The Updating Policy from Gymnastics Australia has important information for coaches and judges wishing to keep their accreditation current
Updating Policy from GA for 2014
It is essential that Gymnastics Australia (GA) accredited members maintain their competency through practice, professional learning or professional development, which can be defined as updating (UPD). The National Updating Policy describes how GA Technical Members maintain and progress their competencies in order to maintain their accreditation.GA updating requirements as described in this policy will provide flexibility in the type of activity undertaken, whilst ensuring that the activity is relevant to the member’s accreditation/s.This approach is adopted with the objectives of:1. Maintaining the currency of member’s skills and knowledge2. Developing the abilities and experience of members over time through regular participation in activities that provide consolidation and extension3. Maximising the retention of competent members4. Developing and retaining records of all training and updating activities participated in by members5. Upholding the respect for the coaching profession.
Gymnastics Australia’s Updating Policy applies to all Technical Members including Judges and Coaches.
3. ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Gymnastics Australia will manage and maintain the membership database, sanction and assign points, provide workshops, training courses and events to enable members to achieve their updating requirements.State and Territory Association Members will maintain the membership database, sanction and assign points, provide workshops, training courses and events.Clubs will run workshops and events and seek sanction from their State or Territory Association Member.Technical Members will participate in activities to gain updating points, and provide evidence of relevant professional development as required. It is the responsibility of the Technical Member to plan updating activities to ensure that sufficient points are gained for annual renewal of membership.
4. UPDATING FOR MEMBERS
In order to maintain or regain your Technical Membership as a Gymnastics Coach or Judge, you are required to show evidence that you have maintained or extended your competency. This practice, professional learning, or professional development, is defined as updating (UPD) and can be achieved by completing approved updating activities that are relevant to the Gymsport and level of your accreditation.Note: Judges’ Accreditations are valid for each Olympic cycle. Each new cycle, all judges who hold accreditations must attend a new course in order to maintain or extend their judging competencies.Effective from July 1st 2014 Page 4 of 13
5. POINTS REQUIRED
In order to calculate the total number of updating points required annually, refer to your highest level of accreditation (Coach or Judge). Regardless of the number of accreditations you hold, the total number of updating points you are required to complete will be based on your highest level of accreditation, as follows:Beginner – minimum of 3 updating pointsIntermediate and Intermediate Bronze – minimum of 6 updating pointsAdvanced and Advanced Silver – minimum of 12 updating pointsFIG/High Performance (and higher) – minimum of 18 updating pointsMore detailed information on points can be seen in 10.Updating Policy – Points and Limits.For multiple accreditations, updating should reflect activity in each relevant Gymsport and role (coach &/or judge).Judges and Coaches may accumulate more than the required number of updating points in any year, but updating cannot be carried over or used to fulfill the updating requirements of future years.
6. MAINTAINING YOUR UPDATING RECORDS
GA and the State and Territory Association Members record your sanctioned UPD activities on the national database. Prior to running a workshop or event, sanction should be sought from your State or Territory Association. This will ensure that participants updating points are recorded on the national database.To claim updating points in activities not sanctioned by the State and Territory Association, such as a First Aid Course or University studies, please send evidence of attendance and successful course completion to the State/Territory Association for validation and for inclusion on your record.
7. UPDATING EVENTS – WHAT ACTIVITIES CAN I DO?
It is essential for you as a Gymnastics Australia Technical Member to ensure that the updating activities you participate in are directly relevant to the Gymsport(s) accreditations that you hold. Judges with a FIG accreditation must also maintain the requirements of Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique updating to be eligible for accreditation courses in the next cycle.The FIG Judging UPD requirements are available on the FIG website under the ‘Rules’ section. Please note that Brevet level judges should regularly check with FIG on these requirements throughout the cycle.
8. WHAT HAPPENS IF I DO NOT UPDATE?
If your Technical Membership expires, you will be ineligible to:• Participate in any Gymnastics Australia or State and Territory Association Member programs or events• Access Gymnastics Australia’s National Risk Protection Program (insurance)Effective from July 1st 2014 Page 5 of 13
9. WHAT IF I TAKE A BREAK FROM COACHING OR JUDGING?
It is well understood that from time to time you may wish to take a break from coaching or judging gymnastics. Gymnastics Australia encourages a return to either role and welcomes you to renew your Technical Membership at any time.Prior to your return, you will be required to complete a number of updating points relevant to the accreditations held, before an application for renewal of Technical Membership can be processed.An alternative to gaining updating points is to be assessed against the requirements of the accreditation. Note that there may be a fee charged to cover the cost of this assessment.
10. UPDATING POLICY - POINTS & LIMITS
This table gives an overview of: the annual points required for updating for each level of coach/judge accreditation the maximum number of points that can be obtained from each category the different categories which you are able to gain updating points in.An explanation of the different categories is provided in the following pages.
High Performance (Gold)/FIG/Master
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