Coaching and Officiating
Sport and Recreation offers a number of development opportunities for community coaches and officials, and those wanting to work towards gaining or upgrading accreditation under the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme or National Officiating Accreditation Scheme.
Assessor, Mentor, Presenter and Facilitator Training
The quality of education for coaches and officials relies on trained presenters, assessors and mentors to deliver, assess and develop coaches and officials. Sport and Recreation facilitates the delivery of these Australian Sports Commission's courses in the ACT.
The Australian Sports Commission (ASC), through Sport and Recreation, provides a range of programs to assist in the training of presenters, assessors and mentors.
The National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) and National Officiating Accreditation Scheme (NOAS) use competency based training principles to assess coaches and officials.
The ASC encourages national and state sporting organisations to train their assessors. The ASC has developed an Assessor Training Program to assist assessors improve their skills in:
- Planning the assessment process
- Assessing competence
- Developing assessment tools
- Reviewing and validating assessment
Sport and Recreation delivers the Assessor Training Program on a regular basis throughout the year. Please refer to the Education and Training Calendar for dates.
The Presenter/Facilitator Training Program is a one-day workshop that aims to equip presenters and facilitators with the skills to deliver quality and effective coaching and officiating programs. It is aimed at presenters delivering coaching and officiating programs within the NCAS and NOAS.
Topics covered in the workshop include:
- How to conduct a practical session
- Learning methods that work
- Preparing to deliver, review and evaluate training
- Roles and responsibilities of NCAS and NOAS facilitators
Sport and Recreation delivers the Presenter/Facilitator Training Program on a regular basis throughout the year. Please refer to the Education and Training Calendar for dates.
The Mentor Training program is a one-day workshop that aims to develop and enhance the skills of mentors working with coaches and officials both in the community and in high performance sporting environments.
It is aimed at people who are mentoring either as part of accreditation requirements for the NCAS or NOAS and/or for the professional development of coaches and officials.
The program covers the interpersonal skills required for mentors and the planning and processes of mentoring. It contains a number of activities to practise mentoring skills. On completion of the workshop, mentors should be able to plan and organise mentoring relationships and assist mentees to develop and improve.
Sport and Recreation delivers the Mentor Training Program on a regular basis throughout the year. Please refer to the Education and Training Calendar for dates.
Sport and Recreation conducts workshops throughout the year on issues relevant to community level coaches and officials. Workshop topics are based on current issues and industry need.
Previous topics include:
- Nutrition in sport
- Stretching and injury prevention
- Warm up and training games
Please refer to the Education and Training Calendar for dates.
The National Coaching Accreditation Scheme is an initiative of the Australian Sports Commission and is a progressive coach education program offering courses at various levels. The program covers more than 70 sports, and it is recommended all coaches become accredited though the scheme.
Training programs include:
- Coaching General Principles - generic principles of coaching and athletic performance that apply to all sports
- Sport-Specific skills, techniques, strategies and approaches to the particular sport
Accredited coaches will have met a minimum standard of competence which is recognised by national and state sporting organisations and the ASC. Contact your national sporting organisation for information on how to become an accredited coach.
As a first step towards accreditation, courses have been developed by the ASC and cover aspects of coaching common to all sports. Your national or state sporting organisation can provide more information on the specific requirements needed to achieve NCAS accreditation.
Community Coach General Principles
Aimed at the new or first time coach with no previous coaching experience and specifically those working with children. The course consists of 5 modules which take approximately 6-8 hours to complete and is available online.
More information:Community Coach General Principles
The National Officiating Accreditation Scheme is an initiative of the ASC and is a progressive education program for officials offering courses at various levels. The program covers more than 40 sports, and it is recommended all officials become accredited though the scheme.
As a first step towards accreditation, courses have been developed by the ASC and cover the aspects of officiating common to all sports. Your national or state sporting organisation can provide more information on the specific requirements needed to achieve NOAS accreditation.
Introductory Officiating General Principles
Aimed at the new or first time official with no previous officiating experience the course consists of 3 modules which take approximately 4-6 hours to complete. The course is available online and officials have 6 months to complete the course after they register.
More information: Australian Sports Commission
Organisations such as high schools, colleges, TAFE's and universities can apply to deliver selected ASC coaching and officiating general principles programs. The recommended minimum age of course participants is 14 years.
To become an approved agency, organisations need to be registered with their state or territory Department of Sport and Recreation.
- Registration Form (PDF 331 KB) Word Version (400 KB)
- Training Agency Information (PDF 706 KB) Word Version (28 KB)