MAIUK compared to the UKCC & NVQ 1. UKCC This is a direct comparison between the standards and ethics laid down by the UKCC Club Coach / Instructor award and the Matial Arts Instructor UK training programme. The UKCC states that Club Coaches / Instructors must all teach their respective sport in the same way. Within the Martial Arts this is not practical due to the many varied styles that make up the Traditional Arts and indeed the diversity of the Freestyle & Modern Arts.
However Instructors do require extra knowledge, aside from the skills gained during training upto Black Belt and beyond, in order to deliver safe effective, efficient and child friendly lessons. As such a part of the UKCC requires Club Coaches / Instructors to hold knowledge in the following areas. We have shown how this compares to Martial Arts Instructor UK: -
UKCC - Safe and ethical coaching pratice. MAIUK - Risk management / assessment along with health and safety training and codes of ethics are covered in both the training manual and on the training course as well as being a part the written exam for Level 1 which Candidates must pass with a score in excess of 85%
UKCC - The welfare of participants during coaching sessions and within the coaching environment. MAIUK - Duty of care and safeguarding are covered in both the training manual and on the training course as well as being a part the written exam for Level 1. The safeguarding policy can also be viewed on the CMAA website, is included in the training manual and is updated at regular intervals in line with the Child Protection in Sport Unit guidelines
UKCC - The types of communication and methods of communication to establish effective working relationships with participents and others. MAIUK - Effective communication skills are covered in both the training manual and on the training course as well as being a part the written exam for Level 1. There is also a guideance document available relating to the use of social media.
UKCC - Managing the coaching environment to encourage behaviour and practice that supports the safe and effective development of participents. MAIUK - Task agreements, codes of ethics and team work are all covered in both the training manual and on the training course as well as being a part the written exam for Level 1.
UKCC - The types of information and sources of information required to inform the planning of coaching sessions. MAIUK - Lesson plans schedules and information are included in the training manual. Candidates are then assessed using the forms provided and given written feedback from the Instructor / Assessor over a period of time as they progress through the 3 Levels within this programme.
UKCC - Dealing with injuries and illness, health and safety requirements and emergency procedures associated with coaching sessions. MAIUK - The action plan (IMAP) for dealing with all incidents is covered on the training course as well as being a part the written exam for Level 1. The Candidate will have demonstrated knowledge and invlovement before reaching Level 1. Evidence will be shown by way of documents (risk assessments, accident forms etc) within the Portfolio section of the training manual. The CMAA is also a First Aid training provider and as such it is recommended that all Level 1 Instructors undergo First Aid training every 3 years as a part of their own continued professional development.
UKCC - The techniques, tactical aspects and rules of sport. MAIUK - This knowledge is attained during progression through the grading syllabus of the chosen Martial Art. Evidence of this is demonstrated by grade (belt) enhancement, this can take upto 4 years or more to progress from beginner to Black Belt. The CMAA also has Refereeing courses avaliable for those members who compete, however it should be noted that this is a very small percentage of members as some Martial Arts are not competitive.
UKCC - The physical fitness components of a sport and the training priciples and methods to develop participents performance. MAIUK - This knowledge is attained durining progression through the grading syllabus of the chosen Martial Art. It also encouraged as a part of both accredited prior learning and continued professional developement. Asessment of this subject is carried out during the sessions planned and delivered as per the training manual for both Level 2 and 1. Detailed assessment forms are included in the training manual to show Candidates how they will be assessed thus allowing them to prepare sessions better.
UKCC - Nutritional requiremenmts for healthy living and physical activity. MAIUK - This knowledge is attained durining progression through the grading syllabus of th chosen Martial Art. It also encouraged as a part of both accredited prior learning and continued professional developement.
UKCC - Skill acquisition, learning styles and the methods to improve learning. MAIUK - This knowledge is attained durining progression through the grading syllabus of the chosen Martial Art. Evidence of this is demonstrated by grade (belt) enhancement. The subject is also covered on the training course, as a part of effective communication skills, and encouraged as a part of both accredited prior learning and continued professional developement.
UKCC - The methods to modify and adapt coaching sessions to meet participants needs, abilities and stages of development. MAIUK - The respect for Diversity and Equal Opportunites are covered in both the training manual and on the training course as well as being a part the written exam for Level 1.
UKCC - Sources of information and methods to evaluate coaching sessions, the coaching process and the methods to reflect and improve personal coaching practice. MAIUK - This is done by way of Instructor / Assessor feedback by the completion of coachin records contained in the training manual. The training manual also contains a full explanation of the assessment criteria for all 3 Levels.
1. NVQ While putting MAIUK together over 12 months were searching for an NVQ that closely matches the training that we, the CMAA, already offer. We found that Activity Leadership NVQ/SVQ Level 2 covers almost, although not all, of the subjects covered in our training courses.
Activity Leadership NVQ/SVQ Level 2 Specifications of Qualification Mandatory Units 1. D21 Prepare for a session 2. D22 Lead a session 3. D23 Conclude and review a session 4. A52 Contribute to the work of your team 5. C22 Promote safety in the sport and activity environment
Optional Units (I have selected the following 2 from a list of 13) 1. C12 Set up, take down and store equipment 2. C36 Support the protection of children from abuse
So how does this relate and compare to the MAIUK requirements?
All the above sections are covered in the MAIUK programme Programme plus some extra ones as follows: 1. Emergency First Aid/First Aid for Sport 2. Health & Safety 3. Risk Assessments 4. Knowledge of their own style of Martial Art and how it differs from other styles 5. Instructing skills 6. Codes of conduct 7. Safeguarding 8. Dealing with unacceptable behaviour and discipline guidelines 9. Communication Skills 10. The importance of Insurance 11. The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) and its importance
With regards to mandatory units D21, D22 & D23 these are all done at Level 2 and 1 by planning and running a lesson using the standard MAIUK forms. During this lesson a MAIUK Assessor/Verifier again assesses them.
The final stage is a check with the DBS to ensure they have no cautions or convictions that would prevent them from carrying out the role and put others at risk.
Conclusion The MAIUK is in line with Activity Leadership NVQ/SVQ Level 2 requirements but requires much more work and study, including written examinations, before the MAIUK Level 1 (Full Instructor) qualification is awarded.