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CIOS Zuidwest-Nederland - Leaders in sport

Located in Goes, Dordrecht and Roosendaal we have been working on leadership in sports for more than twenty-five years. We are proud to be the number one secondary vocational education in sports in the Netherlands!

Level 2: Sport and Exercise assistant

The sport and exercise assistant works according to instructions, keeps the rules and assists his colleagues. As an assistant, he has to create a balance between implementing activities independently and functioning under the responsibility of others. He is flexible and can co-operate well. The sports and movement assistant is customer friendly, can handle different kinds of clients, can master his emotions in all circumstances (e.g. in situations of conflict), has a service-oriented attitude and is presentable. He is result driven and works efficiently and methodically.

He works cost-consciously and is environmentally responsible, e.g. in handling materials and means. During activities he assists in an ergonomically responsible way. It is expected of him that he has an eye for both the group as a whole and for the individual participants. He is aware of what is going on among the participants. Job prospects: host(ess) and or lifeguard at a swimming pool, assistant at a fitness centre, or assistant at a recreational company, etc.

Level 3: Sport and Exercise leader

The student develops plans and activities independently and takes the wishes, expectations and abilities of the participants into account. During the activities the student instructs the participants and encourages them in a fun way. The student always keeps in mind the physical and social safety of the participants, in creating the programmes, in taking care of materials and means, as well as in implementing and evaluating. He co-operates with the staff, volunteers and apprentices. He consults with his supervisor and reports particulars.

The student can play a role in directing volunteers and apprentices. He organises matches, events and tournaments, writes action plans and arranges things like accommodation and means. The student knows how to use public relations to create publicity and is responsible for part of the finances. He recruits participants and creates competition schedules and project plans. Organising additional activities can also be part of the student’s responsibility, e.g. a ‘Sinterklaasparty,’ lottery or a barbecue. The student maintains and takes care of the materials and the accommodation, gives information to (potential) participants and their parents or guardians and has contact with other organisations. He masters first aid (for sports injuries) and CPR. He keeps track of the effects of the activities on the participants and monitors their progress. He adjusts activities if necessary.
Job prospects: instructor at a fitness centre, outdoor instructor, swimming instructor, sports instructor for armed forces, etc.

Level 4: Sport and Exercise co-ordinator

The student has a broad range of tasks in which he implements varying activities. He applies his general knowledge of sports activities, of working methodically, composing sports activities, of anatomy and physiology. He has insight in basic psychology and has the adaptability and coaching skills necessary to flexibly adapt to the situation and the target group. He also possesses troubleshooting skills.

He works mostly according to standard procedures. The setting in which he implements the activities can be generally stable and constant, but also strongly varying, depending on external factors such as the weather. Complicating factors can also be the immense diversity of the activities, varying in character, duration and frequency, and the immense diversity in participants, varying in age, background, motivation, proficiency, talent, capabilities and limitations. Another complicating factor is that the co-ordinator often works in stand-alone situations in which he cannot immediately fall back on a colleague or his supervisor. Job prospects: co-ordinator at a fitness centre, outdoor co-ordinator, swimming co-ordinator, recreational manager, etc.


In addition to the regular curriculum, every student on level3/4 chooses at least two of the following minors:

  • Assistant outdoor instructor
  • Basketball coach
  • Community coach
  • Endurance trainer
  • Divemaster
  • Fitness instructor
  • Physical trainer
  • Recreational golf leader (youth coach NGF 1)
  • Healthy lifestyle
  • Group fitness
  • Gymnastics leader KSS3
  • Hockey HT2
  • International Practical Placement
  • Judo leader
  • Kitesurfing
  • Korfball KT2/KT3
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Recreational sports
  • Iceskating/speedskating instructor
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Adaptive sports leader
  • Aqua activities leader
  • Seniors sport leader 
  • Sport massage NGS
  • Soigneur and recovery trainer
  • Squash ST2/ST3
  • Tennis youth trainer
  • Tennis trainer KSS3
  • Football trainer youth
  • Football trainer/coach youth lll
  • Volleyball trainer youth VT2/VT3
  • Wellness massage
  • Cycling
  • Swimming teacher

Different levels

The Dutch secondary vocational education (MBO) has four different levels. It ranges from level 1 (lowest), to level 4 (highest), which gives access to higher professional education (HBO).

  • Level 1: Is not on offer at CIOS.
  • Level 2: Sport and Exercise assistant (2-year course)
  • Level 3: Sport and Exercise leader (3-year course)
  • Level 4: Sport and Exercise co-ordinator (4-year course)

Within our profiles, level 3 and level 4 students are combined.


  • Outdoor sports
  • Movement Teacher
  • Fitness, Health & Management
  • Tennis
  • Soccer
  • Sports, Recreation & Tourism
  • Sports co-ordinator armed forces
  • Swim sports
  • Snow sports
  • Sports, Movement & Health
  • Community coach