Continual Professional Development 

The Rugby Australia coach development, education and training framework has been redesigned to focus heavily of the provision of ongoing, accessible, relevant coach development that provides coach support throughout a coach’s career. Although focusing upon education, the Rugby Australia coach development framework still provides accreditation following course attendance and the successful completion of all associated pre-course preparation and post course assessment.

Rugby Australia is adopting a Continual Professional Development (CPD) point re - accreditation system that provides coaches with the flexibility to undertake ongoing education specific to their needs and interest.  The current accreditation a coach holds will determine the number of CPD re - accreditation points required to achieve re - accreditation. All re - accreditation points must be accumulated from events attended and/or tasks undertaken within the previous two years. 



Re - accreditation across all pathways requires:

  • SmartRugby compliance
  • Only events and tasks completed in the past two years counting towards your CPD
  • CPD education or professional development being relevant to the level coaches are coaching (accessed via coach self validation process)
  • A maximum of 2 events from World Rugby and ASC online offerings will be excepted for each re - accreditation.
  • Enrolment in each pathway, also provides free membership of the Rugby Australia Coach Association which is to be launched in mid 2016.
  • This membership will provide you with access to premium coaching content, including videos, research papers, seminars and discounts.


Accreditation requirements summary

  • Coach (Level 1) re - accreditation 60 CPD points
  • Coach (Level 2) re - accreditation 80 CPD points
  • Coach (Level 3) re - accreditation 100 CPD points
  • Coach (Level 4) re-accreditation 100 CPD points

Adopting a Continual Professional Development (CPD) point re - accreditation system that provides coaches with the flexibility to undertake ongoing education specific to their needs and interest.


The Rugby Learning Centre 

All coaches should follow the learning pathway requirements outlined in the catalogue items on your learning profile, which can be assessed via the Rugby Learning Centre portal. A re - accreditation fee of $40 covers access to free online learning modules, as well as accessing SmartRugby online and other learning modules. 


University of Queensland

  • As part of the new Continual Personal Development Strategy Rugby Australia and the University of Queensland Sports Coaching Team have collaborated on the development of a number of coaching-specific online courses to encourage life-long learning for coaches. This suite of elearning courses are aligned with the Rugby AU coach re-accreditation process and will be accessible through the Rugby AU Learning Centre.
  • The UQ Sports Coaching Team is a dedicated group of coaching professionals working at the centre of sports coaching knowledge and research.  The team consists of academics based at The University of Queensland, researching in the area of high performance sports coaching practice. This research team combines expertise from practical coaching experience from community sport, professional team sport to medal winning Olympic programs.

    These short courses linked to re - accreditation include:
    • The Coach – Athlete Relationship
    • How Coaches Work
    • Long Term Athlete Development
    • Talent Identification and Selection
  • These courses are self-paced and are designed to provide coaches with an engaging series of learning activities. Course length varies from four to ten hours and utilises the latest coaching research and practice.
  • Rugby Australia and the University of Queensland are currently developing further resources which will be implemented across a variety of coach development pathways.


World rugby Online Courses

World Rugby Passport (formally IRB Passport) is your gateway to the training and education websites which are used to support our face-to-face learning programmes. Registering on World Rugby Passport gives you access to online accreditation modules across the four strands listed above and are used as pre-requisites for our face-to-face programmes as well as informal learning opportunities. Additionally several World Rugby modules must be completed to gain RugbyAU/WR dual accreditation.  

These short free courses (over 17) can be accessed via the Rugby Learning Centre 

  • Rugby Ready
  • Functional Role Analysis
  • Key Factor Analysis
  • Strength and Conditioning


Australian Sports Commission

The Community Coaching General Principles online course has been developed to assist coaches to learn the basic skills of coaching, particularly those coaches working with children. The course is currently free of charge to Australian coaches.

The course contains four modules, covering a range of general coaching topics including; the role and responsibilities expected of a coach, planning, safety, working with parents, communication, group management and inclusive coaching practices. It takes approximately four hours to complete, and there is assessment included at the end of each module.

To enrol in the courses go to the Rugby  Learning Centre, from this portal you can access free online courses developed by the Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Institute of Sport.

ASC courses have been targeted to the level of competition the coach is coaching across the pathway. As part of your accreditation pathway coaches can access the following learning modules:

  • ASC High Performance: (Concentration, Goal Setting, High Performance Decision Making, Motivation)
  • ASC Play by the Rules: (Child Protection, Complaint Handling, Harassment and Discrimination)