Education program

SNRR values ongoing referee and referee coaching

Referee education has been a key priority for the Sydney North Rugby Referees. The aim is to ensure all our members are given every opportunity to updated with the skills, knowledge and confidence to perform to the best of their ability with the constant aim of improvement for everyone at every level in a fun and engaging environment.

As part of this development, SNRR holds Education and coaching nights from March to September inclusive in order to provide ongoing development opportunities to match officials of all ages, levels and experiences.

The evening typically covers any updates on any latest news and events, law amendments or focal points, as well sharing some fun stories and great camaraderie and friendship amongst fellow referees of all levels of age and experience.

A typical evening will consist of practical demonstrations and interactions for developing skills and techniques and open forum discussions. There may also be a particular aspect of the game with a presentation and we have been lucky enough to have International Test Referees and Super Rugby Referees such as Angus Gardner, Amy Perret and Will Houston present at our events.

The dates for 2023 will be announced shortly, however are normally run monthly during the season, typically on a Tuesday evening from 7pm to 9pm and they are held at various locations within our associations district.

By attending a minimum of two of our Education nights, SNRR will waive your annual membership fee, so there is an added incentive to addend.



2023 Referee Courses

The process for becoming a referee starts with Referee Ready. The introductory course to becoming a referee. Sydney North in conjunction with NSW Referees facilitates these courses a number of times throughout the year.

If you’re 13 years of age or older and keen to take up refereeing and participate in a fantastic leisure pastime, and have the best seat in the house at a rugby game, we can help you to achieve that goal. 

Please follow the steps below to enrol.

  • Head to the Rugby Xplorer app or visit
  • On the left-hand menu choose ‘Learning Centre’ and click on the appropriate profile.
  • Choose ‘Browse Learning’ then ‘Referee’ from the left hand side menu.
  • Choose ‘Referee Ready’ and select a course at the appropriate time (these can be online via ZOOM or face to face).

If you’ve got some rugby or refereeing experience under your belt please get in touch with your us and we are more than happy to advise on next steps and progression.

To achieve Level 1, you must be a minimum of 15 years of age, enrol in the Level 1 course (which includes the online laws exam and be field tested by one of our assessors.

Course for Level 2 are run thought the year and please speak to our head Referee coach if you are interested in that.

There is also the opportunity to become a referee coach. This might be the next step in referee participation for you over even as an ex-player who want to stay involved.

Level 1 Referee Coach courses are run through the year, and our team is ready to help you get involved.  Please contact the SNRR head referee coach for more information.