The course contains the basic rules, game administration and mechanics needed by beginner referees. After completing the Level "0" Course, you get your whistle, green Shirt and you're on your way! To begin you will referee as a Shadow to a more experienced referee.
Referees will undertake a 3 hour rules and mechanics update. A basic exam is required to be completed and referees must be assessed as competent in basic 2 person mechanics, recognising and calling most violations and fouls. Referees must be capable of controlling a game at Domestic / Social level.
To advance to the next level of accreditation, referees need to attend the Level 1C, 1B, 1A Referee Courses. These courses are usually run either on a weekend or over a number of nights and will take approximately 8 - 10 hours to complete. Referees must complete a theory exam and be assessed on court as meeting the competencies outlined by Basketball Australia.
To advance through to Level 2, referees are generally now on an elite pathway and involved in a development squad or a similar program. Referees need to complete the more advanced Level 2 Course again taking 8 - 10 hours. Referees must complete the National Referee Exam and be assessed on court as meeting the competencies outlined by Basketball Australia. Level 2 referees should expect to be refereeing at high junior representative or senior State League level. As a Level 2 referee you may be considered for selection to a National Junior Championship.
The highest level of State Accreditation is Level 3, referees at this level will be regularly officiating at State League or National League level. The referee would have completed not only many hours of accreditation training but been involved with and completed a number of years in a State or National referee development squad. Although there is no course for this level referees must undergo a rigorous assessment process being evaluated at top state levels over a number of games.