This is the entry level for all Accredited Athletic Coaches. The fundamental skills of running, jumping & throwing are introduced as well as exploring how to engage athletes in long term participation and how to coach skills to beginner athletes.
This qualification is certified by the Australian Sports Commission and allows participants to be nationally accredited as a community coach which is transferable to other sports engaging in the community coach program. The course includes one day of face to face training as well as the online Community Coach General Principles course.
After completing the Level 1 Community Athletics Coach course, 30 hours of coaching needs to be undertaken prior to entering Level 2 Intermediate Club Coach.
The Level 2 Intermediate Club Coach Course is the next progression from Level 1 Community Athletics Coach course and further develops coaches understanding of how to coach fundamental skills and drills. This level supports coaches to understand the basic technical models for the Track & Field events held at club and school level competitions.
In addition, coaches are introduced to training principles and components of fitness and are introduced to the concepts of preparing and evaluating training sessions.
Prior to undertaking Level 2 Advanced coaches are required to complete 50 hours of coaching.
This course trains coaches to develop the fundamental technical and strategic skills for runners training for 5km through to ultra-marathon events. It covers topics such as warm ups, endurance training, session planning and designing training programs.
The course also develops the coach’s skills in managing groups of varied skill levels from novice through to club athlete.
This course is registered with Fitness Australia and registered Personal Trainers receive 7 CEC points on completion of the course.
Pre requisite for the course is the Athletics Australia Level 1 Community Coach course or Cert 3 or 4 in Fitness.
Personal Trainers entering into the Level 2 Intermediate Recreational Running Course with their Cert 3 & 4 in Fitness will first need to register with Athletics Australia as a coach. The registration form can be accessed here:
Level 2 Advanced further develops the concepts introduced at the intermediate course as well as introducing the areas of advanced programming, diet and nutritional guidance, running technique and injury management.
Level 2 Advanced Coach gives coaches the opportunity to begin to specialise in an event group of Sprints, Relays & Hurdles, Middle and Long Distance, Jumps, Throws or Walks. The course is comprised of two days face to face training as well as pre and post course assessments.
The two face to face days comprise of Part A & Part B. Part A is for all Event Groups and covers the topics of The Essence of Coaching, Development & Maturation, General Conditioning, Skill Acquisition, Inclusive Coaching, Planning Training and Evaluating Progress. Part B is Event Group Specific covering the coaching and technical analysis of a coaches chosen event.
Having the course in two parts allows coaches to easily specialise in multiple event groups. Each coach completes Part A once, and then undertakes the Part B component of any of the event groups they would like to specialise in. Both Part A and Part B need to be undertaken to be accredited as a Level 2 advanced coach.
The Level 3 IAAF course will give Australian coaches International recognition and is designed to be an introduction to performance coaching for coaches who have gained a level of coaching specialisation in one of the following six event groups:
- Sprints and Hurdles
- Middle and Long Distance Running
- Race Walks
- Combined Events
In addition to elements specific to the events group, the Level 3 syllabus contains core elements which are common to all events. On completion of a Level 3 course a coach will be expected to be able to identify and coach the basic competition model for each event within an event group and be able to plan and implement a series of appropriate training sessions within the context of an annual training plan.
The Level 4 IAAF course builds on the experiences of Level 3 and can be thought of as the development of performance coaching, providing coaches with advanced level instruction in their chosen event group. As with Level 3, the Level 4 syllabus includes event specific elements but more of the common core elements are now studied with a specific application to the event group context.
On completion of the Level 4 course coaches will be able to identify and coach high level and advanced competition models for their specific event or events. They will also be expected to be able to plan and implement macrocycles of training for high level athletes within the context of a multi-year plan. These plans should lead to the achievement of potential, elite performance and competitive results.
Entry to Level 4 is open to coaches who pass the Level 3 assessment procedures, have completed a minimum of one further year of practical coaching experience and have been recommended by Athletics Australia.