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Coach Education Overview

Anyone wishing to coach athletics must become accredited via the Athletics Australia Coach Accreditation Framework. In Queensland coach education programs are delivered across the state to enable new and existing coaches to progress through a coaching pathway.

Queensland Athletics is an Athletics Australia endorsed coach education provider, and as such all coach education programs delivered in Queensland are consistent with the Athletics Australia Coach Education Framework. Currently only Queensland Athletics (encompassing Athletics North Queensland), Sports Credentials, and the Queensland Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing (in partnership with Queensland Athletics and Sports Credentials) are approved to facilitate Athletics Australia accredited coaching programs in Queensland.

Athletics Australia Coach Accreditation Framework

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 3 and above courses.

 Level 1 Community Athletics Coach  Level 2 Intermediate Club CoachLevel 2 Advanced Coach Level 3 IAAF Coach Level 4 Senior IAAF Coach

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 part of the National Coach Accreditation Scheme. This accreditation is transferable to other sports.

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.

Level 2 Advanced Coach

Level 2 Advanced Coach gives coaches the opportunity to specialise in an event group of Sprints, Relays & Hurdles, Middle & Long Distance, Jumps, Throws or Walks (Available Soon). In addition to further exploring the technical model of the event group, the basics of conditioning and program planning is taught.

Level 3 IAAF Coach

This course further develops the concepts introduced in level 2 advanced as well as introducing strength and conditioning in the gymnasium and nutrition.

Level 4 Senior IAAF Coach

These advanced levels will give coaches a deeper understanding of their event groups as well as biomechanics & nutrition for developing high performance athletes.


Recreational Running Coach Framework

In addition to the Athletics Coach Accreditation framework Athletics Australia has designed coaching courses for people training runners for fun runs, half marathons, marathons and ultra marathons. These courses are particularly useful for personal trainers who are looking to move into the endurance and long run training space.


Level 2 Intermediate Recreational Running Coach

This course trains coaches to develop the fundamental technical and strategic skills for runners training for 5km through to marathon events. It covers topics such as warm ups, session planning and designing training programs. The course also develops the coach’s skills in managing groups of varied skill levels from novice through to elite.

Pre-requisite for the course is the Athletics Australia Level 1 Community Coach course. RCC for Level 1 is available for qualified cert 3 or 4 personal trainers who are taking the Recreational Running Coach pathway. Those applying for RCC are required to do so at least two weeks prior to the course to allow for processing.

Level 2 Advanced Recreational Running Coach

Level 2 Advanced further develops the concepts introduced at the intermediate course as well as introducing the areas of advanced programming, diet and nutritional guidance, running technique and injury management.

Course Costs


Inclusions Cost per participant1
Level 1 Community Athletics Coach Course materials (incl. Participant Coaching Manual, instructional DVDs) $40 AAC registration Morning and afternoon tea


Level 2 Intermediate Club Coach  Course materials (incl. Participant Coaching Manual, instructional DVDs) Morning and afternoon tea

(discounts apply)

Level 2 Intermediate Recreational Running Coach Course materials (incl. Participant Coaching Manual, instructional DVDs) Morning and afternoon tea


Level 2 Advanced Coach (Event Group Specific) - Sprints, Hurdles & RelaysMiddle & Long DistanceJumpsThrows and Racewalking Course materials (incl. Participant Coaching Manual, instructional DVDs) Morning and afternoon tea


Level 2 Advanced Reacreational Running Coach TBC


Level 3 Specialist Advanced Coach (Event Group Specific) TBC


Levels 4 & 5 TBC


*Those who coach exclusively for a Queensland Athletics club are eligible to apply for a $100 discount off the cost of the Level 2 Intermediate Club Coach Course. To apply click here

1Minimum participant numbers apply.


These advanced levels will give coaches a deeper understanding of their event groups as well as biomechanics & nutrition for developing high performance athletes.


Throws Coaching Resource

Athletics 3D - Throws

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Athletics3D - Throws features technically accurate 3D Animations of the Shot Put, Discus and Javelin events.

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Physical Education Teachers, Coaches and Athletes will benefit greatly in using Athletics3D - Throws.

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Coach Education Quick Links
Recognition of prior learning (Rpl)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is available for some courses within the Athletics Australian Coach Accreditation Framework. Applications and enquiries should be directed to the Athletics Australia, Member Services & Insights Coordinator, Blair Taylor on 03 8646 4550 or

Application Links:

Level 1 Community Athletics 

Level 2 Intermediate 

Level 2 Advanced

Level 1 Run Leader

Level 2 Int. Recreational Running

Fosbury Flop & School Teachers

The Queensland Department of Education, Training and Employment have declared the Fosbury Flop a high risk activity, thereby requiring all coaches teaching this style of high jump in schools to become accredited with the relevant Level 2 Athletics Australia Accreditation or the Get Active Queensland Accreditation Program which accredits to this level. This accreditation can be acquired through completion of a Level 2 Advanced Coach (Jumps) course. If school groups are able to confirm 10 participants, arrangements can be made to have a course delivered via Queensland Athletics at the school. 

Please direct all enquiries to the QA office (07) 3343 0900 or

Download DETA's Risk Assessment Plan for Fosbury Flop.

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