The AFL’s National Umpiring Accreditation Scheme is a training package for Australian Football umpires consisting of three tiers for field umpires and two tiers for both boundary and goal umpires.
The course is designed to introduce umpires to a range of modules and units to assist in the gaining of the knowledge and skills required to perform the tasks associated with umpiring Australian Football.
Under the National Umpiring Accreditation Scheme umpires are provided with the opportunity to acquire knowledge related to each discipline of umpiring. Umpire coaches will conduct coaching sessions that are interactive and practical with a clear focus on an individualised approach to the development of umpiring skills in the three disciplines of field, boundary and goal umpiring.
Each level of accreditation is accompanied by a manual that outlines the content that is covered in that particular accreditation and the assessment required to complete the accreditation. Download the manuals:
Each level of accreditation is also accompanied by a coaching manual that outlines the content that is to be covered in that particular accreditation, the assessment required to complete the accreditation and a sample coaching plan and sample session outlines that a coach may wish to use to deliver the content required for that particular accreditation. Please contact your state umpiring manager for a copy of these coaching manuals.
Umpires will be able to be assessed performing the skills associated with any of the umpiring disciplines. Assessment of the umpire’s learning and development will be undertaken by a variety of methods, mainly observations and demonstrations. The majority of the assessment will be done under match conditions, with some during coaching sessions and on the training track.
One of the most important aspects of the program in the keeping of an umpires diary which is provided as part of the course. Umpires will record experiences about their umpiring in the diary and discuss these experiences with their coaches and mentors as they progress through the course.
Download the Umpires Diary
In completing this course umpires will not only benefit by gaining the knowledge and skills necessary to perform the role of the umpire, but also by increasing their confidence and personal development which will enable them to progress to the next stage of their umpiring careers.
Please contact your local umpires coach for further information regarding umpire accreditation.
Visit the State League (level 3) umpire accredition resources section.