Coaching Certification Programme

HEA Candidate Programme

The Coaching Candidates programme was set up in 2016 to provide an opportunity for identified members to work under the tutelage of the Education Team in developing their skills as coaches and HEA teaching faculty. Once fully certified they will become part of the pool of coaches available nationally to coach quartets and choruses of all levels. 

Qualities of a Coaching Candidate

The Coaching Candidate will rate highly in all, or nearly all, of the following categories which are ranked in order of importance:

  • Ability to teach

  • Openness to learning

  • Reliability and commitment

  • People skills and rapport

  • Expertise/technical knowledge

  • Leadership skills/mana

  • Geographical area

  • Barbershop experience


The Education Team would like to announce up to 4 open places for Coaching Candidates to join the Coaching Certification Programme 2019-2020 and invites any BHNZ member interested to make an application.

You will already have a very good grounding in the barbershop style of singing, and will have some experience in coaching and/or directing, or you will be an experienced quartet singer. Leadership and teaching experience is weighted highly, and you must show openness to learning.  Note that geographical location also has some bearing on the success of your application.

You will need to be available to attend an intensive workshop in February 2019, at least one of the HEA events in Christchurch (22-24 March 2019) or Wellington (29-31 March 2019), and preferably attend the Top Gun Quartet School in Wellington in August 2019. You will also be invited to observe the Top Gun coaching sessions as an observer in Wellington from 30 Nov-2 Dec, 2018.

Graduation is planned for HEA 2020 where you will finally be assessed and certified as a BHNZ Certified Coach. 

Timeline for the 2018 Coaching Candidate Intake

 17 August 2018  Applications Open
 30 September 2018  Applications Close
 October 7 2018  Invitations Issued
 October 31 2018  Deadline for acceptance
 30 November/1 December  Top Gun Quartet Coaching (Wellington)
 Feb 2019  Training Workshop Weekend (Wellington)
 March 2019  Attend one of the two HEA events
 April 2019  YMIH regional workshop programme in schools
 April-July 2019  Quartet and Chorus Coaching
 August 2019  Top Gun School Coaching
 September 2019-Feb 2020  Video recording for evaluation and feedback
 March/April 2020  Certification of successful candidates


Download the full Role Description here.

View the weighted selection criteria here

Read the profiles of the 2018 Coaching Candidate intake here to see if you've got what it takes.

When you're ready to apply, download the application form here: Application Form


Jill Rodgers

Coaching Certification Programme Leader

027 274 2234