Becoming a Coach


Rugby is a physical, contact sport and as such has inherent dangers. Rugby Ontario is committed to reducing the risks of serious injury through the implementation of World Rugby, Rugby Canada, and Rugby Ontario safety policies.

By making yourself aware of rugby's safety policies, you can play your part in making sure that our sport remains safe, fun and enjoyable for all.

Minimum Standards for all Coaches

To ensure best practice is being followed, we require that all active coaches, teachers and referees in clubs and schools complete the online World Rugby RugbyReady self-check assessment on

1. World Rugby Laws self-check; take the test online at
2. Concussion Management - concussions are an issue that affects all sports and it is important that everyone in Rugby recognises the symptoms of concussion and removes from playing or training any player with clear or suspected symptoms; learn more at World Rugby's Player Welfare resource page


Get Qualified

For a complete list of our National Coaching Certification Program / World Rugby-approved coaching courses, along with descriptions, please visit our
Coaching Courses section.

For a complete list of all upcoming coaching courses, please refer to our
schedule of upcoming coaching courses.


Attend Ongoing Development Sessions

We are currently developing further resources for this step. As coaching development sessions become available, schedules will be posted to the Rugby Ontario Coaching section.

**A note for all coaches that hold a NCCP Coaching Certificate, and wish to be certified with World Rugby: the NCCP Community Initiation and NCCP Competition Introduction courses are now paired with World Rugby ce
rtification courses, as of 2014 (NCCP Community Initiation / World Rugby Level 1; NCCP Competition Introduction / World Rugby Level 2, respectively). Coaches that attended a NCCP course prior to the introduction of the combined courses must attend a full course if they wish to receive the World Rugby certification, however, their NCCP certification will not expire.

Please contact 
Sarah Lesperance, Rugby Development Coordinator - Technical (; 647-560-4790 x109) should you have any questions.


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