Here, you can discover everything about our Level 1 Referee course and sign up!

Cost: £45.00 

Basketball England members are entitled to a 10% discount on officiating courses using the discount code available in the 'Member Benefits' section of your membership profile.

Each candidate who signs up to our online course will receive a 10% discount (valid for one purchase) on officiating products in our online shop.


Aimed at the complete beginner who wants a better knowledge of the game: whether you are an under-16 player are just starting out in the officiating world; a parent; or a novice looking to get into the sport. This course gives an insight into the basic mechanics of refereeing, violations and fouls.

Level 1 referees can officiate school games, youth local leagues and recreational games.

Experienced referees can officiate U12 & U14 Junior national leagues when deemed ready and with an experienced co-official. 

Expected duration: 6 hours (includes attending a 3 hour practical learning session)

Prerequisites: A Basketball England member, no previous officiating experience required

Recommended minimum age: 14 years

Once you have signed up, candidates will receive access to the online learning by the end of the next working day.

Learner Requirements

  1. Ensure that you are a Basketball England member
  2. Sign up to the course by completing the sign up form and pay for the course
  3. Complete the online modules (estimated time 3 hours)
  4. Attend the tutor led 3 hour on-court practical learning session
  5. Purchase a referee licence. This is required before refereeing any game
  6. Start your journey as a referee and officiate some games

You will need access to a laptop, computer or smart device to complete the online modules.


The course consists of various online modules which you can complete in your own time.

The modules include:

  • The Basics of Refereeing
  • Game Administration
  • Mechanics - Lead & Trail
  • Violations & Signalling
  • Fouls & Signalling

The theory modules are always available to you as a learner to refer to during your formative years as a referee.

Practical Learning Session

You are required to attend a 3-hour practical learning session organised by Basketball England which will be delivered by a BE approved Referee Tutor.

The practical learning session is an on-court session that will bring the theory to life as the tutor will work through the different aspects of the game. This will include game mechanics, play calling, fouls and violations.

When attending the practical learning session the learner will need to bring with them:

  • A pealess whistle with a lanyard - available HERE
  • Sportswear and trainers
  • Food and refreshments

Once you have signed up for the course you will be able to view the booking form with upcoming dates for the practical sessions. 

Once you have completed the course you are ready to referee some games. Learners should start their officiating with lower level games in the first instance - junior central venue league games and local recreational level is perfect practice and a great training ground for new starters.

Before refereeing any games you are required to sign-up to the Basketball England Membership portal and pay for a referee licence.

Completing The Qualification

Upon completion of the online modules and attending the 3-hour practical learning session, the candidate will receive an e-certificate.