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Courses Update

Latest information on Coaching, Referee and Safeguarding courses in Hertfordshire in light of COVID-19

Keeping you updated on the status of Coaching, Safeguarding and Referee courses in Hertfordshire following the COVID-19 pandemic

UPDATED 29/04/2021 14:00

Hertfordshire FA have been working closely with FA Education to look at restarting delivery of our Education Courses in line with FA and DCMS COVID-19 Guidance.  

At the same time FA Education are working towards the launch of an updated suite of education courses from that date. This modernised offer, which utilises digital means in addition to the traditional face to face and pitchside sessions, will open up more learning opportunities for coaches.

We will provide updates on these new courses as soon as they are available. In the meantime you can find further information and guidance relating to specific courses below:


Introductory Coaching Courses

Those who are looking to take the first steps on their coaching journey should complete the free online FA Playmaker award in the first instance. Then if you want to take it further you can move on to the new Introduction to Coaching Football course which replaces the Level 1 and is due to launch in June.

FA Level 2 and UEFA B Coaching Courses

For existing learners we will resume in-situ visits as appropriate in line with guidance from DCMS and The FA and will contact them directly with details.

In terms of new courses, we can advise that The FA Level 2 & UEFA B Coaching courses are currently under review by The FA and we continue to work with them to understand when these courses will be available again and in what format. However after much consideration we can confirm that Hertfordshire FA will not be able to run a UEFA B course during the 2021-22 season.

Safeguarding Courses

If your previous FA Safeguarding qualification has expired (or is more than two-and-a-half years old) you can renew this online via The FA Safeguarding Children Re-Certification. If you have not completed an FA Safeguarding Workshop before, you can complete the new Safeguarding Children Course online.

If you are a Club Welfare Officer that needs to complete the relevant training for this position, you can now complete the Welfare Officers Course online (you will need to be logged in order to select one of the sessions listed further down the page).

First Aid Courses

If your IFAiF qualification was due to expire since March 2020, your current qualification should have automatically been extended by The FA until February 2021. If you have not completed the FA Introductory First Aid in Football before, please complete the online learning available around Concussion and Sudden Cardiac Arrest. We are working with The FA to deliver new Emergency First Aid courses in 2021.

Referee Courses

Those interested in becoming a referee can complete the new online Guide to the Laws of the Game modules, which serves as the first step on the path to becoming a match official. Once this has been completed they can book onto the updated FA Referee Course which has now launched.

Referee Feedback Workshops

If you have already undertaken the previous version of the Referee Course and need to attend a Feedback Workshop to complete your qualification, we are working to schedule these according to demand (once COVID restrictions allow). If you have completed your 5 games and would like to register your interest to attend one of these, please complete the online form and we will get in touch with details of upcoming dates .


Get in Touch

If you have any questions on any of the above please contact Steve Maker, Head of Football Development and Investment – steve.maker@hertfordshirefa.com