How to 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 in Europe this is the European Billiards and Snooker Association.

Within these bodies are individual National Governing Bodies (NGB), such as the China Billiards and Snooker Association (CBSA). 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.

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 World Snooker 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 World Snooker Assessors.

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