How to become an ASA tutor or assessor

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The ASA Awarding Body offers a range of vocational qualifications across the aquatic disciplines.

A trained workforce of tutors and assessors is required to plan, deliver and assess these ASA qualifications. Each tutor or assessor needing to be licensed before being allowed to tutor qualifications.

There are two key ways to become an ASA tutor or assessor.

  1. Through the ASA Tutor Training Programme route
  2. Through the ASA Continuing Professional Development (CPD) presenter route

1. The ASA Tutor Training Programme

The ASA Tutor Training Programme ensures the delivery and assessment of ASA qualifications is done at the highest standard.

The ASA Tutor Training Programme application 2016/2017 is now closed.

The programme is designed to an individual’s needs. It provides extensive training, development, and support to help you become an ASA tutor or assessor.

Trainees recruited to the programme varies each year and is driven by a range of factors, such as gaps in tutor coverage for the eight ASA regions, or the tutor requirements of the ASA Awarding Body Approved Centres.

The programme has two distinct pathways. The first is a fast-track route which takes between six and nine months. The second is an extended programme taking around 12 months.The programme has five stages:

  1. Recruitment and selection
  2. Induction
  3. Five days of training on various dates
  4. Research tasks
  5. Course attachment and delivery

Entry Requirements

You will need a high level of technical knowledge in an aquatic discipline or disciplines, such as teaching swimming. You will also need to be:

  • Passionate about aquatics, with the desire to put something back into your sport
  • Experienced in mentoring or supporting other teachers and coaches
  • Well respected in your discipline
  • Experienced in delivering training or development sessions to adults
  • Innovative in your approach to education and training

There are a range of essential criteria applicants must meet, which are outlined in the Tutor Person Specification.

  • Click here to download the ASA Tutor Person Specification

Previous trainees to become an ASA tutor or assessor include Swim School Co-ordinators, experienced senior swimming teachers, club coaches, ASA Aquatic Officers and ASA Club Development Officers.

There is always an abundance of people who want to tutor teaching swimming qualifications, but historically the numbers applying to tutor coaching swimming, synchronised swimming, diving and water polo are low.

2. CPD Presenter

For those who do not meet all the selection criteria to become an ASA tutor or assessor, the opportunity to become an Continuing Professional Development (CPD) presenter may be an option.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is part of the life of a swimming teacher or coach. It’s important for them to keep up-to-date with changes and developments by attending further training.

You can become an ASA Tutor or Assessor through becoming an ASA CPD presenter. This is supporting the delivery of CPD seminars in your area or nationally, depending on your skill set and willingness to travel.

Download the skill sets document below to find if you qualify. If you do, download the application form and email it to with the required evidence.

To be considered for the role of a CPD presenter you need to meet the skill sets specified by individual CPDs and complete/submit an application form:

Once accepted as a CPD presenter, you are required to become licensed before starting to deliver on behalf of the ASA:


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