Click on the picture of Amy above to hear a number of NSW referees talk about why they started.


How to become a Referee

You're interested in taking up the "best seat in the house"?

We need referees for games from the Under 8s through to seniors. Whatever your ability and aspirations, there is a game that needs you.

 Type of game
 Course Post-course accreditation
 Under 6-7
None None Usually refereed by the coaches, who have done the Coaching Kids Rugby U6-7 course. Contact your club minis coordinator for more details.
 Under 8-12
Refereeing Kids Rugby U8-12
Optional exam
Must be 13 years old to referee this age group.
 Under 13 to senior
Foundation Level 1 Referee - requires exam & competency assessment
Must be 15 years old to referee U13 or older games.
 Viva 7s (non-contact)
Viva7s referee
This is an online course on the Rugby Learning Centre. Contact your local centre coordinator to start refereeing.


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.

You will be given all the details for who to contact to start refereeing at your course. You are welcome to contact your local referee association before then and start getting involved in their social and educational activities before that.

 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').