How to become a martial arts instructor
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
To train as a martial arts instructor you can do a coaching qualification at college that's recognised by the National Governing Body (NGB) for your martial arts discipline.
Before taking a coaching qualification you'll need:
- instructor membership of your NGB
- a minimum grade approved by your NGB
- a recommendation from your association before attending an instructor award course
Some NGBs may expect you to have held an assistant coach qualification for 6 months. The NGB for your discipline can give you advice on qualifications as instructor awards differ between NGBs.
There are no set entry requirements for this route.
You could do an intermediate apprenticeship for a community activator coaching qualification to become an instructor.
Training providers set their own entry requirements for this apprenticeship.
You may need a children's instructor award before working with children. It can also help you if you have experience of teaching or coaching another sport, and a first aid certificate.
You can gain useful experience through volunteering in clubs or at sporting events.
Find out about and apply for opportunities through Join In.
You can find out more about becoming a martial arts instructor from UK Coaching.