Mandatory accreditation

South Australia supports the AFL’s mandatory accreditation policy where coaches MUST have completed an approved AFL coaching accreditation course if they are appointed to a coaching position. This is critical for those coaching children. Coaches must be accredited before the commencement of their second year of coaching.

Types of AFL Recognised Accredited coaching courses

  • Junior Level 1 (Junior)
  • Level 1 (Youth) Club and school coaches of teenagers
  • Level 1 (Senior) Coaches of adults (open age)
  • AFL Level 2 (Youth/Senior)
  • AFL High Performance (Level 3)

These various types of coaching courses are designed to suit specific needs of participants in each of the coaching (age) groups.

Download the AFL National Coaching Accreditation Scheme Brochure

Download the National coaching re-accreditation registration form

An outline of each of the AFL coaching accreditation courses follows:

Course

Ideal For

Involves

Assessments

Level 1(Junior)

Club and primary school coaches of children

Planning and organising training sessions. Skill games and modified games. Growth and Development, Safety and legal issues

Candidates must complete a workbook which is supplied at the course and return it to their course coordinator. Accreditation is granted once a successfully completed workbook is submitted

Level 1 Youth

Club and secondary school coaches of teenagers

Understanding youth participation, which permeates all aspects of the course. A specific focus on what motivates youth participants. Social aspects of working with and managing players in this age range, specific communication skills and developing higher level skill and understanding.

Candidates must complete a workbook which is supplied at the course and return it to their course coordinator. Accreditation is granted once a successfully completed workbook is submitted

Level 1 Senior

Coaches of adults (open age)

Communication Skills & drills Team play and tactics. Fitness for football, recovery & rehabilitation. Coaching & safety issues

Candidates must complete a workbook which is supplied at the course and return it to their course coordinator. Accreditation is granted once a successfully completed workbook is submitted

AFL Level 2 (youth/senior)

Coaches involved at a higher level (rep teams, development squads, etc.). For coaches with an aptitude and genuine interest in improving their coaching skills.

Conducted through practical, hands-on involvement of participants Focusing on preparing a coach to plan, prepare, conduct, review and adapt a year-long program of coaching

Assessed practically on the job at training and in a match environment. A diary of their season must be submitted to SANFL High Performance Manager – Talent and Coaching before accreditation is granted.

AFL High Performance (Level 3)

Accreditation for coaches involved in AFL, state leagues, TAC cup or other programs in the AFL Talent Pathway.

The highest accreditation offered by the AFL. Covers in greater depth those areas dealt with in level 2 plus relevant current issues, including technology, public relations and coaches as program managers and mentors.

Specific job related assessmenttasks.


Re-accreditation

  1. Accreditation is valid for four years, from the year in which accreditation is gained.
  2. If you gain a higher level of accreditation during that four-year period, the expiry relates only to the higher accreditation
  3. Application to re-accredit at Level 1 should be made direct to your local Regional Development Manager or to your State Director of Coaching.

Re-accreditation is not automatic. To maintain your Level 1 accreditation you must demonstrate that you:

  1. Continued to coach throughout the four years.
  2. Were a registered member of your Australian Football Coaches Association branch throughout the four years.
  3. Are prepared to sign the AFL Coaches Code of conduct (or State specific version) when seeking re-accreditation.
  4. Are prepared to submit to any coach screening procedures required at the time of re-accreditation.
  5. Have continued to undertake further education, formal or informal, to enhance your coaching abilities. This might include attendance at AFCA seminars; training sessions of other coaches (particularly mentor coaches); attendance at courses or sessions within courses; training, in CPR, First Aid, communication skills, and so on.

For more information about courses, updating accreditation contact your League Club Development Manager or Development Coordinator.

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