Refereeing Courses

To register your interest in becoming an England Handball referee, please contact the Coaching and Workforce department via the email: coachingadmin@englandhandball.com 

At the beginning of 2020 England Handball employed two referee developers with the aim of providing referee support and development opportunities throughout the season  to current referees and aspiring referees. England Handball has also created a Referee Log Book to track referee performances, and to have the ability to reflect on these. This information will be used to support referees and lead our learning and development opportunities.


Table official course

 The table officials’ course is an online course that is hosted on the England Handball e-learning platform. 

  • Who is it for? People who run, or are  interested in running, the table at handball matches 
  • Course duration: 20-30 minutes
  • Cost: £7.50pp for the open course or a bundle package can be purchased by clubs (if you are interested in this option please contact us on: coachingadmin@englandhandball.com .

To purchase the open course, visit the ‘Coaching, Refereeing and Table Official Courses finder’ tab on the website and the course can be purchased on this page. Once the course has been purchased England Handball will send login details to the learner, this may take up to 48 hours (longer at the weekends).

Open Level-1 Referee Course

This is an exciting new format for our Level-1 Referee course, and we can’t wait to get you onboard your journey to becoming a referee.

  • Who is it for?  Aspiring Referees. This course is suitable for teachers, parents and anyone over the age of 16 who is interested in becoming a Handball referee.  
  • Course duration: The first part of the course is online, followed by a three-hour practical session, this will be delivered when  it is safe to do so.  Post completion of the Online and Practical session, you will need to referee three games in your environment with a superior referee signing this off. Once completed certification will take place.
  • Course costs: £50   
  • Pre-requisites: Learners must be 16 years old or over   
  • Course outcome: At the end of the course you will be able to referee Junior, School and club-based activity or competitions.     

If you have any questions regarding the course, format or qualification please contact our Coaching and Workforce Department at coachingadmin@englandhandball.com   

To book on the course please click here   

Level 1 Referee Course:

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

England Handball runs the course in an open and closed course format. The open course is advertised on the website on the ‘Coaching course finder’ tab and on social media.

The closed course option is privately booked course, which is only accessible to the organiser’s network of contacts.  

  • Who is it for? Aspiring referees
  • Course duration: Six hours
  • Course cost: £400 closed course cost and £50pp for the open 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 (closed course)
  • Pre-requisites: Learners must be 16 years old or over  (open and closed courses)


England Handball is developing its level 2 course it will be available shortly.



England Handball use e-certificates so please check your email inbox after the course. The processing time may take up to three weeks.


The course resources are digital. England Handball will send a link to the resource prior to the course. If you want to print these resources off before the course, please feel free to do so.


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


If you would like to book a closed course please download the Booking Form and send the Coaching Administrator.  For open courses please go to the ‘Coaching course finder’ tab to book. If there is no open course advertised contact the Coaching Administrator to register your interest at coachingadmin@englandhandball.com                         

IHf referee education information

To access the IHF referee education page please click here