Certifications

Becoming an ADAPT Coach

Once you are confident that you meet the experience and skill requirements for an ADAPT Certification you should contact your nearest authorised delivery centre and register your interest in becoming a parkour coach.

The Delivery Centre will then make you aware of the next available Certification Course and send you the necessary information and materials to book yourself a place on such a course. It is recommended that a candidate must have been training regularly and thoroughly for at least one year to be ready to attempt the ADAPT Level 1 Certification process.

Successfully completing a Certification Course is the only way to receive an ADAPT Certification. Upon completion of the course your assessor will tell you whether you have passed or, failing that, been deferred. If you are deferred you will be able to apply to retake the assessment within 12 months once you have worked adequately on improving those areas which were not up to standard. Failing the re-assessment twice more means you must complete the entire Certification Course again.

Candidates must be 16 years of age to apply for the Level 1 certification and 18 years of age to apply for the Level 2 certification or above.

Certification Levels

Level 1: Assistant Coach

3 day course

  • An Assistant Coach is expected to work in a supportive role to a Coach or Senior Coach. An Assistant Coach may NOT coach parkour without the presence of an ADAPT Level 2 Coach.
  • Tasks and actions undertaken by an assistant coach will typically be guided by the Coach or Senior Coach or a person supervising the session.
  • An Assistant Coach should be aware of and understand the planning process for a session and should work collaboratively with other Coaches to deliver the aims of the session’s plans.
  • An Assistant Coach should have a basic knowledge of coaching and should be delivering at NGB recognised Level 1
  • Successful completion of the course must be followed by the candidate completing 10 live coaching sessions where he/she assists at least two separate existing ADAPT Level 2 or higher coaches.

Level 2: Fundamentals Coach

5 day course, 2 day assessment

  • A Fundamentals Coach is expected work in either a supportive role or in most cases taking the lead on the delivery of sessions, and be able to demonstrate and explain the fundamental movements and principles of parkour / freerunning to all.
  • A Fundamentals Coach should be able to plan, implement and deliver sessions with the assistance of an Assistant Coach if available.
  • A Fundamentals Coach should be able to monitor and evaluate their delivery and provide monitoring information if and when requested.
  • A Fundamentals Coach could be responsible for supervising Assistant Coaches and be able delegate tasks accordingly.
  • A Fundamentals Coach should have a good working knowledge of coaching and should be delivering at NGB recognised Level 2.
  • Successful completion of the course will be followed by the 2 day physical and technical assessments and 2-4 live coaching assessments within 12 months.

Level 3: Master Coach

5 day course plus evidence

  • The Master Coach Certification is the pinnacle of the parkour coaching framework, and denotes an individual who has excelled in understanding the higher levels of coaching science, theory and practice as well as having mastered the practice of parkour. A Master Coach is the focal point of knowledge, physical ability and experience within his/her coaching community and is expected to be a role model to others at all times.
  • A Master Coach is expected to lead sessions and be responsible for supervising Fundamentals Coaches and Assistant Coaches and be able to delegate tasks accordingly to deliver a quality coaching experience, including event management..
  • A Master Coach should be able to deliver a high level of session planning and implementation, and be able to plan year-round courses and manage large coaching events.
  • A Master Coach should have an excellent knowledge of coaching combined with significant levels of experience, i.e. more than 3 years as a level 2 coach
  • A Master Coach may apply to undertake the Level 1 ADAPT Tutor Certification.

Level 1 ADAPT Tutor

3 day course plus evidence

The Level 1 Tutor certification enables the certified individual to act as Tutor for ADAPT Level 1 certification courses.

Evidence required:

  • Level 3 ADAPT Certified
  • Fully assisted at least 2 ADAPT Level 1 certification courses
  • Delivered a Level 1 certification course under observation by an Internal Verifier
  • Approval by a quorum of ADAPT Internal Verifiers, sanctioned by ADAPT Qualifications LTD

Level 2 ADAPT Tutor

evidence and assisting course delivery

The Level 2 Tutor certification enables the certified individual to deliver and act as Assessor for the ADAPT Level 2 Certification and Assessment courses.

Evidence required:

  • Level 1 ADAPT Tutor Certified
  • Fully assisted at least 2 ADAPT Level 2 certification courses and assessment courses
  • Delivered a Level 2 certification course under observation by an Internal Verifier
  • Approval by a quorum of ADAPT Internal Verifiers, sanctioned by ADAPT Qualifications LTD

ADAPT Assessor

evidence and assisting course delivery

The Assessor Certification is the final ADAPT Tutor level and enables the certified individual to deliver the Level 3 Master Coach certification course. 

