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Why Should You Choose an Accredited Athletics Coach?

When choosing an Accredited Athletics Coach, you can have confidence that: 

  • They are fully insured under the Athletics Australia Coaching Insurance Policy. 

  • They agree to abide by the Athletics Coaching Code of Conduct, including the Child Protection requirements, and are aware of their responsibilities as an Accredited Coach. 

  • They hold an accreditation recognised by Athletics Australia, State Athletics Associations and Sport Australia (formerly the Australian Sports Commission) through the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme. 

  • They have received a thorough coach education and have demonstrated to a qualified assessor that they hold the competencies of their level of accreditation.  

  • They have access to the latest and most important coaching resources, peer-reviewed studies and ongoing Professional Development seminars to keep their knowledge up-to-date. 

  • You have a process for raising any concerns regarding the coach's conduct. 
What do the 'Levels' mean?

Each Accredited Athletics Coach holds a level of accreditation, which reflects the coaching education courses that they have attended and the coaching competencies that they have demonstrated to possess. 

A higher level coach is not necessarily a better coach than a lower level coach. Each level of accreditation focuses on a different level of athlete development. For example, there are highly skilled Level 1 Community Athletics Coaches who have specialised in working with young athletes. 


Each Accredited Athletics Coach will have their own rate that they charge for their services. 

To assist you make an informed decision on the suggested rates of an Accredited Athletics Coach, Athletics Australia publishes recommended guidelines that you are able to download here.

Who do I contact if I have a concern regarding an Accredited coach?

If you have any concerns regarding an Accredited Athletics Coach, your first point of contact will be your State Athletics Association.

For general enquiries about Accredited Coaches contact Blair Taylor.

You can search through the full database of Accredited Athletics Coaches on the iCoach system.

The 'Find a Squad' search allows you to search for training squads led by Accredited Athletics Coaches. 

Which Level Coach is for me?

Level 1 Community Athletics Coach
Level 1 coaches work in developing athletes' fundamental movement skills. They have demonstrated an ability to design and deliver effective sessions for Primary-aged athletes. 

Level 2 Recreational Running Coach
A coach holding this level of accreditation has demonstrated an ability to design and lead individual training sessions and long-term programs for recreational runners preparing for events from 3km up to marathons. They have demonstrated an ability to lead groups from absolute beginners to advanced recreational runners. 

Level 2 Intermediate Club Coach
Club Coaches have demonstrated a solid understanding of the technical model of each event of Track and Field, except Hammer Throw, Pole Vault and Steeple Chase. Level 2 Intermediate Club Coaches have demonstrated an ability to design and deliver an effective training session for improving the athlete's physical conditioning and event-specific skills. They have demonstrated an ability to work with athletes up to 16 years of age and prepare them for a club or school-level competition. 


Level 2 Advanced Coach
Level 2 Advanced Coaches have demonstrated a specialist understanding of the technical model of their chosen event group. They are able to plan, design and implement long-term training programs that prepare athletes for a state or national-level competition. Level 2 Advanced Coaches work across all age groups from Juniors to Masters. 


Level 3 IAAF Coach
The Level 3 Coach has demonstrated an advanced understanding of the science of coaching and a practical ability to coach athletes entering into the High Performance pathway. Coaches who hold this level of accreditation will be able to design effective long term programs to prepare an elite athlete for a competition.

Level 4 Senior IAAF Coach
The Level 4 Senior IAAF Coach is the highest current level of accreditation currently offered in Australia. Coaches who hold this level of accreditation have demonstrated an ability to effectively prepare and manage elite athletes for performance at the very highest level of the sport. 

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