The ALTIS Foundation Course

Our mission is simple – it is to revolutionize, reinvigorate and redefine coach education.

We are building an evolving continuum of educational opportunities which examine the past, explore the present, survey the possibilities of the future, and share tried and tested personal experiences from industry leaders in our profession. We are doing this while creating opportunities for coaches to build global collaborative networks to support their development.

We aim to become THE global community for coach education.

Learning Evolution

The ALTIS Foundation Course is a structured curriculum presented in a dynamic, engaging format. It is designed to equip coaches with the foundational knowledge required to make sound coaching decisions; the skills to convey this knowledge effectively; and the confidence to question, adapt, and evolve their own philosophies.

The catalyst for the creation of the Foundation Course was the recognition that coach education needed updating to keep pace with the constant evolution of information which defines our profession. In the same way, this course has been designed to operate as a ‘living document’ that will continue to grow over time; as new information becomes available; as new research is applied; as we learn more. This method of creation is founded upon the embodiment of our continued efforts to promote our philosophy of life-long learning.

While the Foundation Course represent our first step into providing structured online learning – it will certainly not be our last. The ALTIS Classroom will represent a dynamic, expanding learning hub. Future content set to be released from 2018 onward will give coaches the opportunity to further evolve their learning following Foundation Course completion. Topics will range from event group specific modules, to agility, to motor learning, to advanced strength training.

To find out more about the inception of the Foundation Course, take a moment to hear from Coach Pfaff himself on why we are so excited to be offering this formal education pathway:

 

Connection & Growth

As well as providing a fresh approach to Coach Education, the ALTIS AGORA Education Community supports the educational growth of coaches by providing the opportunity for connection. Leading coaches long ago realized that deep learning comes not from isolated, ‘lone-wolf’ coaching, but from an ongoing process of application, adaptation and reflection, alongside collaboration and discussion with reliable networks. This collaborative learning in motion is something that our profession must include if it is to continue to grow and evolve. As explained by Tanmay Vora in the illustration below, the best leaders are constant, sociable learners. The same tenet applies to coaching – we can’t rely on an isolated, static view of the world if we want to keep pace with reality.

Tanymay Vora’s sketch explains the relationship between leadership, coaching, and learning: It outlines the constant evolution of knowledge, and the application and analysis of this knowledge. All credits to Tanymay Vora.

Course Creators

Written by PJ Vazel, Derek Evely, Dr Matt Jordan, Stuart McMillan, Andreas Behm, and legendary coach and educator Dan Pfaff, the Foundation Course shares the collective knowledge of some of the most experienced minds in the coaching profession today. In addition, guest contributions from Dr Angus Ross, Martin Bingisser, Dr Ken Clarke, Brett Bartholemew, Greg Hull, Jason Hettler, Shawn Myszka, Vince Anderson, and Jas Randhawa means this course includes the benefit of shared collaborative knowledge stemming from some of the leading minds across the globe in sports performance.

  • Dan Pfaff - Author

    Coach Pfaff is a globally recognized expert in the field of coaching & coach education. With over 40 years coaching across multiple T&F disciplines, Dan has led 49 Olympians to 9 medals. He has lectured in 27 countries & consults across multiple sports, delivering coach education to National Governing Bodies & private organizations globally, in sports ranging from football & basketball, to rugby, soccer, golf & baseball.

  • Derek Evely - Author

    Hailed as a leading mind on training methodology, Coach Evely has accrued decades of experience working in T&F roles across multiple disciplines in Canada, the USA & the UK. He has also consulted in speed skating, hockey, and worked with various national multi-sport training centers in Canada. Derek has been team staff at 4 World Championships, 1 Olympic Games & the European Championships, among others.

  • PJ Vazel - Author

    A coach since 2004, PJ Vazel is recognized worldwide for being one of the brightest young professionals in sport research and statistics. In addition to coaching, he is a freelance writer specializing in the history and science of athletics performance. He also works as a chronicler & consultant for LeMonde, and is a French correspondent for the IAAF.

  • Stuart McMillan - Author

    Currently in his 21st year of professional coaching, Coach McMillan is Performance Director & Sprints Coach at ALTIS. Stuart has worked with professional and amateur athletes in a variety of sports with a focus on power and speed development, and has personally coached 60 Olympians at 6 Olympic Games; 30 of whom have won Olympic medals. He has worked as part of National Governing Bodies in 6 countries, and has been part of and/or led Integrated Support Teams in the United States, Canada, and the UK. Stuart has also accrued the unique experience of coaching at three Home Olympic Games, having worked with American athletes in 2002 at Salt Lake City Games, Canadians in 2010 at Vancouver-Whistler, and British athletes in 2012 at the London Olympics.

