1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Rugby League

Qualification Number 603/2222/6
Guided Learning (TQT) 32 (122)
SFA/LAD Funding Code 603/2222/6
Entry age 16
Qualification Operational Start Date 01/08/2017
Qualification Review Date 31/12/2020
Certification End Date 31/12/2022
Qualification Specification Download
Qualification Purpose Statement Download

This qualification is equivalent to Level 3 on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF)*.

To find out how to apply to deliver this qualification see the How to Apply section. There are no costs involved in applying or becoming a 1st4sport recognised centre.

Developed in partnership with the National Source Group for Rugby League**, the 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Rugby League is designed to provide learners aged 16 and over with an introduction to the processes and principles of coaching rugby league to adults and children. The Certificate offers an opportunity for rugby league coaches to be supported in developing the knowledge of how to effectively plan, conduct and evaluate a series of rugby league coaching sessions in a safe, ethical and effective manner. Those who complete this Certificate will be able to work as a rugby league coach, either alone or as part of a larger coaching team.


*Please note there may be exceptions to the above. Further information about the EQF can be found on the EQF Portal.

**The National Source Group for Rugby League is composed of the constituent governing bodies for rugby league in the UK (Rugby Football League, Wales Rugby League and Scotland Rugby League).


Learners are required to:

  • be at least 16 years of age to attend the programme of training
  • have some knowledge or experience of rugby league or of coaching in other sports at this level.
  • be able to communicate effectively in English1 (this includes listening, speaking, reading and writing).

Due to the level of autonomy and responsibility attached to a qualified coach operating at this level, only learners over the age of 18 years can apply for an RFL licence to practice independently. Holders of this qualification who are under 18 years of age must be supervised by another licensed coach, qualified to a minimum of Level 2 or above, or a qualified teacher.

1 Learners must be able to understand the requirements of the qualification and the information within the qualification materials in English without assistance. Where there is demand, this qualification may also be available in Welsh or Irish.

The qualification is divided into the following five mandatory units:

Unit Title Reference number GLH
The role of the rugby league coach M/616/0761 7
Plan a series of rugby league coaching sessions A/616/0763 7
Deliver a series of rugby league coaching sessions J/616/0765 8
Review a series rugby league of coaching sessions R/616/0770 2
Technical coaching requirements for rugby league K/616/0774 8

Unlike many other awarding bodies, who just supply you with the basic qualification standards, we go that extra mile to support you by providing:

  • full and comprehensive Learner Portfolios, which include a full set of structured learning and assessment tasks to help you deliver and assess the qualification
  • tutor/assessor guidance notes, which include sample answers to support you when assessing your students
  • online qualification administration, enabling you to process learners quickly and effectively, and making the records we hold on your learners accessible to you at the click of a mouse.

For recognised centres and tutors, the qualification is supported by the following resources:

  • Generic administrative guidance and tools for recognised centres
  • Qualification Specification outlining the requirements of delivering and assessing the qualification
  • 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Rugby League Delivery, Assessment and Quality Assurance Approach
  • Internal and independent assessment tools.

For learners, the qualification is supported by the following resources:

  • 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Rugby League Learner Portfolio
  • Internal and independent assessment tools
  • Rugby League Health and Safety Guidelines for Coaching.

Fees are charged per learner and provide registration and certification for the qualification, as well as a 1st4sport Learner Pack, learning resources and certificate. Centre recognition, qualification approval and annual centre fees may also be applicable.

This qualification is currently only available for delivery through the National Governing Bodies of Sport for Rugby League. Please contact the RFL for more information.