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The Australian Sports Commission has developed 14 free online professional development courses that are suitable for teachers, coaches, officials, athletes and high school students. Learners can undertake the courses at their own pace and when they are finished, a certificate is granted which in some instances can be recognised as Teacher Identified Professional Development. 

The Australian Sports Commission's Community Coaching General Principles is endorsed by the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) as Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient Level Teacher. 

Choose from one of the topics listed below:


Community Coaching General Principles 

community coaching general principles

Description: This course is aimed at those who wish to broaden their knowledge and practices when delivering physical activity and game based sessions. The course contains four modules including: a snapshot of a good coach, preparing to coach, working with others and coaching in action and has been endorsed as NESA professional development.


NESA logoCompleting the Community Coaching General Principles online course will contribute 6 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 3.2.2, 3.5.2 and 4.1.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


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Play by the Rules Scenarios

Play By The Rules

Description: Play by the Rules has developed short interactive scenarios on potential issues and challenges such as Disability Inclusion Discrimination when delivering physical activity, games and sports. These scenarios let you explore your understanding and beliefs about issues as well as provide practical tips about inclusive, safe and fair sports practices and procedures.

The scenarios include:


Play by the Rules Courses

child protection

Description: Play by the Rules have four courses available. They are free, interactive online training course suitable for teachers, coaches, administrators, officials, players, parents and spectators. These courses cover important topics such as child protection, harassment and discrimination and complaint handling. 

There is also free online training for Member Protection Information Officers (MPIOs). By taking these courses you will upgrade your knowledge and skills, which will help to create safer, fairer and more inclusive environments for all people involved in sport.

Courses available include:

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Introduction Level Officiating General Principles 

intro officiating

Description: This course is aimed at first time and beginner officials. The course consists of four modules and takes approximately four hours to complete. For those officials who wish to become accredited, the Introductory Officiating General Principles course provides the first step towards accreditation. 

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High Performance Mental Skills

high performance mental skills

Description: High Performance Mental Skills provides practical information on several topics such as tips for increased concentration and goal setting. Learners will develop an understanding of how they think, feel, and behave when under pressure and their ability to adapt thoughts, feelings and behaviours to meet the demands of a situation. The examples are based on high performance sport and provide valuable hints and tips for teachers to help improve student performance both in and out of the classroom.

Modules: There are six modules in total. Learners can complete them individually or work through all modules to complete the full High Performance Mental Skills course. The modules are:

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High Performance Decision Making

High performance decision making

Description: This course provides the learner with an insight into how their goals and decisions are related, how their values inform these decisions and how following processes in making these decisions can take them closer to achieving what they want. This course has two modules and is about 60 minutes in duration.

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