The AWF for many years has encouraged people in the community to take on the role of a coach. An important aspect of coaching is being competent, so achieving recognised industry accreditation is a vital step in ensuring that coaches are providing a quality service to the participants they work with day in and day out.

The National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) is Australia’s national system of training and accrediting coaches, used by more than 70 sports, including weightlifting.

Currently the AWF has three of its Coach Education Programs (CEP) registered under the NCAS banner; the Club Weightlifting / Sports Power Coach 1 Licence, the State Weightlifting/ Sports Power Coach 2 Licence and the National Weightlifting Coach Licence. Access to all three CEPs is keenly sought and so the AWF has stepped up its delivery in regional centres as well as State capital cities.

The first two CEPs are registered with Fitness Australia. They provide coaches with 15 continuing Education Credit points on completion of the weekend study. Many individuals submit their acquired CEC points to Fitness Australia in order to maintain their industry status, for example, as a Personal Trainer or specific Instructor.

The AWF has also developed a new Sports Power Coach 3 Licence which will be delivered for the first time at the Gold Coast Weightlifting Club, Queensland on September 23/24, 2015. More information will be given about the CEP in future editions of the “Road to Rio”