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Become a Sport Development Officer

This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual intending to pursue a career in sport development and coaching. Once you have become qualified you could find yourself working as a sport development officer for a national sporting body, a competition manager or a talent identification manager. You could be working in a variety of environments which could include sport facilities and schools or you may choose to continue your studies and gain a higher qualification.

Career Prospects

  • Local, regional and national level sports development officer
  • Introductory level coaching roles
  • Competition managers
  • Working for sporting governing bodies and education departments

As the sporting industry continues to expand and sporting participation rates continue to rise there will continue to be plenty of employment opportunity available.

Course Quick Guide

Qualification Title Diploma of Sports Development (SIS50612)

Study Options – Domestic Australian students

Full time or part time online study

Study options – Overseas students


Start Dates

22 February 2016

4 April 2016

6 June 2016

18 July 2016

19 September 2016

31 October 2016

*intensive option available to join the program (single subject)

Course Length

Full-time: 12 months (36 weeks excluding breaks)

Part-time: 24 months (72 weeks excluding breaks)

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements for domestic students seeking a VET FEE-HELP loan:

• A completed Australian secondary education qualification or equivalent; OR

• Undertake Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) testing and demonstrate competency at exit level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) in both reading and numeracy.

Note that students who are under the age of 18 at course commencement will require an interview to assess their suitability for the course and entry will be at the discretion of the HAS.

For international applicants equivalent IELTS 5.5 (Academic) with no skills band less than 5.0

Finance Options - Domestic Australian students



Upfront payment

Trimester payment

Course study requirements

Full time: 3 trimesters; 3 subjects per trimester

Part time: 6 trimesters; 1 larger subject or 2 smaller subjects per trimester

20 units of competency taught within 9 subjects

Total nominal study hours of 1200


A variety of written & practical assessments including; reflective journals, evidence gathering, projects, case studies and quizzes, role plays and video submissions.


Online study and assessment

Practical assessments within industry locations where possible.

Delivered by

Australasian College of Natural Therapies (ACNT)

Accrediting body


CRICOS Course code (if applicable)


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Course Subjects

Subject Name and Code Unit(s) of Competency Subject Description

Event Management DIPSDEM15

- SISXIND406A; Manage projects

- ICTICT308; Use advanced features of computer applications

This subject equips students with the knowledge and skills to plan and manage a sports event. Students will learn how to deal with time, cost and quality standards as well as planning for risks, stakeholder communication, procurement and utilisation of internal resources. Finalising the delivery of the sports event and capturing lessons learnt for improving future events will also be covered.

Risk, Law & WHS DIPSDRL15

- SISXRSK502A; Manage organisational risk

- SISXWHS402; Implement and monitor work health and safety policies

- SISXIND404A; Promote compliance with laws and legal principles

This subject covers the knowledge and skills required to apply legislation relevant to organisational operations. It will focus on the analysis and interpretation of relevant legislations to determine legal compliance of an organisation in the sports and leisure industry.

Students will also cover the processes involved in developing, implementing and evaluating a risk management and WHS program within a sporting or leisure context.

Coaching Practices DIPSDCP15

- SISSSCO101; Develop and update knowledge of coaching practices

- SISSSCO303; Plan and deliver coaching programs

- SISXCAI006; Facilitate Groups

This subject will assist students in developing the necessary skills to source and develop knowledge of general principles of coaching, including National Sporting Organisation (NSO) sport specific requirements. Building on knowledge of the principles of coaching, students will explore the complexities of identifying, designing, implementing and evaluating a coaching program suitable for a chosen sport.

Furthermore, the theoretical and practical understanding of facilitating groups will be developed to provide an insight into how successful teams operate.

Athlete Health and Wellbeing DIPSDAH15

- SISSSCO307; Provide nutrition information to athletes

- SISSSCO308; Support athletes to adopt principles of sport psychology

This subject investigates the importance of nutritional and psychological principles as they relate to the athletic practices to support training, competition and recovery. Students will gain the knowledge and skills required to analyse athletes’ needs, advising on sports psychology and nutritional strategies to incorporate improved practices into their daily lives to achieve peak performance related to their goals.

