How to become an Assistant Referee

More than a touch judge, you are there to assist the referee, which leads to a better game for everyone. A touch judge cannot rule on foul play, while an Assistant Referee can.

Many competitions expect that each team provides an accredited Assistant Referee (AR). You'll be close to the action but out of the spotlight. This may be a good way to decide if you want to go further and become a referee.

Level of Game
 Accreditation requirements
Under 8 to 12

 Assistant Refereeing Kids Rugby U8-U12 (online)

 Complete online course
Under 13 and older
 Assistant Referee Level 1 (face-to-face)
 Attend face-to-face course and pass online exam


Check the list of available NSW courses at Click on the course you're interested in and it will take you to the new Rugby Portal, from where you will access the Rugby Learning Centre to register for your course. Go straight to the Rugby Portal to access the AR-Kids Rugby course.

Have you done your course and are wondering what to do next? Login to the Rugby Learning Centre and it will tell you what you still need to do (under 'not started' or 'in progress').


In Sydney the competition rules set the following deadlines to gain accreditation:

Sydney Juniors - bonus competition points from Round 5.

Suburban - fines apply from Round 8.