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New Qualification Construction For English Referees – World Snooker

The English Partnership for Snooker and Billiards (EPSB) is as we speak excited to announce the launch of its all-new coaching and qualification programme for aspiring snooker referees in England – with functions now being accepted.

Developed in collaboration with snooker’s world governing physique the WPBSA, the brand new construction has obtained beneficial enter from our sport’s main officers and incorporates the most effective practices already adopted by the profitable WPBSA Snooker Teaching Programme.

Alongside a considerably revised Class 3 course for brand new referees, there can even be a sequence of bridging programs held which is able to enable current referees to take care of their present qualification, whereas receiving extra coaching required by the EPSB to officiate at future tournaments.

The programs shall be delivered by an knowledgeable group together with main skilled referee and examiner Brendan Moore and WPBSA Head of Teaching and Coaching Growth Chris Lovell.

Every course will type a part of a transparent pathway for snooker officers in England, from grassroots degree and beginner tournaments, to finally offering the chance for elite expertise to progress to the very highest degree of our sport.

The brand new programme can be absolutely compliant with the present European Billiards and Snooker Affiliation Referees Scheme and referees who’ve accomplished this course shall be eligible for choice at future EBSA Championships.


First introduced previous to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the EPSB has developed a brand new Class 3 course via which potential referees can acquire their first formal qualification in our sport.

Delegates shall be required to satisfy set pre-course eligibility standards previous to being allowed on the course, together with offering a fundamental disclosure prison file examine and attaining a go price on a self-assessment on-line entry examination.

The course itself will then run over a 16-week interval, which is able to embrace:

  • Referee coaching together with on-line assets
  • On-line safeguarding and youngster safety coaching
  • Publish coaching refereeing – gaining and documenting first-hand expertise
  • Efficiency evaluate and help
  • Self-assessment by way of video

All coaching and evaluation is to happen on-line, with delegates gaining match expertise supported by mentoring from certified referees. Following qualification, profitable referees will proceed to obtain ongoing help throughout their future profession.

The course has obtained endorsement from main awarding physique 1st4sport {Qualifications}.

The price of the course is £149.99.


In addition to having the ability to facilitate the qualification of recent referees, the EPSB additionally recognises the significance of supporting the prevailing officers inside our sport.

It’s due to this fact deliberate that extra bridging programs will run from April 2021 via which current referees will have the ability to full the extra components of the brand new course and finally retain their present qualification and degree underneath the EPSB programme.

For instance, a referee who at present holds a Class 2 qualification will stay a Class 2 referee following a completion of the bridging course and a Class 3 referee will stay so after the course.

From the beginning of the 2021/22 season, all officers shall be required to have accomplished both the brand new course, or the bridging course, to be eligible to referee at EPSB competitions.

The price of the bridging course is £74.99.


Nigel Mawer QPM, EPSB Chairman stated: “Immediately’s announcement represents a massively optimistic step sooner or later coaching and improvement of snooker referees in England.

“The function of the referee is prime to any sport and due to this fact it’s essential that we have now the right construction in place to advertise the long run improvement of our officers. This new pathway will make sure that that is now the case and our programs will assist to offer alternatives for each new and current referees to progress in our sport.

“All through my time in snooker I’ve all the time been struck by the eagerness and enthusiasm of our referees in any respect ranges and we’re dedicated to offering the help required to allow them to grasp their potential in our sport.”

Brendan Moore, senior WST referee stated: “I’m massively excited by this new construction and to be concerned first-hand with the coaching of the subsequent era of snooker officers on this nation.

“Subsequent September marks the 20th anniversary since I first certified as a referee, nevertheless I stay as passionate as ever a couple of sport which has given me a lot. I’m trying ahead to have the ability to share my expertise and hopefully encourage different referees to realize their goals.”


We at the moment are accepting functions for each our Class 3 course for brand new delegates and of our bridging course for current referees.

The appliance course of is as follows:

  1. Full our on-line software type – each new referees and people seeking to full the bridging course.
  2. Inside seven working days we’ll contact you and supply full particulars on find out how to get hold of a fundamental disclosure examine and find out how to make the related fee for the course.
  3. Upon receipt of fee and fundamental disclosure, you’ll obtain a rule e-book, pocket book, folder and pen. Additionally, you will be supplied with a hyperlink to finish an internet ‘entry examination’ on which you’ll be required to realize a go mark to proceed the course.
  4. You’ll then be provided a selection after all dates obtainable to you and after you have confirmed your most popular date, we’ll affirm your reserving and sit up for welcoming you on the day!

For extra details about refereeing in England go to our Refereeing part at our web site.