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.
What is the ALTIS Foundation Course?
The ALTIS Foundation Course is a structured Coach Education curriculum which provides 12 modules of foundational knowledge necessary for coaches of all sports – ranging across the spectrum from Track & Field, to Football, to Soccer, to Rugby, to Basketball, to Strength & Conditioning.
Presented in a dynamic, engaging format, it is designed to equip coaches with the 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.
From the outset, our objective for the Foundation Course has been to deliver a new breed of course – one that can update and improve upon Coach Education as a whole – and bring a more applied approach to fundamental coaching theory. As such, it has been a critical consideration throughout the creation of this course to ensure theories and concepts are not only explained, but then translated through the lens of coaches who have a deep understanding of their practical application: Coaches who deeply understand how to apply and adapt fundamentals in a manner relevant to a range of sports, athletic abilities, and coaching scenarios.
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. As such, 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 Foundation Course includes membership of the ALTIS AGORA Education Community – which 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 now fully available online. For a full breakdown of the content of each module click here.
Semester 1:1. Biomechanical Concepts
2. Applied Physiology
3. Applied Anatomy & Kinesiology
4. Training Methodology
Semester 2:5. Planning & Organization
8. Athlete Management
Semester 3:9. Strength Development Fundamentals
10. Strength Exercise Inventory
11. Speed Development Fundamentals
12. Speed Exercise Inventory
1. ALTIS recognition
The National Strength and Conditioning Association has approved 2.0 CEU(s) in category D for certified individuals who successfully complete this course.
Progression between sections and modules requires you to successfully complete each learning check with a score of 80% or higher. Your certificate of course completion, and NSCA CEU awards are provided upon successful completion of all 12 modules.
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, 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.
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: How does the ALTIS Foundation Course Certificate of Completion benefit my professional profile?
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 recognize your achievement once you have completed the Foundation Course. This can be saved, or printed out as you wish.
Q: Is the ALTIS Certificate of Completion recognized globally?
ALTIS is a global coach and athlete education and performance brand renowned for quality. Your certificate of completion provides recognition 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?
The National Strength and Conditioning Association has approved 2.0 CEU(s) in category D for certified individuals who successfully complete the ALTIS Foundation Course (the maximum award they provide for any single activity). This is with effect from 1/1/18.
Progression between sections and modules requires you to successfully complete each learning check with a score of 80% or higher. Your certificate of course completion, and NSCA CEU awards for certified individuals are provided upon successful completion of all 12 modules.
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 enrollment.
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:
We’re really delighted with some of the feedback we’ve had, the below is just a small selection of the feedback given by our Foundation Course Members:
Greg Rohr – High School Football / Track – USA
“I coach jumps/sprints and receivers for track and football at Sam Barlow HS in Gresham, OR. We have about 150 track athletes and 100 football athletes in the two programs. I am always looking for ways to increase my coaching knowledge of not just specific events, but how to increase overall athletic skill/ability levels. One of my big questions going into the ALTIS Foundation Course was how ALTIS would relate their knowledge to coaches who work with developing athletes in a group setting, such as high school athletics. There are a lot of programs and courses available online but they focus on college and elite athletes and usually just say developing athletes do fewer reps and loads. ALTIS has done a good job bridging that gap and even discusses long-term athlete progression from development levels to college/elite. The course modules also not only include both reading material and videos to watch, but also provide links to supplemental materials for further study. Providing access to the ALTIS AGORA closed group on Facebook has also provided a networking opportunity for coaches to discuss topics. I am constantly having “ah-ha!” moments when studying these modules, no matter if it’s biomechanics, training methodology, or cueing. It’s challenging what I know and what I don’t know. If I had more college classes that were relevant and engaging I probably wouldn’t have gone the finance/taxation route for a “job”. I think the best part of the Foundation Course is that it is opening up doors for me with knowledge and networking that I previously didn’t know how to effectively tackle.”
Mike Fountain – Event group coach for sprints – Northern Ireland
“I successfully completed the ALTIS Foundation Course today, which I have to say, completely exceeded my expectations. So much great content, from great coaches, that I will be reading and watching again and again as my own coaching practice develops. I’m really looking forward to the journey that the athletes and I are on, and how this knowledge will help direct us.”
Chris Pearson – Strength & Conditioning Coach at Reform Strength & Conditioning – USA
“I mainly work with volleyball athletes at the moment, but, have worked with just about every sport at some point. The course is great because of the depth of the information, it goes into great detail without feeling overwhelming or boring. The extra reading and sourced material is far and away better than most certifications I have taken/completed in the past. The fact you can learn more if you want and you know the sourced material will be worth the time is great – in that you don’t have to dig for information and make sure its legitimate before taking it in yourself/referring it to my other coaches on staff. I’ll be referencing the material in the course for years to come!”
Paul Beckwith – Director of Sports Performance at APEX Athletics – USA
“This is a great online source for coaches at every level. A scientific approach that takes you from the early stages and beyond. For those interested in the science behind all phases of performance and not just strength and conditioning. I encourage you to definitely add this to your continuing education program. I personally enjoyed the content from external videos, Journals, and additional readings to help tie in the global thoughts from well respected coaches in the community. The fact you get quizzes after each section helps affirm the knowledge and challenges you to critically think and apply the information covered. I look forward to the next phase!”
Robbie Bourke – Physical Preparation Coach & Human Performance Consultant – Ireland
“With so many resources available at our fingertips nowadays it is very hard to decide what is truly worthwhile of our attention and money. I am not someone to promote any resource that I do not firmly believe in. So, I can assure anyone reading this, that the ALTIS Foundation course is without doubt one of the few resources that is worthy of your time, energy, and attention.
This outstanding course brings all the fundamental coaching principles together in such a cohesive and holistic manner. The modules have been organized into a systematic sequence, so that each one builds upon the foundation laid down by its predecessor, and this organization allows the end-user to be fully engaged and present in the learning process. The quizzes at the end of each section are also another extremely beneficial in-built feature, that further your retention and consolidation of the abundance of information that this course covers.
As someone who is currently completing a MSc in Strength and Conditioning, I can confidently say that the ALTIS Foundation course rivals any third-level curriculum that is available today. Oh, and it’s about 1/10th the price too! This is actually the only area of the ALTIS Foundation course that I would criticize!! Its damn TOO CHEAP!!
If you are someone who considers themselves to be a driven professional in the world of human performance, than this resource is for you. Get on it!!”
Still not sure? Spend a few minutes with one of the Foundation Course authors – Derek Evely – as he explains why this course is worth every cent…