UKCP - Alpine Level 3 Coach


The Level 3 Snowsports Coach Award is designed to develop coaches with a rounded knowledge and experience base who will be equipped with the skills to produce champions of the future. The L3 Award is aimed to educate UK Club Head and Lead coaches who will be planning and executing programmes for all levels and ages of club athletes. Within a UK Snowsports Club programme, the head or lead coach will also require leadership and mentoring skills to manage and develop a team of coaches.



The Level 3 Snowsports Coach Award is made up of 4 compulsory modules. The modules include: Mountain Safety, 12-month Coaching Portfolio Sports Coaching in Practice and an on-snow sport specific Professional Knowledge Course.

In addition, those coaches who have undertaken formal training as a ski instructor can apply for the internationally recognised IVSI accreditation. This is administered by Snowsport England and is considered on a case-by-case basis.

To attend the Level 3 Pro Knowledge and Coaching in Practice courses the following pre-requisites apply;

  • Completion of Level 2 Alpine Coach to LICENCED STATUS.
  • 20 days of recorded coaching in an Alpine environment within a UK Club Programme since successful completion of the UKCP Level 2 Course.
  • To attend the Level 3 Mountain Safety course the following pre-requisites, apply; Completion of Level 2 Alpine Coach to TRAINED STATUS.

Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and hold Level 2 Performance UKCP Licenced status, or apply for recognition of a non UK coaching award.

Alpine Professional Knowledge Course Outline

To successfully compete the L3 Alpine Professional Knowledge course a candidate will need to:

  • Design an effective and appropriate Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) plan for U10 to FIS level athletes
  • Show a high level of reviewing skills in order to improve personal coaching performance as well as the coaching performance of their coaching team
  • Plan and deliver a session to achieve a desired outcome that fits within an athlete's long-term programme
  • Organise, manage and develop a team of coaches and support staff
  • Demonstrate a refined level of performance analysis of athletes
  • Demonstrate commitment to safety and welfare complying with the UKCP Code of Ethics and Conduct for Snowsport Coaches
  • Show comprehensive knowledge of current competition and equipment rules (ICR and BCR)
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of how to develop an athlete
  • Be aware of risk management for ski racing, race training and all mountain skiing
  • Continued Professional Development points towards your licencing requirements


To be licenced all coaches and instructors must also:

  • Be registered with Snowsport England
  • Hold an appropriate first aid certificate
  • Have an appropriate DBS - see DBS disclosures
  • Have attended a safeguarding children in sport course
  • Attend an appropriate update course every three years.



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