How to Become an Umpire - Accreditation

Netball Victoria will continue to offer opportunities for umpires to progress through the Netball Australia Umpire Accreditation Pathway, by conducting courses and workshops designed for each level of the accreditation structure.

Become an Umpire

Have you ever considered the benefits of becoming an umpire? Umpiring provides you with so much more than just the ability to officiate the rules of the game. It can make you feel:

Connected – Umpiring is a great way to make friends for life and be an integral part of the vibrant netball community.  

Respected – Umpires provide the opportunity for everyone to play the game in a safe, fair and enjoyable environment. Umpiring also develops skills that can be used for life: communication, resilience and leadership just to name a few!

Energised – Umpiring lets you experience the thrill of the game, contributes towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle and offers a pathway to participate in the sport at the highest level.

There are many opportunities to become involved as an umpire in Netball, with clear pathways and support structures available for those aspiring to officiate at the highest level.

How to Become an Umpire

To check for courses in your area, please check our umpiring calendar below.
Alternatively, please contact your local Association or League and speak to the Umpire Supervisor regarding umpire development programs held at their association

Umpire Accreditation Pathway & Badge Levels

Competition Pathway

Beginner Umpire

Association or League.

National C Badge

C Grade Development Camp, Association & League Games.

National B Badge

Victorian Netball League, Netball Victoria’s Talented Umpires Program, Netball Victoria’s High Performance B Grade Squad, Inter Academy Weekend, Association & League games.

National A Badge

National Tournaments, Australian Netball League, Victorian Netball League & Netball Australia’s Emerging Talent Squad.

National AA Badge

Suncorp Super Netball, Australian Netball League, Victorian Netball League & Netball Australia’s High Performance Umpire Program.

International Umpiring Award

Commonwealth Games, Netball World Cup, INF Appointments & Suncorp Super Netball.

Badge Levels

C Badge


Current financial Netball Victoria Member;

Rules of Netball Theory Exam pass mark of 70% or higher;

Current Foundation Umpire Education Course (formerly known as Level 1).

Practical Test:

Local Game – 4 x 10, 12, or 15 minute quarters

  • Basic game management in order to keep game moving and maintain player safety in low to average standard matches
  • Basic procedural competence (late arrivals, failure to take the court, stoppages). Basic positioning and vision skills.
  • Reactions/timing appropriate for low to average standard matches.
  • Usually recognises and penalises obvious infringements, both major and minor.
  • Applies “advantage goal” so as not to disadvantage non-offending team.
B Badge


Current financial Netball Victoria Member;

Rules of Netball Theory Exam pass mark of 80% or higher;

Current Foundation Umpire Education Course (formerly known as Level 1).

Practical Test:

Local Game – 4 x 15 minute quarters

  • Sound game management and implementation of procedures.
  • Some understanding of when measures need to be taken to keep game safe (for example, overt unsportsmanlike conduct or dangerous play)
  • Positioning and vision are not restricted to the immediate area where the ball is or the bulk of players are, to take into account what is happening behind and ahead of play. This requirement is matched by the requirement that the candidate demonstrate basic advantage skills
  • More consistent recognition of minor infringements and more refined understanding (footwork, played ball for example).
  • Obstruction: beginning to understand implications of rule beyond simple 0.9m defence (jump and land, standing within 0.9m and interfering with throwing/shooting action); beginning to recognise use of arms to limit movement of player without ball; obvious defending out of court.
  • Contact: beginning to go beyond obvious examples of interference to distinguishing fair contest from contact (understanding body movements, including recognizing when a player or players cause an opponent to interfere).
  • Advantage: vision skills allow some recognition of context of play and some assessment of what is of advantage to the non-offending team.


A Badge


Current financial Netball Victoria Member;

Theory pass mark of 90% or higher;

Current Elite Umpire Education course.

Practical Test:

Victorian Netball League game – 4 x 15 minute quarters

  • Detailed understanding and application of all aspects of game management, including foul play (13.2) and the actions that may be taken by umpires (13.1, 13.3).
  • There is an expectation that positioning, vision and timing will be guided by play and informed by an understanding of the game context. General principles are consistently executed, including adapting positioning and vision to specific circumstances to secure best view of play.
  • This in turn allows a more refined application of the Advantage Rule, which allows the game to flow without losing control or undermining the standards set for game management.
  • Rule interpretations demonstrate an understanding of the rule, an attention to detail and a common-sense application in the game context.
  • There should be a high level of consistency across both minor and major infringements. In particular:
  • Obstruction: consistently penalises all forms of 0.9m defence across court areas; consistently recognises obstruction of player without the ball; consistently identifies defending by a player who is out of court.
  • Contact: consistently distinguishes between contact and contest (again, allowing the game to flow without losing control or undermining game management); accurately identifies and penalises causing contact and inevitable contact cognition of context of play and some assessment of what is of advantage to the non-offending team.


