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Republic of Latvia

Cabinet
Regulation No. 77
Adopted 19 January 2010

Regulations Regarding the Procedures for the Certification of Sports Specialists and the Requirements Specified for a Sports Specialist

Issued pursuant to
Section 20, Paragraphs three and four of the Sports Law

I. General Provisions

1. This Regulation prescribes:

1.1. the procedures for the certification of sports specialists and the requirements specified for a sports specialist in order to acquire the right to work in the field of sports; and

1.2. the fee for the certification of a sports specialist.

2. This Regulation does not apply to employees of the institutions of the Ministry of the Interior who, in the course of performing the duties of their office, work in the field of sports.

3. Certification shall include examination of the theoretical knowledge and professional skills of sports specialists (hereinafter - certification examination) and the issuance of a certificate of the professional qualification as a sports specialist of the relevant type of sports (hereinafter - certificate).

4. A certificate shall be issued for five years.

5. Certification and reissuing of a certificate without taking certification examination (hereinafter - re-certification), except the case referred to in Paragraph 26 of this Regulation, shall be performed on behalf of the association "Sports Federation Council of Latvia" (hereinafter - Sports Federation Council of Latvia) by the Certification Commission of Sports Specialists (hereinafter - Commission) composed of seven persons. The by-law and composition of the Commission shall be approved by the Board of the Sports Federation Council of Latvia. The Commission shall have a quorum if at least five persons participate at a Commission meeting. The Commission shall operate pursuant to the Standard LVS EN ISO/IEC 17024:2005 "Conformity Assessment. General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification of Persons".

II. Procedures for the Certification of a Sports Specialist

6. A natural person wishing to receive a certificate (hereinafter - the sports specialist to be certified) shall submit to the Commission:

6.1. a written application. The application shall specify the given name, surname, personal identity number, declared place of residence, telephone number, place of employment and position, as well as the type of sports (field of activity);

6.2. the documents certifying the education acquired and the acquired programmes of further education or vocational in-service training (copies shall be submitted, presenting the originals or certified copies);

6.3. if a Category A, B or C certificate is being applied for - a statement attested by the employer regarding professional activity in the field of sports in the previous five years (hereinafter - statement). If the sports specialist to be certified has worked for several employers during the previous five years, a statement shall be submitted from all employers. If any of the employers has terminated activity, the statement from the relevant employer need not be submitted;

6.4. if a Category A, B or C certificate is being applied for - a written opinion of a recognised sports federation of the type of sports (field of activity) specified by the sports specialist to be certified, or - if the relevant type of sports (field of activity) does not have a recognised sports federation - a written opinion of the Sports Federation Council of Latvia regarding the conformity to the requirements specified for the sports specialist of the relevant category;

6.5. an opinion of the family doctor regarding the conformity of the state of health of the sports specialist to the work to be performed;

6.6. two photographs (2.5 x 3.5 cm);

6.7. a document (or a copy thereof), which confirms that payment has been made for the paid service referred to in Sub-paragraph 35.1 of this Regulation.

7. The Commission shall:

7.1. carry out certification, on the basis of the application of the sports specialist to be certified;

7.2. develop and submit for approval to the Board of the Sports Federation Council of Latvia the requirements and evaluation system for the certification examination;

7.3. submit proposals to the Board of the Sports Federation Council of Latvia regarding approval of the composition of the certification examination commission consisting of three persons;

7.4. develop and submit for approval to the Board of the Sports Federation Council of Latvia the operational procedures of the certification examination commission;

7.5. accept the documents referred to in Paragraph 6 of this Regulation and, not later than 10 days prior to the certification, inform the sports specialist to be certified in writing of the time of occurrence, place, content of certification and evaluation system for certification;

7.6. accept the documents referred to in Paragraph 23 of this Regulation for re-certification of a sports specialist, not later than within 30 days from the date of submitting the application inform in writing the sports specialist to be re-certified regarding examination of the application and carry out re-certification in accordance with the application of the sports specialist to be re-certified;

7.7. within seven days after the certification examination, send information regarding the examination results to the sports specialist to be certified;

7.8. within a month after submitting the application and the documents attached thereto to the Commission, take a decision regarding the issuance of the certificate of the relevant category or refusal to issue the certificate;

7.9. prepare and issue the certificate to the sports specialist certified (re-certified);

