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Sports Instructors

The Certified Sports Instructor

The JSPO has established training systems for official sport instructors in accordance with the concepts explained below and, working closely with the National Sports Federations and Prefectural Amateur Sports Associations, nurtured and licensed sports instructors since 1965.
16 spor ts instr uctor qualifications are awarded in 5 categories.

  • Basic qualification of sports instructors : Sports Leader
  • Qualifications of instructors per competition: Coach 1~4, Instructor 1~2
  • Medical conditioning qualifications: Sports Doctor, Sports Dentist, Athletic Trainer, and Sports Dietitian
  • Fitness regime qualifications: Fitness Trainer, Sports Programmer, and Junior Sports Coach
  • Sports Management qualifications: Assistant Club Manager, and Club Manager
The JSPO and member associations nurture certified sports instructors with the skills to promote appropriate sporting activities for people at every stage of life, helping build a better society by supporting everyone’s basic right to enjoy the riches of sporting culture.

The Key Concepts for Nurturing Certified Sports Instructors

The certification of sports instructors is rooted in the following key concepts:

【Player-centered Approach】

The players’ entourage must support the players and provide for their well-being.

【Human Resources】

This refers to the ways of thinking and judgment that give shape to good coaching (the coaching principles and philosophy) and, based on those principles and their philosophy, the attitudes and behaviors towards self and others needed to express them well. By reinforcing this human resources, we seek to expunge unethical behavior from sports instruction.

【Implementation Capacities】

The model core curriculum showing educational goals and guidelines (content, goals and hours) have been introduced to ensure coaches acquire the skills they need to coach well.

【Continuous Learning】

By providing the environments for continuous learning, coaches are nurtured with the skills to support diverse sporting activities appropriate to each stage in life.

Certified Sports Instructor Matching

A special website, Certified Sports Instructor Matching, was launched in March, 2019, to match certified sports instructors with schools and other organizations which are looking for qualified instructors.
Organizations seeking certified sports instructors can use the site to search and advertise for them. The website is positioned especially as a service that helps solve the problems faced by school sports clubs by matching needs.

Types of Authorized Sports Instructors

Basic qualifications of sports instructors

Type of Qualification Role
JSPO Sports Leader As leaders such as of sports groups and circles, etc., in the area, they undertake basic sports leadership and operation.

Qualifications of instructors per competition

Type of Qualification Role
JSPO Coach 1 In local sports clubs and sports classrooms, they undertake technical leadership per competition that conforms to such criteria as individual age and gender, etc.
JSPO Coach 2 In local sports clubs and sports classrooms, they take on the central role of leader within clubs such as in the drafting of plans of operation, along with undertaking technical leadership per competition depending on age and skill level.
JSPO Coach 3 They undertake leadership to foster competitors in the area.
JSPO Coach 4 They train competitors selected from each age category at training bases at the national level.
JSPO Instructor 1 They provide services that conform to individual age, gender, technical skill, and needs, along with engaging in high-quality technical leadership as specialized leaders per competition at commercial sports facilities, etc.
JSPO Instructor 2 They take on central roles regarding the drafting of various plans of operation as well as consulting, etc., for local sports management, along with engaging in high-quality technical leadership as specialized leaders per competition at commercial sports facilities, etc.

Fitness regime qualifications

Type of Qualification Role
JSPO Junior Sports Coach At local sports clubs, etc., they teach bodybuilding and motion facilitation to infants and children through play.
JSPO Sports programmer At local sports clubs, etc., they offer guidance and advice for the maintenance and improvement of fitness.
JSPO Fitness Trainer

Medical conditioning qualifications

Type of Qualification Role
JSPO Sports Doctor They undertake health care for athletes, sports dyskinesia, diagnosis of athletic injuries, therapy, preventive research, etc.
JSPO Sports Dentist  
JSPO Athletic Trainer In close cooperation with sports doctors and coaches, they undertake the health care of sports players, impairment prevention, emergency treatment of sports injuries and impairment, athletic rehabilitation and physical strength training, conditioning, etc.
JSPO Sports Dietitian

Sports Management qualifications

Type of Qualification Role
JSPO Assistant Club Manager They not only support many activities for the club management but also assist a club manager to help the members spend a beneficial club life.
JSPO Club Manager In a comprehensive sports clubs, They utilize financial resources effectively and perform good management so that the members can enjoy the club life.
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