Qualification Reminder to Coaches


As the highly anticipated British Championships draw near, coaches are gearing up to lead their judoka to greatness. To ensure the safety and quality of coaching, it is imperative that all coaches diligently update and validate their coaching qualifications.

Coaches should ensure that the following qualifications are valid and up to date.

  • British Judo membership
  • DBS
  • Safeguarding and Protecting Children qualification
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Coaching qualification, including mat-side qualification

It is also important to note that during covid, online revalidations for safeguarding and first courses were accepted however they will expire this year. It is imperative that coaches and club welfare officers are aware that any revalidations this year must be completed in person if the last course was online (this does not include a virtual classroom).

If any of the listed qualifications are out of date or invalid, coaching accreditation at the British Judo Championships will be denied. 

A selection of courses both in person and online are held regularly and can be found on a number of provider websites. Please check with our coach education team if you are uncertain about any revalidation events.

Please contact our coaching education team to answer any questions you might have and to support you with any course queries – coaching@britishjudo.org.uk


Coaches and club management should also be reminded that there is now a mandatory requirement for all clubs with members under the age of 18 years to have a Club Welfare Officer. This decision came into effect from April 2023 agreed by the BJA Board of Directors.

Anybody taking on the role of CWO will require the below to be completed:

  • Club Welfare Officer application form
  • Membership of BJA, recreational membership is free, or we will make a contribution to a full adult license on renewal. In addition, one child in their household will be entitled to free membership.
  • Enhanced DBS check covering child workforce, a link can be issued for this to be completed. Existing DBS can be accepted following physical inspection of the certificate to confirm authenticity or via the update service.
  • Complete a Level 2 safeguarding and protecting children workshop (SPC) initial safeguarding course must be face-to-face, subsequent alternate revalidation courses can be virtual / online.
  • Complete a Time to Listen course (TTL) this can be face-to-face or virtual, however, an SPC course must have been completed prior to attendance on a TTL course.
  • Read and sign a copy of the GDPR policy.

For anybody completing the SPC course, this must be completed via a face-to-face delivery. This course can be completed via any other National Governing Body (NGB) of sport or local Active sports partnership. i.e., a course being delivered by your local rugby or netball club.

Other courses can be found via the providers below:

Please contact marina.dain@britishjudo.org.uk to answer any questions you might have and to support you through the Club Welfare Officer process or any other safeguarding queries.

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