Are you APA Qualified yet?

Already qualified? - give us some feedback on your assessment here.

What?

The Australian Parkour Association is rolling out a qualification structure for all instructors who teach under APA insurance. We are currently in a transition period, at the end of which ALL instructors will be required to be qualified to be covered under insurance.

Why?

We would like to ensure a standard of instructors is maintained across the country. These qualifications are intended to provide a sound base and starting point for instructors to build upon, a level which each instructor should be able to uphold throughout their time as an Instructor.

How do I get qualified?

You must complete an assessment at one of the three qualification levels provided. What level you need depends on your role in classes. Assistant instructors only require a Level 1 qualification, where as Class Instructors require a minimum of Level 2. Whoever evaluates you must be qualified at the next level or higher, so only Level 3's can qualify Level 2's, and so on.

Choose your desired qualification below to get a download of all the relevant material, and a general plan of action.

Applicants with disabilities, injuries or illness may need to apply for special consideration. You can download an application form here.

Download the Qualification

Level 1 Qualification contains the following elements of testing:

  • Physical - Mobilisation, Dynamic Stretches, Technical Competency, Stretching
  • Practical - Teaching 1st Timers Techniques
  • Theoretical - Knowledge of 1st Timers Topics
  • Written - Reflection and Personal Introduction
Download NowLast Updated January 2015

Join an induction, or make a training plan

Unless otherwise negotiated with the community, you must log at least 20 hours of instructor training attendance. To do that, either take part in an induction programme within your state, or if that's not possible, either join the induction online or make a training plan with a Level 2 or 3 instructor.

Face to Face Inductions

Get trained by your local community, make contact with your community leaders to arrange an induction.

Online Induction

Coming soon, please sign up to the mailing list if you would like to take part when it is ready.

Get supporting documentation

In addition to the APA qualifications, there is additional documentation that supports them, some optional, some required.

Additional Documentation / Certificates

Get assessed by a Level 2 or 3 Instructor

If you feel like you're ready to begin assessment, get in touch with a Level 2 or 3 instructor and organise a time.

Contact your Local Community Leaders for Assessment

Download the Qualification

Level 1.5 Qualification contains the following elements of testing:

  • Physical - Mobilisation, Dynamic Stretches, Technical Competency, Parkour Specific Conditioning, Strength Fundamentals, Strength Progressions, Stretching
  • Practical - Delivery of a Lesson Plan
  • Theoretical - Knowledge of: Parkour history and themes, Technical Knowledge, Psychology, Physiology, Strength and Conditioning, Teaching for the APA, Teaching and Learning
  • Written - 5 lesson plans
Download NowLast Updated October 2015

Join an induction, or make a training plan

Unless otherwise negotiated with the community, you must log at least 20 hours of instructor training attendance. To do that, either take part in an induction programme within your state, or if that's not possible, either join the induction online or make a training plan with a Level 3 instructor.

Face to Face Inductions

Get trained by your local community, make contact with your community leaders to arrange an induction.

Online Induction

Coming soon, please sign up to the mailing list if you would like to take part when it is ready.

Get supporting documentation

In addition to the APA qualifications, there is additional documentation that supports them, some optional, some required.

Additional Documentation / Certificates

Get assessed by a Level 2 or 3 Instructor

If you feel like you're ready to begin assessment, get in touch with a Level 2 or 3 instructor and organise a time.

Contact your Local Community Leaders for Assessment

Download the Qualification

Level 2 Qualification contains the following elements of testing:

  • Physical - Mobilisation, Dynamic Stretches, Technical Competency, Parkour Specific Conditioning, Strength Fundamentals, Strength Progressions, Stretching
  • Practical - Delivery of a Lesson Plan
  • Theoretical - Knowledge of: Parkour history and themes, Technical Knowledge, Psychology, Physiology, Strength and Conditioning, Teaching for the APA, Teaching and Learning
  • Written - 5 lesson plans
Download NowLast Updated January 2015

Join an induction, or make a training plan

Unless otherwise negotiated with the community, you must log at least 20 hours of instructor training attendance. To do that, either take part in an induction programme within your state, or if that's not possible, either join the induction online or make a training plan with a Level 3 instructor.

Face to Face Inductions

Get trained by your local community, make contact with your community leaders to arrange an induction.

Online Induction

Coming soon, please sign up to the mailing list if you would like to take part when it is ready.

Get supporting documentation

In addition to the APA qualifications, there is additional documentation that supports them, some optional, some required.

Additional Documentation / Certificates

Get assessed by a Level 3 Instructor

If you feel like you're ready to begin assessment, get in touch with a Level 3 instructor and organise a time.

Contact A Level 3 Instructor

Download the Qualification

Level 3 Qualification contains the following elements of testing:

  • Physical (Standard) - Technical Competency, Parkour Specific Conditioning, Strength Fundamentals
  • Physical (Non standard) - Demonstration of thorough exploration or progression of a non-standard (not tested in previous examinations) technique or physical movement
  • Negotiated Project - Completion of/ongoing involvement in a project that benefits the Australian Parkour community.
  • Interview - Panel Interview
Download NowLast Updated January 2015

Organize your Negotiated Project with the Committee

Level 3 qualification requires the completion of a negotiated project that lies outside of the scope of regular class delivery (1st timers, basics, beyond basics, kids, S&C). Potential projects include:

  • Writing and publishing a research article or thesis (min 3000 words)
  • Engaging in community development work
  • Contributing to a media campaign to educate the public about Parkour
  • Contributing to the APA through development of infrastructure
  • Development/strengthening of the APA’s international reputation and relationships
Contact the Committee

Complete Standard and Non-standard Physical Testing

You must complete physical testing, examined by a Level 3 instructor. The non-standard physical test includes a written and video submission exploring your non-standard movement, so organise ahead of time with your examiner.

Get supporting documentation

In addition to the APA qualifications, there is additional documentation that supports them, some optional, some required.

Additional Documentation / Certificates

Organize your Panel Interview

Part of the level 3 qualification is a panel interview with no less than two Level 3 instructors and two Committee members, up to a maximum of 6 people. The panel may ask questions on a number of topics to determine your suitability for the roles and responsibilities of a Level 3 Instructor.