To be awarded an ADAPT Qualification the following process must be undergone:
* Contact a recognised ADAPT Delivery Centre and register your application
The Level 1 Assistant Coach qualification is the entry level and is accessible to all. However, it is strongly recommended that the candidate have a good knowledge of parkour.
To attempt the Level 2 Coach qualification it is recommended that the candidate have been training regularly in parkour for a minimum of three to five years, as the course is highly demanding in terms of physical and mental strengths, and requires a high level of competence in parkour movements. If a candidate is unsure as to whether he/she meets the required level to attempt the Level 2 it is advied that they contact a Level 3 coach and ask to be informally assessed before applying for a course.
* Attend the Course
The candidate must attend every day of the certification course and complete all components to the satisfaction of the tutor and assessor. Attendance at a course does NOT guarantee certification. The tutor and/or assessor may defer a candidate for failing to achieve any of the standards and qualities expected of an ADAPT coach
* Take the Assessment
An Assessment Course is the only way to receive an ADAPT Qualification. The assessments are rigorous and physically demanding. Upon completion the course assessors will tell you whether you have passed or, failing that, been deferred. If you are deferred you will have to retake the failed components of the course within 12 months of the course.
Candidates must be 16 years of age to apply for the Level 1 course and 18 years of age to apply for the Level 2 course.
• An assistant coach is expected to work in a supportive role to a Coach or Senior Coach
• Tasks and actions undertaken by an assistant coach will typically be guided by the Coach or Senior Coach or a person supervising the session.
• An Assistant Coach should be aware of and understand the planning process for a session and should work collaboratively with other Coaches to deliver the aims of the session’s plans.
• An Assistant Coach should have a basic knowledge of coaching and should be delivering at NGB recognised Level 1
To become a Level One Assistant, the candidate must attend and complete the ADAPT Level One Assitant Coach course. The candidate must have a full, up to date CRB check.
Upon being accepted on to an Assessment Course, the candidate will receive the necessary documents outlining what the assessment will consist of, and what will constitute a passing mark for a Level One Assistant Coach qualification.
A Level One Assistant Coach should have good knowledge, or be in the process of acquiring sufficient knowledge, in the following areas:
- Definition, history and principles of parkour
- Parkour terminology
- Parkour ability
- Body management: stretching, preparation, maintenance
- Teaching skills and awareness of best practice standards
- Basic injury management and rehabilitation knowledge
- Available resources
The candidate must complete the Assessment Course, which involves practical assessments as well as a written assessment, and can then begin logging the required minimum 10 sessions of supervised coaching, the last 2 of which will be 2 assessed live coaching sessions, and if successful the candidate will then receive the ADAPT Level One Qualification.
The Level Two ADAPT Coach is the standard certification an individual must possess before he or she is capable of teaching the fundamental principles, methods and movements or parkour, either in a class format or on a one-to-one basis, unassisted and unsupervised. A Level Two Coach is considered capable of teaching the fundamental aspects of the discipline in any situation and to anyone who wishes to learn.
This level of trainer has to be highly competent in all aspects of the discipline, and able to demonstrate all of the basic movements and principles encapsulated within parkour.
To become a Level Two Coach, the candidate must first have been training regularly and consistently for a minimum of three to five years. The candidate must have a full, up to date CRB check and an up to date First Aid certificate. He or she must complete all of the modules required of the Level One Assistant Coach Certification.
• A Coach is expected to work in either a supportive role or in most cases taking the lead on the delivery of sessions, and be able to demonstrate and explain the fundamental movements and principles of parkour / freerunning to all.
• A Coach should be able to plan, implement and deliver sessions with the assistance of an Assistant Coach if available.
• A Coach should be able to monitor and evaluate their delivery and provide monitoring information if and when requested.
• A Coach could be responsible for supervising Assistant Coaches and be able delegate tasks accordingly.
• A Coach should have a good working knowledge of coaching and should be delivering at NGB recognised Level 2.