How to become a Coach

On this page you will find details of how to become a registered coach and the documents that need to submitted in order to become a registered coach. By meeting all six requirements as listed below, British Fencing will be able to confirm your public liability insurance for coaching delivery.    

Once a candidate has obtained all of the documents listed below, they should send copies of them (with the exception of your DBS, please see no.3 for further details) either via email to Development or by post to FAO Development, British Fencing, 1 Baron's Gate, 33-35 Rothschild Road, London W4 5HT. Upon receipt of all of these documents the coach will then be added to the Current British Fencing Coaches Register.

If you have any questions regarding any of these requirements which are not answered below please get in touch with William Tigre - If your question is not covered in the FAQs please contact Development.


1. Be a Current Member of British Fencing 

If you wish to become a registered British Fencing coach, you will need to become member of British Fencing.

For further information on membership categories, please visit click here

If you are not already a member you can join at

If you have been a member in the past but are not at the moment you will need to renew your membership. This can be done by logging into your membership profile at 

2. Hold a Qualification in Coaching Fencing

If you wish to become a registered coach you will also need to hold a qualification in coaching fencing. Please go to the Upcoming Courses page to look for coaching courses.

Those between the ages of 16 and 18 can attend the “Introduction to Coaching Fencing” Courses. Upon successfully completing a coaching fencing course your certificate(s) will be sent to you within 4 weeks.  

For the remaining qualifications, the minimum age for candidates to attend is 18 years. Clubs can request a dispensation where the candidate will become 18 years within 3 months of the course completing. To request this dispensation, please contact BF Coaching Development Manager Steve Kemp. E:

If you are a coach from Jersey, Guernsey, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales you will need to send us a copy of the coaching qualification(s) you hold with that fencing association.

If you are a foreign coach you will need to send us:

A copy of the coaching qualification(s) you hold from your country of origin or country you were trained in and an appropriate translation into English.

A reference letter from the issuing Federation, this confirming the coaching qualification and your current status (an approved coach).

A further reference letter from a former club or organisation.

The coach will be awarded a provisional qualification on the BF Coaching Framework. The coach will need to under go a suitability assessment as soon as possible to confirm the agreed coaching level.

3. Hold a DBS Certificate

In order to become a registered coach you will also need to obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check certificate. Please note that we can only process DBS application forms from current members so please ensure that your membership is up to date.

If you require a DBS application form please send a stamped addressed envelope to British Fencing, 1 Baron's Gate, 33-35 Rothschild Road, London W4 5HT.

If you are a coach based in:

Guernsey you will need to obtain a Guernsey Vetting Bureau (GVB) check through Guernsey Fencing. Please contact Guernsey Fencing for a GVB application form.

Northern Ireland you will need to obtain an AccessNI check through Northern Ireland Fencing. Please contact Northern Ireland Fencing for a AccessNI application form.

Scotland you will need to obtain a DisclosureScotland check through Scottish Fencing. Please contact Scottish Fencing for a DisclosureScotland application form.

For more information on DBS and how to update your record on the Coach Register, please click here.

4. First Aid Training

In order to become a registered coach you will also need to confirm suitable first aid training or provision. This can be achieved in two ways:

U18s are not permitted to provide First Aid, so the club/school should ensure suitable First Aid Cover is provided and therefore options 2 below is the correct choice.

1) Attending a H&S approved first aid course. There are two courses that we will accept: 

  • Emergency First Aid at Work (6 hours contact time)
  • First Aid at Work (18 hours contact time, or 12 hours contact time for renewals)

British fencing follows industry standards, which recommends that coaches undertake this training every 3 years. So a valid certificate must be less than 3 years old, but for registration ideally less than 2 years old.  If you hold a valid First Aid qualification please could you send a copy of your certificate, preferably by email (scanned documents or photograph). If you need to sign up to a course please visit the following websites to start with:

County Sport Partnership

Association of First Aid Instructors

Association of First Aid and Health and Safety Tutors

St John Ambulance

British Red Cross

Stewart First Aid Training (Scotland) 

2) If there is First Aid cover at all the venues at which you will be coaching we can accept a signed First Aid Declaration confirming this over a formal First Aid certificate. Click here to download a First Aid Declaration form. However, if there is no First Aid cover at just one of the venues you intend to coach at we do require that you complete a First Aid course.

Should you have a First Aid qualification through your work we can accept these on a case by case basis at the discretion of the Medicial Officer. This must be sent in along with a breakdown of the course content/syllabus, the duration (in hours) and the format the course took place.  


5. Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sport Training

In order to become a registered coach you will also need to show you have an understanding of safeguarding and protecting children in the sporting context. This is achieved by attending BF approved safeguarding and protecting children in sport training.

Currently we accept BF led training or sportscoach UK's Safeguarding and Protecting Children, a guide for sports people training.

Exemptions may be accepted if an individual can supply certificated evidence of attendance on a similar course of which the learning outcomes include:

  • Identify and recognise good coaching practice and the implications for your coaching
  • Explore your values and feelings in relation to child abuse, and recognise their potential impact on your response
  • Recognise and respond to possible signs of child abuse
  • Take appropriate action if concerns about a child arise

Candidates should also provide a breakdown of the course content/syllabus, duration of course (in hours) and the format (face to face, e-learning, home study etc.) of their training for verification. These are judged on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of British Fencing's Equality and Safeguarding Manager. 

Coaches are expected to keep up to date with current safeguarding practice and policy. The industry standard update timeframe is every 3 years, therefore a certificate confirming attendance on a Safeguarding and Protecting Children course should be dated within the last three years.

If you hold a valid Safeguarding qualification please could you send a copy of your certificate, preferably by email (scanned documents or photograph).

You can search for these courses on the following websites:

UK Coaching

British Fencing

County Sport Partnership

Sport Scotland

Scottish Fencing


Safeguarding and protecting children training is under review, however at this moment in time we will not be accepting qualifications obtained through eLearning/ distance learning/ online/home study etc courses.

6. Signed Code of Conduct Form

Individuals wishing to become Registered Coaches will need to display the highest levels of conduct whilst coaching and they need to confirm this expectation and responsibility. This is evidenced by reading and signing the British Fencing Code of Conduct form, and abiding by the code.

To download the Code of Conduct form please click here.

The BF Child Protection Policy, Safeguarding in BF for Coaches and BF Coaches Code of Conduct can be viewed at 

The latest Guidelines and Standards for safety in fencing, for fencers, coaches, referees, clubs and competition organisers can be viewed at

Please send all evidence and completed Code of Conduct forms to Development.