What is involved in becoming a Silver Coach?

The Silver coaching accreditation is the third and highest level of accreditation within the TBA coaching framework. The Silver course is a multi platform course which includes attending a face to face course, completing a workbook by correspondence, undertaking an on lane practical assessment, online theory and video analysis assessment. 

Silver coaches will gain the knowledge and skills to provide specialised training programs for competitive bowlers. They’ll be able to provide an open learning environment that includes specialised training programs for competitive bowlers to develop specific skills. Coaches who successfully meet the accreditation requirements will be competent in understanding the following topics:

  • Specific adjustments to the physical game
  • Building a bowling ball arsenal
  • Advanced lane adjustments
  • Matching ball surfaces to lane conditions
  • Advanced mental game concepts
  • Video analysis and
  • Establishing a practice plan to develop and expand a bowler’s options in competition.

Who should become a Silver coach?

Bronze coaches who wish to advance their coaching skills to the next level. This coaching program is for those who want to coach intermediate to advanced bowlers at the elite level and may include State and National representative bowlers and teams.

Minimum Requirements

  • Participant must be at least 18 years of age;
  • Must be a current registered TBA member;
  • Must hold a current Working with Children check or equivalent from their State of residence; and
  • Must be a current TBA Bronze Accredited Coach for a minimum of 12 months

Enrolment Process

Complete the following:

  • New Coach Registration Form
  • Coach/Official Code of Behaviour Individual Agreement (included in above link)
  • Personal Character Declaration for Coaches and Officials (included in above link)
  • Make payment – credit card, cheque or bank transfer (proof of transfer required)
  • Provide 2 suitable photos (head and shoulders included in the photo with no other people visible, single coloured background, SMILING, high quality photo)
  • Complete Covid Safe Sport Coach Program to become a COVID Safe Sports Coach, click here
  • Register and complete the Intermediate General Principles of Coaching course.  This course is offered externally, and consists of up to 13 modules and includes an extra payment (approx $200-$350). The Intermediate General Principles of Coaching course is available either face to face in Queensland or New South Wales or alternatively online by correspondence.

University of Queensland – Online
Sport and Recreation NSW

– Child Protection
– Harassment & Discrimination

  • Register or log into the ASADA eLearning and complete or update if required

– Level 1 and Level 2 Anti-Doping Courses

  • Complete First Aid Training Courses (must have completed the 2 components below as a minimum)


All of the above steps MUST be completed in addition to attending the face to face coaching course before gaining a TBA Silver accreditation. (excluding Intermediate general principles).

Next steps include:

  • Enrol in a TBA coach accreditation course, paying the registration fee of $400
  • Attend the practical certification 2.5 day course, including the on-lane evaluation session
  • Complete and pass the online theory assessment through the USBC Online Learning Portal. Your Login information will be sent via email during the week following the face to face course.

TBA Silver Level Pathway – Additional Tiers & Requirements

When completing the Silver process, you are required to fulfil additional requirements to be recognised by TBA as a registered coach within Australia. These are over and above any USBC course requirements.

Within Australia, TBA understands that not all Silver Level coaches wish to coach State or National Teams or be involved with National Programs such as the NTS. TBA has now added additional tiers and education requirements.

TBA Silver Plus (additional requirements)
Coaches intending to further their coaching career to a higher level, and wish to be eligible for State Team & National Team Coaching Duties, or be involved with National programs such as the NTS, then a TBA Silver Plus level of accreditation is required.

  • Complete and maintain First Aid Training, including yearly CPR – Certificate HLTAID001 & HLTAID003
  • Maintain yearly ASADA updates.

TBA Silver Elite (additional requirements)

Just like there are Elite Athletes at the top of their field, TBA now acknowledges some Silver Coaches who have continued to develop their skills beyond the minimum requirements. This is the top level of coaching accreditation available within Australia.

Silver Elite status is only appointed to select Silver Coaches by TBA to recognise their additional elite level expertise, experience, and qualifications, over and above any minimum requirements. It enables these coaches to be identified by athletes as having achieved additional skills. Please note that these requirements are all obtained externally at their own cost.

  • Complete and maintain First Aid Training, including yearly CPR – Certificate HLTAID001 & HLTAID003
  • Maintain yearly ASADA updates.

Complete and submit evidence of TWO or more components from the following list for consideration:

  • Sport or Education related qualification: Cert IV TAE, Graduate Diploma or Degree, Masters, Doctorate.
  • Nationally recognised training qualification (from a TAFE, University or RTO) , in a teaching or sport related field, must be a Certificate IV  or Graduate Diploma or higher (Teaching, Education and Training, Sports Management, Sports Science, Psychology, Fitness, and Nutrition)
  • Evidence of completion, and relevance to enhancing coaching performance.
  • Additional International Coaching Qualification: World Bowling recognised.
  • EBF Level II or III certification.
  • Evidence of currency, and process taken to achieve.
  • Internationally recognised ball drilling, equipment or technical expertise: IPSIA, KEGEL or USBC
  • A certificate with components listed, currency, and a minimum of 5 years’ experience.
  • Evidence of how the certificate is relevant, current, and is utilised to enhance coaching.
  • International Coaching Experience: Employment as a “National Coach” for another country.
  • National coaching duties and experience overseas (outside Australia), attending major competitions with National Teams, for a minimum of 3 years total.
  • One country or multiple countries. Evidence of position, duration, and role.
  • Professional Sports Coach: Full time employment in a coaching/sports management position.
  • Employed full time as a coach/sports management for Tenpin Bowling, or another major sport under an NSO / SSO or Sport Australia, 3 years minimum.
  • Evidence of programs developed and implemented, professional development and relevance.

Tips on becoming a silver level coach

Forward to TBA via
 [email protected]
Fax: (07) 3262 5544
Mail: Tenpin Bowling Australia
Attn: Coaching
P.O. Box 244

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