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Global Coaching Qualifications

Following requests for assistance concerning the comparability of coaching qualifications delivered across the globe, the IRB is pleased to provide this guidance for use by member Unions.

It is hoped that this guidance and the equivalency tables below will aid Unions when dealing with mobility of coaches and their respective qualifications and also provide a reference point for a coach’s continued development building on collaboration between Unions in recognising qualifications from structures outwith their own.

The IRB is grateful for the efforts of Stephen Studd and Ben Gittus from EOSE (European Observatoire of Sport and Employment) in compiling this study and resultant findings.

It is recognised by the IRB that qualifications evolve over time and it is appreciated that the findings of this study are accurate only in relation to the time of release.

Jock Peggie, IRB Training Manager

Download the full IRB EOSE Global Comparative Study

IRB coaching courses equivalency tables

These equivalency tables show which member Unions deliver certified qualifications which are equivalent to the IRB coach education qualifications at Levels 2 and 3.

IRB LEVEL 2 COACHING COURSE
Country Member Union equivalent

England, Scotland, Wales

UKCC Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Rugby Union

Ireland

IRFU Stage 3 Coaching Course - "The Challenger"

New Zealand

Developing Coach

Australia

Level 2 Accreditation

France

Federal Diploma for Coach BFE

Italy

Second Level

South Africa

Level 2

Argentina

Level 2

Canada

Level 2

USA

Level 2

Japan

Level 2

IRB LEVEL 3 COACHING COURSE
Country Member Union equivalent

England, Scotland, Wales

UKCC Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Rugby Union

Ireland

IRFU Stage 4 Coaching Course - "The Facilitator"

New Zealand

Advanced Course plus Game Planning Course

Australia

Level 3 Accreditation

France

DEJEPS Rugby XV

Italy

Third Level

South Africa

Level 3

Argentina

Level 3

Canada

Level 3

USA

Level 3

Japan

Level 3

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