The Level 4 Referee award is now open for applications until 8 January 2021.

Aimed at those who want to referee at the highest domestic level. The course is a season and a half long and allows you to gain experience of high-level senior National League games. It is broke down into a pre-assessment phase and an assessment phase. To be considered for the Level 4 Award, you must meet the pre requisites and requirements below.

Hoj Fozi receives his Level 4 Referee Award at the National Officiating Conference 2019 presented by Alan Richardson.


8 January 2021 to 1 May 2022*

Pre-assessment phase: 8 January 2021 to 15 September 2021
Assessment phase: 16 September 2021 to 1 May 2022*

*Please note that the date may extend if the course continues to be affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.


The cost to enroll onto the course (pre-assessment phase) is £75, with a further £150 to be charged if you are accepted as a candidate in September 2021 (assessment phase).

Pre requisites & requirements

  • You must have been a Group B referee for at least two years, and have refereed at least 15 NBL Division One games in that period

  • Attended National Officiating Conference in the current season, and passed both the rules and fitness test*

  • Performing well at the appropriate level and this has been reflected in your game reports from Referee Coaches for games completed in the current season

  • Have the capacity to reflect on performance, analyse and provide electronic visual feedback

In your application you must:

  • Submit the names and contact details of two references who would support your application by providing a supporting statement or reference, and:

    • Have achieved the FIBA Referee qualification and have officiated with you in the past 12 months in NBL competition, or

    • Are an approved Referee Coach for the current season

  • Detail the experience you have gained, including attendance at training and development events such as the National Officiating Conference, and other continued professional development officiating event(s) inside or outside of the UK, which demonstrates you as being a strong candidate for the award

  • Demonstrate good spoken and written English

*Fitness test requirements are 86 laps for males, and 66 laps for females

Level 4 Pre-Assessment Phase

Should you be accepted on to the Level 4 pre-assessment phase, you will be required to fulfil your games as normal. Referee Coaches will be assigned to a number of your games and provide feedback, which will be part of the decision to accept you onto the assessment programme.

Events that will be utilised to see your performance during the Level 4 pre-assessment phase are:

  • EABL, ABL, WEABL & Schools Finals - TBC

  • BUCS Finals – TBC

  • Senior Playoff Finals – TBC

  • Junior Final Four – TBC

  • Howell Shield Elite Referee Clinic or Future Stars Tournament – August 2021 TBC

Attendance at the Howell Shield Elite Referee Clinic or Future Stats Tournament is mandatory to complete the Level 4 pre-assessment phase if the events do take place. The cost of this clinic is not covered by the Level 4 course cost and would need to be covered by the candidate.

In order to progress to the Level 4 assessment phase, you are required to attend the National Officiating Conference 2021 and pass the rules and fitness test.

Level 4 Assessment Phase

Upon invitation to the Level 4 phase, you will be allocated an experienced, trained and highly qualified personal Referee Coach. They will support you and your learning progress throughout the course.  This will include feedback on game performance, rules & interpretations, and other general support. You may be appointed to work alongside each other at individual games or in tournaments. You will also be observed by a Referee Coach at games and in tournaments.

Events that will be utilised to see your performance during the Level 4 assessment phase are:

  • Haris Charalambous Memorial Basketball Tournament – December 2021 TBC

  • Senior Cup Finals – February 2022 TBC

  • BUCS Finals – March 2022 TBC

  • Senior Playoff Finals – April 2022 TBC

Alongside practical game assessments, during the assessment phase of the course, there will be a written exam that you are required to pass the course.

Upon invitation to the Level 4 assessment phase, you will receive a detailed timeline of all meetings including 1:1s with your Referee Coach and meetings with the whole Level 4 programme.


At the end of the assessment period, the Delivery Manager will communicate with your Referee Coach, and anyone else deemed necessary and make one of the following recommendations:

  1. Award you the Level 4 qualification and inform the BBL Officials Supervisor of this

  2. Extend your assessment period

  3. Not competent, able to reapply when the course next opens

Should you wish to appeal this recommendation, you may do this within 10 business days of notification stating your reason(s).  Your appeal will be reviewed by the Delivery Manager with any of the program lead(s).