The purpose of this page is to outline the standards expected from candidates to achieve their Level 4 Fencing Refereeing Qualification and to set out the relevant syllabus and assessment conditions and criteria.
Level 4 is the highest domestic refereeing qualification and is the expected level of achievement for referees that wish to referee the latter stages (L8) at major Opens and National Championships. Referees wishing to achieve their Level 4 National Referee qualification will need to be an existing and experienced Level 3 BF referee.
A Level 4 qualification and a valid EFC C-Grade qualification is a pre-requisite for sitting the actual FIE refereeing exam.
The Level 4 exam takes the form of a mock FIE exam and will therefore seek to replicate the same process and conditions as the actual FIE exam.
Referees may re-sit the exam as many times as they wish however there will be a cost (see below) and priority will be given to candidates in line to be put forward to FIE exams.
In order to replicate as closely as possible the current FIE exams, BF will invite a senior (non GBR) International FIE (weapon specific) referee to act as the examiner and run the examination process.
As in the actual FIE exams, referees will be required to:
Referees should be able to demonstrate they:
An initial theory exam at which the candidate must score over 80% to continue with the assessment will be conducted.
This is done on the first day of the designated BF Event – either prior to the competition starting or during the poules and DE’s. Successful candidates from the theory exam will be permitted to participate in the practical assessment of the examination.
The exam will consist of a seminar, and an individual theory and video examination. These will be general and weapon specific.
Practical assessment will be carried out on the second day of the designated BF competition.
The candidate will be expected to referee throughout the competition from pools, through to the finals where necessary.
Candidates will be expected to reach a minimum standard of 80% of correct calls.
Verbal and written feedback will be supplied to the candidate.
The designated competitions are the:
Level 4 exams may be held annually or biannually depending on the number of eligible FIE candidates or when the FIE exams are being held.
BF will subsidise the cost of the Level 4 exam for some candidates.
GBR Referees who are members of the BF Referee Pathway Programme and have been identified as likely to be put forward for an FIE exam will have a 100% subsidy for their first Level 4 exam only.
Referees that have refereed at least 3 major BF National Championships in the preceding twelve months will have 50% subsidy and will be charged £30.
Other referees will be charged £60.
Level 4 candidates must complete an application form to register their interest and submit a minimum of one month in advance of any assessment to the BF Referee Manager.
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