Becoming a qualified Rugby Coach is very simple.  Just follow the steps outlined below and soon you'll be right in the thick of the action.

Step 1 - Register

Register as a coach with Rugby Canada at training.rugbycanada.ca.
 
To register for Rugby Canada development sessions/courses you will be charged a one-time fee of $25.00, all of which contributes directly towards subsidising transportation costs for course facilitators and sustaining our community development model.
 
Note: registering to coach.rugbycanada.ca does not mean a coach is registered and insured under the Rugby Canada Membership and Insurance policy.  We will explain this in Step 4
 
 

Step 2 - Prerequisites

There are a couple of online modules that you need to complete ahead of your actual World Rugby Level 1 Course.

  1. Sign up for a World Rugby Passport at passport.worldrugby.org/
  2. Complete the Rugby Ready Online Module Click Here
  3. Complete the Concussion Management module - Click Here

Make sure to save your completed certificates as PDF files at the end of each module.  Then go to your profile at training.rugbycanada.ca and upload both certificates.

Note - The World Rugby Coaching Website is packed with useful information, resources, video clips and more to help you build your skills and knowledge.  We'll come back to this later, but it's well worth keeping as a bookmark in your browser.

Step 3 - Sign Up

Now that you have completed the necessary online modules, you're ready to get signed up for the course itself.  BC Rugby holds World Rugby Level 1 courses (also known as NCCP Community Initiation) across the province throughout the year.  Check the table below for a list of upcoming courses and select the one that is most convenient for you.

You will make the actual selection on the training.rugbycanada.ca website and the rest of the process is completed on that site.

If you don't see a course near you or you want to discuss courses in your area, contact your local Rugby Development Officer (RDO) using the details on the right-hand side of this page.

Step 4 - Find Your Pathway

Chances are that if you're planning on becoming a qualified Rugby Coach, you're already involved with a rugby club or High School in the province.  If you're not, and looking to reach out to find out about coaching vacancies, you can use the BC Rugby Find-A-Club tool or check out the job board on the BC Rugby website for current opportunities.

REMEMBER - If you want to WORK as a coach in BC, you have to register and pay the appropriate membership fee.  Registering with Rugby Canada to do a coaching course does not mean you are registered to work as one.  For more information about registering - Click Here

Starting with the World Rugby Level 1 qualification (NCCP Community Initiation), a whole world of coaching development lies in wait for you.  Below is a graphic showing how you can progress through the NCCP Pathway, courtesy of Rugby Canada.  As you grow as a coach, consider what career development options might be best for you, or reach out to one of our RDOs for advice.

Download a full-size version of the NCCP Pathway - Click Here

Step 5 - Resources

Now that you're a working rugby coach, why not check out our Coaching Resources page.  Here you'll find information, videos and more to help build and strengthen your coaching knowledge.  Remember to join the BC Rugby Coaches Facebook Group to stay in touch with the coaching community and share best practice ideas.

There is also the annual BC Rugby Conference, held in the Lower Mainland, that is designed to bring the coaching and refereeing communities together for a weekend of classroom and pitch based sessions.  These sessions will give attendees an opportunity to explore new tactics as well as discuss solutions to coaching challenges.  Each year the programs are designed to help you learn about the latest coaching trends, strategies and techniques.  Take some time out from delivering to athletes and grab the opportunity to develop your expertise and become a better mentor.

 

People become rugby coaches for a number of reasons: to give something back to the sport, to broaden their rugby knowledge, to open new career pathways, to stay involved with rugby beyond playing, to support their rugby community etc.  They come from all backgrounds, from ex-National players to armchair enthusiasts who wanted to get more involved with the sport of rugby.  Anyone can become a rugby coach if they have the right attitude and BC Rugby is here to support that process from start to finish.

What is NCCP?

Being a coach takes passion and dedication. Being a great coach, however, often requires additional guidance and support. The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) was developed by Coaches Association of Canada (CAC) and its partners to give coaches that extra advantage. The program can be delivered in both official languages and is the recognized standard for coach training and certification in Canada.

NCCP workshops are designed to meet the needs of all types of coaches, from the first-time community coach to the head coach of a national team. Since the program began, more than 1 million coaches have participated in some sort of NCCP training, making it one of the largest adult education programs in Canada.

Click Here for a PDF of the NCCP Model
Click Here for a narrated video of the NCCP Model

For more information on NCCP and Rugby Canada's Training and Education, visit their website

Contacts

Got questions about becoming a Rugby Coach?  Can’t find a course in your area?

Reach out to your Rugby Development Officer (RDO) for information and advice:

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