Qualification Introduction


The Art du Déplacement And Parkour Teaching (ADAPT) Certification is the only internationally recognised teaching certification for parkour / freerunning / art du déplacement that has been endorsed by the original French founders of the discipline (the Yamakasi and early traceurs from Lisses, Paris- the birthplace of parkour) and recognised by governments, sports authorities and accrediting bodies worldwide.

It provides the industry benchmark for parkour instruction, and has been formulated over several years by many of the founding figures and most experienced instructors of parkour.

Today, the ADAPT instructor network has spread across the globe and ADAPT-certified instructors enjoy a number of benefits, including an international network of like-minded peers, improved access to insurance coverage, and support from larger parkour organizations when working with local government officials and administrators.

A body of highly experienced practitioners and coaches, including several of the founders of the art, gathered together to create a set of coaching standards by which practitioners could qualify to pass on the fundamental principles and movements of the art accurately, safely and competently.

Parkour, if practiced well, can be an amazing vehicle for developing physical and mental fitness, toughness and all-round capability. As with any athletic discipline, however, if practiced poorly or without proper guidance the results can be negative and/or harmful.

The ADAPT Programme provides a comprehensive coaching certification system from the Junior and Youth Awards for young people to Assistant Coach, Fundamentals Coach and Master Coach all the way through to Assessor and Internal Verifier.

Recognised on the European Qualifications Framework as well as by the American Council of Exercise, ADAPT has been delivered in over 30 countries worldwide.

The aim of ADAPT  is to make the art accessible to any and all who want to learn and thus to bring its incredible benefits to a much wider demographic.

To receive an ADAPT Coach Certification is to be approved to teach the discipline of parkour/art du deplacement by the foremost practitioners and teachers in the world, including the original Yamakasi and the traceurs from Lisses, Paris – the birthplace of parkour.


The first name for the discipline, born in France in the 1980s, was Art du Deplacement; best translated in English as the Art of Movement. Over time other names were used to describe it, including Parkour – derived from the French parcours, meaning ‘route’ or ‘course’ – and later Freerunning. However, the name has never been as important as the methods and spirit of practise which remain at its core today. For the sake of convenience, these pages will refer to the discipline as Parkour.

Parkour focuses on developing the fundamental attributes required for movement, which include balance, strength, dynamism, endurance, precision, spatial awareness and creative vision. It is a way of training one’s body and mind in order to be as completely functional, effective and capable as possible in navigating any terrain or environment one encounters and a way of thinking based on rigorous self-discipline, autonomous action and self-will. Parkour movements include running, jumping, climbing, crawling, swinging and vaulting. 

Beyond this simple explanation, however, parkour is a discipline of self-improvement on all levels, an art that reveals to the practitioner his or her own physical and mental limits and simultaneously offers a method to surpass them.

A practitioner of parkour aims to be self-reliant and physically capable; fit, strong and healthy; honest and sincere; disciplined; focussed; creative and always useful and helpful to others.


To qualify, a candidate must go through the qualification process from Level 1 upwards, attending a course at an authorised delivery centre. The ADAPT Certification Courses involve a training course of guided learning with one of our expert tutors followed by an assessment phase that can last anywhere from a few days to 2 years, and usually include the candidate having to log a certain amount of supervised live coaching hours to demonstrate an experiential learning process.  Throughout the assessments themselves the candidate will be questioned thoroughly by the assessors on all aspects of the discipline. Only upon completing all components of the certification – attending the course, completing the written assessment, completing the relevant physical, technical and coaching assessments – can the candidate achieve an ADAPT Certification.

Passing an ADAPT certification is to have achieved a level of physical and mental excellence both as a coach and as a practitioner. This is not something that can be assessed in one single examination or even several hours. The ADAPT Level 2 Certification, for example, consists of a five-day training course followed by an assessment which usually last between two to three days and comprise of a physical test, a technical test, and an observed coaching test.

Becoming a coach of parkour is not easy. The discipline presents one of the most complete physical activities in the world, and if practiced or taught incorrectly can be dangerous just like any other athletic pursuit, hence the rigour of the qualification process and assessments.