coaching badgesAs part of its commitment to continual learning and development, the ITU has developed a process that supports and encourages coaches to maintain their learning and development.

Historically coaches were required to repeat the coaching courses they had completed every 4 years. However, this is an excessive burden on the resources of ITU, and most coaches who are active will not benefit from repeating the same courses. At the same time the ITU wishes to gain a better understanding of the practices of coaches and to ensure the quality of coaches within the sport. This process aims to have a solution which is simple, and effective whilst ensuring some consistency amongst coaches. There is a need to match what is desired with what is currently possible with current resources.

The ITU has therefore developed the Certification Revalidation of Coaches (CRoC) Scheme. Initially this will be a simple self-reporting and semi-automated solution. Over time it may grow and become more interactive. The purpose of the scheme is to encourage and enable the continued development of coaches and to ensure they remain up to date with best practice and guidelines to further enhance the quality, safety and welfare of triathlon coaching worldwide and enhance the further development of the sport. It also provides ITU with a way of assessing engagement of coaches in best practice. The process will be reviewed and revised annually based upon review and feedback from coaches, and inline with international best practice where possible.

Impact for coaches

Once a coach has completed their qualification, they are automatically given coach certification which will be valid for 4 years. To maintain this certification validation coaches will be required to maintain its currency by applying for revalidation of their certification every 4 years. To do this they will need to successfully complete an annual update for each of these 4 years. After completing all 4 years the will then gain revalidation. The same process is provided for Level 1 and Level 2 coaches.

For full details see the ITU Certification Revalidation of Coaches Scheme Guide in the Coach Education Documents section.

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