We get asked a lot of questions about various aspects of the Level 3 and Level 4 courses. To make things easier for you, here are the answers to a few of the most common ones:
Is this an LTA accredited course; it isn’t being delivered by the LTA?
Most Level 3 and Level 4 courses are now delivered by LTA Coach Education Centres such as inspire2coach. The LTA still runs a few Level 3 and Level 4 club courses, and all the performance qualifications.
How long should I leave between my Level 2 and Level 3?
There is no exact answer. You should discuss this with your Level 2 course tutor during the Level 2 course; they will recommend whether you should consider a Level 3 or not, and what you need to do in preparation for the course.
How does my coaching experience help me?
Our experience is that learners who have a good mentor to help them through the course are more likely to be successful. The mandatory coaching experience between each module is an assessed part of the course and must be organised. If you need advice on this, please contact us.
What age should I be to take a Level 3 or Level 4 course?
There is no minimum age for either course but all applicants must first have successfully completed their Level 2 and possess a suitable rating or Play Test grade to apply for the course.
What is the Play Test? Will I need to do it?
If your rating is 6.2 or below, to demonstrate that you have the required tennis abilities, you will need to take a Play Test before applying for your Level 3. inspire2coach offers Play Tests around the UK; refer to our short courses.
How do I book the course if a third party is paying my fees?
All courses must be paid for prior to the start of the course. If you have secured funding or if a third party is paying for your course, you must provide inspire2coach with a purchase order to accompany your application. It is your responsibility to ensure that all fees are paid before the start of the course. You will be asked to provide details of the third party when you apply for the course.
Can I still attend if I don’t get my DBS (formerly the CRB) done before the start of the course?
No, unfortunately you can’t. We are unable to make any exceptions. Guidelines introduced on 1 October 2009 state that you you must have a valid DBS done through the LTA before you apply for the course.
Please email DBS@lta.org.uk for a DBS application form. We cannot accept your application until you provide us with evidence of a valid DBS certificate. If you are worried about getting on to a particular course, we advise that you apply for your DBS in good time so that you still have a chance to get on the course you want. Times for processing DBS vary, but usually range from 3-6 weeks.
Do I need a current First Aid certificate?
You must possess a current First Aid qualification to apply for the Level 3 and Level 4 courses. Only certain First Aid courses are suitable, so check that it is approved by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the LTA.
inspire2coach offers an HSE Approved 1 Day Emergency First Aid at Work Tennis First Aid course through our partners, Impact First Aid
What can I do if I am unsuccessful in my assessment?
On an assessed course, it is normal that some learners may not pass first time around. This may be due to lack of experience, assessment-day nerves or an incomplete course Training Diary. Whatever the reason, we offer reassessments at Level 3 and Level 4 for learners who were not successful in their first assessments. If you want to organise a reassessment, please contact us.