Pathways to Participation

Aligning the National Coaching and Officiating Scheme to the National Training System


In the sport industry, the majority of training is delivered for coaches and officials. This supports the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) and National Officiating Accreditation Scheme (NOAS).

The training is delivered by National and State Sporting Organisations (NSOs & SSOs) and uses a competency based assessment model designed by the Australian Sports Commission. Once a coach or official is deemed competent the Australian Sports Commission issues the coach or official with accreditation and registration.

However, this industry based training is not aligned with the National Training System competencies or standards.

Due to the lack of alignment between the NCAS/NOAS and the National Training System, qualifications issued under one system are not recognised by the other.

This creates a barrier for individuals who have completed units of competency from the Sport Industry Training Package and who wish to work as a coach or official for a National or State Sporting Organisation as the NCAS/NOAS training is the required benchmark for jobseekers wishing to work in the industry. At the same time, individuals accredited with the industry based NCAS/NOAS are not awarded with formal recognition of their skills and are being denied a pathway in Vocational Education and Training (VET) that may lead to a full qualification in the sport or other related industry. This contributes to a low uptake of VET in the NSW Sport Industry.


Project aims and outcomes

This project will see the NSW Sports Federation work with RTOs and targeted NSOs and SSOs to identify the barriers that currently exist in aligning the sport industry training with the National Training System. It will work through those barriers and align/map the NCAS and NOAS to units of competency in the National Training System. It will assist RTOs, NSOs and SSOs to work in partnership to meet each of their needs and engage the sport industry in VET. Though the NSOs and SSOs will continue to deliver their industry based training, these skills and competencies will be aligned with the National Training System thus setting the scope for awards to be recognised either way.

Short term project outcomes include:

  • Establish career pathways in the sport and recreation industry by clearly identifying how industry based accreditation can lead to VET qualifications within the sport industry with established work outcomes. Aligning the two systems will create additional pathways for job seekers wishing to work within the industry, transition into other related industries, or recognise their existing skills using the national training system.
  • Develop relationships between RTOs and NSOs/SSOs. This project will assist training providers to engage in an appropriate manner with sporting organisations (employers), individuals and organisations that conduct sport and recreation activities. The development and strengthening of these links will build employer confidence in the national training system and the ability of providers to deliver quality training and assessment.
  • Develop an Implementation Guide that facilitates the linkages between industry and VET training and also facilitates the access to the VET system and the relationships between industry partners and RTOs.


Other project outcomes include:

  • Facilitate increased employer utilisation of traineeships within the sport industry
  • Encourage mature age people and young people who participate as volunteers in the NSW sport industry to access the National Training System
  • Expand the pool of skilled workers available to the NSW Sport Industry


Long term project outcomes include:

  • Increase the uptake of Vocational Education and Training by the NSW Sport Industry
  • Make Vocational Education and Training more relevant to the needs of the NSW Sport Industry
  • Forge partnerships between National and State Sporting Organisations, RTOs, State Training Centres and employees
  • Increase RTO capacity to provide quality training and assessment services (including RPL) to the NSW sport industry
  • Demonstrate the ability of the sport industry training package (SRS03) to meet industry needs.