The National Officiating Accreditation Structure (NOAS) is a framework developed to provide officials with the right level of support at the right period of their development. Its objective is to deliver the right education and support which are clearly identified through the progression levels. This approach extends beyond just on-field refereeing and is aimed at the whole of person and whole of industry improvement.
The NOAS framework extends beyond just on-field refereeing and is focused on a 3-dimensional holistic approach in the education of Match Officials. The Personal, Educational and Technical development provides a “whole of person” approach in delivering the necessary skills, knowledge and attributes required with the view of prioritising practical learning experiences delivered in varying formats ranging from blended learning to face to face workshops.
The National Officiating Accreditation Structure provides Match Officials a great opportunity to achieve regular recognition as they progress through the levels of accreditation whilst developing the highly sought-after skills of Leadership, Teamwork, Decision Making, Conflict Resolution and Communication.
The NOAS is structured to produce Referees able to perform consistently to the desired standard of competence in the match at which they are officiating.
Below you will find the assessment documentation for all referee accreditation levels. Each level has an appropriate assessment with unique criteria. The assessment documents are to be completed by an accredited Referee Coach and submitted to the local Referee Assessment Coordinator, or Referee Development Officer.
This is the NRL’s entry level course for Match Officials and is open to anyone aged 13 years or above.
This course is open to any Referee who holds a Foundation 1 accreditation.
Understand the National Officiating Accreditation Scheme and where to start your Referee journey.
The National Officiating Accreditation Structure (NOAS) states a referee, match official and Referee Coach accreditation expires as of the 30th of June each calendar year.
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