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General principles

Coaching general principles curriculums developed by the Australian Sports Commission in collaboration with sport sector partners cover the aspects of coaching common to all sports. There are two coaching general principles available:

Community Coaching General Principles

This course is aimed at the community coach, particularly coaches working with children. There are four modules in the course and it takes approximately four hours to complete the online course.

Intermediate Coaching General Principles

This program is aimed at coaches who want to improve their skills and knowledge to improve athlete performance.  These coaches would typically be operating at club / regional level. There are 13 modules in the course - see information sheet below for further details

How to enrol 

The Community Coaching General Principles is available online from the ASC Learning Portal and the Intermediate Coaching General Principles can be completed through some state coaching and officiating centres.

Please note that completion of the general principles component alone does not provide accreditation.

Other useful courses

There are also other generic courses and programs that are useful for coaches to complete including:

  • Play by the Rules
  • Sports first aid
  • Sports rage prevention program

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