Professional Skills for High-Performance Sport

Our Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Skills for High-Performance Sport is a 12 week online programme, aimed at sports coaches, practitioners, managers and leaders seeking professional development to deliver greater impact in the challenging environment of high-performance sport.

Working in high-performance sport demands a blend of technical and non-technical professional competencies. This programme develops the non-technical skills and competencies that are essential for success, including leadership, communicating with impact, building trust and relationships, critical thinking and reasoning.

This programme develops specialist knowledge and practice in sport performance innovation together with an ability to address the science of sports performance, technology and engineering for effective innovation management.

A strength of the programme is the development of knowledge and skills via content delivered by expert staff and guest speakers, application to professional practice and experiential learning. The programme enables professionals to develop leadership skills, create high-performing teams and deliver solutions to their unique performance challenges.

Subjects taught



Professional Skills for High-Performance Sport Mandatory 20

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

Level 8 in a Sport Performance related area, or an equivalent qualification Applicants may also be eligible to apply on the grounds of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) if they have attained appropriate experience and attainment thresholds deemed equivalent to a Level 8 award. This may include professional qualifications and experience of working in sport as a coach, trainer, practitioner, teacher, manager or leader.

Special Requirements

Garda Vetting

Applicants for this programme are required to undergo Garda Vetting. For any programme where Garda Vetting is required, non-EU applicants will not be considered unless/until the pool of qualified EU applicants has been exhausted. For those admitted to any course requiring Garda Vetting, registration is temporary until such time as the vetting process is successfully completed.


12 weeks, part-time, online.

Post Course Info

Follow-on Courses
Follow up programmes elsewhere include:

Masters degrees in institutes and universities at home and abroad.

Career Pathways

The main employers are:

Sports National Governing Bodies
Sports Institutes
Professional Sports Clubs
Leisure, Sport & Fitness
Graduate Careers

Graduate careers typically include:

Strength & Conditioning Coach
Sports Scientist
Performance Analyst
Sports Coaching
Personal Trainer
Fitness Instructor
Health and Wellbeing
Sports Development
Industry Research & Development
Innovation Scientist

More details
  • Qualifications

    Special Purpose Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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