Zotova Firuza Rakhmatullovna
doctor of pedagogy, professor of Department of Theory and Methods of Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism
Educational organization: Volga State University of Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism, Kazan, Russia
Mikhailova Tamara Viktorovna
doctor of of technical sciences, professor
Educational organization: Russian State University of Physical Education, Sport, Youth and Tourism, Moscow, Russia
Guba Vladimir Petrovich
doctor of technical sciences, professor, Honored Worker of the Higher School of the Russian Federation
Educational organization: Russian State University of Physical Education, Sport, Youth and Tourism, Moscow, Russia
Esipovich Lev
PhD, lecturer
Educational organization: Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Jena, Germany
Skripko Anatoly Dmitrievich
doctor of pedagogy, professor
Educational organization: State Institute for Professional Education, Kalisz, Poland
Le Panse Bénédicte
Educational organization: Académie Le Panse, Paris, France
Morar Cezar
assistant professor, Ph.D. Department of Geography, Tourism and Territorial Planning, Faculty of Geography, Tourism and Sport
Educational organization: University of Oradea, Oradea, Romania
Szabo-Alexi Paul
assistant professor, Ph.D., Department of Physical Education, Sport and Physical Therapy, Faculty of Geography, Tourism and Sport
Educational organization: University of Oradea, Oradea, Romania
Vodičar Janez
Assoc. Prof., Ph.D., Director of Sport Institute
Educational organization: University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

The purpose is to identify the organization features of upgrade training of specialists in physical education and sports training in the EU countries on the basis of study of scientific and methodological literature, official documents and a questionnaire-based survey of specialists.

Research methods and organization: In our research, we used analysis of scientific and methodological literature; official documents, regulating the issues of upgrade training in various countries; questionnaire-based survey of employees of universities (academies) of sports in the EU countries. The questionnaire included seven open-ended questions concerning the participation of the state in the organization of upgrade training, the forms and content of upgrade training courses; the frequency of upgrade training courses for specialists in the field of physical culture and sports; organizations that implement upgrade training courses, and organizations that issue licenses and control these activities.

Research results and discussion. According to a questionnaire survey of employees of universities in the European Union, it was found that in most cases the state does not oblige sports industry specialists to take upgrade training courses. However, it is a condition for the renewal or confirmation of the coaching license. Such courses in the EU countries are organized by universities, government organizations, national sports federations, profit and non-profit organizations. In these countries, full-time training is preferred in the form of weekend courses of up to 16 hours. At the same time, there are longer upgrade training and retraining of up to 250 hours or more. In addition, there is an increase in the popularity of on-line training, which saves time and finances, while the student receives an on-the-job education. The programs of upgrade training courses in different EU countries are universal. Meanwhile the content of courses for highly qualified coaches is determined by the national sports federations. 

Conclusion. The EU countries have accumulated a unique experience of organizing upgrade training courses for physical education teachers, coaches and sports managers, the use of which can contribute to improving the effectiveness of this process. 

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