How to become a Referee

Interested in becoming an indoor volleyball referee in your area or want to pursue your certification at a higher level?  First, read below for the qualifications required to become a certified referee. Secondly, for local, provincial clinic dates and locations, contact your Provincial/Territorial Association and for regional, national and international clinic information, contact  Volleyball referees in Canada are governed by policies set forth by VC through the National Referee Committee which in turn works in close co-operation with Regional Officials' Chairpersons (ROCs) in each Region of the Association.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.