The National Rugby League aims to establish and maintain the highest standards of competence for Rugby League Referees through appropiate education, training and support. The NRL currently conduct the following courses to ensure all officials are equiped with the knowledge and skills required to be a Rugby League Referee.
Level 1 Referee
- Minimum Age: 13 years
- Qualification Prerequisite: Nil
- Involvement (What age groups can you referee?): Referee 6-19 years only. Referees between 13-18 years may only referee two years below their age
- Reaccreditation Period: 4 years
- Course Time: approximately 7-8 hours
- Course Cost: $25
The Level 1 Referee course is an entry level course consisting of 3 components:
- 10 Online modules (The Referee, Laws of the Game, Signal & Whistles, Role of the Touch judge, Fitness for officiating, Pre-Match, Match & Post Match Considerations, Practical Refereeing Theory, Management & Communication, Attitudes – Personal Qualities, Safety- Maintaining a proper environment)
- Face to face modules (overview of the above modules)
- Practical Assessment ( 3 on-field assessments)
Upon completion of the Online and Face-to-face component of the course, the candidate will qualify as a ‘Referee in Training’ which enables them to referee the relevant age groups for a period of 18 months. During this time the candidate is required to undergo a practical assessment. If the candidate is deemed competent they will be officially accredited as a Level 1 Referee.
Level 2 Referee
- Minimum Age: 18 years
- Qualification Prerequisite: Level 1 Referee (for a minimum 2 years)
- Involvement (What age groups can you referee?): Any local/district matches and Junior Rep matches
- Reaccreditation Period: 4 years
- Course Time: 15 hours
- Course Cost: $30
The Level 2 Referee course has been designed to take into account the more advanced aspects of refereeing. The course consists of:
- 6 Online modules
- 5 Face to Face Modules (Training for Fitness, Laws of the Game/Case Studies/Skills Drills, Safety in Sport, Practical Refereeing, Lifestyle Guidelines, Assessing Performance, Psychology of Refereeing, Sociology of Refereeing, The Referee & the Judiciary, The Touch Judge, Legal Responsibilities of Referees )
- Practical & Written/or Oral Assessment ( The practical assessment involves on field refereeing ; assessments will take place during throughout the season)
Upon completion of the Face-to-face component of the course, the candidate will qualify as a ‘Referee in Training’ which enables them to referee the relevant age groups for a period of 18 months. During this time the candidate is required to undergo practical & written/oral assessments. If the candidate is deemed competent they will be officially accredited as a Level 2 Referee.
Please note, whilst there are five levels of Referee accreditation within the National Referee Accreditation Scheme, only Levels 1 and 2 are education-based courses. Level 3-5 are earned through experience across the game. The NRL also conduct Coach of Match Official (CMO) courses to ensure all providers deliver courses at the highest standard.
For further information on Level 3-5 accreditation please refer to the National Refereeing Accreditation Scheme
Please click here to learn about the NRL’s Referee development pathway.
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