Posted on Friday 15th February, 2019


As the 2019 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 2019 registration form – Click Here
  • Provide a copy of your current first aid accreditation:
    Must expire after April 6th 2019 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 2019)

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

Collecting your WRFL Trainer card

Following WRFL approval of your registration you will be issued with a trainer’s card valid for the 2019 season.

Once your card is printed you will receive an email stating it is available to be picked up from the WRFL Office.

In the event a 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 the card printed.

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 2020 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)

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 will be 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.

The cost to do the three-hour course will be $77 per person.

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

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 2020 and beyond.

The WRFL will be putting on regular ERC courses throughout 2019 in order to ensure you are qualified before the beginning of the 2020 season.

A calendar of upcoming courses will be released shortly.

To contact the WRFL Trainers Association directly please email