Coaching Accreditation

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 Coach Education Guide

What type of accreditation do I need?

Summary of Minimum Accreditation Requirements for Rugby League Coaches
I am coaching a team That is under 12 years 13 years and above
What course do I need to do Modified Games Coach International Games Course
What does it involve 3 Online Modules, Face to Face Modules (Theory and Practical)
Why do I need to do a course? NRL and Australian Sport Commission Policy
Where do I register? Click here


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, we would advise you 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.