In addition to the Track & Field Athletic Coach Accreditation framework Athletics Australia has designed coaching courses for people training runners for fun runs, half marathons, marathons and ultra marathons. This course is particularly useful for personal trainers who are looking to move into the endurance and long run training space.

Coaching Framework

Level 1 Community Athletics Coach

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 Recreational Running Coach.

Level 2 Intermediate Recreational Running Coach

 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 Coach – Recreational Running

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.