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Capoeira Coaching Qualifications within European Qualification Frameworks

Who are Capoeira coaches?

A Capoeira Coach is an exercise and sports specialist who by way of formation of behavioral habits, as well as physical and mental exercises, manages the achievement of athletic goals that support human health. The task of a Capoeira coach is the comprehensive, effective and safe development of athletic and physical abilities.

Capoeira Coaching requires a sense of responsibility, creativity, need for achievement, accuracy and honesty. Periodic efficient upgrading of knowledge and skills to support the coaching and transfer of experiences and knowledge to colleagues. It is important to have the ability to influence trainees with personal examples.

A Capoeira coach works independently, as a member or a leader of the team involving various specialists.



What is the Coaching qualification?

A coaching qualification, often simply called a Professional certification, is a designation earned by a person to assure that he or she has a qualification to perform a Coaching job or task.

A certification is a third-party attestation of an individual's level of knowledge or proficiency in a certain industry or profession. In sports they are granted by international recognized sport federations. Not all certifications that use the word COACHING are an acknowledgment of a persons’ educational achievement.

The WCF delivers Capoeira coaching qualification.


What do I need to do to become a Capoeira coach?

To become a professional Capoeira coach you will need to participate in and successfully complete a Capoeira Coaching course recognized by the WCF. Read RECOMMENDATIONS below to become a professional Capoeira coach.


Why obtain a coaching qualification?

Most people join a coaching course for these main reasons:

·         To learn coaching skills.

·         To be part of a support network.

·         To get coaching/business opportunities.

·         To get certification so they can “officially” call themselves a coach and become a coach.

·         To establish credibility among clients, potential clients, and others in the industry.

What are the benefits?

After completing a course in Capoeira coaching, successful students could potentially pursue career opportunities as Capoeira coaches with public and private school physical education programs or collegiate athletic departments. Other options may include athletic program coordinators at community centers or youth-focused nonprofit organizations. Working directly with professional sports teams and athletes may be another viable option. Some students may seek employment as personal at gyms or health clubs. A coaching qualification provides also:

* an opportunity for an individual to obtain a coaching license that is valid in European countries where a person can procure Capoeira coaching activities.

* a coaching qualification within EQF supports cross-border mobility of Capoeira coaches and lifelong learning across Europe. It means your Capoeira Coaching Qualification will be recognized and welcomed in almost all European countries and even in many other countries around the world.

* a coaching qualification increases the professional competitiveness of a coach and increases his or her ability to find work as sport specialist.

a coaching qualification provides an opportunity to work with youth, participate in youth policy that is produced in the country and therefore to find funding for their professional coaching work. 


What is a Capoeira Coaching Qualification within the “European Qualification Framework” and what is the Role of WCF in this Project?

In cooperation with the Estonian Olympic Committee, the Estonian Foundation of Sport Education and Information and the Estonian Capoeira Federation, the World Capoeira Federation (WCF) and the Colleague of Sport and Fitness based in Australia (CSF), we provide the implementation and coordination support for the Capoeira Coaching Qualification.

The curriculum and content of Capoeira Coaching Qualification has been adopted by the Estonian Olympic Committee, which referenced it to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). It should be noted that Estonian qualifications have been linked to the EQF since 2011.

In a word, when you obtain Capoeira Coaching Qualification from the WCF you it will be recognised in all European countries.


What is the European Qualifications Framework (EQF)?

The European Qualifications Framework (EQF) is a common frame of reference that relates the qualification systems of various European countries to each other with the purpose purpose to make qualifications more understandable across different the countries and systems. 

The EQF acts as a translation device to make national qualifications more readable throughout Europe, promoting workers' and learners' mobility between countries and facilitating their lifelong learning. 

Individuals and employers are able to use the EQF to better understand and compare the qualifications levels of various countries with different education and training systems. Since 2012, all new qualifications issued in Europe carry a reference to an equivalent EQF level. 

The implementation of the EQF was based on the Recommendation on the European Qualifications Framework for lifelong learning  adopted by the European Parliament and the Council on 23 April 2008. 

By April 2018, 35 countries have formally linked their national qualifications frameworks to the EQF.

Those nations include:

·       Austria

·       Belgium (Flanders and Wallonia)

·       Bulgaria

·       Croatia

·       Cyprus

·       the Czech Republic

·       Denmark

·       Estonia

·       Finland

·       France

·       Germany

·       Greece

·       Hungary

·       Iceland

·       Ireland

·       Italy

·       Kosovo

·       Latvia

·       Lichtenstein

·       Lithuania

·       Luxembourg

·       Macedonia (North Macedonia)

·       Malta

·       Montenegro

·       the Netherlands

·       Norway

·       Poland

·       Portugal

·       Romania

·       Slovakia

·       Slovenia

·       Sweden

·       Switzerland

·       Turkey

·       the United Kingdom (England, Scotland and Wales)


The remaining countries are expected to follow in the coming years.

The EQF also comparable with Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) and the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework (HKQF). 


