Licence Revalidation

The information below supersedes all previous documents, information and resources. The following ensures that Football Australia is in full compliance with the Asian Football Confederation Coaching Convention.

From January 1st, 2024 Football Australia has shifted from 100 CPD points to 15 hours CPD.

The revalidation process is a crucial aspect of maintaining high standards of coaching in Australia. Coaching licence revalidation is a requirement for all coaches in Australia and is conducted by Football Australia or its Member Federations. Coaches are required to participate in continued professional development (CPD) activities and obtain fifteen (15) revalidation hours to maintain their accreditation. The revalidation process occurs every three (3) years and includes a range of opportunities to obtain the required number of revalidation hours, including but not limited to, attending in person workshops, completing online courses or workshops, and coaching teams. 

Events previously awarded CPD points will be converted by Football Australia into hours.

To view your accreditations and CPD events, please log into the Football Australia Learning Centre - Football Australia

Please note, Football Australia has recently transitioned to the Football Australia Learning Centre and in this initial phase CPD events will not appear on a coach's profile until April 1st, 2024. 

CPD hours are attained via the following methods only

Completed (attended in full) a Football Australia Advanced coaching course.15 hours
Registered Coach, Technical Director, Club Coach Coordinator on PlayFootball. 1 CPD hour per year. Maximum 3 hours points per revalidation period.1 hour per year
Active school teacher coaching school teams. 1 CPD hour per year. Maximum 3 hours points per revalidation period.1 hour per year
Member Federation State Coaching Conference 1-5 hours. Subject to FA approval.
Football Australia and/or Member Federation Workshop1-5 hours. Subject to FA approval.

Note, coaching is capped at 3 CPD hours per revalidation. For example, you are not eligible for 6 CPD hours as a Registered Coach, Technical Director, Club Coach Coordinator on PlayFootball and Active school teacher coaching school teams.

Any queries regarding CPD please contact technical@footballaustralia.com.au

Upcoming Learning Opportunities 

Continued Professional Development FAQs

What is the purpose of revalidation? 

The revalidation of your coaching licence is a process that ensures that coaches have up-to-date knowledge, skills, and practices in the field of coaching. The revalidation process is designed to maintain high standards of coaching in Australia, to support the ongoing professional development of coaches and to promote the safety, welfare, and enjoyment of our players.

How do I view how many CPD hours I have already attained?

To view your accreditations and CPD events, please log into the Football Australia Learning Centre - Football Australia

Please note, Football Australia has recently transitioned to the Football Australia Learning Centre and in this initial phase CPD events will not appear on a coach's profile.

What happens if I was previously on the CPD point system?

If your diploma expires in 2024 and 2025, any CPD events attended pre-1 January 2024 were under the CPD point system. Football Australia is converting these CPD point events into hours.

Where can I view upcoming CPD opportunities?

To access upcoming opportunities, please into the Football Australia Learning Centre - Football Australia

How has COVID-19 impacted license revalidation timelines?

Football Australia in conjunction with the Asian Football Confederation resolved to extend advanced diplomas which expired in 2020, 2021 and 2022, until 31 December 2023. This will allow more time, more opportunities and new ways to maintain your accreditation. No further extensions will be provided beyond this date.

What happens if I do not get enough hours? 

Coaches who do not meet the revalidation requirements will have their licence suspended until such time as they attain the required points total. 

Can I work without a valid accreditation?

You must hold the valid qualification required for the position you wish to hold as deemed by the rules relating to the competition or structure in which you seek to work.

What if I accrue more than 15 hour in a three (3) year period can I carry points forward?

No. The hours expire at the end of your three (3) year accreditation period. Hours do not carry forward.

Which three (3) years are counted towards my revalidation?

The three (3) years since your licence was either issued or reaccredited. You cannot use hours prior to your licence being issued or previously validated.

Example -

  • Licence issued on June 30th, 2020 expires on December 31st, 2023.
  • Next revalidation period is January 1st, 2024 until December 31st, 2026.
  • If a coach gained 15 hours on October 1st, 2023, the licence is revalidated from January 1st, 2024 not October 1st. Therefore, any CPD activities completed between October 1st, 2023 – December 31st, 2023 do not contribute to revalidation.

Are certificates automatically extended?

No. It is the responsibility of the coach to contact the Football Australia Technical Department when they have attained 15 CPD hours.

Please email - technical@footballaustralia.com.au 

Do we get points for coaching?

Yes, as outlined in the points table above. Must be a registered coach on Play Football.

Who is responsible for ensuring that my records are up to date?

Your coach education records are held on the Football Australia Learning Centre. 

Please log into the Football Australia Learning Centre regularly and ensure that all your records are accurate and up to date.

If you do notice any discrepancies, please let us know by contacting the Technical Department via email (technical@footballaustralia.com.au) 

Whilst we want to assist and support you in every way we can, it is ultimately your responsibility to keep your qualification current and valid, and your personal records up to date.

What if I hold an overseas licence recognised by Football Australia?

Coaches will need to follow the revalidation process as set out by the issuing body. Football Australia cannot revalidate a licence issued overseas or extend the recognition period without the following process being completed.

You can have your overseas licence recognised by Football Australia by completing the following steps:

  1. Coaches will need to complete a Form 1 - Recognition of Coaching Competency application.  
  2. Complete the following supplementary application with supporting evidence Football Australia and AFC Recognition of Experience and Current Competence - Formstack.

For further information on Recognition of Coaching Competency please visit the following page Frequently Asked Questions | Play Football

Football Australia CPD Weekly Workshops

As part of the coaching accreditation revalidation process, Football Australia hosted thirty (30) weekly online educational workshops throughout 2023. 

Completion of these workshops gave advanced diploma coaches 10 CPD points per workshop that can be used towards their revalidating their advanced coaching certificate.

These workshops concluded on November 20th, 2023.

For any queries, including confirming whether points have been awarded, please contact the Football Australia Technical Department via technical@footballaustralia.com.au