7.10. issue a duplicate of the relevant certificate;

7.11. develop and maintain an electronic register of certified sports specialists;

7.12. examine a complaint of the sports specialist regarding the examination process and evaluation and take a decision regarding holding of a repeated certification examination, regarding refusal to hold a repeated certification examination, regarding reviewing of the evaluation of the certification examination or refusal to review the evaluation of the certification examination. The Commission shall, within five working days, inform the submitter of the complaint in writing regarding the decision taken;

7.13. examine and evaluate the proposals submitted in accordance with the procedures specified in Paragraph 31 of this Regulation regarding revocation of a certificate and take a decision regarding revocation of a certificate or refusal to revoke a certificate; and

7.14. place a list of the certified sports specialists and such sports specialists whose certificates have been revoked on the Internet home page of the Sports Federation Council of Latvia and regularly update it.

8. The certificate shall be drawn up in accordance with Annex 1 to this Regulation.

9. The chairperson of the Commission shall approve the certificate by signature and the stamp of the Commission after the certificate has been signed by the President of the Sports Federation Council of Latvia.

10. The work of the Commission shall be ensured by the Sports Federation Council of Latvia.

III. Requirements for a Sports Specialist

11. Persons who implement vocationally oriented sports education programmes, conducting sports training (activities), or carry out educational or methodological work in the field of sports, as well as persons who provide assistance to persons who attend sports training (activities) or are acquiring a vocationally oriented sports education programme, shall be required to have a certificate (except the persons referred to in Paragraph 12 of this Regulation).

12. A sports specialist who has obtained a diploma for higher pedagogical education in a sports study programme is entitled to work without a certificate in the field of sports and conduct sports training (activities) for five years after obtaining the diploma.

13. A sports specialist who is implementing an extracurricular sports education programme shall be required to have higher pedagogical education in sports or a Category C certificate. A sports specialist who is implementing an extracurricular sports education programme in a type of mental sport shall be required to have a Category C certificate or higher pedagogical education, or higher education and a certificate regarding having acquired a pedagogical vocational in-service training B programme.

14. Certification shall provide for four certificate categories:

14.1. Category A certificate;

14.2. Category B certificate;

14.3. Category C certificate; and

14.4. Category D certificate.

15. A person who has acquired a Category A, B or C certificate is entitled to implement a vocationally oriented sports programme and an extracurricular sports education programme, conduct sports training (activities) or carry out educational or methodological work in the field of sports.

16. A person who has acquired a Category D certificate is entitled to provide assistance to persons who are attending sports training (activities) or are acquiring a vocationally oriented sports education programme, consulting and recommending appropriate physical loads for the human body, efficiently using sport in order to strengthen and preserve human health, as well as improving sporting skills. A person who has acquired a Category D certificate is entitled to conduct sports training (activities) in accordance with a plan of sports training (activities) developed by such persons who have acquired a Category A, B or C certificate, only during a short-term absence of such persons.

17. The Commission shall confer a Category A certificate to a person who:

17.1. has acquired higher pedagogical education in sports;

17.2. has worked as a sports trainer for the past five years;

17.3. while working as a sports trainer, during the previous five years has prepared teams or athletes that have participated in competitions for Latvian representative teams and have demonstrated elite performance results in conformity with the determination criteria (Annex 2);

17.4. has received an opinion of the relevant recognised sports federation or - if the relevant type of sport (field of activity) does not have a recognised sports federation - of the Sports Federation Council of Latvia regarding the conformity of the person to the requirements specified for a Category A sports specialist;

17.5. during the previous five years has acquired further education programmes corresponding to the work of a sports trainer in amount of not less than 60 hours.

18. The Commission shall confer a Category B certificate to a person who:

18.1. has acquired higher pedagogical education in sports, except the case referred to in Paragraph 28 of this Regulation;

18.2. has worked as a sports trainer for the past five years;

18.3. has received an opinion of the relevant recognised sports federation or - if the relevant type of sports (field of activity) does not have a recognised sports federation - of the Sports Federation Council of Latvia regarding the conformity of the person to the requirements specified for a Category B sports specialist;

18.4. during the previous five years has acquired further education programmes corresponding to the work of a sports trainer in amount of not less than 60 hours.

