Course Director, trainer & Assessor Panels

Coaching Ireland Tutor Training Summary

Course Director, trainer & Assessor Panels

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To maintain the high standard of its training courses and assessments the Canoeing Ireland utilises members of Course Trainer and Assessor Panels to ensure all courses and assessments are delivered in a consistent and standardised format.

There are two different and distinct types of panels:

There are five Course Panels under Adventure Sports Framework

Level 1 Kayak Instructor Panel

Level 2 Kayak Instructor Panel

Level 3 Kayak Instructor Panel

Level 2 Canoe Instructor Panel

Level 3 Canoe Instructor Panel

Level 3 Sea Kayak Instructor Panel

There are two Course Panels under the Performance Coaching Framework

Course Trainer Panels

All Canoeing Ireland Instructor courses under the Adventure Sports Framework and Coach training under the Performance Coaching Framework can only be delivered by appropriately qualified Tutors who have fully completed a Coaching Ireland Tutor programme and who have completed all Canoeing Ireland requirements such as Tutor Facilitation and Assessment.

Assessor Panels

Only those on the Assessor Panels below can assess for the following Awards and Qualifications:

It is required to become a member of a Training Panel for a specified award or qualification before seeking to become a member of the Assessor Panel for that award or qualification.

Panel Membership Procedure

For those wishing to become a member of either a Trainer Panel or an Assessor Panel there is a procedure to follow which is outlined below.

Firstly identify the type of course you would like to train or assess for and then follow these three steps.

  1. Attend as an observer on one training course or assessment given by a current panel member who signs the panel application confirming your attendance.

  1. Attend as an assistant on one training course or assessment given by a current panel member who determines whether to recommend you for panel membership. The Tutor or assessment Organiser may recommend that you gain further experience before recommending you for panel membership. If you are applying for Instructor or Coach panel membership and you have not yet completed Coaching Ireland Tutor Training you will be shortlisted for the next available training course.  You will have to complete the Coaching Ireland Tutor Training before your Panel membership will be processed.

  1. Forward the Panel application for consideration to the Training and Development Committee.  Following successful consideration, an applicant will be registered on the panel database and informed of the decision by post.

Note: You must first become a member of a Training Panel for a specified award before seeking membership of the Assessor Panel for that award.

Pathway to becoming a Canoeing Ireland Tutor

Instructors who wish to be nominated for Tutor training must fulfil the following criteria:

  1. Have an instructor or coach qualification at intermediate level - Minimum Level 3 Instructor or Level 2 Coach
  2. Be an active Instructor or Coach for a minimum of 6 years
  3. Have completed Instructor or Coach Training Panel registration criteria
  4. Complete the Tutor Nomination form
  5. Be nominated by Canoeing Ireland

If instructors or coaches do not meet these criteria but the NGB would still like to recommend them for Tutor Training, the NGB must explain their reasons for nominating the tutor(s) in the NGB section of the tutor nomination form.

Some of the additional criteria which may be considered in nominating tutors includes extensive coaching experience at national level without NGB qualification, exceptional international performance at world championships or Olympic games, degrees in sports science, sports psychology, nutrition and other sports related degrees, degrees or higher diplomas in education.  The tutor training applicant will need to prove any of the above.



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Maintaining Panel Membership

In order to maintain a consistent and up-to-date standard of delivery the panels are reviewed every three years.  Panel members need to remain active and keep in touch with new developments. To maintain panel membership the following criteria was agreed by the Training & Development Committee.

  1. Only currently registered Instructors and coaches with the Training and Development Unit are eligible for Panel membership.  Instructors and coaches who are not registered will not be recognised as members of Panels. Instructors whose registration is not maintained over a three-year period will be deleted from the panel lists.

  1. Panel members are expected to assist on at least one course or take part in at least one assessment at their highest level within the three-year period.

  1. Panel Membership is conditional on compliance with Irish Canoe Union Safety Guidelines.

Organising Training Courses and Assessments

To ensure that all panel courses /assessments are carried out according to agreed Canoeing Ireland guidelines prior permission needs to be obtained from Canoeing Ireland by the course or assessment organiser. This is done by notifying the Canoeing Ireland office and completing the relevant course or assessment approval form and returning it to the office prior to that event taking place.  This will provide a record of panel members’ participation on panel courses/assessments. Failure to get prior approval may invalidate that course/assessment.

The following training courses and assessments must be registered with and validated by Canoeing Ireland