Levels of Qualification for Capoeira Coaches will be as Follows: 

Level 1 – Assistant Coach (equal to the EQF 3)

Level 2 – Junior Coach (equal to the EQF 4)

Level 3 – Coach (equal to the EQF 5) 

Cadets begin the qualification course from the Level 1 – Assistant Coach (equal to the EQF 3) and, in accordance with the requirements for each level, continue their education in stages. 


Will the qualification help me to get a coach license in my country?

There are 2 steps involved in getting an official license from the relevant sporting authority as a Capoeira Coach in most European countries.

In the first step Coaches should successfully complete online the courses organized by the WCF and pass the examinations.

In the second part Coaches should participate in seminars in their own country including general knowledge subjects such as biology, medicine, pedagogy, psychology, organization, finance and law.  

Who can participate?

The course content is open for all Capoeiristas over 18 years of age with at least 5 years of Capoeira experience. Interested persons can participate in the courses by applying through their Home National Federation or directly with the WCF of their country does not have a National Federation.



What are the Requirements to join the course?

Requirements to join the Capoeira Coaching Qualification courses will be as following:


Assistant Coach
- Over 18 years of age
Level 1 (EQF 3)
- 5 years experience in Capoeira

Junior Coach
- Completed Assistant Coach Level 1 (EQF 3)
Level 2 (EQF 4)
- Minimum 1 years working at Level 1 (As Assistant Coach)

- 6 years experience in Capoeira

- Completed Junior Coach Level 2 (EQF 4)
Level 3 (EQF 5)
- Minimum 2 years working at level 2 (As Junior Coach)

- 8 years experience in Capoeira

How can I apply & What is the process of participation?

1. The candidate must be an individual member and have a personal account in the WCF website. Click here to start the registration.

2. The candidate must login to his or her personal account, go to the RANKING section, and in the field of Coaching qualifications click APPLY FOR THE NEXT LEVEL.

3. If the candidate is a member of a National Capoeira Federation, his or her request to be considered must be approved by the Home National Capoeira Federation first. If the candidate has no National Capoeira Federation in his or her country, this request to be considered must approved by the WCF directly.

4. After confirmation of acceptance, the candidate is given a login and password to the Qualification’s web platform.

5. Each level of the Qualification consists of 8 (eight) modules. Modules can be completed in any order and candidates may switch between modules freely. Exam questions are in MULTIPLE CHOICE, TRUE or FAULSE and OPEN ENDED questions. There is also a requirement that the candidate must upload videos for the practical sections of the courses.

6. A participant has 4 (four) month to complete the online course, to upload his or her videos and to complete all examinations.

7. Upon fulfilling the requirements of the course, the participant’s result will be saved in the database, and after paying the course fee, it will be checked by the Education and Coach Commission of WCF and the CSF.

8. Based on the results of the exams, a corresponding TSA (Transcript of Competencies Achieved) and a certificate will be issued to the candidate. 


Who will award the certificates and Capoeira Coaching License?

1. The Transcript of Competencies Achieved and the Certificate of graduation for the Capoeira Coaching Qualification will be awarded by the WCF (World Capoeira Federation) and CSF (Colleague of Sport and Fitness, based in Australia), as the courses are organized mutually by these two institutions.

2. Certificates of attendance of courses of General Knowledge will be awarded by the relevant institution in your country which is designated by the authorized State Sport Organ. For example, in Estonia it is Tallinn Pedagogical University.

3. And finally, the Capoeira Coach license will be awarded by the relevant Sport Organ in your country. For example, in Croatia it is Ministry of Science, Education and Sports, in Estonia it is Estonian Olympic Committee etc.

What is the participation fee? How to pay?

The course fees are as follows:




Level 1 – Assistant Coach  (EQF 3)

- €200 (through National Federation €150)

Level 2 – Junior Coach  (EQF 4)  

- €250 (through National Federation €200)

Level 3 – Coach (EQF 5)

- €300 (through National Federation €250)

These fees relate to administration requirements. The payment amount is not refundable should you wish to cancel your participation at any stage.

Payments can be made through your personal account in the WCF website (www.capoeira.ws).  

Information about National Coordination Points

This table presents information about EQF National Coordination Points.


  • For those who are interested to be coaches, our recommendation is to focus on the things that *do* play a role in being a great coach. This would include skills and knowledge level in the area you want to be coaching others on.
  • When you’re starting your coaching activity, you will need to learn and improve some other skills. Coaches should know how maintain positive relationships with students and young student's parent, to establish expertise and trust, build students base movements, etiquette fundamentals and more. These involve relationship skills, business development skills, marketing skills, networking skills, continuous self-development/improvement, etc. Coaching skills are only part of the equation. So, bear that in mind as you work out your plans.
  • It’s more important that the person has personally achieved the very things he/she is trying to coach others on — which directly signifies knowledge and skill in the area, as well as insights into barriers one may face, and how to overcome them.
  • The reason why coaching qualifications help establish credibility is that qualifications are typically linked with expertise. However, there are many (other) things that indicate one’s expertise, for example, one’s real life achievements in the area he/she is coaching, his/her track record, the quality of advice that he/she dispenses, testimonials of people who have been coached by him/her, the number of people seeking coaching from him/her, and the results of clients under his/her wing.


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