Evidence required:

  • Level 2 ADAPT Tutor certified
  • Delivered at least 5 ADAPT Level 2 Certification Courses
  • Fully Assisted a Level 3 Coach Certification course under observation by an ADAPT Assessor

ADAPT Internal Verifier

3 day course

The Internal Verifier Certification is the final ADAPT level and enables the certified individual to deliver the Levels 1-3 Coach and Tutor certification and assessment courses as well to act as an Assessor and/or Internal Verifier for any ADAPT course internationally.

Internal Verifiers are appointed by a quorum of existing Internal Verifier individuals after having delivered at least 10 ADAPT certification courses.

Young Practitioner Awards

ADAPT Junior Award

AGES 7-10 years (school years 3-6)

1 day course

This is an early years development point that helps to introduce and promote the ADAPT principles of physical and mental health, competence and confidence at an early age, and to check that the young practitioner is on a positive, informed path with his or her training.

The focus here is on the young practitioner’s ability to perform basic movements with a reasonable level of technical skill and an understanding of safe practice, respect for themselves, others and their environment, teamwork and a willingness to learn. 

We recommend young practitioners complete the Junior Award more than once so as to demonstrate continued progress in their training.

Evidence required:

  • Attend the Junior Award training day
  • Demonstrate basic competence with some of the fundamental movements of parkour
  • Display a positive attitude towards learning, practise and working with others

ADAPT Youth Award

Ages 11-15 years (school years 7-11)

1 day course

This is the first of two optional stages to prepare parkour practitioners who are looking to go on to the ADAPT Level 1 Assistant Coach Award, when they reach the age of 16 years.

The focus of this level is for the student to be able to move at a good level, demonstrating basic skills such as jumps, rolls, arm jumps, vaults, tic-tacs, balance, etc., while also showing combinations of these movements to produce basic fluidity over terrain and the ability to adapt to new challenges.

We recommend young practitioners complete the Youth Award more than once so as to demonstrate continued progress in their training.

 

Evidence required:

  • Attend the Youth Award training day
  • Verbal Assessment: The candidate will be asked a series of questions on the purpose of parkour movements, personal motivation etc., to demonstrate a general understanding of the core concepts of parkour and a positive approach to training and practice.
  • Parkour Competence Assessment: This assessment will likely be as part of a group of candidates and requires the practitioner to demonstrate initial competence of utilising the fundamental parkour movements in a given space and to the assessor’s satisfactionThe assessment will also allow the student to express a creative side to their training; the assessor will provide them a 1-2 minute period in which they must improvise a continuous series of routes and movements. The assessor is looking for fluidity, creativity, competence and watching for an understanding of how to link different movements whilst assessing their stamina levels throughout. This last point creates an introduction to the importance of fitness within parkour.

ADAPT Young Traceur Award

Ages 11-15 years (school years 7-11)

1 day course, 1 assessment day

This is the second of two stages for parkour practitioners who are looking to attain the ADAPT Level 1 Assistant Coach Award and higher when they reach the age of 16+.

A one-day course lead by a certified ADAPT Tutor focussing on the development of leadership skills through parkour practice, movement competence and an understanding of the needs of physical training and holistic health, to include basic points surrounding nutrition, adequate recovery and rest, and the importance of training within and developing a community. 

The focus at this level is for the student to be able to move at a higher standard than before, understand their own movement, how to control the environment they are training in as a whole and how to manage and lead a group. 

 

Evidence required:

  • Attend the Young Traceur Award training day
  • Assessment Day: Written Assessment – 45 mins This stage includes a written assessment which can include questions that cover aspects such as movement terminology, history, key concepts, personal motivations etc. This assessment can also include questions that show their understanding of other people’s abilities and how to control certain situations, e.g. how to deal with a passer-by who approaches their training group.
  • Parkour Competence Assessment – 45 mins The assessor will challenge the candidate to demonstrate competence with parkour movements and tasks in a given environment, looking in particular for control, accuracy, precision and safety. 1-2 minute improvisation can still be used as part of the physical assessment to show their creativity, fluidity, stamina and general fitness levels. This assessment will likely be as part of a group of candidates. Precise knowledge of exercises or anatomy/physiology is not required at this stage, but rather the ability to manage, motivate and inspire others through parkour practice.
  • Performance – 5-10 mins As an exercise in leadership, group management skills and organisational ability, the student is asked to put together a 5-10 minute parkour performance with a group of friends/other candidates. Performers, choreography, music, dialogue, environment is all left to the candidate to select.  This means the student must understand the physical capabilities of their peers and how to control the environment to suit everyone present. The participant will have 2-3 months to prepare the performance for assessment, and this may be submitted by a single-cut, fixed point video of the performance to ADAPT Qualifications or performed on site during an ADAPT Young Traceur training day.