National Officiating Accreditation Scheme
Officials play an important role in managing and allowing a match to be played safely, fairly and within the laws of the sport of Bowls.
Officials who are accredited through the National Officiating Accreditation Scheme are recognised by Bowls Australia, the STA and the Australian Sport Commission (ASC). Bowls Australia has 3 accreditations which once achieved last four years; Marker, Measure and National Umpire. These accreditations are skill based and requires specific competencies. Bowlers can choose to gain accreditation has a National Umpire which encompasses accreditation as a Marker and Measure or Bowlers can choose to just complete a Marker or Measurer accreditation depending on their interests and needs. This allows for flexibility for a club member to just officiate as a marker but not an umpire at their local club or allow a Third to brush up on their measuring skills.
The final step in the Officiating pathway is the International Technical Official (ITO). This accreditation is a World Bowls accreditation. The ITO accreditation is designed for those already accredited as National Umpires who wish to umpire at national and international events and on TV at events such as the Australian Open, Commonwealth Games, and Grand Prix events.
Law Books can be purchased from Bowls NSW.
Law Books – can be purchased through the ibowl website
COP booklets can also be purchased,
COP booklet – $5.50 per booklet inc GST and postage & handling
Officiating Course Outlines
How to become an Accredited Official
The first step in becoming an accredited official is to fill in the application form!
Completed forms are forwarded to Bowls NSW with the appropriate course fees.
Bowls NSW Ltd will liaise with local Presenters and Assessors (who conduct the education and assessment sessions) to have people placed in a course.
Courses can be organised by local (Zone or District) Umpires Committees. Clubs can also request a course held for their members, again this can be organised with Bowls NSW Ltd or through local Zones or Districts.
Courses are held at local venues and may be held over one or two days, or over a number of evening sessions, allowing for the times to suit those attending.
How to be reaccredited as an Official
Officials accreditation lasts for four years, after which a reaccreditation assessment is undertaken. To become reaccredited, Officials (Markers, Measurers or National Umpires) complete the application for reaccreditation and submit the application to Bowls NSW Ltd. Reaccreditation assessments are arranged with local Presenters and Assessors and can also be arranged through the Zone or District Umpires Committees.