2021 changes to the Officiating Pathway


England Netball (EN) have introduced changes to the Officiating Pathway in 2021. These changes are summarised below.

  • The Into Officiating Award will become the mandatory first step for all new learners. Learners must attend an Into Officiating course and pass the Into Officiating Practical Assessment before moving on to a C Award course. Learners who have already attended a C Award course but haven’t yet passed the C Award Written Paper and/or the C Award Practical Pre-assessment will not need to pass the Into Officiating Practical Assessment before progressing with their C Award.
  • The C Award Written Paper will be taken online: the cost will be £10.
  • Into Officiating and C Award courses will be delivered online: B Award courses will be a blend of online learning and a practical session. Counties will organise practical sessions for learners who have attended an Into Officiating or C Award course. All course bookings will be managed by EN online and all learners will need full EN membership to book a course online.


Course content/cost

  • Into Officiating courses will comprise of two 2-hour interactive virtual sessions delivered via Zoom. Learners will each receive a hard copy resource, a whistle and a rule book prior to the course. The cost of the course will be £40 per learner.
  • C Award courses will comprise of two 1 ½ hour interactive virtual sessions delivered via Zoom. Each learner will receive an electronic resource to support the course delivery. Once the virtual course is completed, the learner will be invited to take their C Award Written Paper online. The cost of the course (including one attempt at the C Award Written Paper – usually an additional £10) will be £45 per learner.
  • B Award courses will have a blended approach and will comprise of two 1 ½ hour interactive virtual sessions delivered via Zoom and will be followed up by a 2-hour practical session (delivered face to face). Each learner will receive an electronic resource to support the course delivery. The cost of the course will be £60 per learner. 


County/Regional support

Counties and L&SER remain committed to the development of umpires and will continue to provide mentoring to learner umpires.

Given the centralised management of bookings by EN, Counties will not be able to continue to subsidise course costs by reducing costs to their learners, however, Counties will explore other options for financial support including offering a bursary/grant to eligible learners.



Please visit the England Netball website for further information.

Any changes or updates to any of the above will be advised as soon as possible.


The Officiating Pathway allows officials to plot their own learner journey through a range of qualifications. Below is a diagram of the Officiating Pathway for information on how the qualifications progress.

C Award OneFile Candidate Instructions

Netball Europe C Award Application Form

Into Officiating Pathway

C Award Pathway

B Award Pathway

View Officiating Courses

Documents and Forms

Documents and Forms

Fitness forms, assessment application forms, practice papers and log books available for download here.
Domestic Guidance

Domestic Guidance

England Netball have produced Domestic Guidance materials to help support the development of netball at all levels working within the boundaries of the International Netball Federation rules and match protocols.
Officiating Opportunities

Officiating Opportunities

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Useful Contacts and Links

Useful Contacts and Links

Netball Officiating ideas and resources.