Umpire Information

How to become an Umpire?

At Prahran Netball Association, new umpires are developed and mentored with the ultimate aim of obtaining their National Badges such as C and B Grade Badges. The first step to becoming an umpire is to complete the Section 1 Theory Exam and the Level 1 Umpires Course on the Netball Victoria’s website. Once you have completed these you are ready to begin umpiring. Beginner umpires can be identified at Prahran Netball Association by their blue vests “I’m Just New So I’m in Blue”.  For additional resources on umpiring click here or for more information on umpiring at Prahran Netball Association please contact us.


Section 1 Theory Exam

The Section 1 Theory Exam is a free online exam that tests the basic rules of the game. It takes approximately one hour to complete and is accessible all year.  A certificate is generated for all candidates who achieve a pass (70% or above). The most recent examination mark is the current result and Pass marks are valid for 6 years. It is a prerequisite for a C Badge and a Development Coaching accreditation. Click here to access the Section 1 Theory Exam online.

Level 1 Umpires Course

The Level 1 Umpires course is available online and has been designed to assist umpires in achieving the necessary skills and knowledge to be an effective umpire. Coaches and players are also encouraged to complete the course to further support their understanding of the game. The Level 1 Umpires Course is one of the pre-requisites for obtaining a National C Badge.  Click here to access the Level One Umpires Course online. 


Visit the Netball Australia website for further information on all levels of umpire accreditation.

National C Badge

Candidates for ‘C’ Badges should possess control, reasonably umpire the minor infringements, penalise all obvious contacts and obstruction and display knowledge of the Advantage Rule. This is an entry level badge where the two major elements of control and basic decisions must be clearly evident. 

Pre-requisites include: Current financial Netball Victoria Member (NV registered), Section 1 Theory Exam with a pass mark of 70% or higher and a current completion of the Level 1 Umpiring Course.