World Rugby’s face-to-face courses and accreditations are delivered in most of our member unions by our network of over 2000 Licenced Trainers and Educators. This network delivers our courses on behalf of, and on the approval of, both their member unions and World Rugby. They are trained, quality assured, and licenced by World Rugby to do so.

Some of our larger member unions choose to deliver their own suite of Training and Education courses so please check with your union to find out what training courses are available in your union in the first instance.

Our team of Regional Training Managers and Medical Education Managers are responsible for the delivery of a needs-based programme of higher-level face-to-face courses delivered on a regional basis – for further information please contact them using the details below.

Most courses are open to all participants. However, for the higher-level courses there are entry criteria. Some courses, such as Match Day Staff, Match Day Doctor, Judicial Officer, High Performance Academy and Union Management programmes are invite only. The highest entry point in any strand is Level 2 dependent on prior learning.

Education Workforce courses are arranged by the Regional Training Managers depending on union need – participants must be nominated by their union and approved by the Regional Training Managers / Medical Education Managers to attend.

The diagram below represents the full suite of World Rugby’s face-to-face course portfolio.

Courses for everyone

  • RugbyReady –Risk Management programme. Half-day, non-assessed, attendance-based course which helps participants to manage risk in the game.
  • Activate – Injury Prevention programme. Half-day, non-assessed, attendance-based course which helps participants to prevent injuries in a practical-based environment.
  • First Aid in Rugby (Level 1). Full-day, competency-based accreditation course which helps participants to deal with rugby-specific injuries in a practical-based environment.

Coaching

  • Introduction to Coaching (Level 1). Full-day, non-assessed, attendance-based course which provides the novice coach with advice on both what and how to coach in a practical-based environment.
  • Developing your Coaching (Level 2). 2-day, competency-based accreditation course which builds on the Level 1 course and further develops tactical and technical coaching as well as coaching process skills in a practical-based environment.
  • Analysis and Preparation for Coaching (Level 3). 4-day, competency-based accreditation course which helps prepare a coach to deliver season of coaching, structure a game plan based on strengths and weaknesses of own and opposition team and further develops coaching process skills.
  • Introduction to Coaching Sevens (Level 1 7s). Full-day, non-assessed, attendance-based course which provides the novice Sevens coach with advice on both what and how to coach in a practical-based environment.
  • Coaching Sevens (Level 2). 2-day, competency-based accreditation course which builds on the Level 1 Sevens course and further develops tactical and technical coaching as well as coaching process skills in a practical-based environment.

Match Officiating

  • Introduction to Match Officiating (Level 1). Full-day, non-assessed, attendance-based course which helps the novice referee to referee the basic components of the game in a practical-based environment.
  • The Developing Match Official (Level 2). 2-day, competency-based accreditation course which builds on the Level 1 course to help further develop the referee in a practical-based environment.
  • The Advancing Match Official (Level 3 15s / Level 3 7s). 4-day, competency-based accreditation course.
  • Coach of Match Officials. Full-day, competency-based accreditation course which provides an introduction into how to help develop referees through the coaching process.

Conditioning for Rugby

  • Conditioning for Children (Level 1). Full-day, competency-based accreditation course which helps novice coaches to physically prepare Children to play the game.
  • Conditioning for Youths (Level 1). Full-day, competency-based accreditation course which helps novice coaches to physically prepare Youths to play the game.
  • Conditioning for Adults (Level 1). Full-day, competency-based accreditation course which helps novice coaches to physically prepare Youths to play the game.
  • Advanced Conditioning for Rugby. 3-day, competency-based accreditation course which builds on the Level 1 Adults course and further develops the coach’s ability to develop the physical competence of their Adult players to meet the demands of the game.

Medical Practitioners

  • Immediate Care in Rugby (Level 2). 2-day, competency-based accreditation course for Doctors and Healthcare Professionals which prepares Doctors and Healthcare Professionals to provide optimal pitch side immediate trauma and medical care for their and players by standardising their approach, assessment and delivery of care.
  • Advanced Immediate Care in Rugby (Level 2). 3-4-day, competency-based accreditation course for Doctors and Healthcare Professionals which further develops Doctors and Healthcare Professionals to provide optimal pitch side immediate trauma and medical care for their and players by standardising their approach, assessment, diagnosis and delivery of advanced care.
  • Match Day Doctor. Full-day, competency-based accreditation course for union Doctors operating HIA within their Tournaments.

Administrators

  • Introduction to Leadership and Management. Full-day, non-assessed, attendance-based course for leaders of rugby organisations which helps novice rugby administrators to develop their leadership skills within the context of their organisation.
  • Union Management Programme. (Invite only). 2-day, non-assessed, attendance-based course for targeted union staff helping then to develop their skills in Strategic Planning, Leadership and Governance, and Human Resource Management in the context of their own union through case management studies and real life planning.
  • Post-graduate Certificate in International Sport Management. 1-5-year online learning University Programme awarded by University of London. A globally recognised, academically sound and industry focused qualification which has been collaboratively developed by the University of London and World Academy of Sport (WAoS), it aims to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the latest sport management strategies and develop the skills needed for the professional management of organisations and projects within the dynamic sport industry. For further information visit https://london.ac.uk/courses/sports-management .

Match-day Staff (Invite only)

  • Match Commissioner. 3-4-day, competency-based accreditation course to prepare the learner to act as a Match Commissioner at high level competitions.
  • Citing Commissioner. Full day, competency-based accreditation course to prepares the learner to act as a Citing Commissioner at high level competitions.
  • Judicial Officer. 2-3-day, competency-based accreditation course to prepare the leaner to be part of the judicial process at high level competitions.

High Performance Academy (Invite only)

  • Bespoke learning opportunities for targeted union indigenous staff in areas such as Coaching, Performance Analysis, Conditioning, Officiating, High Performance Management and Team Management.

Education Workforce (Nomination/invite only)

  • Educator – on completion of this course Educators are deployed to deliver strand specific courses within and on behalf of their union. 4-day competency-based accreditation course.
  • Trainer – on completion of this course Trainers are deployed to support the training and quality assurance of educators within their union. 5-day competency-based accreditation course.
  • Master Trainer – on completion of this course Master Trainers are deployed to train and quality assure Trainers and Educators within their Regional Association. Continual appraisal, competency-based accreditation course.