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Education and accreditation


Undertaking training as an official is an important step in ensuring that you are providing a quality service to the participants you are working with. The National Officiating Accreditation Scheme is Australia’s system of training and accrediting officials, which more than 40 sports participate in.

It is recommended that all officials become accredited though the National Officiating Accreditation Scheme (NOAS). The NOAS is an initiative of the Australian Sports Commission (ASC). The NOAS is a progressive education program for officials offering courses at various levels, with over 40 sports participating. Contact your national sporting organisation for information on how to become an accredited official.

NOAS officials have met a minimum standard of competence and are recognised by national and state sporting organisations and the ASC.

NOAS training programs include the following components:

  • officiating general principles – generic principles of officiating that apply to most sports
  • sport-specific – rules, skills, and techniques of officiating in the particular sport

NOAS Officials receive a range of benefits, including discounts on various workshops and publications.

For further information on becoming and accredited official, or for training and professional development opportunities, you will need to contact the State or National Sporting Organisation in your chosen sport.

Recognition of prior learning

People who wish to complete an accreditation through the NOAS may apply to their national sporting organisation for Recognition of Prior Learning or Current Competence (RPL/RCC). Recognition can be given for all or part of an accreditation, through a process of comparing the candidate’s skills against the required competencies of the particular accreditation program.

If you require further information, or would like to apply for RPL/RCC, contact your State or National Sporting Organisation.


The length of time an accreditation with the NOAS is current, is determined by the sport, for each level. NOAS officials are required to stay up to date, and re-accredit before the expiry of their current accreditation. The process of updating helps to ensure:

  • accredited officials are actively officiating
  • officials stay abreast of rule changes, safety requirements and technique changes in their sport
  • there is an up-to-date register of active  officials in Australia.

For all information about re-accreditation requirements and procedures, you will need to contact your national or state sporting organisation.

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