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.
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.
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.
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, 20171. Biomechanical Concepts
2. Applied Physiology
3. Applied Anatomy & Kinesiology
4. Training Methodology
Semester 2: September 1st, 20175. Planning & Organization
8. Athlete Management
Semester 3: December 1st, 20179. Strength Development Fundamentals
10. Strength Exercise Inventory
11. Speed Development Fundamentals
12. Speed Exercise Inventory
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.
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.
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…