Further guidance for coaches and advice on licensing and DBS checks.

Coaches Code of Conduct

In line with the new coach license scheme, all coaches must read and agree to the Code of Conduct for coaches, which can be seen immediately below in PDF format.

Once you have read and accept the terms of the code of conduct, please enter your name and coaching ID number in the boxes below to confirm your acceptance of the Code of Conduct.

This forms an essential part of the licencing criteria. If you are a Level 2 coach, you will not receive an ID card until we have received your acknowledgement of the new Code of Conduct.

Read and sign the Coaches Code of Conduct below.

Coach Licensing - Frequently asked Questions

Q1. What is the difference between a qualification and a licence?
The Level 2 (L2) coaching qualification provides coaches with best practice guidelines on how to coach and technical rugby league knowledge. Once completed successfully, the qualification remains with you for life and forms a key part of the coach licence.

The licence is a “licence to practice” and indicates that coaches are able to deliver safe and enjoyable coaching sessions that will benefit players.

Q2. I have just completed my UKCC L2, how do I become licenced?
You will need to attend a Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop, sign the revised coaches code of conduct as above and complete your DBS online by clicking HERE.

All L2 courses that start after October 2013 will require coaches to attend a Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop before a licence can be issued.

Q3. I have already attended a Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop, how recent does the workshop have to be to enable me to be licensed?
You need to have at least 1 year remaining on your certificate

Q5. How do I prove that I have attended a Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop?
If you have attended an RFL organised workshop we will have a record of your attendance.  If you have attended a sports coach UK workshop you will need to provide a copy of your certificate when you submit your DBS.

Q6. I only coach an adult team, do I still need to attend a Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop and complete a DBS?
Yes as the Licence enables you to coach any age group you will need to attend a Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop, sign the revised coach’s code of conduct and complete the DBS before you can be licenced.

Q7. I have a club/senior coach award and did not bridge. What do I need to do?
You will need to become UKCC L2 Qualified, attend a Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop and complete the DBS before you can become licenced.

Q8. My DBS is valid until 2017 how long will I get my licence for?
You will only be licenced until your DBS expires.  You will have to resubmit your DBS before it’s expiry to maintain your coaching licence. You can apply for a new DBS 6 months’ prior to its expiry.

Q9. I attended a Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop in 2010 is this still valid?
It will not be valid as you need at least 1 year remaining on your certificate.

Q10. Why should I attend a Safeguarding and Protecting Children and Protecting Children workshop now and not wait until 2017?
The RFL recommends that you attend a Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop as soon as possible as it contains valuable information relevant to your coaching practice and will help you make your sessions meet the needs of players by creating a safe and enjoyable environment.

Q11. I am a Level 1 coach do I need a licence?
No - at this moment in time, L1 coaches are not required to be licenced but they are issued with an ID card. You should have a DBS through your club and continue to work under the supervision of a L2 licenced coach. It would be good practice to attend a Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop. See more HERE.

Q12. Can my coaching licence be removed, if so why?
Yes, the licence to practice can be withdrawn.  Reasons for removing your licence would include breaking the coach’s code of conduct, disciplinary issues or failing to meet all the conditions of the licence.

Q13. What will happen if my licence is due to expire?
Level 1 coaches will not receive a replacement coaching ID card – see question 14.

Level 2 coaches will need to sign the updated coach’s code of conduct.  Those coaches with a current DBS in place will then receive an updated licence card linked to the DBS expiry date during which time coaches must complete a Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop.  

Coaches without a current DBS or have less than 6 months to the DBS expiry date must send in a DBS form to obtain a new check.  Once the DBS has been confirmed and the coach has signed up to the coach’s code of conduct, a licence card will be issued.  Coaches must then undertake a Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop during the licence period.

Q14. I’m a Level 1 coach and haven’t received an ID Card/Licence, do I need one?
Your UKCC Level 1 certificate proves you have completed the Level 1 award and can operate as an assistant coach under the supervision of a licensed Level 2 coach.

You will receive a card for ID purposes only, however you cannot coach alone using this card. You must be under the supervision of a licensed Level 2 coach.

Q15. Why have the licence conditions changed?
The RFL have amended and updated the licence scheme to bring it into line with national guidance and best practice in coaching. This is to help support rugby league to provide the best playing and training experience for players as possible.

Q16. Do I have to complete CPD to get a licence card?
No. However, CPD will be available and it is considered best practice for coaches to undertake further development wherever possible to ensure that they are up-to date with current coaching techniques. 

Q17. What is a DBS check?
A DBS check is the new name for the Criminal Records Bureau and stands for Disclosure and Barring Service.  This check helps clubs and the game to make safer decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children.