Coach Education





Does your club want a course?

Does your club want to run a course? Have you members in the club who wish to take part in a course?.

These are the steps for clubs to book a course.
Courses can only be booked by email through the Club Secretary or Coaching Officer


Mandatory Coaching Standards

Árd Chomhairle has approved the following standards for Inter-County and Club teams.

Inter County Management Teams

  • By the start of the 2018 season, all Inter-County head coaches will be Award 2 qualified.

Club Management Teams.

  •  By the start of the 2018 season all club head coaches will be Award 1 qualified.

The following initiatives have been prioritised to support the roll out of these standards across the Association.

  1. The delivery mechanisms for the GAA Coach Education Programme to be expanded to include Online (, Communities of Practice and Mentoring.
  2. Recognition of relevant competencies gained through non-GAA programmes or internal programmes, currently not formally linked to the GAA Coach Education Programme, will be facilitated and quality assured.
  3. An assimilation programme will be established to recognise the competencies of managers and coaches who have gained experience and expertise without gaining GAA CEP qualifications to date.

If you or your club wish to avail of the Coaching courses being provided please read the information on the website first before contacting Coach Education Officer Shane Supple at

Coaching Pathway

If you wish to become a coach in your club the following are the steps you need to take in your role as coach, each club will have their own basic guidelines for coaches as a “standard of best practice”, outside of those guidelines, the following are the basic steps required for you to start on the ladder to coaching as an adult. For any member of a club under 18 who wish to assist as a coach we have the Rebel Og ” Emerging Coaches Course”

You must meet the criteria involved in each step as you go along, however if you do not hold a Foundation Certificate you can still help out in your local club, but you must have Garda vetting completed and you must complete the Child Welfare & Protection course in your club.

It is recommended that you complete the Foundation Course to help give you a better understanding of coaching young players, again this is only a recommendation, but club Guidelines must be adhered to. If your not sure check with your club Coaching Officer.

The recommended steps to your coaching pathway.

  1. Emerging Coaching Course for U18’s only
  2. Garda Vetting.
  3. Child Welfare & Protection Course.
  4. Foundation Course. (Hurling, Football or Dual course)
  5. Attend Workshops
  6. Award 1 Course. (Hurling or Football – Child, Youth & Adult)
  7. Award 2 Course. (Hurling or Football – Child, Youth & Adult)
  8. Basic First Aid.
  9. Award 3 Course (being rolled out in 2020)

Useful Resources

Since May 2018 the GAA have changed the registration for courses etc so in order to take part in a course in your local club you must register at the Learning & Development Community Portal at which has been developed to provide better access to key resources for GAA members and those actively promoting Gaelic Games. You register as a site member and then can you gain access to our Coach Education Programmes which will help support your role as Coach, Referee, Administrator or Player.

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Click here for Information on Emerging Coaches Course


Click here for Information on Foundation Course


Click here for Information on Award 1 Course