Australian Parkour Association Qualifications

What?

These Qualifications are our national standard for teaching Parkour as part of the APA network and under APA insurance. There are no direct costs with becoming qualified under this system, but they require being part of the APA network, and a large investment of time. There is no direct training materials, manuals, or courses to prepare you for testing - though senior APA members can be contracted for guidance if needed (though it is often volunteered as part of community development). If you are after the APA upskilling or training you in teaching Parkour, contact us about our Community Coach course and certificate.

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 will need to connect with the most local or most relevant APA community to you. Progression through the qualification levels must be endorsed by peers/mentors who are already part of the system. All candidates must start at Assistant level by completing the logbook, unless they can demonstrate a significant experience teahcing Parkour outside the APA, for example internationally - then they may be granted an exemption by the qualifications committee.

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

Applicants with disabilities, injuries, exceptional circumstances, or illness may need to apply for special consideration. Contact the APA to discuss your options.

PLEASE NOTE: These qualifications are being updated. Updates will be progressively rolled out from L1 upwards, with slight adjustments to testing content/standards, responsibilities, and structure. There will be large adjustments to the paperwork and application process surrounding testing. If you are interested in qualifying in the near future, please contact the current head of development for the re-release travis@parkour.asn.au to discuss timing of updates. Following the new system as it rolls out will likely be much easier than the old versions. In the meantime, these documents will still give a good indication of the skill and knowledge level required.

In addition, all documentation and questions are to be sent to travis@parkour.asn.au instead of listed addresses in the documents. Old addresses will still work but are not as active as new systems are being built.

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.