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Coach Educator Applications Invited

Tue 24 March 2015

The Scottish Canoe Association, as one of the Home Nation Delivery Centres of British Canoeing invites applications for new British Canoeing Level 1 and 2 Coach Tutors and Assessors. Applications for tutors and assessors will be considered from active and updated coaches with a minimum of British Canoeing Level 3 Coach, or British Canoeing Coach with Moderate Water Endorsement. 

The strongest applications will be selected considering: 

  • Depth and breadth of coaching qualifications and experience
  • Tutoring qualification and/or experience 
  • Assessing qualification and/or experience 
  • Knowledge and understanding of the award syllabus
  • Knowledge and understanding of British Canoeing Qualification pathways
  • Fit to Home Nation workforce demands 

See ‘Job Description and Person Specification for British Canoeing Coach Tutors and Assessors’ for further details. 

Application Process

Applications will be considered based on the individuals skill set against the specific demands for new tutors and assessors, with the most appropriate applicants selected based on suitability and strength of application in relation to the detailed Job Description and Person Specification. The closing date for applications is 10th July 2015.  To request an application form, please email
Applications from SCA members should be returned to: 
Andy Murray, Caledonia House, 1 Redheughs Rigg, South Gyle, Edinburgh, EH12 9DQ, or

Development Process

Successful applicants will be required to commit to a significant development process before they are able to deliver courses, this will include:
1.    Attend British Canoeing Orientation for the role that is being applied for. This is scheduled to take place in 28/29 January 2016.  
2.    Work with an identified mentor to support development 
3.    Work through an individualised action plan supporting delivery on courses as an additional member of staff and complete a portfolio of evidence 
Upon achievement of the appropriate standard of delivery on a course as an additional member of staff a recommendation is made to the HN Delivery Centre for the aspirant provider to be granted the appropriate tutoring and/or assessing role. 
Successful applicants are required to pay a fee of £250 prior by 31st October 2015 to secure their place on the programme. This contributes to the Home Nation costs in providing support through the whole process. Aspirant tutors/assessors are expected to have completed this process 3-years from attendance at initial British Canoeing Orientation although this may be shorter in many circumstances.  

Once Qualified

Once successful applicants have finished their development process it is hoped they will be actively engaged in delivering courses. There continues to be a strong demand for courses so hopefully plenty of opportunities to tutor and/or assess. 
The Home Nations provide a calendar of moderation events to support active providers with relevant information regarding award delivery. Registered providers need to attend at least one HN moderation event (for each level at which they deliver), within each three-year cycle. The Home Nations may increase this requirement, or schedule compulsory moderation if circumstances require. These events are a useful opportunity for providers to share good practice, check they are delivering the syllabus at the right standard, or develop training/assessment practice in specific areas. Providers are also expected to deliver at least two courses per three-year cycle to remain current.
All coach educators are required to pay the annual coach educator licence fee (currently £75), and agree to the British Canoeing Coach Educator Licence Agreement.