Qualifications and Levels

WPBSA Coaching Programme

The WPBSA Coaching Programme offers three levels of qualification aligned with UK Coaching standards which provide the opportunity for all to join our accredited team and to help people of any standard to enjoy snooker.

Level 1 WPBSA Snooker Coach

Aimed at increasing participation in our sport, our entry level one-day course will provide you with the skills to safely and independently organise snooker in your community for players of all ages and abilities.

The course provides an introduction on how to coach the basics of the game, together with an overview of how the WPBSA as snooker’s world governing body is supporting grassroots development of the sport globally.

You will also receive extensive Child Protection and Safeguarding training provided by an appropriately qualified trainer.

The full itinerary for our Level 1 course can be found here Level 1 Itinerary

The course costs £199.00 inc VAT (no DBS check) or £247.16 (DBS check included)

1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Snooker Coaching

Our Level 2 course will provide you with the necessary training of how to safely plan, deliver, review and improve the performance of both novice and intermediate snooker players up to a level of 50 break standard.

You will begin by completing an initial four-day course, consisting of both theoretical and practical training. You will then work towards completing a portfolio based upon lessons coaching two players. You can then apply to be assessed on your knowledge of the principles of coaching and the delivery of a series of snooker coaching sessions.

The course has been developed in partnership with 1st4sport Qualifications and its format is typical of the coaching qualifications delivered across all sports working with 1st4sport Qualifications.

The course has also been awarded Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) Professional Standards Status, ensuring that our accredited coaches are operating at an equivalent level as other sports practitioners working in the sport and education sector within the UK.

The itinerary for this course can be found here: L2 Certificate in Snooker Coaching – Itinerary

The course costs £650 inc VAT (without a DBS check) or £698.16 (with a DBS check).

1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Snooker Coaching (Advanced)

Our Level 3 qualification offers you the chance to attain WPBSA Advanced Snooker Coach status.

Introduced in 2020, the course is aimed at current or former recognised WPBSA members who have played on the professional World Snooker Tour or coaches who have achieved the 1st4sport Level 2 in Snooker Coaching and are actively delivering coaching in the field.

The course includes technical delivery provided by an expert team of WPBSA coaches. This will be supplemented by a wide range of additional aspects of the game including table recovering and cue production/re-tipping.

Each coach will also be required to undertake the new Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity Qualification, developed by MIND and 1st4sport Qualifications UK Coaching, with additional guidance to be provided on nutrition and fitness, sports therapy and biomechanics and sports psychology.

The course costs £1,295.00 (inc VAT).

In addition to the above accreditations, there is also a historic coaching grade referred to as ‘A’ grade. This course was run previously and is no longer available for new coaches.