You are required to license before you officiate

Licence, Safeguarding, DBS & Eligibility

To obtain a licence you need to complete the following steps:

Step 1. Create a membership account once you have a member profile that includes all of your personal details go to step 2.

Step 2. Add and pay for your officiating license: go to the licencing tab and select 'Add Licence' then select from the drop-down menu the role you are licencing as.  Then select the level you are officiating at. National is Senior NBL plus all other competitions. Regional all competitions below Senior NBL.

Step 3. Upload your Passport Style Photo and your identification documents. You can use your mobile device for your photo I.D. Your identification document needs to be your passport or birth certificate.

Step 4. Safeguarding Training (18 years and over only) You are required to complete a safeguarding course which needs to be completed online. From June 2024 we now only accept the Basketball England safeguarding course. The course costs £20 (member discounted price). This course is valid for three years once completed and Basketball England will update your membership profile upon successful completion of the course. You can sign up for the BE safeguarding course here.

Members with in-date safeguarding training already attached to their membership profile will be asked to undertake the Basketball England training at the point their existing training expires.

Step 5. Safeguarding self-declaration form (SG1) There is a self-declaration form available to download in your membership profile. Please download and complete this form, then upload the completed copy to your profile.

Step 6. Criminal records check (DBS) You are required to have an enhanced DBS check every three years. Basketball England must be able to check your DBS status every three years which means you need to re-apply for an enhanced DBS certificate when you have held your certificate for 2.5 years, unless you have already subscribed to the update service. We recommend you apply through Basketball England for the check. You can apply for a new certificate when you apply for a license by emailing [email protected] or registering your details with a local DBS verifier.

Basketball England is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and adults at risk in basketball. Our Safeguarding Policy, Adults at Risk Policy & Regulations set out the key principles that our organisation adheres to as well as providing best practice guidance. We also have guidance for our clubs, parents, players, staff and welfare officers.

As such, it is a requirement that all officials and associated workforce complete safeguarding training, a safeguarding self-declaration and complete a criminal records check in order to become licensed and active in their role.

Further details about safeguarding can be found here

All Officials & Workforce


Safeguarding Course - Basketball England Course ONLY

£20.00 (3 Years - Members Price)

DBS Check - Volunteer

£10.80 (3 Years)

DBS Check - Non Volunteers

£50.80 (3 Years)


Basketball Membership is free. If you plan on refereeing, table officiating statting then you need to become licenced. Details about what licence and fees can be found below.

Those who carry out dual roles only pay the higher fee only. 





2023-24 Season

Licence Fee: £67.00


2023-24 Season

Licence Fee: £46.00





License Fee: £26.00



Licence Fee: £26.00

Officiating Co-ordinator, Coach, Instructor or Tutor

These additional products are still available free of charge with an officiating licence.

  • Officiating Co-ordinator - a person who appoints officials to games within a league or for a club

  • Officiating Coach - a trained person who has completed our Officiating Coach programme

  • Officiating Instructor - a person who is recruited to deliver education on a national scale for officials

  • Officiating Tutor - a person who has been validated to lead our Level 1 & 2 technical award courses

License Requirements for non-nationals

Non-nationals that wish to officiate in England must ensure they have the ‘right to work’ in a self-employed capacity.

During the registration process you are required to submit proof that they have the ‘Right to work’ in the UK in a ‘self-employed’ manner.  Proof of this is required at time of making a licence application by uploading a VISA or Residency Permit.

"Right to Work" - The Right To Work is a legal requirement for anyone looking to work in the UK.

"Self Employed" - working for oneself as a freelance or the owner of a business rather than for an employer. Self-employed workers aren’t paid through PAYE, and they don’t have the employment rights and responsibilities of their employee and are responsible to pay their own PAYE.

To prove your 'Right to work' please use this GOV.UK page to provide your immigration status. You will need to upload a screenshot to your eligibility page in the profile.

Transfer your qualification from outside the UK

Do you already hold a qualification or have experience as an official in another country which you want to transfer to the UK? If this is the case please follow this process below.

To transfer your basketball Officiating or Coaching Qualification you are required to complete the Foreign Qualification Transfer Form. Subject to the evidence provided, we will transfer your qualification over to a Basketball England Level 2 Award in the first instance. Anyone who holds a FIBA qualification will remain as FIBA.

Once we have transferred your qualification, you will be required to register yourself as a member with Basketball England by following the details found on this page.


foreign qualification transfer form