How to become a qualified Surfing Judge and Official

The "International Judging and Officiating Course" is the first step in becoming a professional surfing Judge and Official. Surfing Australia are committed to providing a clear development pathway for our aspiring and, dedicated experienced officials.


The International Judging and Officiating accreditation course is conducted usually over a day in a formal teaching venue. After completion of the course, and following all of the course requirements, participants of the course gain an immediate recognised qualification. The course takes approximately 7 hours with participants receiving - The Surfing Australia Educational package which consists of: Full colour International Judging manual, workbook, news and extra information. Course participants are accredited on the day of the course as a Level 1 club Judge.


The International Judging and Officiating course enables successful course participants the opportunity to work as a judge and/or officiate at regional, state, national and international surfing/body boarding events. 


To obtain this accreditation an individual must adhere to the following requirements: 
1. Full attendance at the course
2. Successful completion of practical exam
3. Completed workbook handed to the presenter at the end of the course
4. Completed judging registration form
5. Sign the Officials code of Ethics form
6. Understanding of the steps to achieve level 2 & 3 judging qualifications 

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Judging qualification levels

Level 1 Club Judge and Official
Accreditation will be given to course participants who meet the following criteria:

  • Must complete the workbook and pass the examination

  • Must be a financial member of the Surfing Australia Judge’s Register each year

  • Be a member of your state/national governing body

The judge will be registered with Surfing Australia as an accredited Level 1 club official. This will enable you to officiate at club events.
Payment of the annual registration/reaccreditation fee ($30) will include the judge on the National Officials database and you will receive the official judge’s pack which consists of the current rulebook, personalised ID card, Surfing Australia news and information.


Level 2 State Judge and Official
Accreditation will be given to course participants who meet the following criteria:

  • Must complete the workbook and pass the examination

  • Must be a financial member of the Surfing Australia Judge’s Register each year

  • Provide diary sheet detailing 20 hours of practical judging experience. Minimum 10 hours at a regional/ state level and a maximum 10 hours at a club level

  • The Head Judge must sign off on these hours on the provided diary sheet

  • Be a member of your state/national governing body

The judge will be registered with Surfing Australia as a State level 2 judge and official and the Australian Sports Commission.
Payment of the annual registration/reaccreditation fee ($40) will include the judge on the Surfing Australia’s National Officials database and you will receive the official judge’s pack which consists of the current rulebook, personalised ID card, Surfing Australia news and information. 
A level 2 accreditation is the minimum requirement to judge and officiate at regional and state sanctioned surfing events in a paid capacity.

Level 3 International Judge and Official
Accreditation will be given to course participants who meet the following criteria:

  • Must complete the workbook and pass the examination

  • Must be a financial member of the Surfing Australia Judge’s Register each year

  • Provide diary sheet detailing 100 hours of practical judging experience. Minimum 50 hours judging under a qualified SA Head judge and a maximum 50 hours judging at a club level

  • The Head Judge must sign off on these hours on the provided diary sheet.

  • Be a member of your state/national governing body

You will be registered as an International level 3 judge & official with Surfing Australia, the Australian Sports Commission, the ISA and ASP Australasia.

Payment of the annual registration/reaccreditation fee ($50) will include the judge on the National and ISA International Officials database and you will receive the official judge’s pack which consists of the current rulebook, personalised ID card, Surfing Australia news and information.


A level 3 International accreditation qualifies the judge to officiate at regional, state, National and International surfing events in a paid capacity.


This higher level accreditation will give the judge access to the ISA Judging exchange program and the ability to judge at all ISA sanctioned events and in countries that are currently running the ISA International Judging Officiating Program (JOP)

How to renew overdue judging qualifications
If you have previously completed  the International Judging and Officiating course within the last 3 years you may apply for re-accreditation. Following the below guidelines.

  • Apply for RPL  and renew your annual registration at the higher desired level

  • Or complete the current International Judging and Officiating course again

  • Or renew your annual registration on Surfing Australia Judge’s Register at your last achieved judging level

To renew your judging qualification, click here.
To download the annual registration form, click here.

 

Recognition of Prior Learning
If you have past judging experience you will not be required to complete the practical hours (Subject to completing and submitting the RPL form to Surfing Australia)

  • Must be a financial member of the Surfing Australia Judge’s Register
  • Complete and submit the RPL documentation to Surfing Australia Judging manager

To download the RPL form, click here.