Calisthenic Skills


ACF Calisthenics Skills Program 

The ACF Skills Program was designed and developed to raise the standard of Calisthenics. Since its creation in 1979, the Calisthenic Skills Program is now practiced Australia wide to unify Calisthenic terminology and technique. 

The syllabus is learnt in Calisthenic clubs throughout Australia, with each individual State responsible for the examinations annually, both in metropolitan and regional areas. This syllabus also aims to ensure that every Calisthenic pupil is learning the correct technique for longevity in this sport, the syllabus has been developed to ensue that pupils progress through the different levels, building on their technique with no demands on the individual which are exceeding their maturity or their skills level.

The ACF Skills Programme is designed to improve fitness, flexibility, co-ordination and rhythm, musicality , deportment and poise along with providing a sense of achievement for the pupils who complete their Skills levels.

Examination Process

Test 1,2 and 3

These tests are designed for younger calisthenic pupils to introduce them to the examination procedures and to encourage proper technique from an early age.

Grade 1,2,3 and 4

As pupils grow and develop, the Skills Programme progresses to these four Grades, which introduce a more comprehensive vocabulary of terminology, co-ordination, artistry and musicality. Grades 1, 2, 3 and 4 build on earlier studies and allows pupils to enhance their skills at a pace that they are comfortable with.

Medals, Bronze, Silver and Gold

The Medal examinations are designed for mature calisthenic pupils. The exercises draw on technique which pupils learnt in earlier examinations and further extend on their performance skills, quality of movement, musicality, a sense of floor patter and space. These exercises include advanced movements which must be mastered to a high standard. Unique to these Medal examinations, pupils include a self choreographed routines, showcasing the pupils own artistic style and allowing them to be more creative.

In 2016, fifteen talented young Calisthenic participants from a variety of divisions were successful and are now part of the Skills Medal history.

From 1982, Victoria has seen;
109 Bronze Medals
63 Silver Medals
66 Gold Medals
22 Gold Medals with Honours.

Interstate Pupil Transfers

If a competitor, transferring from interstate at the commencement of a new Calisthenics year, wishes to compete in solos/duos and does not hold the appropriate Victorian Skills level to enter, then an exemption may be given.  Conditions:   they must hold the age appropriate skill level of the state they have transferred from for the current year and all attempts to be tested at the appropriate Victorian level have been made and are not possible.  However, the appropriate Victorian Skill level must be obtained for the following year to be eligible to compete.

For more information please contact the ACF Skills Programme Victorian Coordinator Liz Hickey at