AA Badge

**The AA badge should not be seen as a “natural progression” from the A badge. It is an elite umpiring qualification reserved for candidates who display the highest levels of technical proficiency, rule understanding and game management.

  • Complete understanding of all aspects of game management which allows necessary procedures to be implemented promptly and professionally when they are required; good judgment and “game sense” to ensure that the available actions are used at the right time and for the right purpose.
  • Positioning, vision and timing work together to be in the best place at the right time, even when this is counter-intuitive. The umpire reads play to adapt to different paces, patterns and styles of play with minimal disruption to timing and decision-making.
  • High level of decisional accuracy across major and minor infringements: makes decisions quickly and precisely, and applies them efficiently. Shows ability to prioritize correctly when multiple infringements occur.
  • Demonstrates particular consistency and expertise in application of the Contact and Advantage Rule to enhance the contest and allow skilled play to occur, while maintaining control and ensuring that no team is unduly disadvantaged.

2020 Tester Meetings:

To learn how to be come a NV Endorsed Umpire Tester and to book your spot at one of our 2020 Tester Meetings across the state click here:


Testing of Umpires

Netball Australia has developed and implemented the National Umpire Development Framework to attract, progress and retain quality umpires at all levels of the sport.

View and download the complete National Umpire Development Framework here.

The Netball Australia Umpire Accreditation System is an educational pathway based on the Netball Australia Umpiring Courses (Foundation and Elite), the ASC General Principles (Community & Advanced), ongoing professional development and practical umpiring instruction through an experienced umpire coach system.

Assessment is based on Rule of Netball Theory Examination, practical evaluation through established KPI’s, self-reflection and, where possible, video analysis.

The culmination of this accreditation system, leads to practical assessment in a 4-tiered system of badges: C, B, A and the highest national award the AA (All Australia).

It is not essential to proceed sequentially through each badge level. The only pre-requisite badge level is an A Badge before testing for an AA Badge.

No age restrictions apply to candidates for any badge level.

Candidates may be tested up to twice in any calendar year for the same badge level.


Netball Victoria Endorsed Tester List:

In 2020 Netball Victoria will adopt a Netball Victoria Endorsed Umpire Tester List.

To test at a Netball Victoria affiliated associations/league competition in 2020 all testers are required to be placed on the NV Endorsed Umpire Tester List.

Purpose:  Netball Victoria would like to set the bench mark in umpiring standard, this starts with the development and training of our Umpire testers. After reviewing the current process, consulting with our netball community and staff, we believe our NV Endorsed Umpire Tester List will complement the National Umpire Development Framework developed by Netball Australia to ensure Netball Victoria provide a consistent, sustainable pathway for umpire development across the state.

For further information on how to be placed on the endorsed tester list and the criteria please click here

Composition of Testing Panels for Practical Assessment

An umpire who has been umpiring at any badge level for two (2) years is qualified to test at that badge level, even if a higher badge has been achieved.

It is preferred that an umpire wishing to test is initially appointed to one (1) or two (2) games as a cadet with a senior mentor.

Testing for the AA badge will be conducted by 3 members appointed by Netball Australia who will form the Testing and Endorsement panel.

AA and A badged umpires may act as mentors on C Testing Panels in addition to the required testing panel.

If the appropriate testing panel composition cannot be achieved when arranging a test and an umpire would be disadvantaged, application may be made by the relevant Member Organisation to Netball Australia for consideration.

Testers must use the official Netball Australia Umpire Assessment Sheets for all testing under the national system.

Official Netball Australia Umpire Assessment Sheets

Badge Competencies

To receive a badge, the umpire must be rated as competent in each area of the assessable performance criteria set for the level concerned. Knowledge, skills and techniques must be demonstrated or performed to a specified standard under set conditions, as assessed by approved testers. These competencies are a continuum from basic level to expert execution.

It is important that testers are aware of the competency standards established for each badge level, and make their assessment based on the criteria provided. In addition, they must understand the distinctions between the different badge levels, and the advancement in skill and understanding that an umpire must display in order to progress.

Practical Test – online submission and payment forms

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