Become a Registered Coach


STEP 1:   Meet the requirements. By meeting all six requirements listed below, British Fencing will be able to confirm your public liability insurance for coaching delivery.

STEP 2:  Submit your documents. Once you have obtained all of the documents listed below, send copies (except your DBS, please see no.3 for further details) to British Fencing:

  • via email to
  • or by post to FAO Development, British Fencing, 1 Baron’s Gate, 33-35 Rothschild Road, London W4 5HT

STEP 3:  Registration completion. Upon receipt of all of these documents, British Fencing will add you to the Current British Fencing Coaches Register. You can then share that you are a registered coach.





To become a registered British Fencing coach, you need to be a member of British Fencing.



For further information on membership categories, please click here.


To become a registered coach you need to qualify in coaching fencing.

Are you under 18?

The minimum age for candidates to attend our courses is 18 except for the “Introduction to Coaching Fencing” Course, which is open to people 16+ on a club coach recommendation.

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:

Where did you qualify?

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

In Scotland, Coaches are required to attend Child Wellbeing and Protection in sport (CWPS) training. The first part of this is an e-learning module followed by a workshop. Coaches can find courses on sportscotland’s website using this link. Scottish Coaches will have to renew their Safeguarding training every three years. If a coach completes Module 1 and 2 in April 2019 then by March 2022, they must complete a refresher Module (currently under development) and at least one of the online topics. This is valid for another 3 years. Then in April 2025, they repeat module 1 and 2 of CWPS.  The process is repeated thereafter. Further details can be found here.

If you do not hold a British Fencing Qualification you need to send us:

Overseas Qualifications

  • 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, confirming the coaching qualification and your current status (an approved coach).
  • A further reference letter from a former club or organisation.

Other UK Qualifications

  • A copy of the coaching qualification(s) you hold from the awarding body
  • A reference letter from the issuing awarding body, confirming the coaching qualification and your current status.
  • 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 may need to undertake further development to meet the requirements of the BF Coaching Development Framework and they will need to undergo a suitability assessment as soon as possible to confirm the agreed coaching level.


To become a registered coach, you need to obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check certificate. Please ensure your membership is up to date.

British Fencing has changed to online DBS application processing.

All registered fencing clubs have been emailed the details to register for this service (Vibrant Nation) and you should contact your club to organise your DBS application via this method as soon as possible.

If your club has not signed up to the online system please ask them to follow the instructions here.

If you are a coach based in Guernsey you need to obtain a Guernsey Vetting Bureau (GVB) check through Guernsey Fencing. Please contact Guernsey Fencing for a GVB application form.

If you are a coach in Northern Ireland you need to obtain an AccessNI check through Northern Ireland Fencing. Please contact Northern Ireland Fencing for an AccessNI application form.

If you are a coach in Scotland you need to obtain a DisclosureScotland check through Scottish Fencing. Please contact Scottish Fencing for a DisclosureScotland application form.


To become a registered coach, you need to confirm suitable first aid training or provision. This can be achieved in two ways:

1) Attending an approved first aid course. The minimum course that is accepted is: Emergency First Aid at Work

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 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:

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.


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.


To become a registered coach, you 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 UK Coaching’s Safeguarding and Protecting Children, a guide for sportspeople 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 about 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

For verification of the safeguarding training, the candidates should also provide a breakdown of the course content/syllabus, duration of course (in hours) and the format should include face to face training. 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 upload the document to your Sport 80 profile, or you send a copy of your certificate, preferably by email (scanned documents or photograph).

You can search for these courses on the websites of the following organisations: UK Coaching British Fencing, County Sport Partnerships, Sport Scotland and Scottish Fencing.  Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sport training is under review to consider how best to incorporate e-learning, however, at this moment in time, we will not be accepting qualifications obtained through eLearning/ distance learning/ online/home study etc courses.


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

  1. Uploading your valid Safeguarding training to the Sport 80 platform and completing section 3 in the Safeguarding section of on your profile.
  2. Completing the Safety and Codes of Conduct declaration form and sending into British Fencing.

As part of the verification process, BF reserves the right to take into consideration any disciplinary and safeguarding history. Based on this, the Equality and Safeguarding Manager may request an individual undergo a risk assessment prior to  inclusion on the register.

If you have any questions or need clarification (which is not already provided above) please contact

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