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IPC ATHLETICS CLASSIFIER PATHWAY - CLASSIFICATION OF ATHLETES WITH A PHYSICAL IMPAIRMENT General Comment The process of training IPC classifiers is imbedded in the IPC Academy and provides a structured education programme that ensures global standardised levels of competence amongst IPC Athletics classifiers. The programme, adjacent to a similar programme for technical officials, will combine use of both digital learning (main emphasis on gaining ‘knowledge’) and face to face training (main emphasis on gaining ‘competencies). Within the programme there are three levels of qualification: Trainee, Level 1 and Level 2. An outline of progression is provided below. Background Knowledge / Experience: To be eligible to begin training as an IPC Athletics Classifier candidates must show evidence of one of the following criteria. The criteria below are the basic qualifications which will determine the type of classifier the candidate may become: Medical • A professional qualification in Medicine, Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy Technical • A professional qualification in Exercise, Sport Science or Physical Education • An appropriate nationally recognised athletics coaching qualification • An athlete who has competed at an IPC World Championships or Paralympic Games. An English copy of the basic qualification will be required at initial registration to the IPC Athletics Classifier Course. All candidates should have appropriate experience and competency in working with athletes who have an activity limitation for competing. Candidates that qualify for ‘Medical Classifier’ will be expected to have the ability to carry out and report on an appropriate and detailed neuromusculoskeletal assessment. Candidates should possess strong movement analysis skills. Candidates that qualify for ‘Technical Classifier’ will be expected to have a sound knowledge of the IPC Athletics disciplines with the ability to analyse and critique the movements of a performing athlete. In addition to the criteria above, all candidates must have a sufficient knowledge of the English language (as this is the official communication language of IPC Athletics). Step One - Becoming a Trainee Classifier: Candidates are required to complete a digital training tool provided online, downloadable, or via CD format. The online learning format will be easily accessible to all and will provide background knowledge in topics including: • History of the Paralympic movement and IPC Classification • IPC Position Stand on Classification in Paralympic Sport • IPC Classification Code • Classification Rules and Regulations • Sport-Specific Evidence Based Classification • Introduction to IPC Athletics • Eligibility Criteria • Sport Class Profiles • Classifier Assessment Methods & Techniques • Classifier Code of Conduct On successful completion of the on-line training and examination the candidate will be added to the IPC Athletics Classifier Database, and is certified as an IPC Athletics ‘Trainee’ Classifier. The online-training course will be available from the IPC Academy from Summer 2010 onwards. Step Two – From Trainee Classifier to Level 1 Classifier: The Trainee Classifier must apply to attend a 2-3 day IPC Athletics classification seminar / workshop and participate in IPC Athletics Classification at IPC Recognized Competitions. At the seminar / workshop the main emphasis will be on competency training. This will involve practical work, with or without athletes. Trainee Classifiers will need to complete a formal examination which will test their knowledge of the classification process and current rules and regulations as well as their competencies to act as ‘classifier’. Understanding and use of the English language will also be assessed. Additionally, Trainee Classifiers will be appointed to international IPC Athletics Classification panels at dedicated IPC recognized competitions and participate in a minimum of twenty-five (25) athlete evaluations, covering the broad range of IPC Athletics sport classes. Assessment at the competition will be done by a certified IPC Athletics ‘Educator’ (typically Level 2 Classifier) and will involve the trainee manifesting a number of competencies, including assessment and analytical skills, reasoning skills, communication skills and administrative & documentation skills. In addition, the Educator will also take into consideration the personal attributes shown by the trainee including professionalism and time management. . Following the assessment, the Educator will decide if the Trainee has completed each competency based on standard testing criteria. If so, the Educator will inform IPC Athletics who will endorse the change of certification from Trainee to Level 1 Classifier. The IPC Athletics Classifier Database will be updated and the new Level 1 Classifier will be eligible for full participation as a member in future IPC Athletics international classification panels. The Trainee Classifier must have the endorsement from their National Paralympic Committee (NPC) as a prerequisite for attending the seminar and practical training. The Endorsement from the NPC would be a letter on official letterhead and signed by the official IPC contact person i.e. Secretary General or President. Step Three – From Level 1 to Level 2 Classifier: To obtain a Level 2 certification, a Level 1 Classifier will need to have performed on an IPC Athletics appointed panel in at least 2 major IPC Athletics recognized competitions. The candidate will also present a written record / portfolio of continuing classification involvement. The Level 1 Classifier must attend additional face to face training, at which time themes related to communication, leadership, administration and ‘code of conduct’ matters are further elaborated. On successful completion of the examination following the face to face training the candidate will be certified in the IPC Athletics Classifier Database as an IPC Athletics Level 2 Classifier. Costs: • Costs related to the completion of Steps One and Two should be born by the candidate / Trainee Classifier or respective NPC. • Costs related to Step Three may be jointly born by the IPC (appointment as Classifier in conjunction with an IPC Athletics competition), the NPC and / or the candidate (seminar participation). Other Information: • All certified classifiers are expected to classify at an IPC Athletics recognized competition at least once every 2 years to retain their classification level on the IPC Athletic classifier database. • All certified classifiers will need to update their knowledge and skills through attendance at seminar / workshop update sessions as set out in the IPC Academy certification system or otherwise requested through IPC Athletics. • IPC Athletics will maintain the Classifier Database and will publish it on the IPC Athletics website. • IPC also provides opportunities for candidates to certify as IPC Athletics Classifier for athletes with visual / intellectual impairment. Details of the classifier training pathway can be retrieved from the IPC Academy website.
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