Refereeing Courses

Become a Table OFficial or Referee
The referee PathwaY 

To register your interest in becoming an England Handball referee, please complete this online form, where we will be able to give you the best possible guidance on officiating in your area. 

Below is outlined the educational pathway for aspiring referees

Table officials Course + England Handball Level-1 Referee Award

The first part of the journey is completing the England Handball table officials course and England Handball level 1 referee

Level 1 Table official course: 

  • Online course on Elearning Platform (access E-learning on the top right part of the website) 

Level 1 Referee Course:

 The England Handball Association Level 1 Referee Award is an introduction to handball refereeing.  

  • Who is it for? Aspiring referees
  • Course duration: Six hours
  • Course cost: £400 closed course
  • Minimum Numbers per course: 14
  • Maximum numbers per course: 21
  • Facilities required: Sports Hall the size of four badminton courts to be  provided by the organiser
  • Pre-requisites: Learners must be 16 years old or over  

England Handball do run open referee courses. These will be advertised on the Course Finder and range in price from £30-£50.

England Handball Level-2 Referee Award 

England Handball is developing its level 2 course which will be available in September 2019.

Continued CPD/Assesment 

Once registered as an official, England Handball will provide you with mentoring and CPD opportunities throughout the year as well as support you with assessor support through our regional development pathway. Assessors will attend your games and provide valuable insights for future development and guide you through higher levels of learning. 

Recognised Prior Learning/Experience 

For referees/officials with years of experience from other nations or currently refereeing at a high level in the UK. Current levels can be assessed and credit towards courses provided allowing you to jump steps of the pathway where appropriate. In order to achieve this please contact coachingadmin@englandhandball.com

additional Information


England Handball use E-certificates so please check your email Inbox after the course. The processing time may take up to three weeks. If you host a closed course and want the certificates sending to one central person, please let us know at booking.


The course resources are online, so we will send a link to these prior to the course. If you want to print these resources off before the course, please do.


If you have any questions, please contact the Coaching Administrator at coachingadmin@englandhandball.com  or telephone:  01925 246482

Booking form 

If you would like to book a course please download the Booking Form and send the Coaching Administrator.                          


IHf referee education information

To access the IHF referee education page please click here