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Education and accreditation


Becoming an accredited coach is an important step in ensuring that you are providing a quality service to the participants you are working with. The National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) is Australia’s system of training and accrediting coaches, which more than 70 sports participate in.

The NCAS is an initiative of the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and is a progressive coach education program offering courses at various levels. NCAS training programs include the following components:

  • coaching general principles – generic principles of coaching and athletic performance that apply to all sports. Coaching general principles may be included in specific training, or they can be completed separately.
  • sport-specific – skills, techniques, strategies and approaches to the particular sport

For further information on becoming and accredited coach, or for training and professional development opportunities, you will need to contact the State or National Sporting Organisation in your chosen sport.

Recognition of prior learning

People who wish to complete an accreditation through the NCAS may apply to their national sporting organisation for Recognition of Prior Learning or Current Competence (RPL/RCC). Recognition can be given for all or part of an accreditation, through a process of comparing the candidate’s skills against the required competencies of the particular accreditation program. If you would like to apply for RPL/RCC, contact your national or state sporting organisation.


The length of time an NCAS accreditation with the NCAS is current, is determined by the sport, for each level. NCAS coaches are required to stay up to date, and re-accredit before the expiry of their current accreditation. The process of updating helps to ensure:

  • accredited coaches are actively coaching
  • coaches stay abreast of rule changes, safety requirements and technique changes in their sport
  • there is an up-to-date register of active coaches in Australia.

For information about re-accreditation requirements and procedures, you will need to contact your national or state sporting organisation.

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