Every National Governing Body of sport in Ireland has its own coaching qualifications. The new Coach Development Model shows the possible pathways for coaches in their development.
The model replaces the NCTC coaching ladder and is adapted from the European Coaching Framework.
Within the model two broad coaching roles are outlined.
Participation Coach: This role incorporates coaching children and participants in sport and physical activity.
Performance Coach: This role incorporates coaching of talented individuals and performers.
You don't always have to start at the introductory level and work your way up, often coaches' start at level one or sometimes even level two. The governing body for your sport will be able to provide you with the opportunity to develop your coaching skills to whatever level your desire, and therefore you will need to make contact with them to find out what they can offer you.