level 2 referee course

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cost £85.00

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 beginners who have experience as a player or have attended the Level 1 course. This course gives in-depth education of the general rules of the game and provides the learner with the education required to referee games in your local area on a weekly basis.

Level 2 referees can officiate local league and up to junior NBL.

Expected duration (Learning only): 16 hours (includes attending a 4-hour practical learning session)

Prerequisites: Basketball knowledge or Level 1 Referee

Recommended minimum age: 16 years

Once signed up you will receive access to the online learning platform, Hive Learning, where you will complete the online modules.

Theory Modules

The course consists of 8 online modules which the learner completes during the classroom session or in their own time.

The modules include:

  • Module 1 - Introduction
  • Module 2 - Teams, Officials, Court & Equipment
  • Module 3 - Playing Regulations
  • Module 4 - Mechanics & Areas of Responsibility
  • Module 5 - Violations
  • Module 6 - Fouls
  • Module 7 - General Principles
  • Module 8 - Examination

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

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

Learner Requirements

  • Sign-up and pay for the course by completing the Online Technical Course Sign-up form
  • Complete the 8 modules within the Hive Learning Platform (estimated time 12 hours)
  • Successfully complete the online theory examination
  • Attend a tutor-led 4-hour practical learning session
  • Sign-up to the Basketball England Membership portal and pay for a referee licence
  • Referee a number of practice games to prepare for your assessment games. Seek feedback from more senior referees
  • Complete your assessment games and get them approved by a licensed and qualified level 3 referee or referee coach. Games should be full regulation.

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

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


There is an online theory examination with 50 True/False questions where the learner is required to achieve a 70% pass mark. You can access this in module 8 of the online learning platform. There is no limit to the number of times you can complete the examination.

Practical Learning Session

You are required to take part in a 4-hour practical learning session organised by Basketball England. This session will be led by a BE approved Referee Tutor.

For this session, you will be on-court working through the different game scenarios relating to mechanics and play calling, fouls and violations.

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

  • A whistle
  • Sportswear and training shoes
  • 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. 

Practice Games

You should officiate a number of practice games in order to prepare yourself for your assessment games. It is beneficial to get feedback from these games from a qualified and licensed level 3 referee or Referee Coach.

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

Learners should referee games where they can receive feedback from level 3 co-officials or a Referee Coach in order to prepare themselves for their assessment games.

Assessment Games

Only when the learner has completed the online modules, the examination, attended the 4-hour practical session and refereed a number of practice games should they attempt their 3 assessment games.

Assessments are full regulations games (3 in total) that are supervised either by the referee you officiate with (co-official) or a qualified referee who watches from the sideline.

This referee should be licensed and at least be a level 3 qualified referee or an approved BE Referee Coach.

Games should be full regulation.

Completing The Qualification

Upon completion of the online modules, examination, attending the 4-hour practical learning session and completing the 3 assessment games succssfully will you be qualified and receive an e-certificate.