The Joint Home Countries Working Group (JHCWG) manage the Level 1 & 2 refereeing education programme and have recently conducted a review of the assessment process to align it with the recently updated Level 3 and 4 assessment process.

The L 1 & 2 assessment process has been centralised and standardised to ensure a consistent approach to the delivery of the content. Both seminars will be deliverable in an online or face to face format and the content will be interactive with quizzes and videos.

The JHCWG review has also for the first time formalised a collaboration with  Wheelchair fencing to provide an opportunity to qualify as a wheelchair referee.  For more information about this see here

To reinforce the emphasis on a supportive education process rather than examination, the seminars will be conducted by “Referee Instructors”  rather than “Referee Examiners.”

The Level 2 practical assessment continues the focus on a supported learning environment with the use of a “Referee Mentor” to support the candidate through their practical assessment.

Newly qualified referees are encouraged to continue working closely with a mentor to further develop their refereeing skills

The published list of approved Referee Instructors and Mentors appointed by the Joint Home Countries Working Group can be found here: Home Counties Referee Instructors

How do I register for a referee course ?

There are several ways to register your interest in becoming a Level 2 Regional Level Referee or to sign up to an Introduction to Refereeing seminar to learn more about refereeing:

What will I need to know to become a referee ?

All referees should demonstrate they:



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