Online coaching course

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Complete the course at a time that suits you.

The Beginning Coaching General Principles online course has been developed to assist coaches to learn the basic skills of coaching, particularly those coaches working with children. The course is currently free of charge to Australian coaches.

The course contains five modules, covering a range of general coaching topics including; the role and responsibilities expected of a coach, planning, safety, working with parents, communication, group management and inclusive coaching practices. It takes approximately six hours to complete, and there is assessment included at the end of each module.


To enrol in the course go to the Australian Sports Commission’s online learning portal at From the portal you can obtain further information on the course requirements, including viewing some ‘taster’ pages. If you have any problems enrolling please email for assistance.

Becoming an accredited coach

The Beginning Coaching General Principles course can provide the first step towards accreditation. Your national or state sporting organisation can provide more information on the sport-specific requirements to achieve accreditation as a coach.

The online course can be used as part of the training for coaches within the Active After-school Communities program.

Information for educational institutions

For educational institutions who wish to incorporate the online course into their programs, download the the teacher’s information guide below.

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Did you know?

Australia has competed in every Summer Paralympics since the first games in 1960.

Quick numbers

141 thousand people have so far completed the ASC online coaching course.
10 current or former AIS athletes won medals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
56 current or former AIS athletes won medals at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
35 thousand kilometres were swum by Petria Thomas while at the AIS.
26 thousand people have so far completed the ASC online officiating course.
0.5 million people visit the AIS each year.