Become a referee

If you love snooker and want to get involved in the sport, a great way to do so is to become a referee. But where do you begin?

First steps

There are Regional Governing Bodies across the world, for example the European Billiards and Snooker Association (Europe), the Oceania Billiards and Snooker Federation (Oceania), the Pan American Billiards and Snooker Association (Americas) and the African Billiards and Snooker Confederation (Africa).

Within these bodies are National Governing Bodies (NGB) who are responsible for our sport in each individual country. The first step is to establish who your NGB is and once you have done this, to contact them and request further information from them as to the procedure in your country.

How do I become a professional referee?

Don’t try and rush things, take your time. Refereeing at the highest level isn’t as easy as it may appear. Give yourself at least two years working your way up from local league level to refereeing for your NGB gaining valuable experience.

If then you feel you are ready for the next step, send your CV to WST stating your refereeing career to date. If possible, attach references from your tutor and/or NGB.

If successful, you may be invited to referee at Q School where you will be assessed by the WST Assessors.

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