Education Overview > Credentials


All Snowsport Scotland Coach, Instructor and Leader qualifications require a number of supporting documents, known as Credentials, to be current and recorded on the SSS database, for a Licence to be issued annually.

These can be uploaded directly by individuals through the members’ portal where they will be verified by the office before being recognised on the individuals’ records. The four Credentials listed below are applicable to all qualifications:

Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

First Aid

Disclosure (PVG)

Safeguarding and Child Protection

Some qualifications may also require additional Credentials to be in place prior to being issued a licence. Details of these will be found on the relevant page for the qualification.

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Continuous Professional Development


Snowsport Scotland coaches, instructors & leaders are required to keep their licence valid and up to date by attaining at least 3 Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points within a 3-year term.  This is in addition to keeping their Disclosure and First Aid Certificates up to date in accordance with SSS’s current requirements.

Any member whose CPD is lapsed for over 6 years (2 CPD cycles), and has not maintained comparable qualifications with another Snowsports Awarding Body, will have to re-attend the full course to be able to reinstate their original qualification(s).

Points can be gained by attending a combination of Snowsport Scotland organised courses specific for the qualification award held and/or using other internal and external courses.

If a member participates in any Snowsport Scotland Coaching Scheme course of duration 1 day or more, 3 points will automatically go towards the CPD requirement and the 3 years will start again from that date. 3 hour / half day workshops will accrue 1 CPD point and will revalidate for 1 year.

There is no limit to how many CPD courses can be attended and points members can accumulate in that time.  Each member is responsible for ensuring their approved points are recorded on their member’s area at the Snowsport Scotland office.

If a member holds a number of qualifications in different disciplines or levels, it is recommended to alternate their CPD disciplines.

Members may submit an application to have an external course accredited and use this to gain External CPD recognition.

Snowsport schools, clubs and other organisations are able to arrange custom CPD days for their staff and members at times that are convenient to the needs of their activities. To do this please email the SSS office to arrange a date.


First Aid Courses Page


Snowsport Scotland offers 2-day first aid courses at the sportscotland office in Edinburgh to meet the licencing requirements for the the Coach, Instructor & Leader qualifications. These courses are also open to members of the public and do not require attendees to be registered with the SSS Coaching Scheme.  

All Snowsport Scotland Coaching, Instructing & Leadership qualifications require the individual to hold a current First Aid certificate for their Coaching Licence to be valid and insured. The certificate must be issued by an approved awarding body that has been accredited to offer first aid qualifications.

As a guideline it would be beneficial for the course to include emergency first aid and procedures for an outdoor environment.


  • Medical doctors registered with the General Medical Council
  • Nurses registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council
  • Paramedics
  • Serving military personnel, police officers, fire brigade other ambulance personnel and physiotherapists

Individuals in roles listed above are able to apply for exemption every three years while they continue to meet the criteria and can provide the Employer’s Declaration, along with proof of status.

Any application for exemption requires evidence of current eligibility in any of the listed categories and a singed declaration completed by the employer on company headed paper as found in the full First Aid Training Policy.  

To view upcoming First Aid courses, check out the Course Calendar.

To register interest in future First Aid courses, please visit the GoMembership! system by clicking below





It is against the law for anyone who is barred, listed or under consideration for listing, to seek or carry out work with children or vulnerable adults. All coaches, leaders and instructors who are in regulated work with children or vulnerable adults (i.e. coaching, instructing, supervising or caring) must be a member of the PVG Scheme (Scotland) or hold a DBS check with barring information (England and Wales) for the appropriate sector to verify this. In 2015 it will also be a legal requirement for all employers to carry out such checks.

Disclosure Policy

To ensure best practice and align Snowsport Scotland’s practices with the other snowsport bodies in the UK, all Coaching Scheme members are required to have a copy of their Disclosure Certificate, PVG Scheme Record or DBS Certificate attached to their records to continue to be licensed and insured by SSS, for these purposes there is no requirement to disclose vetting information which is confidential to you and your employer.

It is recognised that a Disclosure certificate has no validity period as they only hold information up until the point it was issued and it is accepted as good practice to have a policy of re-checking existing certificates every 3 years. Certificates already held by individuals from other employment or volunteering will be accepted provided they are no more than 3 years old. For PVG there is continuous updating but each new employer is required to complete an update application, for the DBS you are recommended to join the update service.

Members who hold a PVG or DBS which is over 3 years old but are still in employment with the same organisation, the appropriate Employers Declaration can be submitted along with the original certificate in lieu of requiring a formal update from Disclosure Scotland or DBS.

PVG Employers Declaration
DBS Employers Declaration

Those in regulated work, whether voluntary or paid, in Scotland, should apply for a PVG Scheme Record or Update through their employer, this includes anyone employed who holds a Scheme Membership Statement.

For those who are not in regulated work with children, a Basic Disclosure certificate meets the minimum requirements to be issed a license.


Safeguarding Courses Page


Snowsport Scotland is committed to making sure young people enjoy snowsports in a safe environment, protected from poor practice or abuse. SSS requires all coaches, instructors and leaders to attend Child Protection training in order to be issued their licence and brings all SSS qualifications in line with the rest of the UK’s snowsport awarding bodies.

All coaches, leaders and instructors are required to attend a minimum 3-hour, Safeguarding in Sport training course. This can be completed as a direct delivery workshop or through recognised online learning providers. The certificate to evidence training being must be within 3 years of the date of submission to the SSS office.


Scotland – Children 1st Safeguarding & Protecting Children
England & Wales – Sports Coach UK Safeguarding & Protecting Children

Online Workshops

Educare Child Protection in Sport & Active Leisure
NSPCC Child Protection
SCUK Child Protection Refresher

Equivalent Child Protection Training and Guidance

Snowsport Scotland appreciates that individuals may have undertaken Child Protection training through other employment or volunteering. Details of the minimum requirement for Child Protection workshops can be found in the full Snowsport Scotland Child Protection Training Policy, with provision for Regulated Bodies and Cadet Forces in the specified statements. 

Regulated Body Child Protection Training Statement
Cadet Force Child Protection Training Statement


Coach Clean


UKCP Level 2 Coaches are required to complete the UK Anti Doping Coach Clean online course as part of the requirements to be issued their licence.

Updated to accommodate changes in the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code, Coach Clean is the easy-to-follow e-learning course for coaches who want to know more about clean sport and understand their own responsibilities with regard to anti-doping. Endorsed by sports coach UK – the central agency for coaching in the UK – it’s the only antidoping course available in the UK that relates to the coach’s role.

UKAD Coach Clean


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