Becoming a Tennis Referee | Tennis in Britain

Becoming a Tennis Referee

A tennis referee is the person who is responsible for supervising all players at a competition to ensure they follow the rules of tennis.

How do I become a tennis referee?

To become a tennis referee you must complete a two day course with mentored experience in between the two days.

Those who have attended a Basic Referee course in the two years preceding the first day of the course will be eligible to bypass day one and book manually onto day two of the course. Please email to organise this.


  • Complete the competition organiser course or have relevant experience.
  • Complete the pre-course reading.

Duration and course structure

Day one

  • Fair Play.
  • Rules of tennis.
  • Code of conduct.
  • Refereeing duties.

Mentored experience (6 weeks)

  • Practical experience.
  • Shadowing qualified referees at competitions.

Day two

  • Role of the court supervisor.
  • Handling situations, such as on-court disputes.
  • Tournament organisation.
  • Tournament experience.

Course assessment

The two day course will be pass / fail and the criteria will include assessment during the course, completion of a workbook and passing an exam.

Next steps

After passing the course and becoming a licensed official you can apply to organise and referee Grade 5, Grade 6 and 7 competitions locally, such as Mini Tennis and matchplays at your local tennis venue or local open tournaments.

You would also be eligible to be selected to referee at grade 4 tournaments and could be selected as a court supervisor at higher graded tournaments.

Book onto a course now.

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