Referee Courses

A wide range of courses and support is available for match officials at all levels.

For new or inexperienced referees, the Old Mutual Wealth Kids First Refereeing Children course or England Rugby Refereeing Award, offer an outstanding introduction to refereeing a game of rugby union and will equip you with the skills and confidence to do so effectively.

After the course…

It is recommended that you join a Referee Society. Becoming a member of one of the 40 Referees Societies means you will be appointed to a wide variety of games and have access to ongoing training, support and development opportunities.

You will then be able to develop as far as your abilities and ambition allow. For information on joining, please contact your local Referee Society (PDF 420kB).

Continuous Personal Development (CPD)

The RFU offer a number of different awards and courses, designed to further your understanding of the game and develop your officiating careers. The majority of CPD is facilitated through your local Referee Society, who have regular meetings and training events which are open to all.

Details of all available courses, inclusive of type, content, duration, and cost, are listed on the downloadable course descriptors document.

What next?

If you need further advice on how to start refereeing or choosing an appropriate course, please contact a member of the RFU Match Official Development and Area Training Team (PDF 204kB).

However if you are ready to get going, go to The RFU online course booking system, which allows you to search by course type, region, postcode or date before booking and paying for your course.