BQ Coach Learning Pathway

Once registered as a coach you are a member of Basketball Queensland coach community through the BQ Coaches APP.

As a registered coach you can access both:

Formal education: Accreditation courses and on-line learning module opportunities

Informal learning opportunities such as notification, access & free attendance at or with:

- Coaches weekend,

- New Year’s clinic,

- Online modules

- Drills & videos

- Other international and national guest coaches’ clinics in Queensland.

- Aspire Coach program

Registration and Accreditation

To coach in Basketball Queensland competitions such SQJBC, CQJBC, NQJBC, State Championships, QSL & NBL1  North you must be both registered and accredited at minimum of community coach level.

Registration and accreditation are the first step to help guide & develop your own growth as a coach and to better assist your players coaching experience.

Coach Accreditation Standards in Queensland

To coach a BQ junior representative Under 16 or Under 18, QSL or NBL1 North team, you need to have Association Coach Accreditation. This helps assure our youth players, parents and adult players of our coach standards.

Coach accreditation levels

There are five recognised coaching accreditations within Australia:

Level of Coaching: Aussie Hoops
Accreditation Process: Obtained via the SportAus Learning Portal
Prerequisites: No experience required

This is the first step in your coaching pathway and is designed to help prepare coaches across all sports for what to expect in their role. This is a minimum requirement within Basketball Queensland to coach at any level.

Level of Coaching: Club & School Leagues, Junior Representative
Accreditation Process: Full day course (5 hours) or 5 Star Individual Modules
Prerequisites: Community Coach Certificate

This is the first basketball specific accreditation in your coaching journey and touches on how to develop individual skills as well as basic team concepts. This is a minimum requirement to be a head coach at junior club/rep level.

Level of Coaching: Junior Representative, Queensland State League (QSL), State Teams, NBL 1 North
Accreditation Process: Weekend course and an assessment
Prerequisites: Club Coach Accreditation (held for a minimum 12 months)

This is a more in-depth accreditation aimed at experienced coaches and includes presentations on advanced tactics as well as improving some of the on court competencies of a coach. This is a minimum requirement to be a head coach at senior rep level, QBL and QLD state teams. 

Level of Coaching: National Programs and Professional Leagues 
Accreditation Process: 5 day Performance Coach Course
Prerequisites: Six years Association Coach accrediation experience

This is a National level accreditation for coaches involved with high level representative teams and development squads; or for Queensland Coaches who derive a part or casual income through player development opportunities, paid team coaching or school based coach employment.

Level of Coaching: National Teams and Programs  
Acceditation Process: Elite Practical Training and Management Course
Prerequisites: National Coaching Role or other BA Performance Pathways

The Master Coach accreditation program is driven, coordinated and managed by Basketball Australia and coach candidates require endorsement from a State/Territory basketball association or national league club to participate in the program.

BQ currently facilitate the Community, Club & Association accreditations and are working with BA to reinstate further accreditation pathways.

Accreditation Policy

Coaches must hold a current accredited as part of their 'Coaching License'. A 'Coach License' is a two part qualification made up of one of the 5 accreditation levels, as well as a current Blue Card and is valid for 3 years from the date of issue. All of our coaching accreditations are now managed through the OwnUrGoal platform. 

To become accredited, coaches must:


Register in OwnUrGoal

Coaches must be registered in BQ's coaching database via the OwnUrGoal platform for their coaching registration to be accepted.


Hold a current Blue Card

Coaches MUST hold a current Blue Card in order to be eligible to coach in any BQ sanctioned event unless they are under the age of 18.


Appropriately Accredited

Coaches must hold at least the minimum accreditation required for their current coaching position as per the table below.


Behave Appropriately

Coaches must also respect all BQ competition rules and regulations and may have their coaching license revoked by BQ for serious breaches.

Re-accreditation Process

If you are a registered coach with BQ your accreditation levels will be managed and renewed automatically according to BQ & Basketball Australia Coach accreditation policy.

If registered as a Club Accredited Coach and you have obtained your accreditation within BQ in the past five years you are eligible for the Club Renewal Course which can be found on the coaches app.

If registered as an Association Accredited Coach and you have obtained your accreditation within BQ in the past 5 years and can provide a coaching history and also obtain association endorsement you will be reaccredited for a further 3 years.

If you are registered and were accredited more than five years ago then subject to Association endorsement and clear evidence of your accreditation then you will be endorsed for a further three years and then subject to automatic renewal.

If you were accredited more than ten years ago and or If lapsed accreditation - greater than 10 years without any ongoing coaching involvement in BQ competitions or without Association endorsement (i.e. no record or evidence) THEN the coach MUST UPDATE by redoing their level course.

- Alternatively provide a complete coach resume with all coaching activities at club or association level over the past three years & then have it verified by the accountable club or Association Coaching director or Association GM

If you are unsure of your accreditation status, please check the below matrix. 

Coaching Matrix
BQ Coach Licence

A BQ Coach licence is different to being either a registered or an accredited coach.

- A licence is a signpost for employers, associations and parents of suitability to coach basketball legally and effectively.

To be licensed to coach basketball in Queensland you must be:

1. Registered with BQ and an association/club

2. Accredited

3. Hold a Queensland Government blue card.

All these details are signposted in your Coach registration profile on the BQ Coaches APP.

A BQ registered coach can show their up to date qualifications on their phone & access their accreditation easily.

For more information please contact:

Coach Development Manager Luke McGuire-


The Arena
Sleeman Sports Complex
Cnr Old Cleveland & Tilley Rds Chandler QLD 4155


P: (07) 3377 9100
PO Box 534,
Capalaba QLD 4157