Sport Development

If the idea of nurturing the next generation of athletes excites you, then a career in sport development might be exactly what you’re after.

The Diploma of Sport Development at CIT is offered on Campus at CIT Bruce. A Sport Development qualification provides you with the skills, knowledge and practical experience to move in to a Sport Development career. Career opportunities can vary from a high performance manager, coach at all levels of the community to sport coordination and various administration roles. Work at this level would be undertaken with a high degree of autonomy.

This program includes an unpaid placement of 25 hours/week of compulsory industry placement each study week (9 per semester) with additional placement hours during the Diploma. CIT staff will help coordinate placements with industry partners throughout Canberra. The students coordinate what happens within their activities under supervision of their teacher.

  • Course Details
    Course/s

    Diploma of Sport Development
    CRICOS: 081443B National ID: SIS50612

  • Course Duration
    Duration

    Diploma: 6 months

  • Course Intake
    Intake

    Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (July) 2019

    Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (July) 2020

  • Course Campus
    Campus

    CIT Bruce

  • Course Fees
    Fees*

    Tuition Fees:

    2019*: Semester 1 - $7,050 Semester 2 - $7,050

    2020*: Semester 1 - $7,250 Semester 2 - $7,250

    Extra Fees:

    Diploma:
    Material Fee $560
    Uniform $35

  • *Please note - Course fees are listed in $AUD and are based on a semester rate. Total course cost will vary depending on semester start date. Small fee increases happen annually in line with CIT's fee pricing review. 2018 and 2019 fees subject to change.

  • Entry Requirements

    ACT Senior Secondary Certificate Certificate or equivalent OR Adult Entry with relevant experience | Before undertaking any practical work experience involving vulnerable people, applicants will be required to undertake a police check. Students must also meet one of the following English requirements: IELTS 5.5 (no band score less than 5.0) | TOEFL iBT – 46 | PTE Academic – 42 (minimum of 36 in each band) | Cambridge English test (C1 Advanced and B2 First) - 162.

  • Course Subjects - Diploma

    Diploma of Sport Development
    CRICOS: 081443B | National ID: SIS50612
    Complete all 20 subjects (11 Core and 9 Electives)
    Subjects listed below from earlier courses automatically count towards this course

