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Course Length: 8 Days (Includes Theory, Practical and Examinations)

Pre-requisites: Level 2 Advanced Coach and a minimum of 3 years practical coaching experience. Entry to the course is subject to IAAF approval of the applicants coaching resume.  

Pathways: Successful participants are eligible to apply for Level 4 Coach courses in their chosen event group. 


Course Statement

The IAAF 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 3 Coach course serves as an introduction to High Performance coaching and offers coaches an opportunity to specialise in their chosen event group. The course focuses on instructing effective planning and practical coaching methods to enable coaches to support developing performance athletes. 



Registration for this course requires the submission of a coaching resume to at least 40 days prior to the start of the course. 

Program Curriculum

Common Theory 

- Athlete Development

- Coaching Communication

- Functional Anatomy

- Medical Considerations, Injury Prevention and Regeneration

- Microcycle Design

- Performance and Competition Skills

- Physiology

- Planning a Training Year

- Testing and Monitoring

- Theory of Training

Event Specific Curriculum

- Event Specific Technical Models

- Event Specific Faults, Causes and Corrections



- Theory Exam (Multiple Choice and Short Answer Questions)

- Oral Exam

- Planning Exam 


At the successful completion of the course participants will receive Level 3 Coach accreditation on the Athletics Australia framework and be recognized as a Level II Coach by the IAAF in the coaches chosen event group. 


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

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