The AMA has a commitment to support and encourage you in developing and contributing to the education of drivers and riders through training, programs, sport and recreation activities, whether it be at Club or Regional, State or National level.
To become a volunteer AMA Club Coach you will need to either:
- provide evidence/ prove your past or current coaches qualifications; or
- complete an education and training program to provide you with the skills and knowledge to enable you to coach.
Below is a brief outline of how you become an AMA Coach.
Start as an Assistant Coach
An Assistant Coach is a person that does not hold any coaching qualifications or have any coaching experience. To get started, all Assistant Coaches must first sign up and get an AMA Clubs Membership, which is an insurance requirement then get an Event Assistant certification. Once done you can enrol and commence the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Community Coaching General Principles (CCGP) online course. This course has been developed to assist coaches to learn the basic skills of coaching, particularly those coaches working with children.
An Assistant Coach may only 'assist' a Certified Coach and must keep a duty log of all coaching activities. However, in the event that a Certified Coach is unable to perform his/ her duties at a session for health or other reasons and the Assistant Coach is confident in his/ her abilities to Coach, the Assistant Coach may become the Acting Coach to ensure continuity of the session. In such circumstances, the Acting Coach will perform the duties under the supervision of the AMA National Coach, which holds nationally recognised certificate qualifications in driving and riding instruction, training and assessment and work health and safety.
Once the Assistant Coach has successfully completed the AIS CCGP online course and has logged a nominal amount of endorsed hours by the Supervising Coach, the AMA National Coach will verify the endorsement and upon approval, the Assistant Coach may apply for an AMA Coach Level 1 ertification.
There are two levels of AMA Coaches:
Level 1 Club/Regional Coach
If you already have a previous or existing coaching endorsement with another national association, and have appropriate driver/ rider trainer experience, the AMA will recognise those qualifications as sufficient and the coach may immediately apply for an AMA Coach Level 1 Certification.
During your time as a Level 1 Coach, you should am to develop Intermediate Coaching General Principles, which is part of the requirement to advance as a Level 2 State/ National Coach. To register Please complete the Level 2 Coaching Course - Expression of Interest form.
Level 2 State/ National Coach
To obtain an AMA State/ National Level 2 Coach Certification, you must have had at least two years of experience as an active Club/Regional Coach with the AMA or hold a current state/ national qualification or equivalent with other national associations and have appropriate driver/ rider trainer experience.
About the Courses
All coaching courses are delivered under the guidelines of the National Officiating Accreditation Scheme (NOAS), an Australian Sports Commission (ASC) program, managed by the ASC’s Coaching & Officiating Unit. All AMA Coaches are recognised as having met the standards under the NOAS, recognised by the Commonwealth and State/Territory governments.
All NOAS accreditations are valid for the term of your AMA Clubs membership but you must be able to show that you have been an active coach and have undertaken activities that will keep you current.
Coach Accreditation Requirements
To maintain your ertification you must:
- Maintain Coach Membership with AMA Clubs during the certification period. This will ensure the coach is covered by professional indemnity insurance.
- Maintain a current Working with Children Check relevant to the state or territory in which you will be working.
- Each year, undertake coaching duties at a minimum of three (3) sessions.
- You will be required to submit a duty log of your coaching activities.
AMA Coaches Manual