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Course Length: 2 Hours Pre-Course Work + 8 Hours Face-to-Face (Practical and Theory) 

Locations: Australia-wide

Pre-requisites: None

Pathways: Successful participants are eligible to attend the Level 2 Intermediate Club Coach, Level 2 Intermediate Recreational Running Coach, and IAAF Kids' Athletics courses. 


Course Statement

The Level 1 Community Athletics Coach course introduces how to coach the fundamental movement skills of running, jumping, and throwing to beginner athletes. Topics include the introduction to training beginner athletes, encouraging long-term athlete participation, coaching the fundamental skills, and session planning. 

Course Accreditation

The Level 1 Community Athletics Coach course is certified by Athletics Australia and the Australian Sports Commission's National Coach Accreditation Scheme. All successful participants are eligible to be nationally accredited as a Level 1 Community Athletics Coach. 

Expected Competencies

At the completion of the course it is expected that coaches will be able to satisfy the following criteria:

1-CAC-1: Provide an environment for a variety of participants that is inclusive, enjoyable, safe, and involves maximum participation. 

1-CAC-2: Cater for the social and physical capabilities of individual participants.

1-CAC-3: Assess and manage the risks associated with athletics coaching.

1-CAC-4: Plan and organize a variety of activities that develop the fundamental movement skills of running, jumping, and throwing.

1-CAC-5: Plan and implement a training session.

1-CAC-6: Reflect on a training session and be able to make appropriate modifications.

1-CAC-7: Be introduced to effective communication methods and begin practising effective and positive feedback. 

1-CAC-8: Understand the structure of athletics in Australia so as to best support athletes' involvement in the sport. 

1-CAC-9: Understand the Accredited Athletics Coach Framework within Australia. 

1-CAC-10: Adhere to the requirements of the Accredited Athletics Coach, including registration, member protection, and codes of conduct. 

Pre-course Work

All participants are required to complete the Community Coaching General Principles Online Course prior to attending the face-to-face component of the course. 

Course Resources

Level 1 Community Athletics Coach Participant's Manual

Athletic Fundamentals Video Series

Athletics Play Manual

Run, Jump, Throw Manual

Playing for Life Resources

Program Curriculum

- Introduction to Training Beginner Athletes

- Long Term Athlete Participation

- Fundamental Skills and the Coach in Action

- Warm Ups

- Run, Jump, and Throw

- Session Planning

- Working Together

- Coaching and Athlete Pathways


Registration for this course is available online by visiting the Course Calendar or by emailing Athletics Australia for more information. 


At the successful completion of this course, participants will be awarded Level 1 Community Athletics Coaching accreditation and membership with their Member Association. Click here for more information. 

Level 1 Community Athletics Coaches are expected to be able to assist at an athletics club, school, or running group working under the direction of a senior coach. 

Recognition of Prior Learning

For those who believe they may have achieved the competencies of a Level 1 Community Athletics Coach and would like to apply for recognition of prior learning please contact the Coach Accreditation Administrator

RPL Level 1 Community Athletics Coach Information Sheet

Athletics Australia
Athletics House
Level 2, 31 Aughtie Drive
Albert Park  VIC 3206

P +61 3 8646 4550
F +61 3 8646 4560