Upcoming Coaching, Training & Referee Courses

If you want to become a coach, trainer or referee in 2014 or need to update click on the below link on the PlayNRL.com website and follow the links to the course of your requirements.



The National Rugby League has implemented a blended delivery of all entry-level coaching courses. Blended delivery refers to utilising different delivery methods in completing the required course modules/components. We have specifically developed an online component to help ease the time pressure placed on volunteers by limiting the face-to-face contact hours they have previously committed when completing a coaching course.

Candidates benefit from online learning:

    By learning at their own pace
    By learning at a time and place that suits their lifestyle
    Caters for different learning styles

There are two entry-level coaching courses:

    Modified Games Coach (MGC) 6-12 Years
    International Games Coach (IGC) 13+ Years

All entry Level courses are delivered in the following manner:

Coaching Course diagram

1. Online Modules (Each of these modules have assessment questions that the candidate must complete)

    The Role of the Coach
    Coach in Action
    Teaching and Coaching

2.  Face-to-face Modules

Upon completion of the first two components, the candidate will qualify as a ‘Coach in Training’ which enables them to coach the relevant age group for a period of 18 months.

3. Practical Assessment

Coaches can be assessed through the following methods:

    Training Session Assessment
    Game-day Assessment
    Coaching Update Assessment

The candidate can be assessed by an approved mentor or qualified NRL Assessor.

Click here to register to become a coach and select the options that suit your requirements and locations.

Below is some more information about coaching.


What is the Rugby League National Coaching Accreditation Scheme?

The National Coaching Accreditation Scheme is endorsed by the Australian Sports Commission and aims to ensure that all Rugby League coaches receive both essential and beneficial educational opportunities.

Why do I need an accreditation to coach a Rugby League team?

Coaching Accreditation is compulsory for all Rugby League coaches in Australia, regardless of what age or level you are coaching at. It is essential that new coaches gain a basic understanding of how to coach, different stages of learning and development, safety considerations, as well as the core skills, tactics and laws of the game prior to taking on the role of a coach.

Who needs a Coaching Accreditation?

Regardless of what age or level you intend on coaching, you will be required to gain a Coaching Accreditation as per National Rugby League (NRL) policy.

NRL Accreditation & Registration Policy Summary

The following coach education courses must be completed under NRL policy:
-          Modified Games Coaching Course (6-12 Years)
-          International Games Coaching Course (13+ Years)
-          Senior Club Coaching Course (18+ Years)

NB. If you are coaching a senior team (18+) and are the head coach, coaching coordinator or top level (senior) coach with 2 or more senior grades, you will be required to complete the Senior Club Coaching Course. For further information on accreditation requirements click on the following link: Coaching and Accreditation Pyramid Link.

How long does my accreditation last for?

Your Accreditation has an expiry date – of four years from its date of issue. At that time, you must update your accreditation in order to continue coaching. Of course, if you should upgrade your accreditation to a higher level at any time during those four years, then the expiry date re-commences from the date of issue of the updated accreditation. The expiry date is clearly shown on the accreditation certificate issued to all coaches upon accreditation.

Click here for more coaching information.


The NRL Coaching Manual was designed for coaches of Mini Footy, Mod League and Junior International teams. The manual is a valuable resource for all entry level coaches as it provides all the relevant information required to enhance junior player development. It is encouraged coaches use the manual to improve players skills and to create a fun, safe and positive training/playing environment.

Click here for more information.

NRL Coaching Manual

Sports Trainers Courses
The NRL offers level 1 & Level 2 Sports Trainers Courses.  Click here to find and register to a Sports Trainer Course.

Application for Recognition of Prior Learning
If you hold any current qualifications that related to First Aid or Sports Training, you may be able to gain some recognition of prior learning (RPL) towards a NRL Sports Trainer qualification or full equivalency. To apply for RPL please click here.

Learn how to apply the correct safety procedures during your involvement as an on-field trainer or on-field “attendant” of the game.  There are many ‘attendants’ who assist in some way by “entering the field of play” to administer water, relay messages etc. Leagesafe accreditation is the minimum requirement to enter the field of play as set down by the Australian Rugby League On Field Policy.

This online awareness course is designed to create a healthy, safe environment, and is meant to advise and prepare on-field personnel other than Accredited First Aid Officers of what to look for in an injured/ill player, what to do and what not to do until a qualified person arrives, and general safety and care procedures for players.

Click here to register and complete the Leaguesafe Course. You will need to pay for your course before your training is allocated.

Please note, after registration of your details & payment. You will receive an email with all login information to your account at www.etrainu.com where your online course is hosted.

To register for a course and become a Rugby League Referee, please click here.

Refereeing is a fun, exciting, non-contact way to be involved with Rugby League. Not only do you get to see all the action from the best position on the field, but it’s a great way to keep fit, and meet new and interesting people.

The Level 1 Referee course will teach you the fundamentals of the Referee’s involvement in the game. The Course comprises of ten units of online learning and some face-to-face* learning. Once you have completed the online and face-to-face sessions, you will have gained the skills and knowledge needed to be a fair and effective referee.

*On completion of ALL ten units, a short face-to-face assessment is required to test skills learnt in the 10 theory modules.



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