On court umpires are required to complete a series of tasks over a four-year period following their successful attainment of either Netball Australia C, B, A or AA Badge. Netball Australia recommends that all umpires who attain their badge (become accredited) continue to upgrade their knowledge, skills and competencies.
The updating program aims to raise the overall quality of umpires within netball by ensuring they are provided with ongoing education and development opportunities covering area such as:
Netball Australia requires an umpire to reach the specified number of points of updating activity to remain accredited at the relevant badge level. In the case of the A and AA badge, an umpire must successfully complete the practical assessment in addition to the required points to be updated.
50% of the required updating should be completed through on court umpiring. Practical umpiring can be undertaken at any level and may occur on a regular basis (weekly, fortnightly) or in specific situations such as camps, carnivals etc.
The successful completion of the Rules of Netball Theory Exam (pass mark as required for the badge being updated) is a mandatory updating requirements for all badge levels. Applications for updating will be accepted for up to 12 months following the expiry date of the accreditation.
Once a C, B or A badge accreditation has expired for a period greater than 12 months, application should be made to the relevant Member Organisation for consideration. Once an AA badge accreditation has expired for a period greater than 12 months, application should be made to Netball Australia for consideration.