The AMA has a commitment to support and encourage you in developing and contributing to the education of drivers and riders through training, programs, sport and recreation activities, whether it be at Club or Regional, State or National level.
To become a certified AMA Sport Referee you will need to either:
- prove your past or current Referee/ Steward/ Clerk of Course or equivalent qualifications obtained from other national associations and complete and pass the AMA Sport Referees test; or
- complete an education and training program to provide you with the skills and knowledge to enable you to officiate as a Referee and complete and pass the AMA Sport Referees test.
Below is a brief outline of how you become an AMA Sport Referee.
Start as a Trainee Referee
A Trainee Referee is a person that does not hold any Referee/ Steward/ Clerk of Course or equivalent qualifications from the AMA or other national association or have any Referee experience. To get started, all Trainee Referees must first sign up to officiate as an Event Assistant with the AMA and enrol and commence the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Community Officiating General Principles (COGP) online course. This course has been developed to assist officials learning the basic skills they will need to officiate effectively.
A Trainee Referee may only 'Assist' an AMA-certified referee and must keep a duty log of all officiating activities. In the event that an AMA-certified referee is unable to perform his/ her duties at an event for health or other reasons and the Trainee Referee is confident in his/ her abilities to Referee, the Trainee Referee may become the Acting Referee under supervision of the AMA national events manager, to ensure continuity of the event.
Once the Trainee Referee has successfully completed the AIS COGP online course and has logged a nominal amount of endorsed hours by the Supervising Referee, the AMA national trainer aassessor will verify the endorsement and upon approval, the Trainee Referee may apply for an AMA Sport Referee Level 1 Certification.
There are two levels of AMA Sport Referees:
Level 1 Club/Regional Sport Referee
If you already have previous or existing Referee/ Steward/ Clerk of Course officials qualifications with other national sporting bodies, the AMA will recognise those qualifications as sufficient and the official may immediately apply for an AMA Sport Referee Level 1 accreditation.
During your time as a Level 1 Sport Referee, you should am to develop Advanced Level Officiating General Principles, which will permit you to advance as a Level 2 State/ National Referee. To register Please complete the Level 2 Referee Course - Expression of Interest form.
Level 2 State/ National Referee
To obtain an AMA State/ National Level 2 Referee accreditation, you must have had at least two years of experience as an active Club/Regional Referee with the AMA or hold a current state/ national qualification or equivalent with any other national sporting organisation.
About the Courses
All officiating courses are delivered under the guidelines of the National Officiating Accreditation Scheme (NOAS), an Australian Sports Commission (ASC) program, managed by the ASC’s Coaching & Officiating Unit. All AMA Referees are recognised as having met the standards under the NOAS, recognised by the Commonwealth and State/Territory governments.
All NOAS accreditations are valid for the term of your AMA membership but you must be able to show that you have been an active referee and have undertaken activities that will keep you current.
Referee Accreditation Requirements
To maintain your accreditation you must:
- Maintain Sport Referee Authorisation with AMA during the accreditation period. This will ensure the offical is covered by professional indemnity insurance.
- Maintain a current Working with Children Check relevant to the state or territory in which you will be working.
- Each year, undertake referee duties at a minimum of three (3) events.
- You will be required to submit a duty log of your referee and officiating activities.
AMA Referees Manual