MARTIAL ARTS QUALIFICATIONS
What qualifications are relevant and recognized in the martial arts industry?
We recognise that there are many orgainisations that have their own comprehensive instructor training programs that equip them to teach in a safe and professional environment. However with ever changing workplace safety rules and insurance requirements instructors need to look at qualifications / courses that will meet today's playing field.
Traditionally masters have spent many years perfecting their art form before spending many more years painstakingly passing it on to their students with all the care and detail in the world. There are now other components our society require to be included in this teaching process (as stated below) and unfortunately many teachers don't know this so it is not being passed on. The smart new generations of instructors are going out and taking up further study to meet and surpass society's demands.
The industry and society is not only asking for appropriate qualifications to teach they are also asking for Police checks, Working with Children checks, Weapons licences, Insurance and policies / procedures that protect all parties that meet new OH&S laws.
In the way of experience the very minimum an instructor should have is 5 years of martial arts training. NCAS Level 1 has been operating for a long time and is seen as a bare minimum and a little out dated. Senior First Aid should be thought of as a prerequisite to make sure instructors meet their ‘duty of care’ obligations. All this should accompany the appropriate polices / procedures (blood spillage, harassment, pregnancy, accident register, safety equipment etc).
Sounds a bit complicated? Yes there are a few things you need to know and skills you need to have before you rush out and open a martial arts school.
Consider this – young Johnnie enrols into your classes his parent are leaving their most loved asset in your hands. If you don’t have the skills/qualifications/insurance to look after him, do you really want to take the risk….
Making it easier
Martial Arts Australia makes opening and running a school a lot easier offering loads of support and direction to thousands of instructors over the past 18 years.
Many instructors we have spoken to have stated that the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) is out dated and no longer suits their needs. In some cases they feel it is irrelevant when instructors have far higher qualifications such as Cert IVs or Diplomas or Degrees in Sports Coaching, Fitness and TAE.
Some associations put pressure on these instructors and deem them not qualified or accredited to teach unless they keep redoing the same old courses every couple of years. This is of course is not true, haven’t they heard of RPL (recognising prior learning) it means if you already have the skills, have done the training and are currently active in the industry, you are already qualified and don't need to the course. We know instructors are very busy teaching and to sit the same old course is just waste of their time and an insult to their intellect especially when they often have more knowledge and qualifications than the course trainers.
We believe what instructors need are OPTIONS for up skilling that take their present qualifications into consideration and offer pathways to expand their school / business by providing current and relevant course material. Over the years we have worked with numerous RTOs, other associations and individual instructors to develop resource material than can be integrated into various nationally recognised training certificates. As a Peak Industry Body we highly recommend the new Australian Martial Arts Coaching Scheme 'AMACS' as we know exactly what has gone into it. Course levels go from 1 - 6 (starting with units of competency to a Diploma) so instructors can select the level they want to go for in a timely fashion.
As this scheme is the most relevant course that meet today's requirements for martial artists you should consider AMACS before doing the same old NCAS, you will be glad you did.
AMACS ticking all the boxes
*National Recognised Training
*Government recognised units of competency
*Endorsed by insurance companies
*Endorsed by the martial arts industry
*Created by leaders in the industry using new and existing material
*Specially selected course units relevant for today’s school owners
*Caters to the modern day and traditional martial artists
*Recognised Prior learning (RPL) is accepted
*Level 1—6 (up to Diploma)
*Open to all martial artists irrespective of grade
*No waiting for courses to be scheduled start anytime
*Flexible delivery (online and face to face in all states)
*Additional resource material for free (SEO marketing, school operations etc)
*Each level you do contributes to a higher certificate
*Mix and match units to meet and expand your individual career pathway
*Special partner program for chief instructors
*Level 1 from $25.00
What is Certification and how can I obtain it?
Call us to find out what courses are available and where you can enroll - Phone 03 9897 3213
List of skills / qualifications that instructors use to teach martial arts
*Studied the arts for a couple of years (no gradings)
*Obtained a grade of brown belt or equivalent 2-4 years.
*Obtained a grade of black belt or equivalent 4 year +
*Received various grading certificates including some from o/s master 5 years
*Attending in house instructor programs under their chief instructor
*Attending in house instructor programs with association (some offering CEC points)
*National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS levels 1 & 2)
*Nationally Recognised Certificate Qualifications (Cert II, III, IV & Diploma in Sports Coaching)
*Nationally Recognised Certificate Qualifications (Cert II, III, IV & Diploma in Fitness)
*University Degree in Sports Science (anatomy, physiology, body movement etc)
*Bachelor of Education in Physical Education
It is taken that all instructors have obtained senior first aid training and hold a current certificate. Some people may have already obtained a Blue Card (police check / cleared to work with children), weapons license and or CPI registration in addition to qualifications and this is really good to hear. Our industry is crying out for more recognition from government, the corporate sector and the community. Know one knows what is the best way to go but we will give you are few suggestions further on. Some industry professionals do not want to change the way they have happily done things for years. Some industry bodies try to force instructors to adhere to a certain training process for a monetary benefits or because it is too hard to change their thinking or even because they may have to give up their power. Isn't it best to do what is right for the industry, what is more professional, what will help expand our industry and help an instructor's career.