HockeyEd Recognition of Current Competency

Recognition of Current Competency

The HockeyEd structure has been put in place to provide clear career pathways and structure for coaches and officials. It is however acknowledged that people have learned skills through many aspects of life experience and through other means e.g. University or TAFE study, teaching, playing sport etc. Hockey Australia acknowledges these current competencies via this policy.

What is RCC?

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) is the acknowledgment of skills and knowledge obtained through formal training, work experience and/ or life experience. The purpose of the RCC process is to identify and assess previously acquired skills and knowledge pertinent to the competencies of a particular level of accreditation, to enable applicants to either; 

  • Obtain accreditation for a particular training program or
  • Gain credit for a particular module(s) of a training program

How can current competency be recognised?

Coaches and officials applying for RCC will be assessed on the evidence and information provided. The onus is on the applicant to demonstrate their skills and knowledge underpinning the module or training program being applied for. Evidence for  Level 2 is to include a practical evaluation of the practical demonstration competencies, as identified in the application form. 

This evidence is assessed by the relevant organisation (Hockey Australia or State Association depending upon the level of program), ensuring satisfaction of all elements in the performance criteria for a particular competency, module or training program. If it is deemed there to be sufficient information proving an applicant’s competency, the applicant will be exempt from part or the entire training program.  If the information is not sufficient, applicants will be required to attend/ complete these specific components of the training program.

Who can apply?

Applicants can apply for RCC if they think that their prior learning and experience enables them to provide evidence to show that they are already competent in the competencies of a particular training program or module.

Benefits of RCC:

  • Can often ‘speed up’ the process of becoming an accredited coach or umpire
  • Avoids the problem of participants having to unnecessarily repeat learning experiences
  • Encourages the development of various assessment procedures
  • Assesses the candidates' current competency in comparison to the stated standards of competence required
  • The RCC process can clarify which relevant skills the participant does and does not possess, so that the learning  program can be tailored accordingly

How do I apply?

Step 1 – Obtain competency statements specific to program
Applicants will need to obtain and review a copy of the competency statements relevant to the module(s) or training program they are applying. Competency statements for each program are posted on the individual program pages.

Applicants will need to consider if and how they have achieved the competencies and if they can satisfy the performance criteria by submitting valid, sufficient, authentic and current evidence.

Step 2 – Complete Online Registration
Applicants will need to complete the
online registration for Recognition of Current Competency and payment.

Step 3 – Complete Application Form
Applicants will need to be assessed on practical competencies (using the practical competency checklist), gather all relevant supporting documentation and complete the relevant RCC application form (from the links below) with honest, clear, complete and concise information. 

The completed application form with supporting documentation should then be forwarded by email or post to either the State Association or Hockey Australia, depending on which level you are applying for.

RCC Application Forms

Community Coach - no RCC
Level 1 Coach - no RCC
Level 2 Coach
Advanced Coach 

Community Umpire - no RCC
Level 1 Umpire - no RCC
Level 2 Umpire
Australian Umpire 

Step 4 – Assessment
The evidence provided by the applicant will be compared with the required competencies.  A judgement will be made (by HA approved Assessors) about whether the applicant wholly or partially meets the competencies.  The evidence submitted must conform to the following RCC principles:

  • Validity (is the evidence relevant?)
  • Sufficiency (is there enough evidence?)
  • Authenticity (is the evidence a true reflection of the candidate?)
  • Currency (is the evidence recent – obtained within 4 years?)

In the event of partial completion of the competencies, Hockey Australia/ State Association’s will outline which competencies still need to be achieved, and preferably what evidence is still required:

Options may include:

  • Supply further supporting documentation or information;
  • Complete individual modules of the appropriate coaching/ umpiring training program;
  • Work with an assessor to obtain the required competencies before applying for RCC again.

Step 5 – Notification
Hockey Australia/ State Association will notify the applicant of the decision within one month of receiving the application. 
Step 6 – Appeal
Participants wishing to appeal the assessment decision, if they believe the decision is unfair, unjust or if the information provided has been misinterpreted, must submit their case in writing to Hockey Australia, within 14 days of receiving notification of the assessment decision.

The appeal shall be in writing and should set out grounds of appeal upon which the aggrieved participant is appealing.

Applicants will need to pay an administration fee applicable to the level of accreditation. This fee will be refunded, should the appeal be upheld.

Community   $10
Level 1  $25
Level 2   $50
Advanced Coach/Australian Umpire  $75

Following receipt and consideration by the program provider of: 

a. The grounds of appeal; and
b. All other information which the program provider considers relevant and which is available;

The program provider shall arrive at a finding regarding the applicant’s appeal. Hockey Australia will be consulted where necessary to provide guidance. The participant lodging the appeal will be informed of the process used to consider the grievance and the outcome of the deliberations within 30 days of receiving the appeal. 

In the case of an appeal being upheld, a Hockey Australia approved assessor will be appointed to re-assess the candidate, of whom has not assessed the candidate previously. 

If the applicant is dissatisfied with the outcome of the appeal at the State level it will be referred to Hockey Australia for consideration and decision. This will be the final avenue of appeal.

How to show evidence of competencies

There are many ways that applicants can show evidence of the competencies they hold, however applicants must ensure that their skills and experiences are directly linked with the competencies within the accreditation requirements. The onus is on the applicant to complete the 'Practical Competency Checklist' and to provide 'specific details/ examples' of how they have achieved each competencywithin the module(s) in which they are applying for. Statements of positions or roles applicants have held will not be sufficient.

RCC can only be granted on current evidence, that is, work that has been completed within the last four years. Following are a few examples of the ways evidence can be provided to demonstrate competencies.

Education and training

  • Formal and accredited training competencies achieved
  • Copies of certificates, qualifications achieved from other courses, school or tertiary results
  • Statements outlining courses and or study that you have undertaken and the learning outcomes/ competencies achieved from these

Work related experience

  • Job description of positions held in sport and recreation
  • Resume of work experience which may include reports from people within the sport
  • Copies of any statements, references or articles about the employment or community involvement
  • Relevant work samples such as assessment tools developed and implemented
  • Reports on opportunities undertaken, which could include evaluations from courses conducted

Life experiences

  • Sport and recreation involvement
  • Relevant work or other experiences
  • Evidence of home/self directed study which may include a list of recent readings, synopsis of seminars attended, reports of own research/analysis undertakenPlease remember, the above are only examples. Applicants should provide all the documentation that they can which clearly shows evidence of the competencies held.

    Who assesses/ approves RCC applications?

    Community, Level 1 and Level 2 requests are dealt with by the State Association in liaison with Hockey Australia. All Advanced Coach, Australian Umpire level requests are dealt with by Hockey Australia.

    State/Territory HockeyEd Coordinators

    Australian Players and International Coaches/ Officials

    Hockey Australia encourages national and state players to undertake formal coach or umpire education. Current and former players bring an intimate insight into the skills, training and playing principles and environment of the game.  Australian national and state hockey players and international coaches/ officials are encouraged to apply for RCC as outlined above.

Hockey experiences

  • Written or video examples
  • Methods used
  • Performance feedback forms
  • Outcomes and results (inc. team performances etc)
  • Examples of programs - training session/match plans, season planner, skill acquisition, fitness etc
  • References/ referees who are able to verify if required
  • 'real-life' examples are required, not generic or theoretical examples
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