What are the IRB's strategies for development?

In terms of training and education the IRB has the following strategies:

- Provide best practise Train the Trainer and Educator programmes
- Provide appropriate and relevant game analysis research
- Provide access to Rugby participation programmes to introduce players to the Game, e.g. Tag, Touch, Sevens, etc
- Train more coaches and referees worldwide
- Making training and education resources available to coaches, players, referees and teachers
- Work with Regional staff to to create awareness of training and education programmes
- Developing officiating accreditation courses
- Developing coaching accreditation courses
- Liaise with Unions in the development of products
- Utilise the services of leading unions to develop and deliver IRB programmes
- Using available and relevant technology to provide and deliver training and education products
- Develop interactive web based training tools

How do I register for courses?

In the first instance you should contact your local union - for contact details on each of the Member Unions of the IRB select your union from the 'Pick your Union' list top-right on each page on this website. This takes you to union-specific information including latest news, results and fixtures and also organisation contacts.

In the second instance contact your local IRB Regional Training Co-ordinator. These are as follows:

 North America Carribean Rugby Association (NACRA)
 Mike Luke


 South America (CONSUR)  Alejandro Degano  adegano@adegano.com
 Africa (CAR) English-speaking   Denver Wannies  denver.wannies@gmail.com
 Africa (CAR) French-speaking  Adama Bakhoum 
 Asia (ARFU)   Gene Tong  rtcarfu@irb.com
 Oceania (FORU)   Talemo Waqa
 Europe (FIRA-AER)   Douglas Langley  douglas.langley@irb.com

For any other queries contact IRB centrally:

Jock Peggie, IRB Training Manager - Workforce and Product Development
Email: jock.peggie@irb.com
Work Tel: +44 7527 376 426

Jennifer Wilson, IRB Technical Services Administrator
Email: jennifer.wilson@irb.com
Work Tel: +353 1 240 9213

How is certification managed and what kind of certification will I receive after the courses?

Triple branded certificates will be produced demonstrating the Union, Regional Association and IRB logo. These certificates will be sent electronically as PDFs or printed as hard copy and sent to the Union or Educator that delivered the course.

What are the timescales for the redevelopment of courses?

All courses are rewritten every three years. In 2012 the following courses are being rewritten:

- Coaching Match Officials / Performance Review
- Level 1 Coaching
- Level 1 Match Officiating