    National ID
    Subject Name
    • BSBADM502
      Manage meetings
      CIT Code: ADMN150
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to manage a range of meetings including overseeing the meeting preparation processes, chairing meetings, organising the minutes and reporting meeting outcomes. It applies to individuals employed in a range of work environments who are required to organise and manage meetings within their workplace, including conducting or managing administrative tasks in providing agendas and meeting material. They may work as senior administrative staff or may be individuals with responsibility for conducting and chairing meetings in the workplace.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • ICTICT308
      Use advanced features of computer applications
      CIT Code: INFT223
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use computer applications employing advanced features. It involves manipulating data and accessing support resources to solve routine problems. It applies to individuals who have achieved a degree of autonomy as advanced information and communications technology (ICT) users, and support information technology activities in software applications.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • SISSSCO306
      Provide drugs in sport information
      CIT Code: SPRT861
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to provide information about performance enhancing and prohibited drugs to athletes and implement strategies to assist athletes to effectively address those issues according to legislative and sport-specific regulations.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • SISSSCO307
      Provide nutrition information to athletes
      CIT Code: SPRT862
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to enable coaches to provide information to support their athletes to apply the principles and practices of nutrition to achieve peak performance in the relevant sporting activity.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • SISSSCO308
      Support athletes to adopt principles of sports psychology
      CIT Code: SPRT863
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to enable coaches to support their athletes to apply the principles of sports psychology to their specific sporting activity. It focuses on assisting athletes to implement and evaluate psychological approaches to optimise their sporting performance.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • SISXCAI006
      Facilitate groups
      CIT Code: SPRT814
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to establish and facilitate the effective functioning of a group of people participating in an activity. This unit applies to individuals who work autonomously in a range of roles and settings in the sport, fitness or recreation industries. This includes program staff working in after-school or holiday-care programs, those assisting with coaching activities, or undertaking a support role in fitness activities, indoor and outdoor recreation activities such as camps and other guided activities. These individuals undertake work according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • SISXCCS403A
      Determine needs of client populations
      CIT Code: COMM360
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to gather, analyse and interpret data to plan and evaluate client service relationships and develop methods of improvement.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • SISXIND404A
      Promote compliance with laws and legal principles
      CIT Code: LEGL204
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to apply legislation relevant to organisation operations. The unit focuses on analysis and interpretation of relevant legislation to inform the review of current organisation systems to determine compliance with legal obligations and promote the modification or development and implementation of systems to promote organisation compliance.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • SISXIND406A
      Manage projects
      CIT Code: PROJ174
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to scope, implement, monitor and evaluate project-management plans and outcomes in specific activity areas, ensuring all resources are available to achieve project goals and that the project complies with legislative and organisational requirements.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • SISXRSK502A
      Manage organisational risks
      CIT Code: SPRT567
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to develop, implement and evaluate a risk-management program for an organisation. It incorporates an assessment of potential risks facing the organisation and the development of strategies and procedures to mitigate risk situations according to the current Australian and New Zealand standard.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • SISXWHS402
      Implement and monitor work health and safety policies
      CIT Code: WPHS103
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to implement work health and safety policies, procedures and programs within the context of an established organisational work health and safety system.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUAWHS501
      Maintain a high level of fitness for performance
      CIT Code: SPRT854
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to design, implement and evaluate the effectiveness of an advanced exercise program aimed at maintaining peak fitness for performances that require a high level of stamina, strength and endurance. Individuals who apply these skills are expected to display a high level of initiative, judgement and responsibility as they develop fitness programs that incorporate well-developed understanding of anatomy and physiology, the principles of biomechanics, and the way they inform the development of advanced exercise programs. At this level, access to a fully equipped fitness studio or gym is required.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • SISSSCO101
      Develop and update knowledge of coaching practices
      CIT Code: SPRT853
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to develop and update information on coaching, including the legal and ethical issues that must be considered by coaches. The unit focuses on the ability to source and comprehend general principles of coaching as well as National Sporting Organisation (NSO) sport specific requirements and covers the initial and ongoing development of a person's required knowledge base. It does not cover the technical requirements related to coaching in particular sport, these skills are covered in other units. This information underpins effective performance as a coach.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • SISSSCO303
      Plan and deliver coaching programs
      CIT Code: SPRT850
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to develop and deliver sports coaching programs. The unit focuses on the application of planning and organisational skills to determine developmental activities and delivery methods according to sports participants needs.
      Prerequisites: SPRT853 SISSSCO101 Develop and update knowledge of coaching practices
    • SISSSCO410
      Implement a talent identification program
      CIT Code: SPRT857
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge to implement and evaluate a talent identification system for athletes. It focuses on identifying and developing potential athletes to perform at elite competition level in the relevant sport.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • SISSSCO512
      Assist athletes to prevent and manage injury and illness
      CIT Code: SPRT859
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes skills and knowledge required enable coaches to assist their athletes with injury prevention and provide strategies to deal with illness and injury.
      Prerequisites: SPRT861 SISSSCO306 Provide drugs in sport information
      SPRT862 SISSSCO307 Provide nutrition information to athletes
      SPRT863 SISSSCO308 Support athletes to adopt principles of sports psychology
    • SISSSCO513
      Plan and implement high performance training and recovery programs
      CIT Code: SPRT860
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to apply sport-specific knowledge to implement a high-performance training program designed to refine the skills and performance of individuals participating at a high level.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • SISFFIT019
      Incorporate exercise science principles into fitness programming
      CIT Code: SPRT420
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to incorporate an understanding of exercise science principles into fitness instruction, programming and provision of fitness advice.
      This unit applies to the use of physiological and mechanical principles in training to improve the health- and skill-related components of fitness of clients who have recently completed industry endorsed pre-exercise screening and risk stratification procedures. This unit applies to personal trainers who typically work autonomously in controlled and uncontrolled fitness environments. Work is performed according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • SISSSTC402A
      Develop strength and conditioning programs
      CIT Code: SPRT596
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, knowledge and skills required to develop, implement and evaluate a strength and conditioning program. It focuses on the skills needed to develop a program which meets the needs of individual athletes or groups of athletes according to their sport-specific needs or those undertaking fitness programs to achieve personal fitness goals.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • SISFFIT017
      Instruct long-term exercise programs
      CIT Code: SPRT880
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, knowledge and skills required to plan, instruct and evaluate long-term exercise programs for clients. It requires the ability to apply the principles of training and program design to achieve goals in relation to health and skill-related components of fitness. It applies to the use of a variety of training techniques and cardiovascular, free weights and contemporary training equipment, in client programs. This unit does not cover exercise prescription or instruction of uncontrolled movements. The personal trainer must only implement instruction and monitoring of power exercises that are controlled and only in situations where the client is prepared. This unit does not apply to the use of Olympic lifts. This unit applies to personal trainers who work in controlled and uncontrolled environments. These individuals typically work independently with some level of autonomy. Work is performed according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • Job Opportunities

    The following are indicative job roles for this qualification:

    - Competition manager
    - Program developer

    Diploma: Coach at all levels, sports administrator, sport development officer, coordinator, manager, sporting event management and coordination, sport performance manager, sport performance analyst.

  • Pathways to Further Study

    Students who gain entry into the University of Canberra (UC) and successfully complete the Diploma of Sport Development:

    • will receive 24 credit points (1 year) towards the Bachelor of Arts (429AA)

    Students are advised to speak directly with UC in relation to course choices and pathways.

    Diploma of Sport Development (6 months)
    = 1 year of study
    Optional degree pathway available