COACHES EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATION SYSTEM
Recognising that the resources and
effort involved in developing an education programme may be beyond capabilities on a
national level, the IAAF operates a Coaches Education and Certification System (CECS)
which is available as a service to Member Federations which would like to make use of it.
The CECS features three levels of courses
plus opportunities for further education. For each course level the IAAF provides a
standard syllabus, qualified lecturers and the necessary learning support materials.
Financial resources for the system come from the IAAF and its Area associations, Olympic
Solidarity and other partners on the international and national levels. Operation of CECS
is co-ordinated by the IAAF Development Department and RDCs.
Entry to the CECS is through the Level I
course which is staged nationally and is designed to train a large number of coaches who
can work with athletes in all phases of the Sport Development Continuum at the grass roots
of the sport in clubs and schools. Levels II and III are normally staged at the
RDCs and are designed for a smaller number of coaches who will have specialist duties
within their federation.
Successful completion of all three levels
leads to the award of the IAAF Diploma in Coaching, granted with the authority of the
world governing body for Athletics.
The Level I course is intended to train as
many coaches as possible for effective work with youth and beginner athletes. Level I will
be the only course the vast majority of participants are able to attend. For this reason,
the course must provide more than just an introduction to coaching. The Level I syllabus
covers all events, with the exception of the steeplechase and combined events, and
emphasises the practical aspects of coaching. At the same time, the Level I course
provides a theoretical base which is sufficient to allow coaches to continue learning,
either through their own efforts or within the structure of the CECS.
On completion of the course, the Level I
certified coach will be expected to introduce athletes to the rough form of each event
covered on the course. The Level I certified coach will also be expected to understand the
concept of long term planning of training and be able to plan and implement effective
The Level II course is designed to bring
coaches together who have performed well at Level I and have gained a level of
specialisation ion one of the following four event groups:
- Sprints and Hurdles.
- Middle, Long Distance and Race Walking.
With this specialisation they can begin to
meet their countrys need for high level coaches. It is anticipated that the majority
of Level II participants will continue to Level III. In addition to elements specific to
one of the event groups, the Level II syllabus contains coaching theory which is common to
On completion of a Level II course a coach
will be expected to be able to identify and coach the basic competition model for each
event within an event group. The coach will also be expected to be able to plan and
implement a training cycle within the context of a long term training plan.
At present, Level II courses are conducted at
RDCs. However, as countries are able to build up the necessary infrastructure,
organisational ability and trained personnel they will be able to stage Level II courses
using IAAF accredited lecturers.
Entry requirements for Level II include a
specific profile of achievement on Level I examinations, completion of a minimum of one
year practical experience and nomination for the course by the coachs Member
The Level III course, which leads to the
awarding of the IAAF Diploma in Coaching, provides coaches with advanced level instruction
in the event group they have chosen for the Level II course. As with Level II, the Level
III syllabus includes event specific elements and common coaching theory.
On completion of the Level III course,
coaches will be able to identify and coach high level and advanced competitors for their
specific event or events. They will also be expected to able to plan and implement
macrocycles of training for high level athletes within the context of a multi-year plan.
Level III courses are conducted at the RDCs.
Entry is open to all coaches who have achieved a specified minimum profile of achievement
on the Level II examinations, have completed further practical experience and have been
nominated by their Member Federation.