Skills Program

The ACF Skills Program was designed and developed to raise the standard of Calisthenics

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. This National Program is administered by each State/Territory body under the auspices of The Australian Calisthenic Federation-Examiner’s Advisory Board which is responsible for setting/updating guidelines (technically & administratively).

The syllabus aims to ensure that every calisthenic pupil is learning the correct technique for longevity in this sport. It has been developed to ensure that pupils progress through the different levels, building on their technique with no demands on the individual which exceeds their maturity or their skills level.

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


Technical Examination Process

Test 1,2 and 3

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

Grade 1,2,3 and 4

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

A Standard Grade Program is available for those who are not focusing on the elements of classical dance as part of their team curriculum. It also caters for those who a slightly restricted in natural flexibility by offering optional versions of several movements.  Please note: Standard Grades do not qualify for solo entry, Cadet coaching or Level 1 requirements. 

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 extends their performance skills, quality of movement, musicality, a sense of floor pattern and space. These exercises include advanced movements which must be mastered to a high standard. Unique to these Medal examinations, pupils include self-choreographed routines which showcase the pupils own artistic style and allows them to be more creative.

In 2017, twenty five (25) talented young Calisthenic participants from a variety of divisions were successful and are now part of Victoria’s Skills Medal history. See the 2017 results.

From 1982, Victoria has seen;
125 Bronze Medals
67 Silver Medals
71 Gold Medals
27 Gold Medals with Honours.

Skills Medal examinations are held annually in March, and we encourage all calisthenic participants who have achieved Grade 4 to consider entering the Bronze Level examination.

For more information please contact the CVI Convenor of the ACF Skills Program

Elizabeth (Liz) Hickey at ; Tel 0419 222771