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Table Tennis Coaching Development Pathway

Table Tennis Coaching Development Pathway

The Singapore Coach Excellence (SG-Coach) Programme aims to establish a training and development system to develop high quality and professional coaches to all sports. Coaches will gain multi-dimensional skills in the area of sports science, coaching, life skills, evidence-based practices and will be able to promote social values and principles. The SG-Coach Programme is a replacement of National Coaching Accreditation Programme (NCAP). Coaches will now be able to enroll in required certification courses based on course availability and their interests.

There are 2 main components for SG-Coach Programme:

  1. Theory: cover general principles of coaching
  2. Technical: cover sport specific considerations

More information about SG-Coach Programme, please CLICK HERE

Regarding the technical component of above-mentioned in table tennis, STTA is the appointed National Sports Association to offer and evaluate accreditation. More specifically, there are two methods of accreditation available for interested individuals:

  1. Accreditation through coursework: STTA conducts Technical Coaching Course yearly to provide sport-specific knowledge and training in technical competencies. With the support from CoachSG, STTA had developed the syllabus for SG-Coach (Full Integration) Table Tennis Coaching Course, which encompasses theory and sports science components as well. Candidates who complete and pass this Table Tennis Coaching Course will be awarded full accreditation for the SG-Coach Programme. Please check out the courses page for details of upcoming courses.
  2. Accreditation (only Technical) through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Prior Experience (RPE): individuals who had formal learning in areas of coaching or with relevant technical skills and knowledge as well as relevant coaching experience may apply according to STTA Accreditation Policy.

For more information regarding the accreditation through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Prior Experience (RPE), please refer to the STTA Accreditation Policy for SG-Coach Technical.

In collaboration with CoachSG, STTA developed the coaching curriculum for the SG-Coach Level 1 (Full Integration) Table Tennis Coaching Course.

This 57-hours course has a comprehensive table tennis coaching curriculum which encompassed both theory and technical modules. Other than table tennis specific knowledge, it also covers general topics like Safe Sport and Sport Safety, Values andPprinciples in sports as well as foundational sport science.

Upon completion of the course (by completion of the compulsory E-Learning on SportSG-ED, submission of assignments, passing the theory tests and technical competency assessment and completion of 30 hours of practical attachment), participants shall be issued the associated certifications, including the SG-Coach Level 1 (Full Integration) Coaching Certification. Together with a valid standard first aid certificate, coaches shall be able to register for full memberships with the National Registry of Coaches (NROC).

Minimum Age:

Participants must be at least 18 years old at time of registration


Required to take and pass a pre-requisite skills test before they can register for this course. Participants who fulfil the following may be exempted from the pre-requisite skills test:

Current national players and intermediate squads (IS)
Ex-national coaches, players and IS who have represented Singapore from year 2016 – 2020
Current STTA coaches
Current Singapore Sports School coaches
Obtained SSC/SportSG Technical (Table Tennis) or ITTF Coaching Certification

Supporting documents must be submitted for exemption.

Participants who fulfil the criteria for exemption from the pre-requisite skills test may register for the course directly. Please refer to the coaching course registration form for registration and payment details. Please do take note that it is compulsory for participants to provide the SportSync ID (starting with alphabet “I”) in the registration form and activate the SportSG-ED function to facilitate the E-Learning setup on the SportSG-ED platform. Please refer to Annex B for instructions.

1.            Coaches’ Code of Conduct

Updated on 01/02/16

All STTA Coaches shall:

1.1  abide by the announced rules, sports policies and procedures of STTA

1.2  conduct themselves at all times, in a manner that does not bring the sport, STTA key partners or themselves into disrepute

1.3  make a positive commitment and endeavour to achieve the aims and objectives as detailed in the STTA High Performance programmes

1.4  be positive role models for all STTA Athletes

1.5  treat relationships with all other persons (including Athletes, other Coaches, members of STTA staff, or members of the public) with respect and honesty

1.6  endeavour at all times to be mindful of safety in the course of training, competition or any other STTA activity.

1.7  refrain from engaging in activities or events unbecoming of a STTA Coach, including but not limited to the following:

1.7. 1 making derisory or derogatory comments about an Athlete’s performance;

1.7.2  smoking and/or consuming alcohol when in training camps, major championships and international events; and

1.7.3  be involved in any form of altercation with any other athlete, spectator or other person, and shall not engage in abusive, abrasive or disorderly conduct

1.7.4  not engage in any activities or conduct contrary to the laws of Singapore or in any place where the training or competition is held and further, refrain from any activity or conduct that would put Sport Singapore (SG) and/or STTA in negative publicity, embarrassment or disrepute.


Registration Process

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Download skills test registration form from STTA website
Complete the form and make payment via bank transfer or PayNow. Email form and screenshot of payment details to
Receive confirmation and allocated timeslot from STTA and attend the skills test.
After passing the skills test, download coaching course registration form from STTA website
Complete the form and make payment via bank transfer or PayNow. Email form and screenshot of payment details to
Receive confirmation from STTA and relevant information regarding the coaching course.