Section E20: Qualifications
In order to be qualified to work in the professional game ALL coaches must meet the minimum level of UKCC qualification for the position they hold.
Please read the application and Working Towards document set out below to clarify conditions and requirements for Level 3 UKCC.
The following table identifies current qualifications and requirements:
|Current Coaching Role (applies to Super League & Championships)||UKCC Level Required|
|First Grade - Head Coach||Level 3|
|First Grade - Assistant Coach||Level 3 or working towards level 3|
|Championship Reserves - Head Coach||Level 3 or working towards level 3|
|Chapionship Reserves - Assistant Coach||Level 3 or working towards level 3|
|Academy - Head Coach||Level 3 or working towards level 3|
|Academy - Assistant Coach||Level 3 or working towards level 3|
|U16 Scholarship Head Coach||Level 3 or working towards level 3|
|U16 Scholarship - Assistant Coach||Level 2|
|All Levels - Skills/Coaching Coach
Coaches with the ARL Senior Club Coach Level 2 or High Performance Level 3 must register as “working towards” UKCC Level 3 immediately with the exception of Skills or Conditioning Coaches or Scholarship Assistant Coaches.
NB No other overseas qualifications are recognised without specific written approval from the RFL Coaching Section.
All candidates must complete the standard RFL application pack.
The pack allows the candidate to demonstrate their current skills and experience (competencies) in coaching rugby league. It is essential that the candidate coach at this level can demonstrate all their coaching and professional experience, enabling the RFL assessors to fully evaluate the application
The information submitted on the application form will be evaluated against the qualification specifications and pre-requisites. The RFL will also use this information to assess the level of current competencies – this may require further details from the candidate which will be obtained from a professional (semi formal) discussion.
On successful completion of the application process you will be offered a place, subject to agreement, on to the most suitable Level 3 programme. This mutual agreement is considered to be “working towards” your Level 3 qualification; however this agreement will only become operative once you have paid the required fee and been registered on a programme. Unsuccessful candidates will be action planned towards future acceptance
For the avoidance of doubt the “working towards” statement covers a maximum period of two years on a Level 3 programme offered by the RFL and requires the candidate to complete the necessary units/modules within the agreed time frames to achieve the Level 3 qualification.
Application Process and Working Towards Conditions
All RFL coaching programmes are subject to candidates formally agreeing to complete the necessary units/modules/course with the RFL. Candidates will have an agreed amount of time to complete the allocated units/modules/course. Failure to complete any area and progress within the required timescales will render the “Working Towards” agreement null and void at any point within the programme. The candidate will be excluded from their programme and will have to re-enter the programme at the start of the application process. No guarantees can be given to the re-allocation of a place on an alternative programme and the time taken studying prior to exclusion will be deducted from the two year total.
Coaches wishing to /or working in the professional game are required to engage a sponsor/mentor who will verify their commitment to achieving the coaching programme within the agreed time frames.
The Level 3 offers coaches operating at an advanced level the opportunity to undertake a coaching course that fits individual needs. Costs for individualised programmes will be given at the action planning stage when details of the programme/modules to be undertaken are supplied.
All Head Conditioners operating in the game must either be an accredited member of the UK Strength & Conditioning Association (UKSCA) or must be “working towards” accreditation in which case they must already have one of the following qualifications: 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in S&C, a degree or Master’s degree in S&C
For conditioners “working towards” means that a conditioner has registered with the UKSCA and becomes accredited within 2 years of registration,
All other Conditioners operating in the game must have at least one of the following qualifications 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in S&C, a degree or Master’s degree in S&C
The following qualifications are required for Club Doctors:
– Registered and practising qualified medical practitioner with a current GMC Number; and
– A current RFL IMMOFP qualification
All of the following qualifications are required for Physiotherapists:
– Chartered Physiotherapist; and
– Current registration with the Health Professions Council; and
– A degree in physiotherapy or a graduate diploma in physiotherapy; and
– A current RFL IMMOFP qualification
|First Grade - Head Coach||L3||MHFA Lite||N/A||N/A||N/A||Yes|
|First Grade - Assistant Coach||L3 or working towards L3||MHFA Lite||N/A||N/A||N/A||Yes|
|U19s - Head Coach||L3 or working towards L3||MHFA Lite||N/A||N/A||SPC||Yes|
|U19s - Assistant Coach||L3 or working towards L3||N/A||N/A||N/A||SPC||Yes|
|Reserves – Head Coach||L3 or working towards L3||MHFA Lite||N/A||N/A||SPC||Yes|
|Reserves – Assistant Coach||L3 or working towards L3||N/A||N/A||N/A||SPC||Yes|
|U16 Scholarship Head Coach||L3 or working towards L3||MHFA Lite||N/A||N/A||SPC||Yes|
|U16 Scholarship Assistant Coach||L2||N/A||N/A||N/A||SPC||Yes|
|Super League – Skills Coach||L2||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||Yes|
|Super League – Conditioner||UKSCA accredited or working towards||MHFA Lite||UKAD Advisor||N/A||N/A||Yes|
|Other levels – Skills/Conditioning Coach||
1st4Sport L2 S&C or a degree or Masters in S&C
|Player Welfare Manager – Super League||N/A||(y)MHFA||N/A||N/A||N/A||Yes|
|Player Welfare Manager - Championships||N/A||MHFA Lite||N/A||N/A||N/A||Yes|
|Head of Youth||N/A||yMHFA||UKAD Advisor||N/A||N/A||Yes|
|Player Performance Manager||N/A||MHFA Lite||N/A||N/A||N/A||Yes|
|Doctor||Registered & practising with current GMC number||N/A||N/A||IMMOFP||N/A||Yes|
|Physio||Chartered physio with current HPC registration & a degree or graduate diploma in physiotherapy||MHFA Lite||UKAD Advisor||IMMOFP||N/A||Yes|
|Club Welfare Officer||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||SPC & TTL||Yes|
NRL Level 3 – the NRL Level 3 is accepted in place of the UKCC Level 3
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
MHFA or youthMHFA are two day courses. MHFA Lite is tailored specifically to Rugby League and is a three hour course.
Safeguarding & Protecting Children (SPC)
SPC is mandatory for all Coaching Licences issued from October 2013 onwards and for all renewals from 2017 onwards.
Time to Listen (TTL)
TTL is mandatory for Club Welfare Officers.
To become an Advisor, you will need to undertake a basic course in anti-doping. You may choose to do this online via UKAD’s Learning Zone or by attending a one-day workshop. Following the course, you will need to show what you have learned via a short multi-choice assessment.
As an Advisor, UKAD expect that you are able to provide factual advice to athletes and those around them on core anti-doping topics and that you are fully aware of the anti-doping tools available to athletes which you should signpost them to.
CPD & Mandatory Workshops
In additional to the qualifications above each role will require attendance at CPD events and courses as detailed by the relevant department from time to time.