Performance Coach Course (Level 4)

The Australian Rugby Union Performance Coaching Course (Level 4) is designed to provide identified coaches operating within the Australian Rugby Union Performance Pathway with education, training and development specific to context in which they coach.

The ARU Coaching Framework outlines the competitions and programs that the Australian Rugby Union are targeting through the Performance Coaching Course. These include:

  • SuperRugby
  • Pacific Nations Cup
  • National Rugby Championship
  • Premiership Rugby
  • Australian and State u20s
  • Australian Schoolboys
  • Junior Gold Cup

Applications are now open for the 2017 Performance Coach Course. 

Course Structure:

The program consists of one live in camp, eight assessment tasks and ongoing personal development requirements.

Camp 1: Narrabeen Academy of Sport, Sydney
Thursday 2nd February 2017 to Sunday 2nd February 2017

Other: Coaching & Professional Development : Australian Rugby Performance Academy - Individual Targeted programs as directed by Head of Coach Development 

Course Content:
The course content is aimed at the holistic development of all coaches in attendance and consequentially is comprised of both rugby specific modules and coaching practice modules. Delivery will be varied and topics that will be covered can be seen in the table below:

Course Delivery:
Modules will be delivered by content experts comprising of professional coaching staff from the ARU High Performance Units, professional coaches from other sports, expert technicians from leading sport institutions including the Australian Institute of Sport and leading academic experts from Australia’s top Universities.

Assessment Tasks:
Successful completion of the Performance Coaching course will require participants to attend both live in camp and receive a pass mark on all assessment item tasks. These tasks include:

  • Context Analysis & Annual Training Plan
  • Law Exam
  • University of Queensland – Learning Module #1: Talent Identification and Selection
  • University of Queensland – Learning Module #2: Long Term Player Development
  • Self-Assessment, Reflection and Action Plan
  • Season Review and Board Report
  • International Match Analysis
  • Written Assignment

Course Fees:
A course levy of A$1795.00 (GST incl.) per participant either from successful applicants or their club/school is required. The ARU covers all costs of the course including flight transfers, accommodation, meals, facility hire fees, consultant and presenter fees, assessment and all course materials.

Nomination Details:
Coaches wishing to attend the course must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently SmartRugby compliant
  • Possession of a current ARU Level 2 Coaching Accreditation or ARU approved RPL equivalency
  • Recent completion of professional coach development (e.g. attended an Advance Coach Seminar, relevant tertiary education, formalised mentoring program)
  • Currently coaching in the ARU Emerging Player, Performance or High Performance programs or competitions.
  • Potential to coach at the elite level, with an intent to keep coaching domestically for the next four year period.
  • Willingness to commit to continual professional development beyond completion of this course.
  • Preparedness to assist in ARU and State Union Player Development Programs.
  • Commitment to fulfilling a coach mentor role for future Performance coaches


To nominate coaches are required to read the Performance Coach Program and complete a Performance Coach nomination form , compile a coaching curriculum vitae and submit these documents to their identified State Union Coaching Development Manager ( cc: Michael Magriplis, ARU Coach Development; 

International Coach Nominations:

The Australian Rugby Union are providing a unique opportunity for a select number of internationally based coaches to attend the Performance Coach Course. There are a limited number of spots available, and each nomination will be judged on its merits. International Coaches must conduct the Head of Coach Development for more information. 

  •  The course and all assessment will be in English
  • Attendees will be required to plan and pay for their own travel to both live-in camps
  • The course is more expensive for international coaches due to the access to Australian IP and coaching staff
  • A modified assessment program will be implemented for any ESL coaches