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Coaching Levels

TTGLAC is committed to providing high quality athletics coaching. The TTGLAC provides coaches accredited in accordance with the Athletics Australia Coach Accreditation Framework:

 Accreditation Framework Diagram (146 KB)

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 utilising the skills presented at the Level 2 Advanced and above courses.

Visit the Athletics Australia website for more details.

TTGLAC seeks to have a mixture of Level 0 through to Level 2 Advanced coaches. Subject to committee approval, coach education courses are paid for by the TTGAC. There is a limited annual budget so approvals will take into account years of service and level of commitment.

Many of our coaches have been or are currently involved in Little Athletics and Senior Athletics. All our coaches are required to maintain a current National Police Clearance. Our nominated head coach is also required to have DCSI clearance.

If you are interested in coaching and development opportunities at TTGLAC please contact our Coaching and Education Officer

Level 0 Introduction to Coaching

The Level 0 Introduction to Coaching Course (ITCC) is our coaching entry point however it is not an accredited course. It is aimed at parents or other interested people who have little or no experience of Track and Field athletics. The 6.5 hour course is designed to provide training for beginner coaches so that they may coach under the guidance of an accredited 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 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 Beginning 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

Our Level 1 coaches are:

  • Sean Roberts
  • Scott Hewett

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 and 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 coaches are required to complete 50 hours of coaching.

Our Level 2 Intermediate Club coaches are:

  • Michael Jullierat
  • Jane Sternagel

Level 2 Advanced Coach - Event Group Specific

Level 2 Advanced Coach gives coaches the opportunity to specialise in an event group of Sprints, Relays and Hurdles, Middle 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 and Part B. Part A is for all Event Groups and covers the topics of:

  • The Essence of Coaching,
  • Training & 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.

Our Level 2 Advanced Coaches are:

  • Di Ferguson (Throws)
  • Pat Todd (Jumps)

Level 3 IAAF Coach - Event Group Specific

The Level 3 IAAF course will give Australian coaches International recognition and is designed to be an introduction to performance coaching for coaches who have gained a level of coaching specialisation in one of the following six event groups:

  • Sprints and Hurdles
  • Middle and Long Distance Running
  • Race Walks
  • Jumps
  • Throws
  • Combined Events

In addition to elements specific to the events group, the Level 3 syllabus contains core elements which are common to all events. On completion of a Level 3 course a coach will be expected to be able to identify and coach the basic competition model for each event within an event group and be able to plan and implement a series of appropriate training sessions within the context of an annual training plan.

Level 4 IAAF Senior Coach

The Level 4 IAAF course builds on the experiences of Level 3 and can be thought of as the development of performance coaching, providing coaches with advanced level instruction in their chosen event group. As with Level 3, the Level 4 syllabus includes event specific elements but more of the common core elements are now studied with a specific application to the event group context.

On completion of the Level 4 course coaches will be able to identify and coach high level and advanced competition models for their specific event or events. They will also be expected to be able to plan and implement macrocycles of training for high level athletes within the context of a multi-year plan. These plans should lead to the achievement of potential, elite performance and competitive results.

Entry to Level 4 is open to coaches who pass the Level 3 assessment procedures, have completed a minimum of one further year of practical coaching experience and have been recommended by Athletics Australia.

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

Recognised Prior Learning

For those who believe they may have achieved the competencies of courses listed above it is possible to apply for Recognised Prior Learning. For RPL for Level 1 or Level 2 Intermediate please read over the following information sheets:

 RPL Level 1 Community Athletics Coach Information Sheet (104 KB)

 RPL Level 2 Intermediate Club Coach Information Sheet (92 KB)

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