Coaching FAQs

Coaching FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

HOW DO I APPLY TO ATTEND A COACHING COURSE ?

If you wish to attend a:

  • Introductory Skills Instructor, Community Club Coach, Level 1 Road & Track Coach or Level 1 Cyclocross and Gravel Coach course please contact our Member States or Territories
  • For Level 2 Road and Track Coach Courses, please contact coaching@cycling.org.au

CAN I GET RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING (RPL) OR RECOGNITION OF CURRENT COMPETENCE (RCC)?

We encourage all coaches to attend one of our coaching courses as opposed to attaining Recognition of Current Competence (RCC), as the knowledge obtained on the course and the direct contact with experts and other coaches is extremely valuable.
However, it is possible to have some prior learning and current competence recognised in order to bypass certain elements of Cycling Australia's coaching courses.

RPL or RCC applicants must provide detailed written evidence and proof of achievement relevant to the Coach Course learning outcomes from Cycling Australia.

Further details can be found on the RCC Information and Process Overview here. The RCC process can be accessed for each of the following courses below:


WHAT COACHING INSURANCE DO I GET WHEN I BECOME ACCREDITED AS A COACH?

Cycling Australia provide insurance as part of your membership and accreditation. For further information, and to download the policy statement, please see http://membership.cycling.org.au/Insurance or alternatively contact the Cycling Australia office on (03) 9998 6810 requesting membership/customer service.
Cycling Australia accredited coaches are only insured to coach activities within the remit of their accreditation. For example an Introductory Skills Instructor remit incorporates the development of skills for beginner to intermediate level riders and does not provide insurance for a session held on a Track.

Please Note: Riders in coaching sessions MUST be members of Cycling Australia. If Cycling Australia accredited coaches are coaching non-members they MUST seek their own insurance cover.

DO I REQUIRE A CYCLING AUSTRALIA MEMBERSHIP TO BECOME AN ACCREDITED COACH?

To be an accredited coach you must be a current financial member Cycling Australia.
A Non-Riding membership is the minimum requirement for any level of coaching accreditation. Cycling Australia Membership must be renewed annually.

For more information on how to become a member of Cycling Australia please visit http://membership.cycling.org.au/


DO I NEED TO GET A BACKGROUND CHECK BEFORE I APPLY TO ATTEND A COACHING COURSE?

If required and permitted by State legislation, coaches must hold an appropriate and up to date Working With Children Check if they work with children. It is the responsibility of the coach to keep this up to date at all times and provide the required records to the appropriate organisations. Member States should be familiar with the requirements of their local Act and comply accordingly.

It is recommended that the WWCC be gained prior to attending a Cycling Australia coaching ourse, to ensure the participant is covered under insurance for course attendance, post course coaching hours as a trainee, and coaching accreditation.

For further information regarding Working With Children Checks relevant to your state/territory please refer to the relevant fact sheet below:

If your state is experiencing delays with issuing the WWCC, please contact coaching@cycling.org.au with proof of attempt to gain.


DO I NEED A FIRST AID QUALIFICATION?

Cycling Australia believes that it is an essential safety requirement for all coaches to possess the knowledge and skills to be able to deal with an accident or emergency in the coaching setting. The aim is to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of coaches and athletes alike.
A First Aid qualification is a mandatory requirement of the coaching accreditation.
Participants must attend a coach course if they provide proof they are enrolled to attend a First Aid course within the near future. The course must be HLTAID003 or equivalent.

As a coach, it is a requirement to keep your First Aid qualification up to date and submit relevant updates to coaching@cycling.org.au


HOW LONG DOES MY COACH ACCREDITATION LAST?

All coaches receive a 4 year accreditation period. For the Accreditation to be considered valid during this 4 year period coaches must maintain:

  • A current Working with Children Check relevant to your state or Territory law
  • A recognised First Aid Certificate HLTAID003 or equivalent
  • Membership with Cycling Australia.

HOW DO I KEEP MY COACH ACCREDITATION UPDATED?

To ensure a Coach accreditation is Valid during the 4 year accreditation period, coaches must maintain

  • A current Working with Children Check relevant to your state
  • A recognised First Aid Certificate HLTAID003 or equivalent
  • Membership with Cycling Australia. Any coach who does not keep their accreditation valid during the four-year accreditation period may not be eligible to renew their accreditation.

Coaches must apply to renew their coach accreditation every four years. For details on how to re-accredit, please visit the Coach Re-accreditation page


LOOKING FOR A COACH?

Are you a rider looking to be coached in cycling? Do you want to improve your cycling skills, your fitness or your race tactics? Do you want to work with another coach in your region?

Contact your local club or Member State to provide them with details of your cycling/coaching background. They will help you to locate the right type of coach for you.