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Athletics Coaching Accreditation Courses



The Athletics Australia Coach Education Framework is the foundation of all coach education programs delivered in South Australia.

Athletics Australia is the accrediting body for all athletics coaches in Australia and is the only athletics body with courses approved by the Australian Sports Commission National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS).

The Athletics Coach Accreditation Framework is designed to progressively introduce the coaching skills required to develop athletes from beginner to elite.



Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

The Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) has been created by Athletics Australia to assess and accredit individuals who have gained knowledge and skills in athletics outside of the Coach Education Framework. An individual may apply for a review of their current coaching competencies and if successful will then be officially recognised with the coaching accreditation aligned with their experience.

CLICK HERE for more information and to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning.

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.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.

Program Curriculum

  • Coaching to Enhance the Learning of Beginners
  • Long Term Participation
  • The Fundamental Skills of Coaching
  • Run Training Elements – Endurance, Speed, Strength and Absorption
  • Run Leader in Action
  • Communication Skills


Level 2 Club Coach

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


Level 3 Performance Development Coach

The Level 3 Performance Development Coach course is for coaches who are working with athletes between 15 and 21 years of age and are looking to commence specialisation in a chosen event group and compete at regional, state or national-level competitions.

To successfully 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.


Recreational Running Coach Accreditation

There are also opportunities to become a Recreational Running coach, with additional courses offered for anyone wanting to go down the recreational running coaching pathway. For more information, please visit