All the information you need on BI Coach Licensing

All the information you need on BI Coach Licensing

  • Jul 11,2018

Basketball Ireland Coaches Licensing

Find out all the information on the new Basketball Ireland Coaches Licensing scheme below. 

The full file can be downloaded here: Coach Licensing -31.5.18.pdf


Please note, the application process for the coaches licenses will open on August 1st, 2018.

Why a Licensing Scheme?

We need to have a complete database of qualified active coaches.

All Basketball Ireland member clubs, colleges and schools for all ages need to know who is coaching their players and what level qualifications they hold.

Coach education and continual professional development is essential to increasing the standard of coaches coaching within our sport. 

With the license system, active coaches will be encouraged to attend courses and clinics in order to improve their knowledge and experience as coach.

The license scheme will establish a difference between active coaches and non-active coaches and make sure all active coaches have up-to-date qualifications.

With clinics being sanctioned to receive Continual Professional Development (CPD) points, hopefully this will mean more clinics are run in Ireland both directly through BI but also through clubs and organisations. 

More coach education will improve the standard of our coaches and help coaches share information in order to improve the coaching standards.


When will the Licensing Scheme start? 

The first licenses will be issued in time for the start of the 2018-19 season.

At the start of the 2019-20, season no coach will be allowed to take part in BI activities as a coach without holding a valid license.

***IMPORTANT: Please note, the application process for the coaches licenses will open on August 1st, 2018.***


How does a Coach become Licensed?

Coaches will receive a coaching license once they have met the following criteria:

Register with Basketball Ireland as a coach under the current BI Registration System. The license will be free of charge for all qualified coaches. 

In order to be eligible for a Basketball Ireland Coaching License, you must hold a Coaching Certificate (Intro, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3) that was awarded from Coaching Ireland/Sport Ireland since 1997 when they started issuing the current qualifications. 

A physical copy of a Coaching Ireland/Sport Ireland Certificate or appearing on the Coaching Ireland/Sport Ireland coach database are the only ways to prove certification. If you wish to check your level, please contact Basketball Ireland's coaching department on

You must be Garda vetted with Basketball Ireland (details here:

Hold a current Safeguarding 1 Certificate (from Level 1 and upwards). 

During season 2018-19 coaches will be issued a temporary one-year license without completing this course. They will then have until August 1st, 2019 to complete the course and contact Basketball Ireland Coaching Department (  with proof of completion, at which point they will be issued a three-year license commencing from the point of first application. 

If they fail to do so they will not be issued a license until such time as the course is completed and the three years will still commence from the point of first application.


Continuous Professional Development

As part of the licensing system, from August 1st, 2018 onwards coaching licenses will be awarded for the following periods based on your completion of the below courses.


Introduction to Coaching Course – 3 Year License

Level 1 Course – 3 Year License

Level 2 Course – 4 Year License

Level 3 Course – 5 year License

You can view more information on license renewal, CPD and the points system in full here: Coach Licensing -31.5.18.pdf

Other important FAQs such as: What happens when a coaching license expires without completing the required CPD for a renewal? and full details on all of the above can be downloaded here: Coach Licensing -31.5.18.pdf



Possession of a Licence Card will confirm that:

You are a qualified Coach (to whatever level is shown)

You have been Garda vetted

You have undertaken a Child Safeguarding certificate course.



Should be directed to Matt Hall on 

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