  • Dr Matt Jordan - Author

    Dr. Matt Jordan is a highly regarded coach, speaker, and educator, who holds a PhD in Medical Science and a Masters in Exercise Physiology. Matt has authored and co-authored several peer reviewed articles and regularly presents at scientific conferences. To date, he has been personal strength coach to 30 World and Olympic medalists, and has worked with elite athletes in many sports, including speed skating, cross country skiing, alpine skiing, snowboarding, biathlon, hockey, football, volleyball and mixed martial arts. Matt has also helped many developing athletes and members of the general public with their health, fitness and performance goals. He is currently based in Calgary, where he works as Director of Strength and Conditioning for the Canadian Sport Institute-Calgary, and Director of Sport Science & Sport Medicine for Alpine Canada.

  • Andreas Behm - Author

    Coach Behm is Recruitment & Education Director, and Sprints & Hurdles Coach at ALTIS. He is best known however, as the Coach of Aries Merrit who – under his tutelage – won Olympic Gold at London 2012 in the 110 m hurdles. Later that same year Aries went on to shatter the existing 110 h World Record with a time of 12.80 seconds. Several other athletes coached by Andreas have also qualified for the past two Olympic Games, and past three World Championships.
 Before moving to ALTIS Andreas served as a Volunteer Assistant Coach on Texas A&M’s high powered coaching staff for eight years. He assisted Pat Henry and Vince Anderson with the collegiate sprints and hurdles athletes, while training his own professional group in the mornings. During his time at A&M the Aggies won an impressive seven Outdoor NCAA Team titles.

  • Jason Hettler - Author

    In post as Strength & Power Coach at ALTIS since 2014, Jason works across athletes from all event disciplines. He also leads the expansion of both athlete and coach development across a variety of professional sports. Prior to joining ALTIS, Jason completed his B.S. in Exercise Science and worked primarily with NCAA D1 athletes competing in many sports – including Baseball, Basketball, and Soccer.

  • Ellie Spain - Editor

    Ellie is a former International Pole Vaulter, with a MSc in Strength & Conditioning and BA in English. Before joining ALTIS as Digital Education Manager she spent over a decade working in Further Education, and as National Coach Mentor in the Pole Vault for England Athletics. A coach since 2009, Ellie has coached multiple age group national champions in the Pole Vault, and is founder of the successful London-based club, West London Track & Field. Most recently, she was named as coaching staff for Great Britain U18 & Senior Championship roles in 2016 & 2017.

Course Structure

The ALTIS Foundation Course is made up of twelve core online-only modules designed to be taken in series. The content has been meticulously designed to allow you to:

  Study online at your own pace without the need to carry books and papers around

  Take the online learning checks when you are ready

  Learn how to apply key foundational concepts to your coaching

  Develop an appreciation of systemic interrelationships involved in coaching

  Become a critical consumer of information

  Become a better coach by learning from the combined experience of some of the greatest coaching    minds in sport, without the stress and cost of travel

Each module is separated into a number of sections in which you will find:

  • Definitions, discussions, and explanations
  • Graphics and photos to illustrate key points
  • A selection of videos to complement the content
  • Section summaries
  • A learning and comprehension checkpoint
  • A variety of further learning resources designed to encourage critical thinking.

These twelve exciting modules are being over three semesters through 2017, providing you with a structured timeline to complete the course:

  • Semester 1: June 1st, 2017

    1. Biomechanical Concepts
    2. Applied Physiology
    3. Applied Anatomy & Kinesiology
    4. Training Methodology
  • Semester 2: September 1st, 2017

    5. Planning & Organization
    6. Progressions
    7. Cueing
    8. Athlete Management
  • Semester 3: December 1st, 2017

    9. Strength Development Fundamentals
    10. Strength Exercise Inventory
    11. Speed Development Fundamentals
    12. Speed Exercise Inventory

Course Outcomes

Once you have completed all 12 core modules, you will be awarded recognition of your achievement with ALTIS Accredited Foundation Coach status. Progression between sections and modules requires you to successfully complete each learning check with a score of 80% or higher. Course completion and accredited status is awarded upon successful completion of all 12 modules, and the associated learning checks within each module.

 

Options following Foundation Course completion

The Foundation Course is just the first step. Once you have completed this course, the journey continues with the ALTIS Education Community. From 2018 onwards, you will see the release of even more exciting ALTIS Classroom content alongside our existing education options such as ALTIS 360, the ACP and Internships. Future classroom content will provide choices for continued learning at Foundation Level with a range of elective bolt-on modules. 2018 will also see the launch of our much anticipated online Performance Therapy course.

FAQ's

  • Q: Do I have to start and finish the course on a specific date?

