Volunteer umpires are the cornerstone of university sport, and training as an umpire – assistants, judges and referees – is one of the very best ways you can continue to support the next generation of university taekwondo practitioners. To develop the next generation of umpires we run a number of courses each year for students and alumni looking to learn and develop their corner judging and refereeing skills, with free training courses available for current students of our member clubs.
We utilise a novel programme of home study, online theory tests, practical training courses, and supervised tournament training for the certification of officials. Separate courses are available in the latest rule-sets for both ITF rules sparring and WTF rules sparring, with certification available for Trainee Judge & Assistants (level 4), Corner Judges (level 3) and Centre Referees (level 2).
All volunteer assistants provided by clubs towards their quota for BSTF tournaments must have completed and passed the online (level 4) exam before you may register them as a volunteer. We highly recommend all clubs encourage as many current student, alumni and other potential volunteers complete the online test as far in advance of tournaments as possible. All participants, umpires, first time competitors and seasoned student-athletes alike will benefit from learning the latest competition rule updates and being familiar with the event processes.
Progressing up to a centre referee (level 2) certification is a fantastic way to develop as a taekwondo practitioner and stay engaged with student taekwondo after you graduate. Certified centre referees are also paid an allowance when attending each tournament.
For more information about the online tests and training modules, including how to register for a test or course, and how to check your current certification level, please read on.
Trainee Judge & Assistant Certification (L4)
Separate courses are available for both WTF rules sparring and ITF rules sparring disciplines. Candidates for the technical assistant (L4) certification must complete the online theory test, achieving the required pass mark. All volunteer assistants provided by clubs towards their quota for BSTF tournaments must have completed and passed the online exam before you may register them as a volunteer.
The test is open book multiple choice test, with a time limit of 45 minutes to complete. Questions are selected from a question bank and answer orders are randomised. Once you begin the test you are not able to pause the timer or return to the test later, so be sure you have set aside the time required. We recommend using a PC or laptop with a stable internet connection rather than a mobile device when taking the test. The pass mark for this test is 70.0%.
Learning resources are provided, including a copy of the rules and regulations and an official’s manual which details tournament operations (tournament procedures, and operation of check-ins, weigh-ins, scoring system(s) and so on). The test includes questions covering rules and regulations, and other aspects of tournament operations. The test is straightforward for everyone at university level of study so long as you have carefully read through the competition rules and operations manual.
Individuals can review their current qualifications by logging in to their profile and looking under the Account Tab. Club captains can review each team member’s current qualifications by logging in and looking under their Members Tab.
To receive the learning resources and a one time login key to access your test please complete the L4 certification request form below:
Corner Judge Certification (L3)
Separate courses are available for both WTF rules sparring and ITF rules sparring disciplines. Candidates for the corner judge (L3) course must first complete the online theory test, achieving the required pass mark to gain their (L4) certification, before attending a one-day training course corner judging course. This is not required for up to date holders of a suitable 3rd party L3 or equivalent corner judge certification.
As places are limited, priority will be strictly given to students who commit in advance to volunteer at upcoming events in the annual tournament series.
Centre Referee Certification (L2)
Separate courses are available for both WTF rules sparring and ITF rules sparring disciplines. Candidates for the centre referee (L2) course must first complete all parts of their corner judge (L3) certification before attending a one-day training course centre referee course. This is not required for up to date holders of a suitable 3rd party L2 or equivalent centre referee certification.
A limited number of Centre Referee places are available on each training course. Certified centre referees are paid an allowance when attending tournaments.
A key mission of the charity is to facilitate the education of officials within clubs in support of their teams, inter-varsity programmes and beyond.
- (1) From March 2018 all volunteer corner judges will be required to pass the online theory test before they will be permitted to corner judges at BSTF tournaments.
- (2) all teams entering 30 or more players in a single tournament that academic year will be required to send one team member to complete the charity’s free centre referee training programme. This does not increase total number of officials, as trainee referees are not in addition but replacing a corner judge from the team’s quota at subsequent events during their training.
Please see our events calendar for more information on the specific individual courses and links to learning resources, and please contact us if you have any queries.