Foundation Course

There is no "course" for LEVEL ONE as was the case in previous years.The mandatory pre-requisite "course" is SmartRugby, which is the ARU's occupational health & safety program.

The 'Foundation' course is a certificate course which provides a basic structure for coaching & officiating. It is recommended that individuals who wish to gain ASC accreditation attend a Foundation Course.

Course Modules  
The delivery of this course is structured to integrate both classroom workshops and on field presentations. To enhance learning outcomes the course has been slit into the following sections.

1. Modules (including Smartrugby): Law, technique, tactical application of technique, and safety.
2. Afternoon coaching modules: Coaching process, Catching activities, Tactical awareness, Re-emphasis of law and safe techinque


1. ARU Code of conduct

2. Rugby the game

3. Balance and stability

4. Track and Tackle

5. Tackle Contest (ruck/maul)

6. Scrum


8. Game Elements

9. Coaching in Practice

10. Coaching Set Piece

11. Coaching Defence

12. Coaching Tackle Contest

13. Coaching Attack

14. Accreditation - towards level 1


One day

Cost: $95 (GST inclusive) Register online for a course, or contact your State Union office for more information


To gain ARU Level 1 accreditation coaches will need to;

  • Complete a Foundation Course
  • Pass a Level 1 Law and Safety exam
  • Complete a Self-Reflection form
  • Complete 60 hours of session plans in a Coaching Diary
  • Complete a Coach Assessment with a coach educator

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