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track and field Overview

Athletics Australia are the accrediting body for all athletics coaches in Australia and are the only athletics body with courses approved by the Australian Sports Commission National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS). This accreditation brings with it accountability to be up to date with current best practice as well as ensuring our courses are engaging and in line with the best adult education principles.

The Athletics Coach Accreditation Framework is designed to progressively introduce the coaching skills required to develop athletes from beginner to elite. In this way the coaching pathway mimics the athlete’s pathway.  The framework is designed to allow coaches of all levels to master their coaching, be it at the beginner level or the advanced level.

The skills delivered at each level are significant to that level of athlete.  For example, those coaching beginner athletes need to know how to coach the basic fundamental skills for that level, without giving them too many complex skills. Mastering the fundamentals is the most important task of a beginner athlete, laying a foundation for further development of technical skills.

Additionally, coaches of school age children would want to be a master of the skills delivered at Level 2.  Those who are preparing athletes for State and National Championships would be utilizing the skills presented at the Level 2 Advanced and above courses.


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.

This qualification is certified by the Australian Sports Commission and allows participants to be nationally accredited as a community coach which is transferable to other sports engaging in the community coach program. 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.



  • Community Coaching General Principles Online course
  • Play by the Rules - Child Protection module


  • Teachers are exempt from completing the pre-course work, but must submit evidence of teaching registration

Level 2 Intermediate Club Coach

The Level 2 Intermediate Club Coach Course is the next progression from Level 1 Community Athletics Coach course and further develops coaches understanding of how to coach fundamental skills and drills. This level supports coaches to understand the basic technical models for the Track & Field events held at club and school level competitions.

In addition, coaches are introduced to training principles and components of fitness and are introduced to the concepts of preparing and evaluating training sessions.

Prior to undertaking Level 2 Advanced course, coaches are required to coach for 12 months with at least 50 hours of coaching.


  • Level 1 Community Athletics Coach or Level 1 Run Leader
  • Accredited and currently financial with Athletics Australia
  • At least 30 hrs of practical coaching experience


  • Play By The Rules - Harassment and Discrimination module

Level 2 Advanced Coach - Event Group Specific

Level 2 Advanced Coach gives coaches the opportunity to begin to specialise in an event group of Sprints, Relays & Hurdles, Middle and Long Distance, Jumps, Throws or Walks. The course is comprised of two days face to face training as well as pre and post course assessments.

The two face to face days comprise of Part A & Part B. Part A is for all Event Groups and covers the topics of The Essence of Coaching, Development & Maturation, General Conditioning, Skill Acquisition, Inclusive Coaching, Planning Training and Evaluating Progress. Part B is Event Group Specific covering the coaching and technical analysis of a coaches chosen event.

Having the course in two parts allows coaches to easily specialise in multiple event groups.  Each coach completes Part A once, and then undertakes the Part B component of any of the event groups they would like to specialise in.  Both Part A and Part B need to be undertaken to be accredited as a Level 2 advanced coach.


  • Level 2 Intermediate Club Coach or Level 2 Intermediate Recreational Running Coach (for Middle & Long Distance or Recreational Running only)
  • 12 months and at least 50 hrs of athletics coaching after completion of Level 2 Intermediate Club Coach 
  • Currently accredited and financial with Athletics Australia

PRE WORK: The pre and post work for this level of accreditation will be distributed by Athletics Australia

Level 3 IAAF Coach

For more information regarding this level of accreditation, please click here.


Level 4 Senior IAAF Coach

For more information regarding this level of accreditation, please click here.

Recognition of current competence
RCC (also known as Recognition of Prior Learning, RPL) is available for some courses within the Athletics Australia Coach Accreditation Framework. Applications and enquiries should be directed to the Athletics Australia, Coach Accreditation Coordinator, Blair Taylor on 03 8646 4550 or
Contact Us

Got any questions? Contact us below:

Location: Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre, Edwin Flack Drive, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW 2127
Phone: +61 (02) 9746 1122
Fax: +61 (02) 9746 1168
Post: PO Box 595, Sydney Markets NSW 2129