    No, we have just structured our release over three semesters to provide a guided learning pathway for year one. However, you can choose to enroll at any time you like, and complete the course according to whatever timeline suits you once each semester has been released. There is no time limit for completion, and you can study at your own pace.

    If you are enrolling on the Foundation Course after December 1st, 2017 once all three semesters have been released, you can choose to complete the course according to whichever timeline you prefer. You are not required to stick to our year-one release format.

  • Q: Are all the exams and content delivered online?

    All the content is delivered in an online-only, so there is no commitment to travel anywhere to access or complete the course. You can study anywhere in the world without having to worry about carrying books and papers around. By choosing this format we have been able to create a multi-faceted approach to learning which includes videos and films as part of the course content, rather than just text and graphics.

    Each module is assessed by a number of multiple choice learning checks which can be taken in your own time. These are all online. To pass the tests you must gain a score of 80% or above. If you fail the first time, you are able to retake.

  • Q: Can I apply for the course if I am located outside of the USA?

    Yes, we welcome coaches globally – in fact we already have coaches from over 20 different countries enrolled onto the Foundation Course!

  • Q: What does the ALTIS Accreditation give me?

    It demonstrates to employers, potential employers, and stakeholders that you are a forward thinking, evolving coach who has taken control of their own development. If you complete the course, it shows you have a clear understanding of foundational coaching concepts and their application, and that you are well versed in fundamental coaching tenets.

    You will also get an e-certificate to confirm your accreditation and recognize your achievement once you have completed the Foundation Course. This can be saved, or printed out as you wish.

  • Q: Is the ALTIS Accreditation recognized globally?

    ALTIS is a global coach and athlete education and performance brand renowned for quality. Your accreditation will be recognized as indicative of you having acquired Foundational skills to the quality level associated with the ALTIS brand.

  • Q: Does the Foundation Course make me eligible for the ALTIS Coach Internship Program?

    We welcome coaches and aspiring coaches with appropriate backgrounds into the Coach Internship Program. While not an essential prerequisite for entry, the Foundation Course will ensure you are fully prepared for the ALTIS Internship should you wish to apply. ALTIS Accredited Coach status will put you in a strong position as you will have acquired the Foundational understanding we look for in potential applicants.

  • Q: Will I be able to access the written material and video after completion of the course for reference sake?

    Yes, there is no time limit to your login. Once you have completed the course you will continue to have access for reference and revision purposes.

  • Q: Can I download the materials?

    No, it is not possible to download the course materials. The course is delivered via an online platform. However, some of our further learning resources contain links to external materials which you can of course download as you wish.

  • Q: What is the next step once I’ve completed the Foundation Course?

    You can choose to attend an onsite leaning program such as the ACP, or you may wish to apply for an internship. Alternatively, if you prefer our online options you can sign up for the Foundation level bolt-on modules which will be released through 2018. These are elective additional learning modules which will focus on specific areas such as the teaching of Track & Field events, agility, motor learning and the like.

    You may also wish to explore the ALTIS PTP online course – set to be released in 2018.

    You can also complement your learning by signing up to the ALTIS 360 site – our online video library.

  • Q: Are there any CEU credits associated with the course?

    Not currently. This is a stand-alone course delivered by ALTIS.

Course cost

The Foundation Course modules represent the culmination of decades of coaching experience streamlined into a user-friendly format. When you invest in the Foundation Course, in addition to the module content you will also gain access to the ALTIS AGORA Council. This is the ALTIS Facebook group which provides exclusive video content and live streams, as well as a forum for discussion, collaboration, and network building for Coaches using ALTIS educational material across the globe. You will also be entitled to 10% savings on ALTIS Apprentice Coach Program enrolment.

To be part of this learning revolution, and access material from some of the greatest coaching minds in sport, we are pleased to provide two purchasing options:

Representing incredible value, that’s an investment of under $42 dollars per module if you choose the one-time payment option! Can you afford not to invest in your coaching future with this unique opportunity to learn from the best?

Still not sure?  Spend a few minutes with Derek Evely, as he explains why this course is worth every cent…

 

 

Disclaimer

The information provided in this course is used solely at the user’s own risk. ALTIS and the individuals represented in this course have taken reasonable care to ensure that the information contained in it is accurate. However, no warranty or representation is given that the information and materials contained in this course are complete or free from errors or inaccuracies. To the extent permitted by applicable law, ALTIS accepts no liability for any loss or damages or expenses of any kind including without limitation compensatory, direct, indirect or consequential damages, income or profit, loss of or damage to property, or claims by third parties how so ever arising in connection with your use of this course or the material contained within it. This exclusion of liability shall not apply to damages arising from death or personal injury caused by the negligence of ALTIS or any of its employees or agents. By purchasing this course, in whole or part, you indicate you agree to these terms of use.