National Accreditation Schemes: Australian Sport

On 19 December, the Australian Sports Commission announced national accreditation schemes for sport scientists and strength and conditioning coaches.

The Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Institute of Sport will work in partnership with Exercise & Sports Science Australia and the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association “to apply the high standards of accreditation to Australian sporting organisations over the next 12 months”.

The announcement confirmed that, as a condition of the Australian Sports Commission’s sport investment agreements, all sport science and strength and conditioning staff working with national sporting organisations will be required to have the relevant accreditation with Exercise & Sports Science Australia and Australian Strength and Conditioning Association by the end of 2018.

The announcement added “High Performance managers and Sport Science Sport Medicine managers will also require accreditation with the relevant body where their job requires elements of applied practice”.

Information about sport science and medicine accreditation can be found on the Exercise & Sports Science Australia website. Information about strength and conditioning accreditation can be found on the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association website.

The Australian Institute of Sport will monitor compliance with the accreditation. The announcement noted that the accreditation scheme will be reviewed after two years to reassess progress in Australian sport science and strength and conditioning standards.

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