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Calisthenics Skills - Introduction

In 1979 the Calisthenic Skills Programme was developed and established along similar lines to RAD (Royal Academy of Dance - international ballet examination system), with the purpose of elevating the status of Calisthenics to a more prestigious level with greater credibility and safety for our participants.

In association with this initial concept the ACF (Australian Calisthenic Federation) initiated and recognized Jean Leafs' [B.AppSc(phty) M.A.P.A. Grad DipMan.Phty.M.M.P.A.A.] research highlighting duty of care and the long term benefits of correctly executed calisthenics and hence the value and necessity of the Calisthenic Skills programme is now acknowledged along with the status of achievement.

The aim of the Calisthenic Skills Programme is to improve technique and provide strength and correct placement for movements so that candidates can continue to remain and enjoy our sport for many years. The programme allows for individual progression and recognition of achievement in all facets of calisthenics.

Today the skills programme is established in all the States and Territories with a Calisthenic Association and has been expanded to encompass all ages and abilities through 3 Test levels, 4 Standards, 5 Grades and Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals. Thousands of students each year all over Australia are prepared and presented for their skills examination

Calisthenics Skills - Medal Programme


The medal syllabus is designed to remain up to date with trends and current knowledge of skill development. The syllabus at all levels is constantly evolving and is updated annually.

  • The Medals have been created with the more mature student in mind and whilst they draw on the technique established in the Grades, they are designed to develop performing skills, quality of movement, musicality and a sense of floor pattern and space. Advanced movements in all facets of calisthenics must be mastered to a high standard with a separate mark being allocated for each movement which must reach the required standard to pass the overall exam.
  • Self-choreographed routines introduce the student to the art of choreography and, working with the coach, the student can explore creativity in designing routines to enhance their own capabilities.
  • Candidates must achieve Grade 4 before commencing Medals.
  • Minimum ages to apply to Grade 4 and Medals.
  • Candidates in the GOLD MEDAL exam who achieve a pass of 90% or higher may strive for the ultimate distinction of GOLD MEDAL HONOURS which is for elite performers only. To qualify to present for GOLD MEDAL HONOURS a candidate must achieve 90% or higher in the combined Parts 1 and 2. A candidate will not receive Honours for Gold Medal unless they successfully complete the Stage Performance (Part 3) which consists of three routines performed before an audience and the examiner, and achieves a combined Parts 1, 2 and 3 total of 90% or more.

Grade 4

Must be 15 years by 31/12 of that year

Bronze Medal
Must be 16 years by 31/12 of that year

Silver Medal
Must be 17 years by 31/12 of that year

Gold Medal
Must be 18 years by 31/12 of that year

Prerequisites for Calisthenic Solos, Duos and Graceful Solo

To allow pupils the chance to gradually proceed through the skills programme, the following time frame has been introduced:

Introduction of ACF requirements in SA
(in year of competition)
Prerequisite Year of
8 Test 1 2009
9 Test 2 2009
10 Test 3 2009
11-12 and above Grade 1 2009
13-14 and above Grade 2 2011
15 and above Preparatory Grade 3 2011
16 and above Grade 3 2012
17 and above Grade 4 2013
Skill level to be achieved by the closing date for each particular State/Territory competition


November examination period has become a regular event to enable participants who commence calisthenics after the February examination period the opportunity to achieve the required level in preparation for the following year.

CALSAC Calisthenic Skills Summer School is conducted annually for Tests only.

Many pupils are already involved in the skills programme and the above time frames therefore allow plenty of time for pupils to achieve the prerequisites.

For further information visit ACF Cal Skills information on the CASA website.


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