19. The Commission shall confer a Category C certificate to a person, who:

19.1. has acquired secondary education;

19.2. has received an opinion of the relevant recognised sports federation or - if the relevant type of sports (field of activity) does not have a recognised sports federation - of the Sports Federation Council of Latvia regarding the conformity of the person to the requirements specified for a Category C sports specialist;

19.3. during the previous five years has acquired vocational in-service training programmes licensed by the Ministry of Education and Science (not less than 320 hours) that include knowledge of sports theory, sports medicine, sports physiology, sports pedagogy, sports psychology, type of sport or field of activity;

19.4. has passed the certification examination.

20. The Commission shall confer a Category D certificate to a person, who:

20.1. has acquired secondary education;

20.2. during the previous five years has acquired a further education programme accredited by the Ministry of Education and Science (less than 40 hours) that includes basic knowledge of technical and safety regulations of the type of sport, sports medicine, organising activities for beginners and competitions, acquisition of the basic skills of the relevant type of sport, the basics of pedagogical and psychological communication;

20.3. has passed the certification examination.

21. If the sports specialist to be certified cannot provide documents regarding sufficient work experience or the necessary amount of hours for raising of the qualification, he or she shall take the certification examination.

22. A sports specialist who has obtained a diploma for higher pedagogical education in a study programme for the qualification as a sports trainer is entitled to receive a Category B certificate.

IV. Re-certification of Sports Specialists

23. The sports specialist to be re-certified, not later than three months before the expiration of the validity period of the certificate or in the fifth year after the acquisition of a diploma for higher pedagogical education in a sports study programme, shall submit to the Commission:

23.1. a written application. The application shall specify the given name, surname, personal identity number, declared place of residence, telephone number, place of employment and position, as well as the type of sport (field of activity);

23.2. the documents certifying the further education programmes acquired during the validity period of the certificate in amount of not less than 60 hours (copies shall be submitted, presenting originals or certified copies);

23.3. the person referred to in Paragraph 12 of this Regulation - the diploma regarding the higher pedagogical education in a sports study programme (a copy shall be submitted, presenting the original or a certified copy);

23.4. a statement attested by the employer regarding the previous five years. If the person has worked for several employers during the previous five years, a statement shall be submitted from all employers. If any of the employers has terminated activity, the statement from the relevant employer need not be submitted;

23.5. if a Category A, B or C certificate is being applied for - a written opinion of the recognised sports federation of the type of sport (field of activity) specified by the sports specialist to be certified or - if the relevant type of sport (field of activity) does not have a recognised sports federation - a written opinion of the Sports Federation Council of Latvia regarding the conformity to the requirements specified for the sports specialist;

23.6. an opinion of the family doctor regarding the conformity of the state of health of the person to the work to be performed;

23.7. two photographs (2.5 x 3.5 cm); and

23.8. a document or a copy thereof, which certifies that payment has been made for the paid service referred to by Sub-paragraph 35.5 of this Regulation.

24. The Commission shall examine the conformity of the documents referred to in Paragraph 23 of this Regulation to the requirements specified for the acquisition of the certificate of the relevant category.

25. If the Commission finds that the documents referred to in Paragraph 23 of this Regulation conform to the requirements specified for granting the certificate of the relevant category, the Commission shall grant the sports specialist to be re-certified the certificate without having to take the certification examination.

26. If the Commission finds that the documents referred to in Paragraph 23 of this Regulation do not conform to the requirements specified for granting the certificate of the relevant category, the Commission shall take a decision to refuse the re-certification. A substantiated refusal for re-certification shall be sent to the sports specialist to be re-certified, however, he or she has the right to take the certification examination.

27. If, during the validity period of a Category B, C or D certificate, the sports specialist has met the requirements for the receipt of a certificate of higher category, he or she shall be granted the certificate of higher category. The certificate of higher category shall not be granted to the sports specialist earlier than after a year (beginning from the date of entering into effect of the decision regarding granting of the certificate of the previous category).

28. A sports specialist who has been granted a Category C certificate may, after two years (beginning from the date of entering into effect of the decision regarding granting of the certificate of the previous category), apply for the acquisition of a Category B certificate, if he or she has higher education and his or her students during this period have participated in competitions for Latvian representative teams and have demonstrated results that conform to the elite performance criteria (Annex 2).

