Qualification

Becoming a Coach

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

  • Accreditation:
    • Smart Rugby (2 year qualification)
    • Foundation Coach (Level One)
    • Developing Coach (Level Two)
    • Emerging Coach (Level Three)
    • Performance Coach (Level 4)

     

  • Certificate Courses (non-accredited):
    • Foundation Certificate Course
    • Coaching Kids Rugby
    • Junior Sevens 
    • Senior Sevens

 

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 Member 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:

 

COURSE SUMMARY

Accreditation Level Course Summary Coaching Course Presenter

Level 1

Pre-requisites

Coaching Youth (U13-U15) athletes or RPL/RCC

18 years of Age

Rugby AU and MU Coach Development Managers
Duration It is recommended that participants attend a Foundation Course 1 day Rugby AU Educators / Coach Developers
Assessments Coach/Law Exam; Coaching Diary (20 hours); online learning modules
Level 2 Pre-requisites Coaching Youth (U16 and above) and Adult players or RPL/RCC;
SmartRugby Compliant 
Rugby AU and MU Coach Development Managers
Duration 2.5 days Rugby AU Educators / Coach Developers
Assessment On-course Competency Assessment (Rugby AU Educator); Law Exam; Coaching Diary (60 hours); online learning modules
Level 3 Pre-requisutes Level II Accredited; Accepted into the Emerging Coach Program; min 5 yrs Coaching Experience; Smart Rugby Compliant Rugby AU or Consultant
Duration 12 months Rugby AU 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. Rugby AU or Consultant
  Duration  12 months Rugby AU Coach Development
  Assessment 2 x 4 day Camps; monthly tasks; major written assignment  

 

Advanced Coaching Seminars

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