Interested in becoming involved as a volleyball official or want to pursue your certification to a higher level? Our refereeing pathway allows referees to plot their own learner journey through a range of awards.

Grade 4

The 1-day Grade 4 refereeing course is your first step into refereeing. It consists of pre-course tasks, half a day of on-court practice and half a day conducted in a classroom setting, covering both theoretical and practical aspects of refereeing. Finally, you will be required to sit an exam. 

The cost of the course is £60 and you will have to be at least 16 years of age.

At the end of the day, you will be able to:

  • Interact effectively with teams and match officials
  • Handle pre- and post-match administration, guiding a successful match
  • Understand the FIVB rules
  • Referee a game both as a 1st referee or as a 2nd referee assisting the 1st referee, including signaling, etc

With this award, you will be able to officiate games within regional and local leagues as a trainee referee and work towards attaining a Grade 3 Regional award.

Next Steps...

After passing the Grade 4 course, you will then be able to obtain higher grades through being observed. You can arrange an assessment through contacting your Regional Referee Co-ordinator (RRC) or contacting a referee staff member. All decisions on upgrades from Grade 3 Regional to Grade 1 are also based on recommendations and reports.

In some cases, it may also be able to shorten the normal period of qualification through the Accelerated Promotion Scheme.

Grade 3 Regional

The Grade 3 Regional qualification is the basic grade of practical refereeing and the recommended minimum standard for officiating in regional and local leagues, attained through being observed refereeing a game.

Ideally, after attaining the Grade 4 qualification, you will be able to be promoted to Grade 3 Regional by getting practical experience as both a 1st and 2nd referee in regional and local games. Once you feel confident enough, you can contact a staff member, Grade 2 or above referee or Regional Referee Co-ordinator within your area, who will arrange to observe one of your matches.

Grade 3 National

The Grade 3 National qualification is the minimum grade for National Volleyball League appointments, beginning from Division 3. You can be promoted to Grade 3 National after at least 2 years of officiating, with experience of NVL/Cup matches. Again, once you feel confident enough, contact the relevant persons to be observed.

Grade 2

The Grade 2 qualification allows you to be appointed to higher level NVL/Cup matches, namely Division 1 and 2 matches. In addition to a practical assessment, you should also have at least 2 years of experience as an NVL referee at the Grade 3N level. You should demonstrate a consistently high standard of officiating in National League Division 2 matches and Volleyball England recognized competitions.

Grade 1

The Grade 1 qualification allows you to be appointed to the highest level NVL matches, namely Super 8s matches. In addition to a practical assessment, you should have at least 2 years of experience as an NVL referee at the Grade 2 level. You should demonstrate competence at the highest level of officiating and must be committed to an extensive programme of NVL matches each season.