UEFA Pro Licence Course
The UEFA Pro Licence is the game's highest coaching qualification and since 2010 has been a mandatory requirement for all Premier League Managers. It is designed for coaches who already have considerable experience of working professionally within football and wish to progress to the very highest levels of the game. As you can imagine, the pre requisites for joining this course are extremely difficult to meet and it is taken by just a handful of highly qualified and dedicated candidates every year.
In addition to holding the UEFA A Licence, applicants must have at least six years working experience within professional football and taking the course represents a significant investment of both time and money. Because there are so few of these courses available each year, the format does depend a little on who is running them but as a guide, courses run by the Scottish FA are structured around regular two or three day course meets during a 20 month period. There are also additional international seminars and exchanges where Pro Licence students from other European countries come together to broaden their horizons and exchange ideas.
Prospective candidates should be aware that the Pro License differs from the other courses on the FA's Coaching Pathway because a significant portion of the content is not related to on pitch coaching techniques. As it is designed for coaches and managers that operate at the very top levels of the game, there is a great deal of emphasis on non football specific topics such as finance, running a club from a business perspective, employment law, contracts and dealing with the media etc. In many ways this qualification is more about the business of football than the sport of football and it is very different to the practical, pitch focused training found on the lower level coaching courses.
For 2015, UEFA Pro License courses costs around £5200 and candidates should also consider the additional costs and time commitments of travelling to attend the domestic and international coaching sessions and seminars etc., though in practice, many candidates receive considerable financial support and assistance from their clubs.