Becoming an Accredited Athletics Coach is your first step to developing the skills and confidence required to assist your athletes to be their best. All of our courses are engaging, educational, and entertaining and are designed to give you a practical understanding of coaching Athletics at all levels of the sport.
Overview of the Athletics Australia Coaching Framework
The coaching framework is designed to progressively introduce the coaching skills required to develop athletes from beginner to high performance. The skills delivered at each level are significant to that level of athlete. Those coaching beginner athletes are taught how to coach the fundamental movement skills of track and field, laying the foundation for further development of technical skills as the athlete and coach progress.
Coach Education Pathway
The graphic below shows the coaching pathway for coaches looking to develop their knowledge and skills. Click on the name of the course or scroll down for more information.
To register for any of the courses below, please visit the coach calendar here.
Level 1 Community Athletics Coach - This course is the entry point for everyone looking to become an Accredited Athletics Coach. The course covers the fundamental movement skills of run, jump, and throw that coaches will form the basis of coaching athletics from junior to high performance athletes.
This qualification is certified by the Australian Sports Commission and allows participants to be nationally accredited as a community coach. This is transferable to other sports engaging in the Community Coach program.
Courses are held in Hobart and Launceston approximately twice a year at each venue. The course includes one full day of face-to-face teaching with practical and theory components. Participants must also complete the Australian Sports Commission 'Community Coaching General Principles' Online Course.' Upon successful completion of the course, all coaches will be accredited with Athletics Tasmania and Athletics Australia.
Everyone is welcome to attend and there are no pre-requisites for this course.
Level 2 Intermediate Club Coach - This course is the next progression from the Level 1 Community Athletics Coach course and develops coaches understanding of how to coach fundamental skills and drills. This level supports coaches to understand the technical models for track and field events held at club and school levels. Coaches are also introduced to training principles and components of fitness to assist in the design and implementation of training programs.
As a Level 2 Intermediate Club Coach, you will be a leader for your club in Tasmania and be able to assist Level 1 Community Athletics Coaches to develop their skills.
Courses are held once a year in Launceston and Hobart. The course includes two days of face-to-face teaching and all participants must have completed the Level 1 Community Athletics Coach course.
Level 2 Intermediate Recreational Running Coach - This course develops coaches technical and strategic understanding of coaching recreational runners. It covers topics such as warm ups, endurance training, program designing, group management, and injury prevention.
The course is registered with Fitness Australia and registered personal trainers receive 7 CEC points upon completion of the course.
Courses are held once a year in Launceston and Hobart. The course covers one day of face-to-face teaching and participants must have completed either the Level 1 Community Athletics Coach course or a Cert. III or IV in fitness. Successful participants will be eligible to attend Level 2 Advanced Coach courses specializing in Recreational Running.
IAAF Kids' Athletics Coach - This course is for coaches looking to specialise in delivering athletics to Primary-aged students. Coaches are provided with detailed session plans to deliver the IAAF endorsed Kids' Athletics program and instructed how best to facilitate it in club and school settings.
This course is available online for Tasmanian coaches. Participants must hold a minimum of the Level 1 Community Athletics Coach accreditation or be a registered teacher.
Upon successful completion of the course, coaches will be endorsed to deliver Athletics as part of the Sporting Schools initiative. To learn more about Sporting Schools and how to encourage your local schools to take part click here.
Level 2 Advanced Coach - This course is designed to give coaches the opportunity to specialise in their chosen event group to assist athletes achieve high performances at a state and national level. The course topics include Conditioning, Strength, Skill Aquisition, Development & Maturation, Planning & Evaluating Progress, The Essence of Coaching, Event Specific Technical Models, Nutrition, Biomechanics and Sports Psychology.
Level 2 Advanced Coach courses will be held once a year in Tasmania. The next course will be run on the 8th and 9th of July in Hobart. Click here for more information and to register.
Level 3 IAAF and Level 4 Senior IAAF Coach courses are now delivered in Australia. To access information about further courses visit the Athletics Australia website.