ASA teacher and coach licensing
The long term aim of the ASA and the Institute of Swimming is to encourage teachers and coaches to take advantage of the licensing scheme so that we have a predominantly licensed profession.
Also, we are seeking to encourage employers to use the licensing scheme as part of their recruitment process.
To learn about the benefits of being licensed or to download an application form use the buttons below. For tutor licensing please click here.
The benefits of being an ASA licensed teacher or coach
- Shows employers that you are ASA qualified
- It provides a framework for continuous improvement and professional development
- Automatically reflects your qualification level and the discipline you are working in and is open to both paid and unpaid instructors.
- You are signed up to a Code of Ethics
- You are updating your skills with teaching and personal development (CPD) courses.
- Your employer will know that they can trust you because of this commitment.
- When job searching it will give you the edge over other candidates - by having a teaching and coaching licence your employer can be confident of your competence and the fact you are continuing your professional development
- A licence card in recognition of your qualifications and commitment to personal development.
- Associate yourself and your employer with being at the cutting edge of swimming teaching and coaching.
- Over 60% off cost of inclusion on The Register of Aquatic Professionals at www.aquaticregister.org.
- For details on the DBS (CRB) system please click here
- If you have any queries please email firstname.lastname@example.org
New or renewal licence application forms
To apply for a teacher/coach license we require four main documents:
- Initial application form
- Evidence of your ASA qualification. Holders of ASA qualifications will not be required to submit their original certificates. Holders of non-ASA qualifications will need to apply for RPL, attend an ASA qualification or apply for CAT (only if your non-ASA qualification is on the QCF qualification framework).
- Original DBS confirmation at enhanced disclosure. If done through another organisation we need to see the original document along with a DBS consent form confirming that youu have signed up to the update service. If you need to gain a DBS please contact DBS@swimming.org. For all information concerning your DBS please click here
- Original Child Protection Certificate. All certifictaes must have been issued within the last 3 years). Please click here to see what child protection certificates the ASA accept. If you need to gain the Child Protection certificate please click here to search for a seminar in your region
Your license will be sent to you by post in the form of an official ASA teacher/coach license card which will be valid for 3 years from the date of issue. However, we must receive a completed annual return proforma, signed by your line manager/head coach and returned to us annually. This proforma explains the yearly expectations of being licensed.
See the below for all the necessary forms to apply or renew your licence:
Please note: The Licensing team endeavours to process your licence application within 2 weeks of receipt of the correct paperwork
ASA approved child protection courses
There are many variations in child protection training workshops delivered throughout the country. As with the DBS (formerly CRB) this is an important area and the ASA needs to be confident that evidence submitted as part of the licensing scheme meets the needs of teachers and coaches as well as the criteria requirements of swim21 accreditation.
To achieve this, the ASA is following the recommendations made by the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) and only the training programmes listed below can be accepted:
Sportscoach UK workshop
This is titled ‘Safeguarding and Protecting Children Workshop' (formerly known as 'Good Practice and Child Protection’)
There are two versions of this workshop.
The ASA preferred course is delivered by the ASA/sports coach UK and uses swimming specific examples, referring to the ASA Child Protection Policy and guidelines.
The second course is the generic workshop delivered by sports coach UK, usually as part of a County Sports Partnership Education programme.
- For more information on the sports coach UK workshop click here
Other approved courses:
Child protection training delivered by Local Safeguarding Childrens Boards (LSCB's). All approved Local Authority training is now delivered by their LSCB and should be the LSCB logo on the attendance certificate.
Football Association – Child Protection and Best Practice
R.F.U - Safeguarding & Protecting Young People
British Gymnastics – Safeguarding & Protecting Children Awareness Module
Amateur Rowing Association – Safeguarding & Protecting Children
For more information on Safeguarding & Protecting Children, visit the Child Protection in Sport Unit website here and also the most recent informaiton regarding LSCB courses from our Wavepower booklet here.