Higher Technical Professional Course

Sports and Nature Tourism

Higher School of Social Sciences, Education and Sports

 This course is in the process of being discontinued, therefore no new candidates/students will be admitted.


António Carlos Rodrigues Sampaio

Relevant Areas

Qualification in the relevant area(s) for this course (Article 40-F of Decree-Law n.º 65/2018), must be demonstrated with the approval in the following subject, attested in the certificate of secondary education or legally equivalent qualification:

  • Biology or

  • Physical education

DGES Registry

Course registered at the General Directorate of Higher Education with the number  R/c  381/2016

Area of Education and Training

813 - Sports

Publication in the Official Gazette

Notice  nº 11800/2017 - 2nd series, n.º 192 of 4 October

Dispatch nº 9802/2018 - 2nd series, nº 201 of 18 October   

Study Program Evaluation 

Study Program Self Evaluation Report  (in portuguese) 

This Higher Technical Professional Course is a vocational training course taught as part of polytechnic higher education and lasts 4 semesters, corresponding to 120 ECTS.
The course is organised into general and scientific training, technical training and on-the-job training (internship), and each student is awarded with a Higher Technical Professional Diploma at level 5 of the European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning.

Professional profile

The Higher Technical Professional Course in Leisure Sports aims to train professionals who are able to develop skills in the field of recreational and leisure sports (indoor and outdoor). They will be able to accomplish the coordination and supervision of personal and sports management of children, young people, adults, the elderly and specific groups. They should be able to put into practice suitably justified conceptual and technical
knowledge and ethical values for those purposes.

Professional opportunities

Manager/coordinator of group and individual leisure sports activities; leader/monitor/coordinator of nature exploration physical activities;  leader/monitor/coordinator for expressive rhythmic activities; manager/coordinator for aquatic leisure activities; manager/coordinator for sports events/projects and sports facilities; lifeguard (in accordance with the protocol with the Portuguese Maritime Rescue Institute – ISN).

Entry requirements (one of the following)

  • Having completed a secondary education course qualification or a legally equivalent qualification.
  • Having passed the special exams for assessing capacity to attend higher education for people over 23 (Decree-Law no. 64/2006 of 21 March).
  • Holding a technological specialisation diploma, a higher technical professional diploma or a higher education qualification.

Pursuit of further studies - Bachelor's degrees

 In case of pursuit of further studies, the credits acquired in the scope of the short-cycles can be transferred as follows:

The application by holders of Higher Technical Professional Diplomas to attend IPMAIA Bachelor’s degrees is subject to the conditions established by the institution body that is competent to do so in accordance with the law and the statutes. Depending on the Higher Technical Professional Course and Bachelor’s degree, these conditions may establish the need to pass a specific IPMAIA admission exam, or allow the exemption to perform such an exam.
a) Students who intend to apply for an IPMAIA Bachelor’s degree course and must sit the specific admission exam will receive suitable preparation during the teaching of the Higher Technical Professional Course.