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In March 2021 we announced the launch of an all-new training and qualification programme for aspiring snooker referees in England which has been developed in collaboration with snooker’s world governing body the WPBSA and our sport’s leading officials.

The WPBSA has now taken over the administration of this programme which has now been adopted by the EPSB as its recognised training scheme.

Register Your Interest

The courses have received endorsement from leading awarding body 1st4sport Qualifications are delivered by an expert team including leading professional referees and examiners Brendan Moore and Jan Verhaas, alongside WPBSA Head of Coaching and Training Development Chris Lovell.

Each course will form part of a clear pathway for snooker officials in England, from grassroots level to ultimately providing the opportunity for elite talent to progress to the very highest level of our sport.

WPBSA Class 3 Course

The WPBSA Class 3 Referee course is aimed at prospective new referees who wish to gain their first formal qualification in our sport. This will be piloted for referees in England initially with a view to expand in the future.

Delegates will be required to meet set pre-course eligibility criteria prior to being allowed on the course, including providing a basic disclosure criminal record check (£25.00).

The course includes:

  • Referee training including online resources
  • Online safeguarding and child protection training
  • Post training refereeing – gaining and documenting first-hand experience
  • Performance review and support by a designated mentor (for fixed number of sessions/time)

All training is delivered online. Delegates will gain match experience supported by mentoring from qualified referees. Part of the final assessment will be a match at a WPBSA recognised event.

The cost of the course is £150 inc VAT.

Bridging Course for EASB Referees

Bridging courses through which previously qualified referees will be able to complete the additional elements of the new course and ultimately retain their current qualification and level under the WPBSA programme are still available.

All officials are required to have completed either the new course, or the bridging course, to be eligible to referee at the EPSB’s national competitions.

The cost of the bridging course is £48.00 inc VAT.

Express Your Interest

The WPBSA is now accepting expressions of interests for both its Class 3 course and the bridging course for pre-existing EASB recognised referees.

Please be aware that there may be a considerable period between expression of interest being sent and a course date being available.

The application process is as follows:

  1. Send in an expression of interest for appropriate course to the WPBSA via its online contact form.
  2. The WPBSA will contact you and provide full details on how to obtain a basic disclosure check and how to make the relevant payment for the course.

Upon receipt of payment and basic disclosure, you will then be offered a choice of course dates available to you and once you have confirmed your preferred date, the WPBSA will confirm your booking and look forward to welcoming you on the day!