Testers

National Umpire Development Framework

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.

Testing Information

The Netball Australia Umpire Accreditation System is an educational pathway based on NA umpiring Courses (Foundation and Elite), ongoing professional development and practical umpiring instruction through an experienced umpire coach / mentoring system.

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.

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.

Umpires wishing to become an Endorsed Tester must be appointed to three (3) games as a cadet with an *Endorsed Mentor who does not form part of the testing panel.  Attendance at a Netball Victoria Testers Meeting is also required.

*The Endorsed Mentor for a cadet where a candidate is being tested for a C Badge, must hold a minimum of a B Badge.
*The Endorsed Mentor for a cadet where a candidate is being tested for a B Badge, must hold a minimum of an A Badge.

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.

The decision to award any badge must be unanimous.

C Badge Testing Panel:
      1 x C Badge Tester
      1 x B Badge Tester  OR  1 x A Badge Tester

B Badge Testing Panel:
      1 x B Badge Tester
      1 x A Badge Tester  OR  1 x AA Badge Tester

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.

Netball Victoria Endorsed Tester List

The National Umpire Development Framework (NUDF) developed by Netball Australia sets out the minimum standard required for testers of practical assessments.  Through consultation with the netball community and staff, Netball Victoria developed the Endorsed Tester List to complement the NUDF requirements and to set the benchmark in umpiring standards.  With proven success since its implementation, and positive community responses, Netball Victoria will continue to utilise the Endorsed Testers List.

To test at Netball Victoria affiliated associations or leagues competitions, all testers are required to be named on the NV Endorsed Umpire Tester List.

To be eligible to be on the Endorsed Umpire Tester List, testers must meet all the criteria from the relevant category. Click the link below for further information.

One criteria to be included on the Endorsed Tester List is to attend a Tester Meeting. For further information on upcoming Tester Meetings and to register for a meeting, click on the link below.

Practical Assessment Sheets:

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Assessment Sheet submission and payment:

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