24 October, 2020
New Referee Certification Policy for 2020/2021 Season
Following the release of the 2020 Rulebook, the IQA is happy to share changes to the Referee Certification System as well as the introduction of referee training.
The IQA Gameplay department is changing the way it helps its match officials. We will be moving from our previously used testing-is-training system to a resource-based training system which integrates into the changes to the testing system.
Below a brief summary of the major changes from the previous referee certification system:
- The assistant referee certification is mandatory to be able to obtain the snitch referee certification.
- Referees already certified under the 2018-2020 rulebook have the option of taking a single test to become certified at the same or a lower level.
- The addition of a Timekeeper/Scorekeeper certification, mandatory for those wishing to gain the head referee certification for the first time.
- The recertification tests focus primarily on the changes in the rules.
- Those who take the initial certification tests, will get 6 attempts at each certification. Those who take the recertification tests, will get 3 attempts at each level and if they fail all 3, they will be granted 3 attempts at each of the initial certification tests.
- Training sessions in the form of live streams on the IQA YouTube account at regular points throughout the year, followed by Question and Answer session one to two weeks later for any questions people have about the topic we presented.
- Training sessions are not mandatory but will be needed to qualify for future recertification tests.
- The resource presentations will contain a random code to be entered on the IQA Match Official Training Registration Form within 28 days from the date of the live stream.
- Our translators will be working on captions and subtitles for each training. Translations will depend on the availability of translators.
You can find the IQA Match Official Certification Policy below and on our website under documents and policies, together with a comprehensive Q&A. If you have further questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.