V. Rights of a Sports Specialist to be Certified (Re-certified)

29. A sports specialist to be certified (re-certified) has the right to:

29.1. receive the certification examination programme at the office of the Sports Federation Council of Latvia;

29.2. receive information at the office of the Sports Federation Council of Latvia regarding the place and time of the certification examination and to take the certification examination not later than 30 days from the date of submitting the application;

29.3. become acquainted with the evaluation system for the certification examination and, within seven days after taking the examination, receive information regarding the results;

29.4. if certification has been refused, within three months from the day of receipt of refusal, submit an application to the Commission regarding re-taking of examination, appending a document (or a copy thereof) to the application, which confirms that payment has been made for the paid service referred to in Sub-paragraph 35.4 of this Regulation. The referred to application need not be appended the documents that the sports specialist to be certified (re-certified) has submitted to the Commission previously;

29.5. receive information regarding the results of the evaluation within 30 days after submitting the application for re-certification;

29.6. receive information regarding the composition of the certification examination commission;

29.7. submit a complaint to the Sports Federation Council of Latvia regarding the composition of the certification examination commission and request that a new certification examination commission be formed;

29.8. submit a complaint to the Commission regarding the examination process or evaluation; and

29.9. contest the decision of the Commission with the Board of the Sports Federation Council of Latvia regarding certification, re-certification or revocation of a certificate. A decision of the Sports Federation Council of Latvia may be appealed in court in accordance with the procedures specified in the Administrative Procedure Law.

VI. Procedures for Revocation of a Certificate

30. A certificate may be revoked if the sports specialist has violated the regulatory enactments regulating the field of sports or the ethical standards of sports.

31. A proposal regarding revocation of a certificate may be submitted to the Commission by:

31.1. the Ministry of Education and Science;

31.2. the Sports Federation Council of Latvia;

31.3. a recognised sports federation;

31.4. an institution or organisation where the certified sports specialist is employed.

32. The certificate shall be revoked by the Commission, taking a decision within one month from the day of submitting the proposal to the Commission.

33. The Sports Federation Council of Latvia shall, within five working days, notify in writing the decision to revoke a certificate to:

33.1. the sports specialist;

33.2. the submitter of the proposal;

33.3. the institution or organisation where the sports specialist is employed.

34. The sports specialist shall hand in the certificate to the Commission within five working days after the decision has become indisputable and may not be appealed.

VII. Certification Commission of Sports Specialists

35. A certification examination, the issuance of a certificate and a duplicate thereof and the re-certification of a sports specialist is a paid service. The expenses for the referred to services shall be covered by the sports specialist to be certified (re-certified) in the following amount:

35.1. certification examination - 7 lats;

35.2. issuing of a certificate - 15 lats;

35.3. issuing of the duplicate of a certificate - 15 lats;

35.4. repeated certification examination, if, within three months after refusal of certification, a sports specialist to be certified (re-certified) submits an application to the Commission regarding a repeated taking of examination - 7 lats;

35.5. re-certification of a sports specialist - 15 lats.

36. A certificate and a certificate duplicate shall be issued after a document (or a copy thereof) has been submitted to the Sports Federation Council of Latvia, which confirms that payment has been made for the paid service referred to in Sub-paragraph 35.2 or 35.3 of this Regulation.

37. Payment for the paid services referred to in Paragraph 35 of this Regulation shall be paid into the credit institution account of the Sports Federation Council of Latvia.

VIII. Closing Provisions

38. Cabinet Regulation No. 386 of 2 June 2008, Regulations regarding the Certification Procedures of Sports Specialists and Requirements to which a Sports Specialist must conform in Order to Acquire the Right to Work in the Field of Sports (Latvijas Vēstnesis, 2008, No. 87, 187, 202), is repealed.

39. Certificates issued up to the day of the coming into force of this Regulation shall be valid up to the expiry of the term of validity thereof.

Prime Minister V. Dombrovskis

Acting for the Minister for Education and Science -
Minister for Agriculture J. Dūklavs

 

Annex 1
Cabinet Regulation No. 77
26 January 2010

Sample of a Sports Specialist Certificate

 

Certification Commission of Sports Specialists

Sports Specialist Certificate
No._______

______________________________ ,
(given name and surname)

 

personal identity number - ,

CATEGORY ____ SPORTS SPECIALIST

with the right to work in the field of sports as a

______________________________________
( profession in the accusative, type of sport in the locative)

Issued on ___ _________ 20__

Valid until ___ ___________ 20___

 

President of the association "Sports Federation Council of Latvia"
(signature and full name)
Chairperson of the Commission
(signature and full name)

 

Place for a seal

Acting for the Minister for Education and Science -
Minister for Agriculture J. Dūklavs

 

Annex 2
Cabinet Regulation No. 77
26 January 2010

Criteria for Determination of Elite Results

1. The places won (not lower than those indicated in Tables 1, 2, 3 and 4 of this Annex) achieved by athletes or teams, when participating in a Latvian representative team, shall be recognised as elite results.

