Coaches

Pivotal to the sport of athletics are the dedicated and hardworking coaches who provide a link between athletes, their clubs and the competition options available to them. Coaches come in all shapes and sizes, varied levels of experience and diverse backgrounds. Through their insight and guidance all types of athlete are provided the training and knowledge to compete to the best of their abilities

2020/21 Coach Membership

Effective 1st April 2020 – 31st March 2021

Athletics Victoria charges no fees* for coaching membership as accreditation is handled by Athletics Australia. As part of the coaching accreditation courses, anyone that has completed a course is eligible for membership at no cost.

*Some Athletics Victoria affiliated clubs charge club fees for Coaches

Coach Membership – FREE ($0)

2020/21 Terms & Conditions

Accreditation Framework & Pathways

The Athletics Australia Coach Accreditation Framework is the endorsed coach education program for athletics coaches. Coach education programs deliver knowledge, skills and experience to equip coaches with the understanding of what to coach and how to coach. Those who complete an accredited coaching program will become an Accredited Athletics Coach (AAC) at that level of accreditation and can register with Athletics Australia as a coach and therefore be insured for their coaching practice.

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 Courses

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
Level 1: Community Athletics Coach Level 2: Club Coach Level 3: Performance Development Coach – Event Group Specific Level 4: World Athletics Senior Coach – Event Group Specific
The Level 1 Community Athletics Coach focuses on developing the coach’s human management skills and understanding of physical literacy and how it can be improved based on the ‘Teaching Games for Understanding’ model of sports development. This model is supported by peer-reviewed research (Light, 2002; McKeen, Webb & Pearson, 2005; Butler, 2006; Cote, Murphy-Mills & Abernethy, 2007; Evans, 2010; Balakrishnan, Rengasamy & Aman, 2011; Hands, 2012; Holfelder & Schott, 2014) and the Australian Sports Commission under the ‘Game Sense Approach’ label.

This course instructs coaches how to follow the Teaching Games for Understanding model, especially its athlete-centred pedagogy, and introduces the most critical components of developing physical literacy in beginning athletes to prepare them for future Track and Field success, which must be understood before event-specific coaching can be developed.

Pre-Requisites: None
The Level 2 Club Coach Course is the next progression from Level 1 and further develops the coaches understanding of how to coach fundamental skills and move toward event specific skills and drills. This level teaches coaches the basic technical models of the Track and Field events held at club and school level competitions (Training I Phase of the FIT Development Model).

Additional topics include; training principles, components of fitness, and the preparation and evaluation of training sessions suitable for intermediate level athletes.

Pre-Requisites: Level 1 Recreational Running Coach or  Level 1 Community Athletics Coach.
Days 1 & 2 are generic and a pre-requisite for for Days 3 & 4 (Event Specific).

The Level 3 Performance Development Coach course is for coaches who are working with athletes between 16 and 19 years of age (Training II Stage of the FIT Development Model) and are looking to commence specialisation in a chosen event group and compete at regional, state or national-level competitions.To succesfully complete this level of accreditation, coaches are required to complete a four-day course in addition to pre- and post- course work that must be completed and submitted online.

The course aims to empower coaches to design and lead effective training programs based on peer-reviewed evidence and the knowledge and experience from leading Australian coaches. The focus of the course will be on planning and achieving long-term development of athlete performance, with an eye for establishing positive training habits that will prepare athletes for the elite pathway.

Pre-Requisites: Level 2 Club Coach or higher and a minimum of 12 months coaching experience.
The World Athletics Coaching Education Certification Scheme is designed to ensure that each country has coaches qualified to an international standard to enable its athletics programmes to function as effectively as possible.

The Level 4 Senior World Athletics Coach course is the further development of High Performance coaching.

The course focuses on instructing effective planning and practical coaching methods to enable coaches to support elite athletes.

Pre-Requisites: Level 3 Performance Development Coach or  Level 3 World Athletics Coach and have held the accreditation for at least 12 months. Admission subject to succesful submission of resume.
Level 1: Recreational Running Coach Level 2: Recreational Running CoachLevel 3: Recreational Running Coach – Event Group Specific
The ‘Level 1 Recreational Running Coach’ Course introduces how to lead a recreational run group under the guidance of a Level 2 Intermediate Recreational Running Coach or higher.

In the course, beginning coaches learn the fundamental technique of running, the components of a successful run training program, how to design the warm up and cool down components of a session, the critical communication and group management skills that are required to be an effective coach, and the motivations of recreational running participation.

Pre-Requisites: None
The Level 2 Recreational Running Coach course trains coaches to develop the fundamental technical and strategic skills for runners training for 5km through to ultra-marathon events.

The course covers topics such as warm ups, endurance training, session planning, and designing training programs leading up to recreational running events.

Pre-Requisites: Level 1 Recreational Running Coach or Level 1 Community Athletics Coach or  Cert. III or IV in Fitness
Days 1 & 2 are generic and a pre-requisite for for Days 3 & 4 (Event Specific).

The Level 3 Recreational Running course is an extension for coaches who are working with recreational runners targeting higher running performance at endurance events.


To succesfully complete this level of accreditation, coaches are required to complete a four-day course in addition to pre- and post- course work that must be completed and submitted online.


The course aims to empower coaches to design and lead effective training programs based on peer-reviewed evidence and the knowledge and experience from leading Australian coaches. The focus of the course will be on planning and achieving long-term development of running performance, with an eye for establishing positive training habits that will prepare athletes for success at major national and international recreational events, the successful completion of ultra- or trail running events, or transitioning into the performance pathway.

Pre-Requisites: Level 2 Recreational Running or higher and a minimum of 12 months coaching experience.