AusCycling | Coach & Instructor | Frequently Asked Questions

Coach & Instructor | Frequently Asked Questions

Your current accreditation will continue to be recognised until you are re-accredited or undertake further training.

If you are part-way through a current BMXA, CA or MTBA course you should continue to finalise the requirements to receive your accreditation.

After re-accreditation your coaching accreditation will change as follows:

 

AusCycling Community Instructor

BMXA Club Coach, CA Community Club Coach, MTBA Level 0 Skills Instructor

AusCycling Foundation Instructor (BMX, MTB, CX, Road, Track: relevant to the discipline you accredit)

BMXA, CA, MTBA Level 1 Skills Instructor

AusCycling Development Coach (BMX, MTB, CX, Road, Track - relevant to the discipline you accredit)

CA Level 2, Coach UCI Level 2, MTB Level 2 Coach, BMX Level 2 Coach

AusCycling Advanced Coach

CA Level 3

AusCycling Elite Coach


We encourage all Coaches and Instructors to attend one of our coaching or instructing 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 AusCycling coaching courses.

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

RPL or RCC to different disciplines is highly unlikely however may be considered in exceptional circumstances.

For further information on undertaking an RCC please contact coaching@auscycling.org.au 

Your accreditation will last until the re-accreditation date for the latest discipline you were accredited in.

Auscycling recognises the skills instructor qualificaiton of a number  of skills mountain bike instructor providers.

If you have completed the Australian MTB Instructor (AMBIA) Level1, the Professional MTB Instructors Association (PMBIA) Level 1 course or Bike Instructor Certificate Program Level 1 (BCIP) you canapply for accreditation using the  Application Form.

AusCycling offers comprehensive insurance for all accredited coaches including:

  • Professional Indemnity Insurance ($5,000,000)
  • Public and Products Liability ($20,000,000)
  • Personal Accident Insurance

AusCycling is currently finalising the details on the insurance available for Coaches who operate as sole traders which we expect to finalise prior to 2021.  All Coaches and Instructors who currently have an arrangement with MTBA will continue to be honoured. 

Please note AusCycling accredited Coaches and Instructors are only insured to coach activities within the remit of their accreditation. For example a Foundation Road Coach remit incorporates the development of skills for beginner to intermediate level road riders and does not provide insurance for a session held on a Track.

MTB Coaches and Instructors must still operate within the MTBA Summary of Coach and Instructor Insurance Remit. 

For further information, and to download the policy statement, please see https://www.auscycling.org.au/membership/other/insurance-overview

All coaches and instructors must maintain their membership to be accredited with AusCycling. 

A Non-Ride membership is the minimum requirement for any Community and Foundation Instuctors.  All Development, Advanced Coaches and Instructors and Elite Coaches must, at minimum, have a Lifestyle Membership.

If you intend to ride during any of your Coaching or Instructing activities you must have a Lifestyle Membership.

For more information on how to become a member of AusCycling please visit https://www.auscycling.org.au/membership

If required and permitted by state or territory legislation, Coaches and Instructors must hold an appropriate and up to date Working With Children Check if you are working with children or vulnerable people. 

It is the responsibility of the Coach and Instructor to keep this up to date at all times and provide the required records to the appropriate government authority. 

It is recommended that the WWCC be gained prior to attending a AusCycling course. An aspiring coach or instructor  cannot gain their accreditation until such a time that they have completed their Working with Children Check and it has been cleared through the relevant state authority. 

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

Note: If a coach or instructor in WA is not working with children OR are exempted you are not permitted to gain a Working With Children Check.  In the case of an exemption you must complete a Member Protection Declaration

Individuals may not be required to obtain a Working With Children Check if you are registered with a State or Territory Institute of Teaching, Department of Protective Services or similar.  In this case proof of registration must be provided to AusCycling.

AusCycling believes that it is an essential safety requirement for all coaches, instructors and leaders 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.

The minimum qualification required is Provide First Aid (HLTAID003/HLTAID011). 

An individual who has a higher level of professional accreditation (e.g. Medical Doctor, Paramedic) must provide evidence of their registration to AusCycling for recording on your membership profile.

All coaches and instructors 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: Provide First Aid (HLTAID003) or higher.
  • Membership with AusCycling (membership level depends on your accreditation level).
  • A signed AusCycling Code of Behaviour.

*If a coach or instructor in WA is not working with children OR are exempted you are not permitted to gain a Working With Children Check.  In the case of an exemption you must complete a Member Protection Declaration

Individuals may not be required to obtain a Working With Children Check if you are registered with a State or Territory Institute of Teaching, Department of Protective Services or similar.  In this case proof of registration must be provided to AusCycling.

To coach at a BMX Track a rider is required to be a BMX Coach or Instructor.

However, it is possible to have some prior learning and current competence recognised in order to bypass certain elements of AusCycling coaching courses.

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

RPL or RCC to different disciplines is highly unlikely however may be considered in exceptional circumstances.

For further information on undertaking an RCC please contact coaching@auscycling.org.au 

To maintain your accreditation a coach or instructor must:

  • Hold a current First Aid Certificate: Provide First Aid (HLTAID003/HLTAID011 or higher).
  • Hold a  membership with AusCycling (in line with your level of accreditation).
  • Have a current coach or instructor accreditation relevant to the discipline you are instructing.
  • Maintain a Working with Children check (or equivalent) in your State or Territory. *
  • Renew your accreditation every four years.
  • MTB Coaches and Instructors must still operate within the MTBA Summary of Coach and Instructor Insurance Remit.
  • BMX Coaches must still operate within the BMX Skills a Coach can Teach remit. 
  • Coaches and Instructors are still expected to operate within the skills level of their accreditation. 
  • Coaches and Instructors are still expected to manage and mitigate risk to ensure a safe and rewarding session for the participant.

*If a coach or instructor in WA is not working with children OR are exempted you are not permitted to gain a Working With Children Check.  In the case of an exemption you must complete a Member Protection Declaration

Individuals may not be required to obtain a Working With Children Check if you are registered with a State or Territory Institute of Teaching, Department of Protective Services or similar.  In this case proof of registration must be provided to AusCycling.

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