Posted on Wednesday 22nd January, 2020


As the 2020 season approaches, the WRFL wishes to advise that all trainers are required to re-register with the league annually before you can officiate in any game.

How to register

Complete the 2020 registration form – Click Here

  • Provide a copy of your current ERC Accreditation,
  • Provide a copy of your current First Aid Accreditation:
    Both Documents listed above must expire after April 4th 2020 to be successfully registered as a trainer.
  • Provide evidence of your Working with Children’s Check (Voluntary card is accepted)
  • Provide a colour headshot photo of yourself in JPEG format (this photo will be on your trainer card for 2020)

Send the above documents to or in person Level 1 South, Whitten Oval, 417 Barkly Street, Footscray West.

WRFL Trainer card

Following WRFL approval of your registration you will be issued with a trainer’s card valid for the 2020 season, which you’ll need to carry on you at all times on a Game day.

On the Registration form Trainers can opt for either a Mobile Version or a Hard copy trainers’ card.

If you choose hard copy, you will receive an email once it’s been printed and available to be picked up from the WRFL Office. In the event a hard copy replacement card is required a $5.00 fee per card will be applied.

Please allow at least 24 hours for the registration to be processed and both the digital & hard copy versions to be finalised.

Minimum WRFL Trainer requirements from 2020

In 2018 the WRFL announced changes to the minimum requirements for being a registered and performing trainer effective from season 2020.

As of this year all trainers will require the following:

  1. Level 2 First Aid Certificate – HLTAID003 (valid for 3 years)
  2. ERC Certificate – Emergency Response Coordinator (valid for 3 years)
  3. Working with Children’s Check card – Required for all junior and senior trainers (volunteer card accepted)

Without these the WRFL will be unable to register you as a Trainer.

Why the changes?

This is an AFL initiative which the WRFL and other community leagues are obligated to follow. The changes being implemented are designed to provide trainers with the knowledge to be both confident and competent in ensuring all players safety, administering the best care in any given situation.

What does the ERC course entail?

Emergency Response Coordinator (ERC) courses are run by Garry Bilson from Statewide Massage in accordance to AFL guidelines.

The three-hour course covers important topics such as emergency planning, emergency response priorities, concussion management, on-field communication and transporting injured participants.

A current First Aid Level 2 certificate must be provided during enrolment.

For more information on course dates & locations please contact Jessie Chester at

What are the next steps?

If you are a WRFL trainer and you haven’t completed an ERC course to date, then you will need to attend and complete an ERC course in order to be an eligible trainer for the upcoming season and beyond.