Regional Umpires Certification Requirements
Theory: must attend a Regional Umpires Clinic. The theory course stresses the interpretation of the Laws of Badminton, correct terminology for umpiring, testing shuttles, duties of officials, preparation for a match and umpiring a match. A thorough knowledge of the basic Laws of Badminton prior to attendance at this clinic would be to the participant's benefit. The theory comprises of a 3-hour course followed by some on-court training.
Practical: having completed the theory requirement, a provisional Regional Umpire may proceed to complete the practical component of certification. A provisional Regional Umpire must umpire and service judge a minimum of 10 matches at regional level tournaments before attempting the technical evaluation. These matches may be junior or senior, and must include a minimum of 3 doubles matches.
Technical: with the practical requirements completed, a provisional Regional Umpire must successfully pass the standardized technical evaluation. Upon successful completion of the Technical Evaluation, the individual is then fully certified at the Regional Level and may pursue Provincial Umpires Certification.
Provincial Umpires Certification Requirements
Practical: A provisional Provincial Umpire will be expected to:
- Umpire a minimum of 10 matches from the quarter-finals onwards
- Service judge a minimum of 5 matches from the quarter-finals onwards
At least 2 of the competitions chosen must be "A" level tournaments.
Technical: with the practical requirements completed, a provisional Provincial Umpire may attempt the Technical Evaluation, which includes a written test and on-court evaluation. The Technical Evaluation must be completed in the quarter-finals or higher at an "A" level tournament. Upon successful completion of the Technical Evaluation, the individual is then fully certified at the Provincial Level and may begin Referee Training.
Referee Provincial Certification Requirements
In the past, umpire training was required to become a referee. Although this is no longer the case, it is still recommended as a thorough knowledge of the basic laws of Badminton is essential prior to becoming a referee.
Theory: Candidates must attend a four part course consisting of the following modules: Module 1 - Roles and Responsibilities of a Referee, Module 2 - Draw Making, Module 3 - Timing of a Tournament, Module 4 - Tournament Software Program. It takes approximately 3 hours to complete each module.
Practical: After completing the theory courses, the candidate will serve as a deputy referee at MBA tournaments and is considered a Referee in Training.
Technical: When the candidate is ready there is an on-court evaluation. This evaluation consists of the ability to prepare the draws and do the timing of a tournament along with an evaluation of how situations are handled during a tournament.
When the technical evaluation is completed the candidate is considered a Provincial Referee.