understand what qualification you will require to ensure you are safe and effective in that role.

Q: What do the qualifications involve?

Each qualification is different but follows a similar structure. Qualifications are made up of a number of different sections which focus on different areas required to complete to ensure that as a coach, you are able and effective in your delivery. For example a Level 1 qualification is made up of seven sections called ‘Units’, the first of which focuses on learning around ‘Understanding the fundamentals of coaching sport’. Each unit has a particular focus and is linked to the required learning for the level of qualification. Information about the assessment can be downloaded via links further down this page.

Q: What do I get when I qualify?

Depending on your qualification, generally you will get the following:
  • A nationally recognised qualification
  • The chance to take up a Coach Licence to Practise - both L1 and L2 coaches can apply to become ‘Licensed’. This licence is offered to those taking the qualification through the Angling Trust's Approved Centre, and once issued will need to be kept current in order to benefit from the insurance etc.
  • Learners completing a L1 or L2 course will be offered the opportunity to undertake an Enhanced DBS Disclosure in connection with coach licensing. DBS checking is NOT required in order to pass the course, and application details are currently supplied after Learners have completed their attendance.

Q: What job can I do when I qualify?

The Level 1 qualification is a generic award and qualifies you as an assistant coach who can plan, deliver, and review angling coaching activities. You will be able to work under the guidance of a Level 2 angling coach. You can apply to become a Licensed L1 Coach.

The Level 2 qualification qualifies you to become an independent coach who can plan, deliver and review linked and progressive angling sessions. It can be taken by anyone over the age of 17 who has completed and passed a Level 1 coaching qualification and has some experience of angling. Your certificate will be issued showing your qualification in coaching Coarse, Game or Sea angling and you can apply to become a Licensed L2 Coach in that discipline.

Q: How much does it cost?

  • A Level 1 course costs £220, runs over 2 days and includes the cost of the first year of Coach Licensing.
  • A Level 2 course costs £335, runs over 4 days and includes the cost of the first year of Coach Licensing. Applicants need to hold a Level 1 qualification, plus recent training for Emergency First Aid and for Safeguarding & Protecting Children in sports coaching through sports coach UK.
Courses leading to the same 1st4sport qualifications can be taken through other Approved Centres: however fees and schedules may vary, and courses offered by other Centres do not include the cost of the first year's Coach Licence to Practise.

Fees for courses undertaken through Angling Trust currently include Learner registration, tuition, course resources, certification and one year's Coach Licensing, but not travel, meals or accommodation. There may be other options available too where previous experience of coaching activity or other teaching/coaching qualifications can be taken into account.

Q: Where can I find details of available courses and book a place?

There is now an online booking system for Level 1 and Level 2 coaching courses which includes details of dates, venue, pre-requisites, course content and Learner fees.

If you would like to check on the currently available events with a view to booking a place on one of them, please follow the link to access the

Online Ticket Booking System

and select COACHING from the toolbar.

Q: What is "Exemption"?

The Level 1 is the starting point for any person who wishes to apply to become an angling coach and provides an essential foundation to build upon for those embarking on a coaching pathway for the first time. However in some cases you may be able to apply for exemption from Level 1 and commence your coaching pathway at Level 2 if you can demonstrate that you meet certain prerequisites.

To gain exemption from Level 1 it's necessary to hold an appropriate qualification and to undergo an assessment of angling knowledge.  This involves a cost and a time consideration: you would also need to have exemption confirmed by the Approved Centre before applying for a Level 2 course.  

Please note that a successful application for exemption will not result in your being awarded a Level 1 qualification - it is a means to allow you to access a Level 2 course. A confirmation of exemption issued by the Angling Trust's Approved Centre is not transferable to other Approved Centres that deliver courses leading to 1st4sport qualifications.

Q: What is "Recognition of Prior Learning"?

There is a distinction between Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and exemption from Level 1.  It is possible to apply for RPL and gain a qualification based on learning that is not certificated but may lead to the award of credit..

Q: What if we don't have a course advertised at this point which you could attend?

Check our web pages periodically, since any additions or amendments to the course schedules will be shown there.

You can submit an application for any event where full dates and a booking deadline are displayed, and this will be acknowledged and processed, subject to places being still available and providing that the closing date has not passed. At that point we will arrange to take payment of the Learner fees to confirm your booking, or invoice your sponsor if you are sourcing funding from a third party.

Providing your place has been secured by payment in full of the appropriate fees, we will send out a Welcome Pack approximately twelve days before the start of the course. This will contain information about location, times, how to contact your tutor with any questions about the course content, plus any pre-course tasks and details of anything else that you will need to prepare and bring with you when you attend.

Q: How do I request an application pack for a first coach licence (Level 1 or Level 2)?

If you undertake your qualification through the Angling Trust's Approved Centre, you should automatically be supplied with an application pack at the end of your course.  There will be a reminder about licensing enclosed when we send you your certificate (you'll also receive back the coursework that you submitted for assessment).

However if you qualified through a different Approved Centre or more than 12 months ago, please email or ring 0115 822 4538.

Q: How do I renew an existing Level 1 or Level 2 licence?

The relevant paperwork is normally dispatched to your home address approximately a month before the expiry date of your licence. If you haven't received this, please contact the East Midlands office by emailing or ringing 0115 822 4538.

Q: If the licence is now validated every 3 years but I pay annually, how does it work?

There are two methods available:
  • the first is to pay by annual Direct Debit
  • the second is to be sent a reminder each year and pay by cash/cheque/card/BACS
The fee for DD payment is £29.50/£19.50 (Full/U22) per year and is discounted to reflect the reduced administration involved in this process.

If you choose to pay by another method the fee will be £34.50/£24.50 (Full/U22). A reminder will be sent approximately a fortnight prior to renewal, allowing coaches time to arrange their preferred method. Should this payment not be received in reasonable time, your licence will become invalid and you will be required to send back all licence cards and paperwork.

Q. What does U22 mean?

If you are 21 years and 364 days old you may apply for this category; as soon as you turn 22 you must apply for the next category up.

Q. Am I expected to complete the CPD in each 3 year cycle or just once?

If you wish to maintain the ‘Advanced Licensed Coach’ status then you must complete CPD in each period. However you can still remain a ‘Licensed Coach’ without attending CPD: this part is not essential but recommended.

If you still have questions after reading the available information, do please get in touch:
Angling Trust Approved Centre
The Old Police Station
Wharncliffe Road
DE7  5GF

Telephone: 0115 822 4538

The East Midlands office is normally open between 0900 and 1630, Monday to Friday (except for public holidays and between Christmas and New Year).

Contact: Angling Trust Eastwood House, 6 Rainbow Street, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 8DQ
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