1st4sport Level 2 Certificate for Rugby Union Referees

Qualification Number 603/2156/8
Guided Learning (TQT) 20 (122)
SFA/LAD Funding Code 603/2156/8
Entry age 14
Operational Start Date 01/08/2017
Qualification Review Date 31/12/2021
Certification End Date 31/12/2023
Qualification Specification 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 England Rugby, the 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate for Rugby Union Referees is appropriate for learners over 14 years of age with an interest in becoming a rugby union referee. Holders of this qualification may be able to gain employment (paid or unpaid) refereeing rugby union, either working independently to support a club environment or alternatively within an educational environment (schools, colleges higher education institutions). Learners may be able to apply to become RFU rugby developers.


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

Prior to registration, learners are required to be aged 14 years or over and provide evidence of completing the rugby union Headcase module.

The qualification is composed of the following unit:

Title Unit Accreditation Number GLH
Refereeing for Rugby Union F/616/0604 20

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 assessment tools, 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

For learners, the qualification is supported by a 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate for Rugby Union Referees online learning provided by the Rugby Football Union (RFU).

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.

Organisations are unable to apply to become recognised and approved to deliver this qualification unless the governing body has granted permission, please contact England Rugby in the first instance.

This qualification sits on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). Further information about the benefits of the framework can be found by visiting the Ofqual website.

All learners being registered for RQF qualifications are required to have a Unique Learner Number (ULN) issued by the Learner Register. To be approved to offer this qualification, you will need to demonstrate that you can access and verify learners’ ULNs with the Learner Register. For more information about this process, please visit the Learning Records Service website.