Become an Accredited Coach

Triathlon New Zealand aims at providing an educational pathway for coaches from volunteers to high performance expertise. Our Coaching Accreditation Pathway is endorse by the ITU and is designed to equip all coaches with the knowledge and skills essential to develop and work with athletes at all levels of triathlon. Similarly to give all athletes the confidence that they are engaging with coaches that are qualified. Contact Geoff Holmes at for any further enquires.

NEW Accreditation Pathway

Getting involved with the Coaching Community

Before getting involved within the New Zealand coaching community, it is important to define what your primary coaching pathway will be. Understanding this landscape is vital as they may conflict.

The triathlon coaching landscape is made up of 3 specific types of coach pathways:

  • Club Coaches and Volunteers
  • Personal Business Coaches
  • High Performance and Regional Coaches

Whilst the Coach Accreditation programme is designed for all levels of coaches and the continued growth the coaches within New Zealand. TriNZ, as a not-for-profit NSO has to focus its attention on coaches who wish to be associated with Clubs and Communities or High Performance and Regional Coaches. TriNZ is not here to assist Personal Business returns.

"Excellence in sport requires excellence in coaching. Quality coaches have a huge impact on their communities. They spend time with New Zealanders, young and old, and have a positive influence on the life and values of those they come into contact with. If our children are to be truly enriched by their experience in sport, or if New Zealand's elite athletes are to stay in contention for world glory, they must participate and compete with the support of a world-class coaching environment”. - NZ Coaching Strategy

Update of Coaching Accreditation Pathway

As of the 23rd of August the Foundation Level Coaching Accreditation is live! Designed to equip the wider community with the fundamental coaching knowledge to adopt a safer and more mindful approach to leading sessions. Tri NZ is taking a modular coaching direction, where select modules may be offered in the future. The Foundation Level consists of 2 of the 4 modules that will make up Level One (seen below).

A comprehensive review of the complete Level One course is due to take place over the next few months, then the other 2 modules will be released -  stay tuned!

Foundation Level Overview

Foundation Level Accreditation

COST - $95 NZ (NZ Residents Only)

The purpose of the Foundation Level Coaching Accreditation is to equip the wider community with the fundamental coaching knowledge to adopt a safer and more mindful approach to leading sessions. In the process Tri NZ believe this will grow the number of capable coaches that work together; developing a more educated and capable coaching community domestically.

The principal learning objective of the course is to upskill the volunteers, support staff and enthusiastic individuals who are actively involved with their clubs or community groups. Aiming to provide all applicants with the necessary awareness and knowledge of essential coaching concepts, theories and practical implications to responsibly lead a session; providing an optimal level of health & safety and duty of care to all participants involved. There are no prior qualification standards necessary to register into this course and is open to any New Zealand resident.

Level One Accreditation

COST - $295 NZ / $395 Overseas
TIMEFRAME - 3 Months

Triathlon New Zealand’s Level One Accreditation Coaching Programme is aimed at intermediate level coaches, who aspire to coach and support beginner level triathletes. This programme aims to the fundamental knowledge and skills essential to teach the basics of Triathlon.

Level Two Accreditation

COST - $395 NZ / $495 Overseas
TIMEFRAME - 6 Months

Triathlon New Zealand’s Level Two Accreditation Coaching Programme is aimed at advanced level coaches, who aspire to coach and support the long term development of competitive triathletes. This programme aims to provide coaches with the information essential for long-term athlete development by supporting triathletes across an annual cycle of training and competing.

Level Three Accreditation

COST - $295 NZ / $395 Overseas
TIMEFRAME - 12 Months

Triathlon New Zealand’s Level Three Accreditation Coaching Programme is aimed at expert level coaches, who aspire to coach and support world class triathletes. This programme aims to educate coaches to appreciate the value in drawing on the knowledge and experience of peers and mentors. Adopting this collaborative approach creates ‘coaching communities’ providing coaches with the confidence to be innovative and challenge their own beliefs to meet the individual needs of triathletes they coach.

For any more information on the Tri NZ Coaching Accreditation courses, please contact Geoff Holmes at

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