Coach developer, tutor and assessor – role explanations

This is our proposed approach to developing professional standards for these occupations. The proposal is based upon a mini review of literature of publications in this area. CIMSPA would like to formally thank the following organisations for providing access to their literature and contribution to our work informing the development of this document: UK Coaching, UK Sport, Sport England, sportscotland and The English Institute of Sport.

Throughout numerous sector consultations by CIMSPA and the partners listed above it is clear the role(s), purpose, titles, and competencies of people who develop other people within the sport and physical activity sector are diverse and consensus has been difficult to find.

This document aims to provide a line in the sand and a standard reference point for all organisations that employ/deploy people who develop other people who may currently be referred to as; tutors, mentors, coach developers, people developers, work placed mentors, work based assessors, assessors.

We have reviewed all role descriptors of the workforce in the roles identified above and propose the roles outlined below will cover everyone working in this area across the whole sport and physical activity sector.

The Coach Developer role is part of a family of people who support other people within our sector. We have identified the roles below, all requiring their own Professional Standard.


Coach developer

Coach Developers are skilled support practitioners who plan for, implement, and sustain strategies and interventions in support of expert performance in sport coaching.


Teaching small groups of coaches through a syllabus provided by an organisation.


Evaluating the competence, capability or skill, either within a programme of learning or in work-based assessment.
Each of the three roles will require a professional standard to be developed – the professional standard will outline the scope of the role and knowledge, skills and behaviours of the post holder.

UK Coaching, UK Sport and Sport England have created a useful video guide to the Coach Developer role which can be viewed by clicking the button.

It is common people working in our sector may hold multiple roles and/or act in a different capacity depending on their circumstances. A post holder may be required to demonstrate competence of having achieved competencies across multiple professional standards.

The Professional Standard outlines the minimum competencies (knowledge, skills and behaviours) for each role.

Flexible Professional Standards
Keep in mind that professional standards are not limited to just developing learning products such as degrees, vocational qualifications, learning programmes and CPD.

They can also curate job descriptions, help write performance appraisals and build competency frameworks. CIMSPA supports flexible application of professional standards, with employers using appropriate methods for their industry to assess competency.

CIMSPA Coach Developer, Tutor and Assessor Professional Standards

The draft professional standards linked below outline the key knowledge and skills required for an individual to carry out the roles of a Coach Developer, Tutor or Assessor.

Draft standard and consultation

We ask for your feedback on the draft professional standards for the roles of Coach Developer, Coach Tutor and Coach Assessor.


We also welcome your thoughts on the 3 role definitions above and whether these encompass everyone working in this area across the whole sector.

Colin Huffen MCIMSPA
CIMSPA Head of Regulation and Standards

Natasha Eason MCIMSPA
CIMSPA Education Officer – Professional Standards and Apprenticeships

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