Please contact our Development Coordinator for upcoming clinics

Local (Level 1)

In order to become a "LOCAL" volleyball referee, an individual proceeds as follows:

  • Studies and learns the rules of the game;
  • Avails himself/herself to call practice games and matches between school, club or other teams, in order to gain some practical experience;
  • Attends a referees' clinic sponsored by the Regional Association;
  • Submits to written and practical examinations set up by the Regional Officials' Chairperson.

If successful, the official is rated as a "LOCAL" Referee and should make himself/herself available to officiate different types of volleyball matches as frequently as possible.

Next Clinic:  February 18, 2020 

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Questions? Contact: Development Coordinator, development@edmontonvolleyballofficials.com


Provincial (Level 2)

The next level of refereeing is the "PROVINCIAL". level This usually requires at least one year of experience at the "LOCAL" level and a demonstrated advanced knowledge of the rules.

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Contact: Development Coordinator, development@edmontonvolleyballofficials.com


Regional (Level 3)

The next stage of qualification of a referee is a "REGIONAL" Referee, which entails the following:

  • Being active as a Provincial Referee for at least one full season;
  • Attending an advanced official's clinic for upgrading;
  • Written and practical examination for a Regional referee's certificate;
  • Approval by National Officials' Committee.

If successful, the official is rated as a "REGIONAL' Referee of VC.


National (Level 4)

The next level is qualification is as a "NATIONAL" Referee, which requires:

  • Being active as a Regional Referee for at least three years;
  • Recommendations of the Regional Officials' Chairperson for upgrading, based on activity, qualification and personal abilities;
  • Keeping the National Referee Committee advised of assignments at major tournaments as specified.
  • Attending designated clinics conducted by certified Course Conductors;
  • Submitting to a written and practical examination administered by the National Referee Committee at a major competition recognized for this purpose;
  • Approval by National Referee Committee.

If successful, the official is rated as a "NATIONAL' Referee of VC. To maintain this status, the official must remain active and submit for re-evaluation at regular intervals, as prescribed by VC's National Referee Committee.

Additional information and details on procedures and requirements for becoming a certified volleyball official may be secured from the Regional Officials' Chairperson or from the National Referee Committee Chairperson.


International (Level 5)

The highest qualification for a referee is the "INTERNATIONAL" rating. The requirements include:

  • Being active as a National Referee for a number of years;
  • Recommendation of the National Referee Chairperson for upgrading, based on activity, qualification and personal abilities;
  • Attending a ten day International Referees' Course;
  • Submitting to written and practical examinations administered by a member of the International Referee Commission;
  • Satisfactory officiating as first Referee, under observation, of seven international matches, within three years of the Referees' Course;
  • Has not reached his/her 41st birthday.