Becoming a Coach

Rugby Australia, in consultation with the State Unions is responsible for course content and accreditation. Coaching programs can be divided into two categories;

  • Accreditation Courses;
    • Smart Rugby (2 year qualification)
    • Kids Rugby Coach (Level 0)
    • Youth Rugby Coach (Level One)
    • Adult-Emerging Youth Coach (Level Two)
    • Emerging Player Coach - TID Coach (Level Three)
    • Performance Player Coach (Level Four)

    Other accreditation courses available are:

  • Youth Seven Rugby Coach (Level 1)

  • Senior Sevens Rugby Coach (Level 2)

  • Teacher Rugby Coach (Level 1)

  • Certificate Courses (non-accredited);
    • Foundation Course

Accreditation courses are registered with the Australian Sports Commission and coaches have a 'licence' for four (4) years. After that time the coach must either re-accredit or complete a higher level of coaching accreditation.

Each State Union run numerous courses during the year at major venues with professionally trained staff.

The coaching structure in Australia for accredited coures is as follows:



Accreditation Level Course Summary Coaching Course Presenter

Level 1


Coaching Youth (U13-U18) athletes or RPL/RCC

18 years of Age

State Coaching Coordinator
Duration It is recommended that participants attend a Foundation Course 1 day Professionally trained Level II / III Accredited
Assessments Workbook; Coach/Law Exam; mentor session; & ARU Assessor ARU Trained Assessors
Level 2 Pre-requisites Coaching Adult or Emerging Youth players or RPL/RCC;
SmartRugby Compliant 
State Coaching Coordinator and/or ARU
Duration 3 days Professionally trained level II/III Acredited
Assessment Workbook; 60 hrs practical coaching; Law exam; ARU Assessor ARU trained assessors
Level 3 Pre-requisutes Level II Accredited; Accepted into the Emerging Coach Program; min 5 yrs Coaching Experience; Smart Rugby Compliant ARU or Consultant
Duration 12 months ARU and MU Coach Development Managers
Assessment 2 x 2 day Camps; 6 x tasks; World Rugby Level 3 Coach course  
Level 4  Pre-requisites Completion of Emerging Coach Program; coaching performance athletes (Premier Rugby, NRC, Super Rugby); Smart Rugby compliant.  ARU or Consultant
  Duration  12 months  ARU Head of Coach Development
  Assessment 2 x 4 day Camps; monthly tasks; major written assignment  


Advanced Coaching Seminars

State Unions often run Advanced Seminars for Level II coaches with experience. These act as 'up-date' courses and will aid in the re-accreditation process.