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The New 2011 IAAF Coaches Education Certification System

作者: RDC Beijing | 来源: RDC Beijing | 发布日期:2014-04-28


President's Message 

"I am convinced that the new IAAF Coaches Education and Certification System will have a very positive impact on the future of our sport. We are planting the seeds for long-term growth and our Member Federations will reap the benefits. With this integration of the athlete and coach development pathways, the IAAF CECS will take care of the 'seeds' from gathering and planting, through to maturation and 'harvesting'. In short, the IAAF has truly created a 'total coach education' system to meet the needs of Athletics now, and in the future. If the CECS achieves its aims, as I am certain it will, our endeavors will have been as successful as one could ever have wished them to be."
                                                                              Lamine Diack, IAAF President

Planting the seeds for long-term growth

In March 2007, the IAAF Development Commission meeting in Mombasa, Kenya approved a new structure for the global IAAF Coaches Education and Certification System, CECS, contributing to the present and future fulfillment of the objectives of the Athletics World Plan. It is a visionary and an aspirational concept with the new CECS structure being designed to align with and meet the criteria and objectives of the Athletics World Plan. 

The new 5-level CECS structure specifically addresses the following areas:
• Combining the traditional implementation of the CECS with the existing operations of IAAF Kids' Athletics, IAAF Youth Athletics and the IAAF Academy into an integrated system.

• Provision of a cohesive training for coaches to develop the competence to implement the IAAF Kids' Athletics programme of training and competition, to identify and develop talent and be able to 'hand-hold' children through the transition into the 'real' Athletics of their youth years.

• Creation of a clear Coach Development Pathway that mirrors and supports the Athlete Development Pathway so that coaches are able to progress at an individual rate, according to their potential. This pathway is now more challenging and specific at the higher levels, as well as more attainable and realistic at lower levels.

• Implementation of a programme which is competence-focussed, rather than knowledge-based; and which updates existing educational materials to incorporate the latest practical and technical information with flexible, interactive delivery media; resulting in a future-proofed programme.
Integration of Athlete and Coach Development Pathways

Around the world the IAAF Kids' Athletics has involved hundreds of thousands of children in fun, athletics-like competition. Without doubt, one of the greatest disappointments, and at odds with the response of children to these competitions, has been the poor retention of these children in the athletics community and their transfer to 'club athletics'. The new level I-II will produce qualified Youth Coaches who will not only be able to train and prepare young children for Kids' Athletics competitions but also identify and develop talent to provide the 'bridge' to 'real' Athletics. At grass roots it is the affiliation to individuals that determines retention and Level I-II Youth Coaches will be competent and able to take the kids through to the youth programmes of training and competition relevant to 13-15 years of age. In the final analysis it will be these interpersonal relationships and the human element that will effect retention and transition, more than any impersonal system, no matter how well intentioned. At the other end of the pathway, the IAAF Academy offers the Chief Coach course, which commenced in 2004. Subsequently, three other strands have been added: Elite Coach, through all event groups, Coaching Development Director and Youth Chief Coach. The Level V, IAAF Academy, is fully operational and offers courses from a global network of 13 partner universities. The Academy will continue to develop innovative courses to provide coaches with the relevant professional knowledge, understanding and practical experience to create an environment capable of delivering the highest levels of individual and team performance.


Long-term goals of the CECS

  • to ensure that each country has sufficient coaches, qualified according to international standards, to enable its athletics programmes to function as effectively as possible;

• to ensure that each region, and in turn, each country, is eventually capable of educating its own coaches to the same international standards without dependence on outside resources.

Additional objective include

  • to provide competence, knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of athletics to coaches in order to equip them to provide opportunities for all athletes, regardless of age, gender, race or ability, to reach their potential;

• to foster the ethical and moral development of coaches;

• to provide a standard curriculum with a worldwide application leading to a professional qualification for coaches;

• to make an appropriate contribution to the development of athletics in each community while respecting the values of that community;

• to increase opportunities for women to become certified and to work as Athletics coaches;

• to contribute to making Athletics the "number one sport in schools by 2012".

Implementation of the new CECS structure

The change from any system to a new system requires the management of change, with ongoing evaluation of quality and progress. It will involve all partners to ensure that new CECS participants are catered for during the change, without ignoring the legacy and needs of existing CECS qualified coaches. This management of change will be applied in a balanced manner to each level of the new system, reflecting the fact that the work force requirements of a five-level system are substantially different from those of a three-level structure. Additionally, the implementation has to embrace the translation of all materials, at each level, into the languages of the CECS: English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Portuguese.

All coaches who are active will require transfer from their existing qualification and eligibility to the new structure, and subsequently informed of their new status. The global transfer date is set for January 1st 2011.

One of the added benefits of this transfer process is the potential to identify and 'upskill' coaches who are actively coaching but were 'stuck' at an old CECS Level I. The new system provides the opportunity for all active coaches to re-engage with the Coach Development Pathway, benefiting their coaching, their athletes and national Federations.


  • Coaches who have passed former CECS Level I but have not achieve the eligibility for Level II, are now eligible for the new CECS Level II.

 • Coaches who have passed former CECS Level I with eligibility for Level II are now eligible for the new CECS Level III.

 • Coaches who have completed former CECS Level II are now eligible for the new CECS Level IV.

 • The IAAF Coaching Diploma, enables CECS Coaches to participate on the IAAF CECS Level V Academy courses.