2. The results of Tables 1 and 3 of this Annex shall be applied in individual disciplines (also pairs, fours, eights, doubles, relays, beach volleyball), the results of Tables 2 and 4 of this Annex - in team games (types) (for example, basketball, football, table tennis, handball, hockey, curling, tennis, volleyball, floorball, rugby, tug of war) and team standing.

3. The places won by athletes or teams in competitions (in the relevant discipline or weight category) shall not be recognised as elite results where the number of states competing was less than eight (except in the case if a medal was won) or the number of participants was less than 25 (number of teams - less than 15), if the ranking achieved by the athlete or the team was not placed in the top half of athlete or team rankings (including qualification competitions, if such have taken place).

4. The places won by athletes or teams shall not be recognised as elite results if they have been achieved in extramural competitions or in types of sport, the international federations of which have not been recognised by the International Olympic Committee or the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF).

5. When applying these criteria, World Junior Championships and European Junior Championships shall be regarded as championships organised by the relevant world or European federation, in which such athletes are permitted to participate who are more than 18 years of age but younger than the age limit set by the relevant international or European federation.

6. When applying these criteria, World Youth Championships and European Youth Championships shall be regarded as championships organised by the relevant world or European federation, in which such athletes are permitted to participate who are less than 18 years of age.

7. In competitions that take place according to the minus one rule system and where the positions of the losing athletes or teams are not determined, losers of the semi-final shall be considered the third place winners, losers of the quarter-final - the fifth place winners, losers of the eighth-final - the ninth place winners.

Table 1

Olympic Sport Types and Disciplines

Individual (also pairs, fours, eights, doubles, relays and beach volleyball)

No. Competitions Place
1. Olympic Games 1st - 24th place
2. World Championship 1st - 20th place
3. European Championship 1st - 16th place
4. World Cup (final standings) 1st - 16th place
5. European Cup (final standings) 1st - 14th place
6. Junior World Championship 1st - 16th place
7. Junior European Championship 1st - 14th place
8. Youth World Championship 1st - 14th place
9. Youth European Championship 1st -12th place
10. European Youth Olympics 1st - 10th place

Table 2

Olympic Sport Types and Disciplines

Team sports (types) (basketball, football, handball, hockey, curling, volleyball)

No. Competitions Place
1. Olympic Games participation
2. World Championship participation in the finals
3. European Championship participation in the finals
4. World Cup (final standings) 1st -12th place
5. European Cup (final standings) 1st - 8th place
6. Junior World Championship 1st - 16th place
7. Junior European Championship 1st - 14th place
8. Youth World Championship 1st - 14th place
9. Youth European Championship 1st -12th place
10. European Youth Olympics 1st - 6th place

Table 3

Non-Olympic Sport Types and Disciplines

Individual (also pairs, fours, eights, doubles, relays)

No. Competitions Place
1. World Championship 1st - 20th place
2. European Championship 1st - 16th place
3. World Cup (final standings) 1st - 16th place
4. European Cup (final standings) 1st - 14th place
5. Junior World Championship 1st -12th place
6. Junior European Championship 1st - 10th place
7. Youth World Championship 1st -12th place
8. Youth European Championship 1st - 10th place

Table 4

Non-Olympic Sport Types and Disciplines

Team games (types) (for example, table tennis, floorball, rugby, tennis, tug of war)

No. Competitions Place
1. World Championship participation in the finals
2. European Championship participation in the finals
3. World Cup (final standings) 1st - 10th place
4. European Cup (final standings) 1st - 6th place
5. Junior World Championship 1st - 8th place
6. Junior European Championship 1st - 7th place
7. Youth World Championship 1st - 8th place
8. Youth European Championship 1st - 7th place

Acting for the Minister for Education and Science -
Minister for Agriculture J. Dūklavs

 


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