Advancing students knowledge, skills and application of sports nutrition and sports psychology, this subject will enable students to administer meetings with clients, implementing strategies and practices relevant to clients’ needs, whilst recording and monitoring results and offering excellent feedback to athletes in a range of contexts. A variety of strategies are considered to increase the performance of an athlete or team in a range of situations.

Drugs in Sport DIPSDDS15

- SISSSCO306; Provide drugs in sport information

This subject will provide students with the knowledge and skills to provide athletes with information about performance enhancing and prohibited drugs in sport. Students will gain knowledge of the side effects of taking drugs in sport and implement strategies to create a drug free sporting environment using the resources available such as ASADA, WADA and the AIS.

The subject may apply to personnel who are responsible for coaching athletes in a sport-specific training or competition and recreational sporting settings. This includes providing in-competition assistance to athletes and assuring they remain drug free through effective monitoring strategies.

Essentials of Sports Marketing DIPSDSM15

- BSBMKG502; Establish and adjust marketing mix

- SISXCCS403A; Determine needs of client populations

This subject provides students with the opportunity to learn how to effectively market a sports event or team. Students will assess the marketing opportunity for an event or sports team amongst a defined target market. On selecting the marketing opportunity, each of the elements within the marketing mix will be considered, including place, product, price and promotion in order to optimise the execution of the opportunity. Tactical marketing issues will be evaluated to capitalise on changes to the marketing mix as necessary.

High Performance Training and Injury Management Principles DIPSDHP15

- SISFFIT019 - Incorporate exercise science principles into fitness programming

- SISSSCO513; Plan and implement high performance training and recovery programs

- SISSSCO512; Assist athletes to prevent and manage injury and illness

- SISFFIT031 - Implement injury prevention strategies

This subject covers the knowledge and skills required to plan and implement high performance and recovery programs as well as manage injuries for individual athletes and sporting teams. Students will cover the fundamentals of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics; methods of fitness assessment; and liaising with support personnel to design and implement high performance training, recovery and injury programs using best practice.

Students will further learn how to effectively instruct safe practice; monitor athlete/program progression and strategise for signs and symptoms of overtraining and under recovery. Identifying a range of high performance recovery methods and techniques will assist students when evaluating and providing feedback to athletes and support personnel.

For the dedicated coach, this subject will further enable students to identify current injury and illness data and trends in sport, formulate action plans and injury prevention strategies and programs to reduce incidence, implement the injury/illness prevention or management program, whilst monitoring the success of the initiative. To identify precursors to injury, students will also learn how to perform a comprehensive movement screen that builds on previous learning in anatomy and fitness testing.

Staff Recruitment DIPSDSR15

- SITXHRM501; Recruit, select and induct staff

- BSBADM502; Manage meetings

This subject introduces the basics and importance of effective recruitment, selection and induction of staff, the fundamental roles of the HR Manager, and the way to equip the organisation with the people assets that are required to meet its goals. It is designed specifically to meet the HR needs in the health and sports industry.

An important element of recruiting new staff is the ability to manage meetings effectively. Learning how to design, lead and review meetings is critical in management, and is brought to life with practical aspects of staff recruitment in the sporting environment.

Developing Sports Participation DIPSDSP15

- SISSSDE502; Design and implement strategies to increase participation

For a sport to thrive it is important that there are defined strategies aimed at developing and increasing participation in s¬¬port. Developing and using excellent communication skills to work with key stakeholders, students will design and implement participation strategies and evaluate successes. This subject draws on many aspects of this course and will assist students to develop essential skills to enhance pathways for emerging talent and implement these strategies in schools, clubs and community environments.

For a full description of each unit please contact your Course and Career Advisor on 1300 017 267