Coaching Accreditation and Recognition

Tri NZ Coaching Framework Overview

Our coach development structure ensures minimum operating standards for Tri NZ accredited coaches. This will makes sure that participants in the sport of triathlon are coached safely and in a manner that promotes athlete wellbeing. It is a requirement of Tri NZ club affiliation that only Tri NZ accredited coaches are able to coach, train or instruct athletes at that club.

Prior to 2018, the development framework consisted of four levels, Tri NZ Coaching Level 0, 1, 2, and 3 that represented a coach’s progress along the development pathway. Coaches that have achieved these levels prior to the changes are still able to promote themselves at their level of achievement but are required to complete the annual coaching registration before doing so.

Foundation Coaching Course

The purpose of the Foundation Level Coaching Accreditation is to equip those individuals interested in coaching triathlon with the fundamental coaching knowledge to conduct training sessions in a safe and athlete-centric manner. The key learning objectives of this course are to provide the participants with an awareness of ethical and health & safety considerations and provide an introduction to athlete-centred coaching, leadership and session planning.


The foundation coaching course is open to any New Zealand Resident that is involved with the sport of triathlon. Currently this course is offered as a distance learning package at a cost of $95 inc GST per candidate. The successful completion of this course will enable the candidate to satisfy the qualification requirement to register as an accredited coach with Tri NZ and enjoy the associated benefits.

The Foundation Course material takes approximately 3-4 hours to complete.

Course registration is $95.00 (excl. GST)Please note: TRIBE Membership is required prior to registration, which is $25.00 for club members and $50.00 for non-club members

Unfortunately not – we are now focusing on our domestic coaches and can no longer offer a development pathway for new international coaches. An alternative pathway is available through the ITU Coaching Courses – for further information visit their website here

All international coaches that are currently accredited are still eligible to register each year

Coach Registration and Membership

All Tri NZ Accredited Coaches are required to complete an annual registration process and pay the coach membership fee.  This ensures all accredited coaches meet the following minimum standards of operation:

  • Have completed a Tri NZ recognised coaching qualification
  • Agree to comply with the minimum operational health and safety requirements as required by the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
  • Agree to comply with the Tri NZ Coaches’ Code of Ethical Behaviours
  • Police vetting (cost covered by membership fee)
  • Be a current TRIBE member

*Revenue from coach membership goes towards administration and further development of the Tri NZ coaching programme

  • Annual Coaching Accreditation is $40.25 (incl. GST), includes Police Vetting charge of $7.50
  • TRIBE Membership is $25.00 for club/coach-group members, and $50.00 for non-club/coach-group members (including international)
  • Total cost – $65.25 for coaches who are club members, and $90.25 for non-club coaches or international coaches

Coaches who have no previous accreditation are required to complete a Foundation Coaching Course at one off cost of $95.00 (excl GST) before they can register as a Tri NZ coach.

Coaching Membership Partner Discounts

  • Option to uptake competitive Coaching Insurance Cover, currently covering:
    • Public & Products Liability – Limit $2,000,000; Excess $500
    • Statutory Liability – Limit $500,000; Excess $500
    • Professional Indemnity – Limit $500,000; Excess $2500
  • Training Peaks 20% Coaching Discount
    • 20% discount off the cost of Coach Edition subscriptions
    • Please contact for how to access this discount


Professional recognition by Triathlon New Zealand as an Accredited Coach

  • Ability to submit a Coach Profile to be featured on Tri NZ website
  • Ability to use all relevant Tri NZ coaching logos
  • Ability to coach at Tri NZ affiliated clubs

Please note all Tri NZ accredited coaches must abide by the Tri NZ Code of Conduct and be police vetted as per the Tri NZ Vetting Policy and Procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions

We are currently working on development pathways for all Tri NZ registered coaches.  In the meantime make sure you are on the Tri NZ coach facebook page where we notify you of any upcoming development opportunities.

Tri NZ Community Coaching is currently managed by our Community Manager Mel Saltiel.  Please contact her at