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How To Become A Coach

Getting started


Whether you are thinking about becoming a coach or looking to build on your existing skills and expertise, Fencing WA offers support and opportunities to assist you on your journey.

  • Minimum Age

    • To be a coach, you must be turning 16 years old in the year of the course

  • Register with FencingWA

    • Each candidate must be a member of a FWA Affiliated Club.

    • Each candidate must be affiliated with FWA as an athlete or coach.

    • FencingWA Coaching Affiliation must be renewed annually .

    • Coaching Affiliation is free - register here

  • To attend the course, FWA requires the following:

    • Each candidate must be a member of a FWA Affiliated Club.

    • Each candidate must be affiliated with FWA as an athlete or coach.

    • Have a Working with Children Check Card (unless exempt as per the WWC Screening process.)

    • Each candidate must have completed the SportAUS Community Coaching  - Essential Skills Online Course

  • Working with Child Check

    • The Working with Children Check (WWC Check) is a compulsory screening strategy in Western Australia and the Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

    • A person requires a WWC Check if they are coaching anyone under the age of 18 years old.

    • For further information on the process and exemptions, go to

  • Sport Australia Community Coaching Principles Course

    • The Sport Australia Essentials Course helps coaches create fun, safe and inclusive environments for participants.

    • The free online course has been designed so coaches can learn at their own pace and complete eight modules anytime, anywhere, on any device.



  • Australian Fencing Federation Registration

    • Register with the AFF as a Trainee Coach.

Requirements of Becoming a Level 1 Accredited Fencing Coach

  • Be a member of FencingWA

  • Have a WWC Check Card

  • Certified in the Sport Australia Community Principles

  • Certified in First Aid (HLTAID003)

  • Register for the course on Register Now and pay the $50 coaching course fee.

        (This fee is reimbursed on the successful completion of the gaining a AFF Level One Coach Accreditation)

  • Attend a coaching course

  • Upload your details on the Australian Fencing Federation Website.

What Happens After the Course?

    1. FWA provides your details to the Australian Fencing Federation (AFF), who set you on the portal as a Trainee Coach.

   2. Once you have completed the Face to Face Course, you will need to:

  • Log in to the AFF Portal and upload

    • Any post-course requirements

    • WWC Card details

    • SportAUS Community Coaching  - Essential Skills Certificate

   3. Complete a First Aid Course and upload the certificate to the portal.

   4. The AFF will check off all the Level One Coaching Accreditation requirements.

   5. Once all the requirements are fulfilled, you will gain your Level 1 Coach Accreditation.


Please note that if you are overseeing or coaching a group or an individual without a coaching accreditation, you will not be covered by the AFF insurance.


The National Insurance Program does not cover coaches unless they are affiliated with FencingWA.

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