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What is Updating?
All coaches registered with the ASCA and the National Coach Accreditation Scheme, which s administered by the Australian Sports Commission, are required to carry out regular activities aimed at maintaining and improving current knowledge and coaching practices.
Updating ensures coaches remain abreast of the most up-to-date techniques and coaching methods in addition to ensuring that the coaching environment is safe for all participants and reduces the likelihood of coaches becoming involved in legal actions. It also provides the ASCA with an up-to-date register of active coaches.
The ASCA Coach Re-Accreditation Information and Application Form can be found here
How does Updating work?
When a coach received a NCAS accreditation card after completing a course the update clock starts. The coach will be advised of the expiry date of their accreditation. The ASCA has specific updating activities that you are required to undertaken in order to remain an accredited coach.
ASCA Updating Policy
In order to update each registration, coaches must in a four year period:
- Complete the next level of qualification; or
- Re-set the current level qualification; or
- Complete the following number of hours of updating activities
Level 1 - 24 hours per year = 96 hours over 4 years
Level 2 - 48 hours per year = 192 hours over 4 years
Level 3 - 100 hours per year = 400 hours over 4 years
How to Record Coach Updating Activities
It is important that coaches keep details of all practical involvement and attendance at approved courses and seminars that contribute to their re-accreditation with the ASCA and NCAS. The Coaching Activity Sheet can be used as a record of activities for re-accreditation when it falls due.
When attending an approved updating activity fill in the appropriate details and obtain a signature of the coordinator and/or stamp of the organising body.
Coaches should record all their updating activities in the Activity Sheet and send a photocopy to the ASCA prior to the expiry date shown on their NCAS Registration Card together with any documentation to support their application.
ASCA Approved Updating Activities
50% of the required updating hours for each level should be completed through practical coaching. 50% of these practical coaching hours can be self-monitored through the use of a coaching activity sheet. The other 50% of practical coaching hours must gbe signed off using the coaching activity sheet by a authorised strength and conditioning coach of equal or higher level accreditation.
Practical coaching can be undertaken with any level of athlete or team or may occur on a regular basis (weekly/fortnightly) or in a specific situation such as camps and workshops.
- Lecture/present at a coaching course
- Become a mentor coach for another coach
- Supervise coaching practical hours (ASCA course requirements) for another coach
- Write and/or publish an article related to an aspect of strength and conditioning coaching
- ASCA Membership - Note hours claimed in one year can be no more than 20% of total hours (e.g. 2.4 per year for Level 1, 4.8 for Level 2 and 10 for Level 3)
- Attend a strength and conditioning coaching/updating seminar/workshop/Annual Conference
- Attend a general coaching seminar
- SMA sports trainer course
- Recognised first aid course
- Sports Massage Course
- Sports related tertiary education
- Sports Administration Course (e.g. ASSA)
- Leadership/communication training program
- Attend a related NCAS Course
Cost of Updating
The ASCA and NCAS fee of $26.50 for a further four (4) years registration plus $88.50 for 12 months membership renewal in the ASCA for those coaches whose membership in the ASCA is not current = $115.00.